30 Ways to Infuse a Yuzu Citrus Flavor Into Cocktails, Sauces, Sides and Sweets

Yuzu Bars with Shortbread Crust

Already dubbed one of the trendiest ingredients to watch in 2022, yuzu is becoming increasingly popular in western cuisine—and in the US—as a growing number of chefs and mixologists are incorporating this exotic citrus fruit in their menus and cocktail programs.

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What is Yuzu?

If you've never heard of yuzu before, it's basically a round yellow citrus fruit that resembles a small grapefruit with uneven skin.



The yuzu fruit is mostly cultivated in East Asia, although it's now also grown in Australia, Spain, Italy and France.

What Does Yuzu Taste Like?

Fragrant and aromatic, the yuzu fruit has a tart, tangy, citrusy flavor that's a mix of grapefruit, lemon and maybe mandarin orange.

What Does Yuzu Pair Well With?

Given its citrus characteristics, you can use yuzu in the same way as you would lemon—in baked goods, for making marmalade, to flavor cheesecakes, or even spritzed over fish such as salmon or seafood like scallops. And it's delicious in yuzu-based craft cocktails!

Best Yuzu Recipes

From making sweet treats yuzu ice cream, yuzu poppy seed cake and gooey yuzu slice, to savory recipes such as yuzu miso roasted potatoes, seared salmon with yuzu, roast yuzu chicken and grilled scallops with yuzu vinaigrette, there's a whole plethora of ways to cook with yuzu!

Here we have the 30 of the best yuzu recipes, ranging from yuzu cocktails and yuzu sauces, to yuzu desserts and more. Before we get browsing

<p>Chopstick Chronicles</p><p>A delicious yuzu marmalade recipe without the strong bitter taste.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.chopstickchronicles.com/yuzu-marmalade/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Marmalade;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Marmalade</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Smooth and creamy cheesecake flavoured with the fragrant Japanese citrus Yuzu. This combination of a buttery base and rich yuzu cheesecake is to die for!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://zhangcatherine.com/yuzu-cheesecake/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Cheesecake;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Cheesecake</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Tried and True</p><p>These yuzu miso roasted potatoes are crispy, salty, with just a hint of brightness from the yuzu miso.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.triedandtruerecipe.com/yuzu-miso-roasted-potatoes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Miso Roasted Potatoes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Miso Roasted Potatoes</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Cook and Be Merry</p><p>Juicy grilled scallops with a tasty yuzu kosho vinaigrette that you'll want to eat over and over again!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://cookandbemerry.com/grilled-scallops-with-red-yuzu-kosho-vinaigrette/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Kitsune Golden</p><p>You really can taste a beautiful yuzu flavor as soon as you put the cake into your mouth. Perfect for tea time and bake them for your citrus lover friends.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://kitsunegolden.com/yuzu-pound-cake/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Pound Cake;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Pound Cake</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Chopstick Chronicles</p><p>This 2-ingredient yuzu tea is citrusy and refreshing.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.chopstickchronicles.com/yuzu-cha-japanese-citrus-tea/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Tea;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Tea</em></a></strong></p>

Chopstick Chronicles

This 2-ingredient yuzu tea is citrusy and refreshing.

Get the recipe: Yuzu Tea

<p>It's Borderline Genius</p><p>Craving some poppyseed cake? Yuzu makes a perfect swap for lemon in this delicious recipe.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.itsborderlinegenius.com/2020/07/yuzu-poppyseed-pound-cake-recipe.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Poppyseed Cake;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Poppyseed Cake</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Katy's Food Finds</p><p>This gooey yuzu slice is bursting with citrus flavour from the yuzu curd, which sits on top of a delicious sweet shortcrust base.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.katysfoodfinds.com/gooey-yuzu-slice/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gooey Yuzu Slice;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Gooey Yuzu Slice</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Daily Cooking Quest</p><p>Try this easy no-cooking 5-minutes trick to turn plain vanilla ice cream into yuzu ice cream using only vanilla ice cream and Korean honey citron tea jam.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://dailycookingquest.com/yuzu-citron-ice-cream.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Ice Cream;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Ice Cream</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Delicious</p><p>Enjoy the subtle flavours of yuzu, a citrus fruit of East Asia. The roast chicken is marinated in the citrus, both spiking it with flavour and tenderising the meat.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/roast-yuzu-chicken-japanese-slaw/7dbf9426-b8d3-4ffc-ba8e-d4fb2996d9df" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Roast Yuzu Chicken with Japanese Slaw;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Roast Yuzu Chicken with Japanese Slaw</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Japanese Centre</p><p>Embrace the refreshing, aromatic citrus flavour of yuzu with this light yuzu flavoured sorbet. Made using yuzu liqueur for an extra hidden kick, this sorbet is also super easy to make and the perfect finishing touch for a Japan inspired dinner party.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.japancentre.com/en/recipes/709-yuzu-sorbet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Sorbet;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Sorbet</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Plant Based Matters</p><p>Yuzu kosho pasta, is a quick, easy, and super flavorful dish featuring spicy & aromatic yuzu kosho. It’s made with less than 10 ingredients and ready to eat within 30 minutes!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://plantbasedmatters.net/yuzu-kosho-pasta-vegan/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Koso Pasta (Vegan);elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Koso Pasta (Vegan)</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Between 2 Kitchens</p><p>Light to eat and easy to make this citrus-packed lemon yuzu posset recipe comes with a crunchy white chocolate crumble adding that special texture.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.between2kitchens.com/lemon-yuzu-posset-with-white-chocolate-crumble/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lemon Yuzu Posset with White Chocolate Crumble;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Lemon Yuzu Posset with White Chocolate Crumble</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Low Carbing Asian</p><p>A pan seared salmon recipe with a Japanese yuzu garlic butter sauce that’s crispy on the outside and flakey and moist on the inside. Cooked to perfection and ready in under 12 minutes!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lowcarbingasian.com/keto-seared-salmon/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Seared Salmon with Yuzu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Seared Salmon with Yuzu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Devil Wears Salad</p><p>The citrus yuzu jam creates a delicate aromatic dressing that provides a perfect counterpoint to the crunchy shaved fennel and apple Salad. Topped with fresh succulent prawns and salty tobiko, this is an exquisite salad!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thedevilwearssalad.com/yuzu-jam/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Prawn and Fennel Salad with Yuzu Jam Dressing;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Prawn and Fennel Salad with Yuzu Jam Dressing</em></a></strong></p>
<p>White on Rice Couple</p><p>A fresh yuzu will usually be significantly brighter than the bottled juice. For the gin, we prefer a gin like Hendricks or Tanqueray Rangpur for this cocktail. There are quite a few Japanese gins which work quite well in this cocktail too.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://whiteonricecouple.com/yuzu-cocktail-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Cocktail;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Cocktail</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Miklia</p><p>Yuzu kosho is a spicy, salty taste sensation that will bring your cooking alive! Discover Japan's most amazing citrus condiment. Make this Japanese citrus chili paste from scratch today!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.miklia.com/yuzu-kosho/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Kosho;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Kosho</em></a></strong></p>
<p>I Sugar Coat It</p><p>This silky creamy sous vide yuzu lemon curd will satisfy all your citrus cravings.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.isugarcoatit.com/2019/04/sous-vide-yuzu-lemon-curd.html/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sous Vide Lemon Curd;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Sous Vide Lemon Curd</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Jo the Tart Queen</p><p>The yogurt’s tangy flavour works well with the yuzu, and this is a lighter cheesecake that everyone will love!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://jothetartqueen.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/baked-yuzu-yogurt-cheesecake/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Yuzu Yogurt Cheesecake;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Baked Yuzu Yogurt Cheesecake</em></a></strong></p>
<p>I Sugar Coat It</p><p>Flavorful yuzu lemon and silky white chocolate piped into sweet pastry, and topped with freeze-dried raspberries and whipped cream.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.isugarcoatit.com/2018/02/luscious-yuzu-white-chocolate-tart.html/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu White Chocolate Tart;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu White Chocolate Tart</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Oh How Civilized</p><p>This yuzu and berry mille feuille is light and rich all at the same time with a touch of spring and summer with yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) and berries.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.ohhowcivilized.com/step-by-step-recipe-yuzu-berry-mille-feuille/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Berry Mille Feuille;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Berry Mille Feuille</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Spatula Desserts</p><p>Sweet shortcrust enriched with black sesame seeds and filled with tangy and creamy yuzu curd.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.spatuladesserts.com/black-sesame-tart-with-yuzu-curd/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Black Sesame Tart with Yuzu Curd;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Black Sesame Tart with Yuzu Curd</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Mochi Mommy</p><p>These yuzu pie bars have a graham cracker crust, an easy, creamy filling, and a whipped cream topping. They’re super easy to make and to share.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.mochimommy.com/yuzu-pie-bars/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Pie Bars;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Pie Bars</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Ai Made it For You</p><p>Mini cheesecakes topped with a tart yuzu curd.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.aimadeitforyou.com/yuzu-cheesecake/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mini Yuzu Cheesecakes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Mini Yuzu Cheesecakes</em></a></strong></p>

Ai Made it For You

Mini cheesecakes topped with a tart yuzu curd.

Get the recipe: Mini Yuzu Cheesecakes

<p>Hello My Dumpling</p><p>This passion fruit yuzu meringue tart is so delicious and an absolute flavor bomb.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.hellomydumpling.com/passion-fruit-yuzu-sesame-meringue-tart/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Passion Fruit Yuzu Meringue Tart;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Passion Fruit Yuzu Meringue Tart</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Manu's Menu</p><p>This yuzu panna cotta is a traditional Italian recipe with a Japanese twist. Sweet and citrusy and so delicious!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.manusmenu.com/yuzu-panna-cotta" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Panna Cotta;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Panna Cotta</em></a></strong></p>
<p>White on Rice Couple</p><p>Creamy and bright yuzu sherbet is one of our favorite treats to make when yuzu is available.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://whiteonricecouple.com/yuzu-sherbet/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Sherbet;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Sherbet</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Sweet Tea and Thyme</p><p>Yuzu Tom Collins is a refreshing and exotic twist on the classic drink. Using the fragrant Asian citrus fruit yuzu instead of lemon makes this Tom Collins unique and perfect for summer.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.sweetteaandthyme.com/yuzu-tom-collins-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Tom Collins;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Tom Collins</em></a></strong></p>
<p>One Happy Bite</p><p>Thick and creamy yuzu custard filling sits on top of buttery shortbread crust. Give classic lemon bars an Asian twist with Japanese yuzu juice.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://onehappybite.com/yuzu-bars-with-shortbread-crust/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Bars with Shortbread Crust;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Bars with Shortbread Crust</em></a></strong></p>
<p>A Clean Bake</p><p>A super easy yuzu syrup to add flavor to other dishes!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://acleanbake.com/yuzu-simple-syrup/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yuzu Simple Syrup;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Yuzu Simple Syrup</em></a></strong></p>

A Clean Bake

A super easy yuzu syrup to add flavor to other dishes!

Get the recipe: Yuzu Simple Syrup

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