How To Make a Small Amount of Dashi Stock

How To Make a Small Amount of Dashi Stock

Ideally, you always want to make dashi using kombu and bonito flakes rather than using dashi stock granules. But sometimes, you only need a little dashi. If that describes your situation, then this recipe is for you! As dashi stock only lasts for a week, you can use up a huge batch if you have a large family, but if you're living alone or cooking for two, you just need enough dashi to use up at once, right?

Ingredients: 1 cup (200 ml) worth

How to make dashi ☆ when you just need a small amount
Kombu for dashi stock
1 piece
Bonito flakes
3 g (1 packet)
Hot water
1 cup - 200 ml
Small tea pot


1. Put a small piece (3 cm) of kombu in a tea pot.
2. Add 3 g (1 small packet) of bonito flakes.
3. Add hot water from an electric tea kettle. Even when you are making dashi the proper way, the water should not be boiling.
4. Cover with a lid and let it steep for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Attention: Don't try to squeeze out flavor with a spoon or something. You'll extract the bitterness.
6. Pour the dashi into a container.
7. Tip: 1 small tea pot contains 1 cup (200 ml) of water. When adding hot water to the tea pot, if you fill it up to the spout, it will be about 1 cup.
8. To store: It will keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. A 500 ml capacity PET bottle is handy for this.
9. To reuse the kombu and bonito flakes: Simmer the kombu and bonito flakes you used to make the dashi in mirin and soy sauce.
10. Simmer in a small pan over low heat. You can also simmer it on a low heat setting (150 to 200 W) in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
11. Julienne the kombu and serve with grated daikon radish. It's delicious. It's also good in onigiri rice balls or in bentos!
12. The core of Japanese cooking is dashi stock. Recipe ID: 171387

Story Behind this Recipe

The basic way of "making dashi" on TV cooking shows and in cookbooks results in an amount of dashi that can't be used up in one go, so you usually end up storing leftovers in the refrigerator. But you can't store dashi for that long, up to 5 to 7 days max. I often ended up letting it go to waste and relying on dashi stock granules. But with this recipe, you can make just 1 cup of dashi at a time, so there won't be waste. Great!