Japanese Mixed Grilled Seafood Appetizer Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4


  • 1 pound white fish fillets or small whole fish like Japanese whiting
  • 8 fresh medium shrimp
  • 8 small Japanese green peppers, or 1 large bell pepper, cut into 8 strips
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps left whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Oil, to brush on the bell peppers

  • 1 cup Ponzu Dipping Sauce (see recipe below), divided into individual serving bowls
  • 4 ounces daikon radish (about 2 inches), finely grated
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
How to cook Japanese Mixed Grilled Seafood Appetizer:
  • If using whole fish, clean, scale and slice each one open lengthwise. Sprinkle the fish with salt and set aside to air-dry for 1 hour. In the meantime, peel and devein the shrimp, discarding the heads but leaving the tails intact.
  • Make a small slit in the sides of each Japanese green pepper (if using). Brush the green pepper with a little oil.
  • Grill or broil all ingredients under high heat, for about 3 minutes on each side. Serve with individual saucers of Ponzu Dipping Sauce, grated daikon and lemon wedges.

Ponzu Dipping Sauce Recipe

Ponzu Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 strip dried kelp (konbu), (about 2 inches long), wiped with a damp cloth
  • 1/3 cup yuzu orange, or lemon or lime juice
  • 1/3 cup Japanese soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tamari or dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Basic Dashi Stock or 1/4 teaspoon dashi stock granules dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
How to cook Ponzu Dipping Sauce:
  • Heat the dried kelp over a gas flame or under a broiler (grill) until crisp and fragrant, then put in a bowl or jar with all the other ingredients.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 3 days, then strain. Can be stored for up to a year.


The Japanese Mixed Grilled Seafood Appetizer is delicious, simple, and really easy to cook.


Ponzu is a sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine.

This recipe for Japanese Mixed Grilled Seafood Appetizer serves/makes: 4

The Japanese Mixed Grilled Seafood Appetizer recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Seafood Mix (more Seafood Mix recipes)
Preparation Method: Appetizer (more Appetizer recipes)
Cuisine: Japanese (more Japanese recipes)

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