Unagi Recipe: The Perfect Japanese Dish for Seafood Lovers

If you love seafood, you’ll love unagi. Try making this delicious Japanese dish at home with our easy-to-follow recipe.

Unagi is a classic Japanese dish that’s popular around the world. This dish features grilled eel that’s been marinated in a sweet and savory sauce made with soy sauce, sugar, and sake. In this article, we’ll show you how to make unagi at home with our easy-to-follow recipe.


  • 2 unagi fillets
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, sugar, sake, and mirin. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes until slightly thickened.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water to create a slurry.
  4. Add the slurry to the sauce and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  5. Preheat a grill or broiler to high heat.
  6. Cut the unagi fillets into smaller pieces and brush them with the sauce.
  7. Grill or broil the unagi for 5-7 minutes until slightly charred and cooked through.
  8. Brush the unagi with more sauce and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Be careful not to overcook the unagi, or it will become tough and dry.
  • If you can’t find fresh unagi, you can use pre-cooked or frozen unagi instead.
  • The sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Serve the unagi with steamed rice and pickled vegetables for a traditional Japanese meal.


  • Try adding other ingredients to the sauce, such as ginger or garlic.
  • Substitute the eel with other types of fish or seafood, such as salmon or shrimp.
  • For a healthier version, reduce the amount of sugar in the sauce or use a sugar substitute.

Unagi is a delicious and flavorful Japanese dish that’s perfect for seafood lovers. With our easy-to-follow recipe, you can make your own unagi at home and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills. Whether you’re a fan of eel or looking for a new seafood recipe to try, unagi is a tasty and satisfying dish that’s sure to please.

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