Shichimi Togarashi Spice Blend

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Shichimi Togarashi is the Japanese version of “five spice” although it’s typically made with a blend of seven spices. It’s added to Japanese foods like noodle soups (like udon or soba), rice dishes (like donburi or sushi), grilled meats, tempura, and tofu as a seasoning or condiment. It can also be used to add flavour to snacks like popcorn or rice cakes.

Shichimi Togarashi is loved for its flexibility, depth of flavour, and ability to make a lot of different foods taste better.

What makes it good for Spoonies?

It’s another one of those spice blends that has bioactive substances that fight inflammation and free radicals.

  • Black Peppercorns: Rich in antioxidants and bioactive compounds like piperine, which may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Black pepper has been linked to improved digestion, enhanced nutrient absorption, and potential benefits for brain health.
  • Lemon Peel: Contains vitamin C, which supports immune function, collagen production for healthy skin, and may have antioxidant properties that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Nori Flakes: Nori is a type of seaweed rich in iodine, which is essential for thyroid function and metabolism. It also contains vitamins (such as vitamin A and vitamin C), minerals (such as calcium and magnesium), and antioxidants that support overall health.
  • Chili Flakes: Contain capsaicin, a compound that gives chili peppers their heat. Capsaicin may have anti-inflammatory properties, aid in weight management by increasing metabolism and reducing appetite, and may provide pain relief.
  • Poppy Seeds: Rich in fiber, healthy fats, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. They also contain antioxidants and may have mild sedative properties, promoting relaxation and better sleep.
  • Black Sesame Seeds: High in healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins (such as vitamin B6 and vitamin E), minerals (such as calcium, iron, and magnesium), and antioxidants. Black sesame seeds may support heart health, bone health, and skin health.
  • Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds with potential health benefits, including immune support, heart health, and improved blood sugar control. It also has antimicrobial properties and may help lower cholesterol levels.

This spice blend provides a mix of flavor and nutrients that can enhance the taste of dishes while offering various potential health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune-supportive, and metabolism-boosting properties.

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Shichimi Togarashi Spice Blend

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Sichuan Pepper or Black Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp Dried Lemon Peel
  • 2 tsp Nori Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Flakes (Dried)
  • 2 tsp White Poppy Seeds
  • 2 tsp Black Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tsp Garlic Flakes
Disclaimer: No Spoons to Cook is based on our own experience and research, and what we know works best for us. It is not medical advice. Our recipes focus on low inflammatory ingredients, whole foods and are founded in ketogenic and low carb ways of eating. We encourage spoonies to stay curious, ask questions, do your own research, listen to your body and to work with a Registered Dietitian or Medical Professional when appropriate to tailor your nutritional needs to support your care plan and goals.

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