Shio Koji (Koji Marinade)

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Shio koji is a Japanese cure/marinade made by fermenting grain koji (cooked grain, traditionally rice, that has been inoculated with Aspergillus oryzae, the mold that gives us miso, soy sauce, and sake), water, and salt until the mixture thickens to a porridge-like consistency and takes on a sweet, funky aroma.

Rich in protease and amylase enzymes that can break down proteins and starches, respectively, shio koji can be used as a marinade for meats, fish, and vegetables. It imparts savory and subtle sweet notes to foods while also tenderizing them. Along with its use as a versatile, flavor-boosting marinade, shio koji can be blended and added to sauces to provide them with an extra umami boost.

Published at Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:28:55 +0000