Essential Japanese Sauce Guide: 11 Types of Japanese Sauces

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 3 min read

The foundation of traditional Japanese cuisine is formed by five essential elements: soy sauce (shōyu), miso, sugar, salt, and rice vinegar. Together, these ingredients lend themselves to countless iterations and expressions of that elusive and invaluable sixth sense—umami.