How to Make Dashi

How to Make Dashi

Dashi, the soulful broth at the heart of Japanese cuisine, is a versatile and essential foundation for countless dishes. Elevate your culinary skills with this simple three-step guide to crafting delicious dashi using Ocean's Balance Whole Leaf Kombu. This premium certified organic kombu adds a rich umami depth to your broth, making your dashi a standout element in any recipe.  

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients 


  • Ocean's Balance Whole Leaf Kombu 

  • Cold water (4 cups) 

  • Optional: Bonito flakes for an additional layer of flavor (1/2 cup) 

Ensure you have fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best results. Ocean's Balance Whole Leaf Kombu, harvested from pristine waters in Maine, promises a superior umami experience. 

Step 2: Preparation 

  1. Wipe Kombu: Take the Whole Leaf Kombu and gently wipe off any excess salt with a damp cloth. This helps maintain the delicate balance of flavors in your dashi.

  2. Soak Kombu: Place the wiped kombu in a pot with 4 cups of cold water. Allow it to soak for at least 30 minutes. This soaking process extracts the kombu's natural glutamic acids, enhancing the umami profile of your dashi.

  3. Heat Gently: Place the pot on the stove and heat the water and kombu over medium heat. Be cautious not to let it boil, as high heat can result in a bitter taste. Remove the kombu just before the water starts to boil, typically around 176°F (80°C).

Optional: For an extra layer of complexity, add bonito flakes to the pot after removing the kombu. Let it simmer for a few minutes before straining the liquid. This variation, known as ichiban dashi, introduces a subtle smokiness to your broth. 

Step 3: Strain and Enjoy 

  1. Strain the Broth: Once you've removed the kombu (and bonito flakes if added), strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. This ensures a smooth and clear dashi, free from any residue.

  2. Use or Store: Your dashi is now ready to use in various recipes. Store any excess in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for longer shelf life.

Congratulations! You've mastered the art of crafting delicious dashi (also known as kombu dashi) using Ocean's Balance Whole Leaf Kombu. This umami-rich broth will elevate your culinary creations, adding depth and authenticity to your favorite Japanese dishes. Experiment with different recipes and savor the difference that quality kombu brings to your cooking.