Spicy Shrimp in Citrus Ponzu Sauce

My husband has been dying to recreate this dish since we went to Nobu in Vegas 6 years ago.  If you aren’t familiar with Nobu or have never been, it is a Japanese fusion restaurant that is owned by celebrity sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa.  Everything on the menu is phenomenal but my husband is particularly fond of this fiery mouth fiesta!  I think on the menu it is called something like Yellowfin Sashimi with Jalapenos.  Whatever it’s official name is, it’s pretty delicious.

This is what it looks like:

Nobu- Yellowfin Sashimi with Jalapenos

So yesterday when my husband found lime ponzu sauce (which is what the dish from Nobu is dressed in) he decided he was going to recreate it.  Unfortunately, there isn’t sushi grade yellowfin tuna readily available where we live so we had to resort to shrimp.  We rarely cook with shrimp anymore because it is part of the “dirty dozen” but sometimes you just have to improvise.  


Here is the recipe that we used to recreate it….quick and easy since the sauce isn’t made from scratch!

Spicy Shrimp in Citrus Ponzu Sauce


Spicy Shrimp in Citrus Ponzu Sauce
Inspired by Yellowfin Sashimi and Jalapenos dish at Nobu
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 lb of medium size raw shrimp, cooked OR 1 lb bag of cooked shrimp, 31-40 count (either way chill shrimp beforehand).
  2. 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  3. 2 small jalapeno peppers, sliced thin
  4. Kikkoman Ponzu Lime Sauce
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This dish would be perfect for an appetizer at a party or if you’re like my husband you can eat an entire plate for dinner.  Just make sure to have a tall glass of water close by…those jalapenos can have quite the kick! 😉 

 What is your favorite Japanese dish? Have you ever tried ponzu sauce?

**This ponzu sauce is NOT gluten free!**

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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