Japanese 7 Spice Rub
To the uninitiated this seven spice powder may instantly bring to mind the better known Chinese Five Spice but really these couldn’t be more different. Each has been expertly crafted over thousands of years and are closely tied into the unique cuisines of their native lands. Chinese Five Spice isn’t necessarily hot but is quite concentrated, it's dominated by a licorice aroma with hints of cloves and cinnamon. Chinese Five Spice is best when used in meaty Chinese barbecues and braises. On the other hand, Japanese 7 Spice Rub is almost magical when seasoning Japanese styled grilled meats. It’s also uncharacteristically spicy, as Japanese seasonings go, as it does possess a bit of heat that hits quickly and fades fast. We like to use this blend to make a flavorful crust for bold fishes like tuna, mixed into burgers or ground pork, chicken wings, and it really shines on the grill for beef, chicken or fish. This has a bit of a quick hitting heat that fades quickly but is also complex and savory with hints of citrus and earthiness.
It is blended from black pepper, cayenne, tangerine zest, garlic, poppy seed, black sesame and nori (Japanese seaweed).