Last Updated: May 1, 2023 @ 3:20 pm.

Yuzu juice is on a roll! But what brand tastes the best? We did a blind taste test with a dozen brands, whisking it into salad dressing. Which had the best taste? Best aroma? Here are the ones we liked.

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Finding the Best Yuzu: Our Taste Tests & A Recipe!

Let’s talk yuzu!

This citrus fruit from Asia looks like a grapefruit (round and yellowish, but smaller), but tastes like a combination of lemon, mandarin orange and lime—with floral aroma notes.

Originally from China, yuzu is also grown in both Korea and Japan. In researching (and testing) yuzu, we noticed most of the brands sold in the US are from Japan. 

FYI: Most yuzu is pasteurized, although we found one brand processed here in the US that isn’t pasteurized.

Yuzu can be used as a substitute for lemon juice in dressings, desserts, cocktails, with fish and seafood dishes.

To test yuzu, we mixed the juice into salad dressing. In fact, here is the recipe we followed!

Recipe: Yuzu Vinaigrette

Best Yuzu recipe Yuzu Vinaigrette


  • 2 tbsp yuzu
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • juice from a lemon wedge
  • optional: 1tbsp sunny tahini


Whisk the vinaigrette together in a bowl!

Recipe and photo credit: The Yuzu Co.

Here are the winners of our yuzu taste tests:

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Best For Ponzu Sauce

Also great for cocktails
Love the authentic taste of this yuzu, which is great for salad dressing and sauces. Yes, it is pricey but we loved the slightly sweet mandarin flavor notes.
$15.00 ($4.26 / Ounce)

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Best For Sparkling Water

Nice in tea, veggies
This yuzu has a refreshing flavor profile that impressed our testers—and the long shelf life is a bonus.
$14.98 ($1.25 / Fl Oz)

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Best Organic

Great for grilled fish
The sweet and tart flavor notes in this yuzu are balanced perfectly. Very fragrant.
$11.99 ($3.53 / Fl Oz)

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Best For Cocktails

Hand-picked fruit
A little splash of this yuzu is great for drinks—or cooking. We like the flavor overall, even though it is rather pricey.
$13.78 ($3.91 / Fl Oz)

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