Umami Sauce Starter is a versatile blend that makes a creamy sauce similar to gravy when mixed with oil and water. It’s specifically designed to naturally enhance the savory flavors in beloved prepared foods. This carefully crafted sauce deepens the umami experience on your favorite dishes through a combination of finely chopped porcini and shiitake mushrooms, garlic, onions, and sundried tomatoes.

“Umami,” meaning “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese, was designated as the fifth taste in 1985 after research proved that this taste was not produced by any combination of other basic tastes and carried its own specific receptor on the human taste palate. Scientifically speaking, umami is understood to come from glutamate and other naturally occurring compounds in products with a meaty or savory flavor. The flavor has been described as mild with a long-lasting aftertaste that quite literally stimulates the salivary glands, as foods with more umami cause mouthwatering.

Curious Spoon’s Umami Sauce Starterr offers a remarkable complement and enhancement of the natural umami in food. Simply rehydrate the starter sauce with water and simmer on the stove until it reaches the desired consistency. Use it as a base for pasta or pizza sauce or add it to hamburgers, meatloaf, or other sauces for extra richness and added depth of flavor.


Salt, dried mushrooms (including shiitake, porcini, champignon), garlic, tomato powder, dried chiles, onion, miso powder (soybeans, rice, salt, aspergillus orzae), balsamic vinegar powder (maltodextrin, balsamic vinegar), spices, lemon powder (IP corn syrup solids, lemon juice concentrate, lemon oil), silicon dioxide. Contains soy.


Combine 1 cup water with contents of packet and bring to a simmer.

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