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Wasabi Cream Cheese Appetizer

Need an appetizer with a kick but that everyone can eat? This Wasabi Cream Cheese Spread is as delicious to eat as it is easy to put together. 4 ingredients are all you need to get the party started!

Wasabi Ponzu Dip is the easiest Asian appetizer to make! #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers

An Easy Asian Appetizer

Looking for an amazingly easy AND delicious appetizer? How about a simple starter that you already have all the ingredients for and takes less than 5 minutes to assemble? You’re all in, right?!?  I am for sure. 

My time is precious and trying to put together some snacks last minute just stresses me out and makes every other aspect of my day/night even more stressful. Which makes me a not-so-joyous person to want to socialize with.

So apart from the normal party foods, and the quickie veggie trays you can grab at the grocery store, wouldn’t you like to see something different? Something unique. Something that you know isn’t already on the table. 

Maybe it’s because I am thinking about party foods non-stop and other people are not thinking about food all day long, but I love seeing all the different dishes at parties.  

I love getting new ideas, and hopefully new recipes, that keep entertaining fun and exciting.  When I want to add a little zip and zing to a gathering I love spice.

What usually has some spice? Asian foods!  All that wasabi and sriracha get my mouth drooling at the mere mention of the words.

Think making Asian food is hard?  It doesn’t have to be!!

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The easiest Asian appetizer to make is this delicious Wasabi Ponzu Dip! | Take Two Tapas | #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers

Wasabi Cream Cheese

The Wasabi Ponzu Spread is just the appetizer you are looking for! 

Other great qualities include:

  • 4 ingredients
  • no cooking
  • everything already in pantry/fridge
  • takes less than 5 minutes to put together
  • looks amazing
  • and is delicious!
Start this Wasabi Ponzu Dip with a humble block of cream cheese. | Take Two Tapas | #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers

Asian Finger Foods

I love Asian food, and I have quite a few recipes for entertaining that might take more than 5 minutes, but they are totally worth it. 

If you are looking for other great Asian appetizers to try alongside this Wasabi Ponzu Spread, check out my Machi’s Gyoza, Mini Asian Tacos, Seared Sesame Tuna Steak, Ginger Wasabi Deviled Eggs, Wasabi Cheese Ball, Pan-Blistered Shishito Peppers, and Asian Chex Mix

Can I use soy if I don’t have Ponzu?

Yes you can!  I just prefer Ponzu for the citrus flavor so if you have soy I would add a little lemon or lime juice to it.

Can I make my own Ponzu sauce?

Real Ponzu has 6 ingredients but in a pinch, I combine equal parts soy, citrus juice, and rice wine vinegar.  If you need it a little sweeter, add a dash of sugar.

Can I make this ahead of time?

I would not recommend it as the ponzu and wasabi tends to break down the cream cheese and the sesame seeds get soggy.  I would recommend having everything ready to and quickly assembling beforehand.

Is it super spicy?

If you use fresh wasabi it can be but I use a “wasabi sauce” which comes already prepared and mixed with oil, sugar, and mustard.  It is a very mellow version of fresh wasabi so don’t worry!

Cover with prepared wasabi sauce | Take Two Tapas | #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers

Other great Easy Asian Appetizer recipes to try!

Drizzle with Ponzu or soy sauce and top with toasted sesame seeds | Take Two Tapas | #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers

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Looking for a quick appetizer you can make ahead of time for a get-together that you are hosting and are already stressed to the max? 

Check out all my cream cheese appetizers, both sweet and savory, to fit your special occasion!

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This Wasabi Ponzu is not as spicy as you might think! | Take Two Tapas | #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers
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Ponzu Wasabi Spread

This Ponzu Wasabi Spread is as delicious to eat as it is easy to put together. 4 ingredients are all you need to get the party started!
4.59 from 31 votes
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Course: Savory Dips and Spreads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 794kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart



  • Place block of cream cheese on serving platter.
  • Using a spoon, make a well down the center of the cream cheese block.
  • Pour wasabi sauce into the well and use a spoon to spread it to the edges so it flows a little over the sides.
  • Drizzle Ponzu sauce over the top and around the cream cheese block.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish.
  • You can garnish with thinly sliced green onions if you have some on hand.
  • Serve with rice crackers or other thin crackers.


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 46g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 712mg | Sugar: 9g
Wasabi Ponzu Dip is the easiest Asian appetizer to make! | Take Two Tapas | #CreamCheeseAppetizer #EasyAsianAppetizers

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Friday 16th of April 2021

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Sunday 18th of April 2021

If you click the red print button in the recipe card it will open in a separate window on your computer. That might be where you can't see it anymore. I hope this helps.


Saturday 15th of June 2019

I love the wasabi sauce with the cream cheese.... a perfect mix of zing and cream in the same bite!!

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 20th of May 2019

My mouth literally watered when I saw this photo!! I couldn't get over here fast enough to grab the ingredients to make it! YUM!! SO MUCH YUM!

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 20th of May 2019

This is one of my favorite appetizers ever! Thanks for giving me new material for my super bowl party this year!

Brandi Burgess

Monday 29th of April 2019

This is a must try for me for sure!!!!!