Sakata Gluten Free Japanese Rice Crackers – Sizzling Barbecue Flavour

Sakata Gluten Free Japanese Rice Crackers - Sizzling Barbecue

The following product review is for Sakata Gluten Free Japanese Rice Crackers – Sizzling Barbecue flavour. You can see reviews of similar allergy friendly products in our biscuits & cereal bars category.

Named after the Japanese village that they can be traced back to; Sakata rice crackers were first created by the Sato brothers who began their tradition of making rice snacks over 50 years ago.  The brothers produced over 100 varieties of rice crackers over the years including the usu-yaki Japanese rice cracker which was very popular in Japan due to its fine, crispy texture.  The popularity of the usu-yaki rice cracker has continued and is now enjoyed around the world.  In October 2011 PepsiCo introduced the Sakata brand to the UK market. The crackers are manufactured in Australia.

Ingredients: Rice, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Spices (Paprika, Chilli, Cumin), Salt, Vinegar Powder, Milk Powder Glucose, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavouring, Tomato Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce Powder (Made with Wheat), Colour (Paprika Extract).

Their allergy advice states “May contain Sesame, Contains Milk Products”

Sakata Gluten Free Japanese Rice Crackers – Sizzling Barbecue Flavour are free from:

  • Gluten

Available as:

100g Pack (Contained approx 52 Crackers)

Sakata Gluten Free Japanese Rice Crackers - Sizzling Barbecue

The Verdict

Sakata crackers are ovenbaked, which gives them their thin and crispy texture as well as making them low in saturated fat.  When you also consider that each cracker only contains 8 calories then this makes them a very appealing alternative to some of the cardboard tasting low fat snacks that are on the market.  Not only great for coeliacs (celiacs) but also making them an excellent choice for any savoury snackers who are watching their weight.

I confess to being a lifelong crisp addict so discovering this savoury treat was a revelation, the sizzling barbecue flavour was delicious.  The barbecue flavour has a mild spicy tang to it but it’s not too strong or overpowering.  As well as being gluten free they are low in saturated fat, they are oven baked and contain 100%  natural flavours & colourings.  They are also available in Sour Cream & Chive, Classic Cheddar and Plain flavours.  Ideal for sharing  (or if you want to be really naughty then hide them away and then scoff the lot when everyone else is out of the house!).  We had ours as a mid afternoon snack and then polished the rest off at our barbecue later on that day. We just ate ours as they came, we didn’t feel the need to dip them into anything as they were so tasty in their own right.  We have also got the other flavours to try so I may try dipping them next time.  The whole family loved these.  The girls would be more than happy to take them to school in their lunchboxes.

It says it all on the packet; delicious, light and crispy – I couldn’t agree more.  Looks like I may have discovered a new addiction.  The perfect crackers for savoury snackers.

A word of warning – it takes a huge amount of willpower to stop after only a couple of crackers.

I have just opened the Classic Cheddar packet as a litttle “put me on” before my tea and I do believe that these are even nicer (if that’s possible).  Review to follow (if I don’t eat the lot before the other’s get chance to try them) ……

 Taken from Sakata’s website:

How can I be sure that Sakata is gluten-free?

We very carefully control the way Sakata is manufactured to ensure that it is gluten free, and conduct regular testing to ensure that Sakata can make a gluten free claim.


We have had a few questions recently asking if the Sakata Classic Barbecue flavour contains any gluten. Let us reassure you that, as the label states, the product is gluten free and this has been confirmed by analytical testing through an accredited laboratory here in the UK, using the preferred test method of Coeliac UK.

The questions arose because the ingredients list does declare “soy sauce made from wheat” . While the soy sauce used in our Barbecue seasoning is made with a mixture of soy beans and wheat, the wheat proteins are removed or de-natured by the soy sauce manufacturing process and therefore there is no longer any detectable gluten present. Due to EU allergen labelling legislation, wheat used in soy sauce manufacturing still has to be labelled on the pack, even when the product is gluten free.

 Suitable for: Coeliacs (Celiacs), Gluten Intolerant.

Available From:

Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, The Co-op,

Price : £1.99

In Australia you can also get these additional flavours:  Tomato & Balsamic, Seaweed, Wholegrain Original, Chicken, Greek Feta, Cheddar & Sweet Chilli, Honey Mustard.

We were very kindly given this product to bring home and review when we visited the Sakata stand at The Allergy Show.

Please note that this Product Review is based purely on our family’s personal opinions and observations on how these Sakata Gluten Free Sizzling Barbecue Japanese Rice Crackers suited our requirements.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Available in: Australia, UK

Available from: Co-op, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsburys, Waitrose

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  1. Lesley Collins says:

    Love Sakatas – so pleased when I first discovered them in Waitrose, as they were a staple in my kids’ lunch-boxes in Australia. Particularly like the salt and vinegar flavour – not available here (yet hopefully).

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