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Sushi Sauce

Updated on February 17, 2015

Why do chefs use sushi sauce?

Sushi chefs use sushi sauce for a variety of reasons. For the obvious use is to enhance the flavor of your sushi roll. Sushi sauces can come in a variety of flavors; some can be sweet and tangy, while others are spicy and hot. The sauces can also be made from all kinds of different bases such as mayo or even honey.

Sushi chefs like to incorporate sushi sauce for presentation value. They use their unique skills to make the dish become something much more then just a sushi roll. The chefs use these sauces to make colorful and intriguing lines and designs to entice the person who will be eating it.

So what is so special about these sauces? Well you see they are all one of a kind sushi recipes. Sushi sauces can vary depending on the chef and the restaurant. You can find many sushi sauces at your local store, but they will not stack up to the sauces you get at a sushi restaurant. So why are they so different? Each sushi chef makes their own recipe for these sauces within the restaurant. Most sushi places do not buy the sauces, they make them. So every time you are trying a unique version of a sushi sauce.

Spicy Mayo Sushi Sauce

Sushi sauce is very popular in western countries. Originally there were no sauces put on sushi. one of the most popular sushi sauces is the spicy mayo that is typically paired with sushi rolls like tuna and salmon. This sauce is very simple and easy to make even at your own home. All it requires is mayo, some chili, and a little sesame oil! Of course at the sushi restaurant they might make it in their own special way, but it will closely resemble the flavor.

Spicy Mayo

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tbsp
Calories 110
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg12%
Sodium 70 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Eel Sushi Sauce

Another popular sushi sauce is the eel sauce. Eel sauce is put on not only eel sushi rolls, but on pretty much any roll you can think of. If you wish to make it at home all you need is sugar, fish soup stock, soy sauce, mirin, and cornstarch. All of this is heated on a pan until it is thick.
Let the sauce cool off before elegantly dripping it onto your sushi roll.

In conclusion, sushi sauce is a new important staple to not only the taste of sushi, but to the presentation aspect of the dish as well. When you order any sushi roll, chances are the dish is going to come out looking very elegant and unique. The sushi chef might drizzle the roll with the sushi sauce, or he might make a crazy design on the plate and place the sushi on top of it. Every sauce you taste is typically a unique recipe that is created within the restaurant by the sushi chef himself. It is hard to replicate these sauces at home due to this factor, but one can get pretty close to the same taste of your favorite sushi sauce. There are many sushi recipes out there for sushi sauces, you can learn what the base for each sauce is and then make your very own unique sushi sauce.


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