These are all your essentials when it comes to making sushi at home. If you want authentic sushi then these ingredients are your buddies. If you’ve made sushi before or are used to eating it at restuarants or as take out, you won’t probably read anything new here that you don’t already know. This is purely a helpful guide for sushi beginners. Hey, we were all one once!
Sushi Rice– Don’t even think about using any other kind of rice other than sushi rice because trust us, it won’t work out! Sushi rice is a short grain rice that is sticky, so perfect for making shapes with.
Japanese Rice Vinegar– Is mild and mellow and is used to season the rice with. It’s added to the rice after it’s cooked.
Nori or Seaweed Sheets– These are for making Maki and Hand Rolls and often used as a decorative touch on Nigiri. You have to be quite careful when using nori because it has a tendancy to rip.
Soy Sauce– You can’t have that true flavor combination without the soy sauce. Used to dip the sush or sashimi in, it adds that rich salty flavor that compliments the rice so well. We list a gluten free soy sauce for celiacs and anyone with a gluten intolerance.
Wasabi or Japanese Horseradish– Have you ever had just that little bit too much and felt your nose burn? We have! But we still love the stuff. This gives the perfect kick to Nigiri when placed between the rice and the topping or it’s great for dipping either on its own or mixed with soy sauce.
Pickled Ginger– This isn’t used to make sushi, you don’t eat them together. Pickled ginger is meant to be eaten in between dishes to cleanse the palate, so you get the most our of your sushi and sashimi flavors. It’s a beautiful flavor that also has antibacterial properties.
So that’s your essentials for making sushi, all you need now is super fresh fish, eggs and maybe some vegetables. Once you’ve made sushi at home you’ll be eager to do it again. It’s a fun process that delivers amazingly delicious results, even if the presentation isn’t quite up to scratch the first few times!