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9 Unique Sushi Sauces To Enjoy At Home

Ever wanted to switch up your sushi sauce flavors? Sure, some classic Japanese sushi sauces can be great, but nothing hits better than a power combo of your favorite spices and flavors! I’ll show you several fantastic sauce options into which you can dip your California rolls, rainbow rows, and other popular sushi you like.

The best sushi sauces you can make at home are spicy ponzu sauce, mango-chili sauce, spicy aji Amarillo sauce, yuzu kosho, and spicy mayo. But this isn’t all the sushi sauces you can make, so let’s jump into more!

An assortment of various types of sushi.

🧑‍🍳 Popular Sushi in the US

California rolls: This popular choice features crab, avocado, and cucumber wrapped in seaweed and rice.

Salmon avocado rolls: These rolls combine fresh salmon and creamy avocado.

Shrimp tempura rolls: It features crispy, deep-fried shrimp tempura wrapped in rice and seaweed.

Dragon rolls: These rolls blend tempura shrimp, cucumber, and avocado, topped with thinly sliced eel.

Rainbow rolls: A beautiful roll filled with a variety of fish such as tuna, salmon, and yellowtail.

Philadelphia rolls: These rolls include smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.

A plate of delicious California rolls.

💡 Unique Sushi Sauces

Mango-Chili Sauce

Mango-chili sauce is a sweet and spicy home made delight. Nothing quite like the sweet delicious flavor of mango and the fiery kick of chili paste. It’s one of the sweetest and most delicious sushi sauces to make at home! It’s pureed mango, chili paste, lime juice, and splash of honey blend is a flavor combo that’s just perfect for shrimp tempura rolls or rainbow rolls.

Spicy Aji Amarillo Sauce

This spicy Peruvian delight is all the creamy richness and spice you could need. Spicy aji amarillo sauce uses a blend of aji amarillo peppers, garlic, lime juice, and a touch of mayonnaise to give you a fantastic spicy and zesty flavor. Dipping some classic California rolls or some shrimp tempura rolls into this sauce will give them a great kick.

Creamy Garlic Sauce

Why not try a simple yet purely delicious blend of garlic and mayonnaise. Add a splash of roasted garlic, mayonnaise, and a touch of soy sauce with a creamy garlic sauce. There’s no going wrong with the deep, savory, and pungent flavors this sauce has. Not to mention the thick and creamy richness! It’ll pair excellently with Philadelphia Rolls, oozing flavor with every bite.

A sauce bowl of creamy garlic sauce.

Citrus-Miso Sauce

This unique power combo combines everything great about miso with the delicious citrus of orange or yuzu. A simple citrus-miso sauce gives you a tangy and sweet glaze that coats sushi perfectly. The simple blend uses white miso, rice vinegar, citrus juice (like orange or yuzu), and a bit of sugar. A perfect complement to salmon avocado Rolls and Philadelphia rolls. You can even swap out the miso with various miso paste substitutes for varying flavors and textures.

Yuzu Kosho

You could even pair your sushi with this delicious Japanese condiment. It’s not one of your typical sushi sauces, but if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, then the zesty and spicy yuzu Kosho is a sauce you can’t go wrong with using. Its blend of yuzu citrus zest, chili peppers, and other herbs offers that tangy and spicy splash of flavor to your favorite sushi like rainbow Rolls and California rolls.

Wasabi Aioli

You can’t have sushi without a delicious wasabi sauce, but why not make it even better and turn it into a creamy aioli! Wasabi aioli is a smooth blend of mayonnaise, wasabi paste, lemon juice, and garlic that gives that pungent and spicy flavor melded with a thick creaminess. Great with California rolls or tempura rolls, adding a nice punchy contrast.

A sauce bowl of tasty Wasabi Aioli.

Creamy Sriracha Mayo

Now, here’s a really simple sauce you can whip up in the kitchen. Creamy sriracha mayo is creaminess and spice at its finest. It uses a blend of mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce, and a splash of rice vinegar for that extra creamy and fiery kick. A perfect dip for salmon avocado rolls and dragon rolls. You can even swap out sriracha sauce with different sriracha sauce substitutes for a more spicy or mild flavor.

Sesame Ginger Sauce

A combination of toasted sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce churns out one of the tastiest sushi sauces around. A sesame ginger sauce is just what your sushi needs to be coated in, with a rich, savory flavor and subtle nutty and tangy taste that’s just unmatched. A truly great pairing for Philadelphia rolls and rainbow rolls.

Spicy Ponzu

Why not grab that bottle of ponzu sauce and add a much-needed splash of spice. Spicy ponzu is a truly simple blend that you can blend and mix with any of your favorite spices to make a sauce tailored just for you. A certified flavorful way is a combination of ponzu sauce and chili oil for both a great flavor and rich texture. Perfect for Philadelphia rolls and shrimp tempura rolls. You can even use ponzu substitutes if you don’t have this one lying around.

🧐 FAQs

What sushi is best for beginners?

Sushi options like California rolls, vegetable rolls, and shrimp tempura rolls are often recommended for beginners due to their mild flavors and familiar ingredients.

What is the most popular flavor of sushi?

The most popular flavor of sushi is often a combination of umami-rich ingredients, such as fresh fish, creamy avocado, and savory soy sauce.

What are some classic sauces served with sushi?

Classic sauces that accompany sushi include soy sauce, teriyaki, and ponzu. Each offer a unique profile from salty to sweet and tangy.

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