Salads & Dressings
Curry Mayonnaise

Curry Mayonnaise

The flavor of curry pairs well with sweet and tangy sushi rice. Madras curry powder is preferred for the preparation of this mayonnaise. mayonnaise.Prep Time: 5 minutesMakes about 1 cup (250 ml) 1 cup (250 ml) mayonnaise1 teaspoon minced garlic3 teaspoons Madras curry...

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Ginger Scallion Oil

Ginger Scallion Oil

Try adding a few drops of this oil to soups before serving for extra flavor. This condiment can also be used as the oil in salad dressings. Prep Time: 10 minutes Resting Time: 30 minutesMakes ½ cup (125 ml) ½ cup (125 ml) peanut oilOne ½-in (1.5-cm) length fresh...

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Chia Seed Togarashi

Chia Seed Togarashi

Be sure to use finely chopped dried ginger, not ground ginger powder, in this recipe. To grind the nori, use a clean coffee grinder. Prep Time: 5 minutesMakes ½ cup (125 ml) 2 tablespoons black chia seeds2 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds1 teaspoon finely...

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Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing

If tahini is unavailable, substitute an equal amount of creamy peanut butter or almond butter. If using homemade Ponzu Sauce, note that it will need to be made a day in advance. Prep Time: 15 minutesMakes about ¾ cup (185 ml) ½ cup (125 ml) Ponzu Sauce (page 26)4...

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Vegetarian Dashi

Vegetarian Dashi

The leftover mushrooms and kombu kelp can be reused once to make a second batch of dashi. Keep the leftover pieces in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To prepare a second dashi with the leftovers, skip soaking the mushrooms and use fresh...

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Vegetarian Eel Sauce

Vegetarian Eel Sauce

Some brands of eel sauce, a sweetened soy-sauce–based condiment, contain the liquid from cooking sea eels. This vegetarian version is a flavorful substitute. If jaggery or palm sugar are unavailable, use light brown sugar. Cook Time: 30 minutes (plus time to make...

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Tempura Dipping Sauce

Tempura Dipping Sauce

One of the pleasures of Tempura Dipping Sauce is that it is served warm, so be sure to reheat it just before serving. Traditionally, mounds of freshly grated ginger root and freshly grated daikon radish are served alongside this sauce. Prep Time: 10 minutesMakes about...

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Vegetarian Ponzu Sauce

Vegetarian Ponzu Sauce

Store-bought ponzu often contains bonito flakes to enhance the flavor. This vegetarian version relies on a variety of citrus juices to keep the sauce flavor balanced. If you have access to the juice of the yuzu fruit, a uniquely flavored Japanese citrus, use it in...

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Black Bean Sauce

Black Bean Sauce

Black bean sauce isn’t traditionally used for sushi, but I find that its robust flavor pairs well with mild vegetables. Fermented black soybeans add a depth of umami, a savory basic flavor, to this sauce that cannot be otherwise achieved with substituted ingredients....

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Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce

Bottled versions of this sauce can be found on most grocers’ shelves. With just a few ingredients you most likely have on hand, you can create a tastier homemade version. Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesMakes about 1½ cups (375 ml)1 cup (250 ml) orange juice½...

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