Sushi Ingredients – How to make Sushi

sushi ingredients
Sushi ingredients are widely divided into four categories. These are the main ingredient (neta) such as raw fish, the sushi rice (shari), condiments (yakumi), and seasonings (soy sauce, sea salt) .

Main Ingredient (Neta)

Themainingredient is mainly raw seafood. There are other non-seafoodingredients, but they are mostly complimentary ingredients.The main ingredients can be categorized into the following:


Sushi Rice (Shari)

Thesushi rice is a mixture of cooked Japanese rice and a blended sushivinegar, which consists of rice vinegar, salt, sugar, rice wine, sweet rice wine,andkelp. They are mixed with the rice to enhance theflavors of the main ingredient.

JapaneseShort Grain Rice Kome
Rice Vinegar Su
Rice WineSake
Sweet RiceWine Mirin

Condiments (Yakumi)

Yakumi directly translates to “medicinal flavor”. As the name implies, most of them have strong anti-bacterial properties. Although wasabiis generally used, there are many other variations tailored to each main ingredient.

Wasabi JapaneseHorseRadish
Shoga Ginger
Negi Scallion
ShisoPerilla Leaf
UmeboshiPickled Plum
YuzuJapanese Citrus
SudachiJapanese Citrus
Kabosu Japanese Citrus

(Condimentsused in New Style Sushi)
Asatsuki Chive
MyogaMyoga Ginger Bud
Yuzu KoshoGrated Green Chili & Yuzu Peels
Momiji OroshiGrated Red Chili & Daikon Radish

(CondimentsUsed in Fusion Style Sushi)
Chili Oil  Rayu
Japanese Mayonnaise
Sriracha Sauce

Seasonings (Chomiryo)

The basic seasoning for sushi is soy sauce. Sometimes sea salt is used instead to taste the ingredient’s full flavors. Ponzu, or soy sauce blended with citrus is frequently used for lighter tasting fishes. The soy sauce can also be blended with other ingredients depending on the chef’s taste.

Soy Sauce
PonzuSoy Sauce Blended with Japanese Citrus

(Seasoningsused in Fusion Style Sushi)
Ichimi  “OneSpice” Red Chili Powder
Shichimi  “Seven Spice” RedChili Powder

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