Best Sushi Sauce Recipes To Go With Any Filling

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If you’re wondering how sushi chefs make their delicious sauce recipes, this is the place.

We already wrote about the best store-bought sushi sauces here, but making them from scratch can be a lot more delicious, and most aren’t even that difficult.

So, here’s our list of the best sushi sauce recipes we’ve created and mastered over the years.

Best sushi sauce recipes
Homemade nitsume eel sauce recipe
Reading a recipe can be helpful in understanding exactly what eel sauce is. Here's a recipe that makes for a foolproof way for you to prepare this exotic sauce right in the comfort of your own home.
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Homemade Eel Sauce recipe
Japanese Teriyaki Sushi Sauce
This delicious teriyaki sauce is a sweet and savory (umami) glaze or dipping sauce. It has a well-balanced flavor and sticky texture that adheres to foods, so you get delicious flavors in every bite.
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Teriyaki sushi sauce recipe
Tonkatsu Sushi Sauce Recipe
If you want a sauce for your sushi that has a little sweetness and vinegar, this is your sauce.
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Easy Sushi Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe To Flavor Your Rolls
Sesame Ginger Soy Sauce Recipe
Adding a little spiciness of the ginger can do a lot of good with loads of dishes, and it's salty enough not to need any other sauces to make your dish taste great!
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Sesame ginger soy sauce recipe
Homemade ponzu sauce recipe
Here's a simple but authentic homemade ponzo sauce recipe that's highly recommended!
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Ponzu Sauce Recipe
Nikiri sauce: homemade sweet soy sauce fish glaze recipe
There are many variations on the nikiri sauce recipe but it is usually made with soy sauce, dashi, mirin and sake in a 10:2:1:1 ratio.
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Homemade Nikiri sweet soy sauce glaze

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Benefits of using sushi sauces in recipes

When it comes to sushi, there are a lot of different ways that you can enjoy this delicious Japanese dish. One of the best things about sushi is that it can be enjoyed with a variety of different sauces, which can add a whole new level of flavor and excitement to your meal.

In fact, when sushi is prepared correctly, you don’t need to add any soy sauce or other sauces before eating a piece. The chef has combined flavors and textures to perfection so you should eat it the way he or she intended it.

It’s why you should always enjoy a piece of sushi in its entirety, so you can be sure you get all of the flavors in the correct amounts simultaneously.

Why you should add different sauces to your sushi too:

  • they can add a new flavor dimension to your sushi rolls
  • they can be used to add moisture and flavor to dry ingredients
  • they can be used as a dipping sauce for your sushi rolls if you intend your guests to finish the flavor profile at the table
  • they are perfectly doable when making your sushi at home, the sushi is the hard part here, not the sauce

Does sushi sauce make sushi better?

Sushis have a variety of advantages, including sushi Sauce, making sushi more enjoyable! It enhances the tastes of your favorite rolls, but the sushi sauce also makes your dishes taste deliciously healthy!

When making sushi sauce, you will probably have the most flavorful and healthy sushi recipe. Check out our list of seven delicious sushi recipes.

How to use these sushi sauces

The best way to use these is to use a squeeze bottle. The sauces can be pretty thin, except for the teriyaki and nitsume, so if you try to pour them on your sushi, they’ll just run off. By using a squeeze bottle, you can control how much sauce you use and where you place it on your sushi.

How to store homemade sushi sauces

These sauces can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I recommend storing them in Mason jars or other airtight containers to keep them fresh.

The advantage of making them yourself is you can use fresh ingredients without any additives. The downside is that you have to use them up pretty quickly, not like the shelf-life of 2+ years some of the bottled sauces have.


There are many different ways that you can enjoy sushi, and one of the best things about this dish is that it can be very versatile. If you’re looking for a way to add some new flavor to your sushi, then try out some of these delicious sushi sauce recipes.

With a little bit of creativity, you can transform your simple sushi meal into an amazing culinary experience. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Also read: these are the different types of sushi you need to know about

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.