Powerful Wasabi Sushi Sauce Recipe That’ll Wake Your Tastebuds
This recipe is ideal for those who don’t want to get the bottled version and want to make a healthier version with clean ingredients.
If you don’t want to put wasabi paste on your sushi, you can make this delicious sauce in a few minutes and dip sushi rolls or sashimi into it.
In this post we'll cover:
- 1 Creamy Homemade Wasabi Sushi Sauce
- 2 Cooking tips
- 3 Substitutes & variations
- 4 How to use wasabi sauce with sushi
- 5 Storage
- 6 Conclusion
Creamy Homemade Wasabi Sushi Sauce
- ¼ cup wasabi powder
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (or olive oil)
- 1 tbsp mustard (Dijon preferably)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- Place the wasabi powder, rice vinegar, and mustard in the food processor.
- Slowly add in the water while the machine is turned on.
- Next, pour the oil in slowly until the mixture turns into a slightly thick sauce.
- Add the salt and let the processor mix the sauce for about one minute.
- Once ready, put the sauce in a squeeze bottle or serving dish.
The trick to making it creamy is slowly adding the liquid ingredients, so everything has time to mix and settle. Once the water is in, grab the oil so you can pour that in right after.
Mixing it all doesn’t have to take that long, so just a minute is fine after everything is in.
Substitutes & variations
How to substitute Dijon mustard with other mustards
Dijon mustard has a particular type of mustard flavor and consistency, so substituting it with other types of mustard will result in a different flavor and texture.
For example, using yellow mustard will make the sauce tarter, while using whole-grain mustard will make it more grainy.
The sauce does need a bit of mustard though, so you should have some on hand.
Substitute wasabi powder with wasabi paste
Of course, some type of wasabi is paramount in this sauce. If you can’t find any wasabi powder, then go ahead and use wasabi paste.
The amount you’ll need to use will depend on how spicy you want the sauce to be, so start with a little and add more to taste.
If you don’t have either of those items, then regular old horseradish will work in a pinch. It’s not the same, but it’ll still give you some wasabi flavor.
Substitute for rice vinegar
There are a few different types of vinegar that can be used as a substitute for rice vinegar. The most common substitutes are white vinegar and apple cider vinegar.
White vinegar is the most similar in acidity, while apple cider vinegar will add a bit of sweetness to the sauce. If you use either of these substitutes, you may want to add a bit more sugar to the recipe to balance out the flavors.
Here’s another sauce variation I like:
How to use wasabi sauce with sushi
This sauce is the perfect condiment for sushi. Whether you’re using it as a dipping sauce or topping, it’ll add a nice flavor to your sushi rolls.
If you’re using it as a dipping sauce, you can dip the sushi directly into the sauce or use a brush to apply it. If you’re using it as a topping, simply spoon a small amount onto each piece of sushi.
This sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Be sure to put it in an airtight container so it doesn’t lose flavor.
And that’s all there is to it! This wasabi sushi sauce recipe is simple and takes a few minutes to make. So the next time you’re in the mood for some delicious sushi, try it. Enjoy!
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.