Usually when we have sushi, we dip it in soy sauce with some wasabi mixed in (actually that’s not true, it’s usually horseradish sold as wasabi). This dipping sauce isn’t really appropriate for all types of sushi in my opinion. For example, if you had some sushi with a really nice sauce on it, you wouldn’t want to hide or distort the flavour with a sharp wasabi and soy sauce mix. Actually, you possibly wouldn’t even need sauce in this example, but I wanted to use this example to help change your mind about sushi sauces so you’re open to the idea of a teriyaki sushi sauce instead.
This sushi sauce is quick and easy to make. It’s also very sweet, so it’s a stark contrast from the traditional wasabi soy sauce you’re probably used to. Because of this sweetness, it’s very moreish and works well with sushi that would otherwise taste better with it’s own sauce, such as nigirizushi or fish rolls. However, because of the sweetness, it’s also not an appropriate dipping sauce for all types of sushi. I’ll let you use your judgement about what you think it works with. You can use this sauce as a dipping sauce, or a flavour enhancer spooned over each piece of sushi (but be careful not to get the nori wet as it will break apart).
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Add a sploosh of mirin to a bowl (the body of the sauce is mirin)
- Add several drops of soy sauce
- Add a few drops of sesame oil and stir
- Microwave for 30 seconds
- Stir and microwave for a further 30 seconds