A Shopping List for Sushi Ingredients

A Shopping List for Sushi Ingredients

Sushi as we know it today is a Japanese food tradition consisting of rice mixed with vinegar combined with seafood and fish - sushi is often prepared with raw seafood. What may surprise you is that Norwegian salmon is the original salmon on sushi. 

Here we list what you need to buy to make your own delicious sushi recipes at home.

 You need:

  • Filets from your favourite fish, without skin and bones

  • Sushi rice, use round grained rice

  • Nori seaweed  

  • Rice vinegar

  • Soy sauce

  • Wasabi

  • Pickled ginger

  • Bamboo rolling mat

  • Fruit and vegetables

  • Chopsticks

Remember you have to freeze the fish before it is used. The exception is farmed Norwegian salmon that is free from parasites and can be served fresh.

Ingredients list

Rice: The Japanese word sushi means marinated rice, so rice is a key ingredient. Use round grained, Japanese sushi rice.

Nori seaweed: Nori is dark green, wafer-thin sheets of dried and pressed seaweed used for maki.

Rice vinegar: Rice vinegar is the key ingredient used to marinate the sushi rice. You can also purchase the marinade ready-made, under the name of seasoned sushi vinegar or sushi-su.

Soy sauce: Soy sauce is a condiment made from a fermented paste of boiled soybeans, roasted grain, brine, and salt. Use small bowls for the soy sauce to dip the sushi in. It is common to mix wasabi into the soy sauce to get the desired strength.

Wasabi: Wasabi is a green paste made of a Japanese plant that tastes like strong horseradish. It is very spicy, so be careful with the amount if you are not used to it. It is common to mix the wasabi directly to the soy sauce to get the desired strength. You can purchase wasabi as a powder to be dissolved in water or as a ready-made paste.

Pickled ginger: Pickled ginger is eaten between each piece of sushi as a palate cleanser, to prepare your taste buds for the next piece. You can purchase pickled ginger ready-made, or you can pickle your own fresh young ginger root.

Bamboo rolling mat: A rolling mat of bamboo makes it easy to shape maki rolls. For extra hygiene, cover the rolling mat with cling film.

Fruit and vegetables: Fruit and vegetables is often mixed with the fish in maki rolls. Use whatever fruit and vegetables you like, for instance mango, avocado, spring onions and cucumber.

Vinegar water: Use a bowl of water with a little bit of vinegar to moist your fingers when you form the rice, to prevent the rice from sticking to your fingers.

How to serve sushi: It is surprisingly easy to make sushi at home, so why not give it a try?  When serving, simply place the sushi pieces on a serving plate and add some pickled ginger and wasabi. For a more decorative topping, you can try adding a small quantity of fish roe to the top of each maki piece. Alternatively sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds over pieces of sushi for a crunchy nutty taste. When setting the table, use small bowls for soy sauce for dipping the sushi, and eat with chopsticks.