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Spicy exchange / 2022

Best hot sauces for sushi

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Is sushi normally spicy?

Traditional sushi tends to be mild, focusing on whole, fresh, and simple ingredients. But spicy sushi is increasing in popularity.

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You can add hot sauce to the filling of sushi, drizzle it on top, mix it with mayo for a spicy mayo, or dip your sushi in hot sauce to kick up the heat.

Adding hot sauce to sushi

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Sriracha

Sriracha is an obvious pick for sushi-compatible hot sauces. It is one of the most common and popular pairings for sushi.

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Gochujang is a fermented chili paste from Korea. There are several gochujang hot sauces to choose from that go well with sushi.

Gochujang

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Sambal oelek

Sambal oelek is an Indonesian chili paste made from chilis, salt, and acid. It tastes sharper and spicier than Sriracha because it is simpler in ingredients.

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Chili garlic sauce is another great pick. If you like Sriracha, you will love this one! It is more of a paste than a sauce, and does not contain any sugar.

Chili garlic sauce

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