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Some Like It Hot: A Guide to the Ideal Wasabi Preparation and Application Method

Last updated 6 years ago

Are you ready to take your sushi experience to the next level? If so, incorporating wasabi into your next visit to the sushi bar can be the perfect way to do so. This spicy condiment, which is made from a plant that is in the same family as horseradish and mustard, offers a unique complement to the sweet, savory, and bold flavors of different sushi rolls. Take a look at the information below to learn more about preparing and applying wasabi to your sushi.

  • Go Lightly - No matter how you choose to eat wasabi, it is essential that you apply it lightly. The extreme spiciness of wasabi can easily overwhelm the flavors of sushi, as well as your palate! Try adding just a small amount of wasabi to a roll, and slowly increase the amount you eat until you have found the perfect level of hot flavor for your tastes.
  • Divide or Dip - One of the simplest ways to eat wasabi with sushi is to simply dip each sushi piece into the wasabi as you go. However, it can be easy to get too much wasabi in a single bite when using this method. For a more cautious approach, divide the wasabi that accompanies your sushi roll into equal portions, and then apply one portion to each piece of sushi.
  • Mix It Up - Another common method for preparing wasabi to be eaten with sushi is to mix it with soy sauce first. This creates a wasabi sauce that is easy to dip your sushi into without getting too much wasabi on a single piece. In addition, the soy sauce adds an extra layer of complexity which further enhances the flavors of the sushi roll.

No matter how you choose to enjoy wasabi with your sushi, you’ll have a great experience when you choose to dine at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. With an extensive sushi menu and a friendly staff who is ready to answer any questions you may have, Kabuki provides the perfect sushi bar experience. Visit our website to find the nearest location and put your new wasabi expertise to use today.


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