Sushi Sauce Recipes: Dynamite, Eel, Mango (2024)


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These 3 Sushi Sauce Recipes are super easy to make, and taste fantastic. Have fun combining them with various sushi roll types!

Originally published April 7, 2017, Updated on 08/30/20

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3 recipes posted in as many days! I'm on a roll - a sushi roll, in this case! (Sorry!)

In truth, the recipes I'm posting this week are all in lead-up to a big post I plan to make next week, which will be referring back to all of them. It'll be a fun one! Anyway, *this* post is all about Sushi Sauce Recipes.

We love making sushi at home. While we do tend to stick to a certain few items (Tuna and/or salmon, usually with avocados, cucumber, and/or mango), sometimes we like to branch out and have a bit more fun with it - especially if we're feeding more than just us.

These 3 Sushi Sauce Recipes are super quick and easy to make, and can make the spread a little more polished and impressive, when entertaining.

While each has a roll or two that they're traditionally served with, it can be fun to play around with, finding new roll combinations that taste amazing

The Dynamite and Mango sauces are gluten free by default, to make gluten-free eel sauce, just be sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce.

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How to Use These 3 Sushi Sauce Recipes

There are two main ways that I’ll serve these sauces:

Squeeze Bottle

I like these squeeze bottles - not only are they good for serving the sauces - being able to easily squeeze a uniform drizzle over the sushi - they’re great for storing them in the fridge, as well!

Pastry Bag

If you have disposable pastry bags on hand - but not the squeeze bottles - this is a good way to be able to drizzle the sauces over sushi.

Just spoon your sauce into a pastry bag, cut the tip off the pastry bag, and drizzle your sauce over the sushi.

This method isn’t great for storage, so I tend to only spoon small amounts into the pastry bag, and just throw out the pastry bag when I’m done. The remaining sauce can be stored in a resealable container in the fridge.

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Other Recipes You May Like

For sushi to use these sauces on, be sure to try my Tuna Avocado Mango Maki, and my Spicy Tuna Maki. If you're feeling ambitious and social, here's the info for our DIY Sushi Potluck parties!

Other than those, here are a few more sushi-adjacent recipes:

DIY Sushi Birthday Cake
Easy Sushi Casserole
Homemade Gyoza / Potstickers
How to Make Sushi Rice
Mango Salad
Matcha Green Tea Pavlova
Pepper Crusted Tuna with Wasabi Cream Sauce

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What is Eel Sauce?

Also known as Unagi sauce, this is probably the most popular sushi sauce in North America. Eel sauce is a dark, rich, thick, and sticky sauce. It’s sweet, but also heavy on the umami - savoury.

While Eel Sauce is traditionally used on eel rolls - or on grilled eel dishes - this one tends to get used on many different types of rolls. Whenever you’ve had a dark brown sauce on sushi... chances are good that it was an Eel Sauce.

In addition to sushi, you can use Eel Sauce on many different foods.

If you think of it like a Japanese BBQ sauce - it was, after all, intended for use on grilled eel! - you can see that it’ll be great on things like grilled veggies, fish (especially salmon!), chicken, and even beef.

How to Make Eel Sauce

Making Eel Sauce is really easy - you just place the ingredients in a sauce pan, and simmer it til it’s nice and thick.

Don’t let it get TOO thick in the pan, though - it does thicken slightly more as it cools.

What is Eel Sauce Made of?

Eel sauce doesn’t actually contain eel - though traditionally, it did. No, it’s actually a vegan friendly sauce, though you’d never guess as much, from the name alone!

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Eel Sauce Ingredients

My Easy Eel sauce uses only 3 ingredients... and each one brings something important to the mix:


Mirin is a Japanese sweet wine used in Japanese cooking. Some common uses are in teriyaki sauce, stir fries

In Eel Sauce, Mirin balances out the sugar by bringing some acidity to the mix. It also contributes a little to the umami flavour profile, but mostly just enhances flavour through the acid.

If you’re not able to find Mirin, you can substitute a dry sherry

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce brings the umami flavour base to the eel sauce, as well as the saltiness.

Soy sauce is also what prevents this sauce from being inherently gluten-free, unlike the Dynamite Sauce and Mango Sauce.

If you need your Eel Sauce to be gluten-free, use a gluten-free soy sauce, tamari, or even coconut aminos instead of basic soy sauce.


Sugar obviously contributes the bulk of the sweetness in Eel Sauce (with Mirin contributing a little as well), but it also serves to create the *body* of the sauce.

As your Eel sauce boils down, the sugar is forming a thick syrup. Without sugar, you would have a very runny sauce - not at all appetizing to drizzle over sushi rolls!

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Eel Sauce for Sushi

Eel sauce is the dark, sweet sauce used on grilled eel, as well as many types of sushi rolls

Prep Time2 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Total Time22 minutes mins

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: Sushi

Servings: 20 rolls - ¾ cup

Calories: 32kcal

Author: Marie Porter


  • Plastic Squeeze Bottles


  • ½ cup Soy Sauce Gluten Free if needed
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Mirin Japanese sweet wine


  • Combine all three ingredients in a small saucepan, whisk well to combine.

  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat, and simmer gently until sauce volume has reduced to about ¾ cup. (If you boil it hard, you will end up with a caramel, not a sauce!)

  • Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature.

  • Once cooled, transfer to fridge and chill until you’re ready to use it.

  • To serve, spoon sauce into a pastry bag or a sauce bottle (pictured). Cut the tip off the pastry bag (if applicable), squeeze sauce over prepared sushi, as desired.


Traditionally used for eel rolls, this sauce is great on any roll that has a robust or complex flavour. For big fans of eel sauce, it works on almost anything – but can overpower the flavour on rolls with more mild fish


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

What is Dynamite Sauce?

Dynamite Sauce is probably THE most common sauce used on sushi. It’s the light pink spicy sushi sauce you’ll see drizzled over all kinds of different rolls, usually Spicy Sushi Rolls.

It’s also commonly used *inside* rolls. If you order a “Spicy ____ Roll” and the inside is a bit creamy? That’s likely dynamite sauce!

We also like it on crab or shrimp based rolls... and just in general. I consider this sauce to be fairly “neutral”, in that garlic and chili pepper basically goes well with anything.

While there are plenty of rolls that don’t necessarily need the addition of dynamite sauce, I can’t think of any that this sauce would clash or otherwise NOT work with.

How to Make Dynamite Sauce

Dynamite sauce is SUPER simple sauce to make - it’s only 2 ingredients, and is just stirred together. No cooking required!

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Dynamite Sauce Ingredients


Not a whole lot to say on mayo as an ingredient, TBH.

When it comes to Dynamite Sauce, I find that the more basic the mayo, the better. I don’t bother with anything like Olive Oil or avocado specialty mayo, for instance.

Also, while I’m not anti-Miracle Whip in general, I prefer to use actual mayo for Dynamite Sauce.

Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha Sauce is a popular garlic-chili condiment, made from chili peppers, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and salt. You’ve likely seen a bottle of it on tables at Vietnamese restaurants.

Sriracha is the standard sauce used to bring the flavour and heat to Dynamite sauce, but feel free to branch out a bit if you’d like - or If you don’t have sriracha on hand.

I’m a big fan of Jeow sauce, which also makes a great spicy mayo. In this case, you may want to consider the rolls you’ll be serving it on, as the flavour isn’t quite as “neutral” as sriracha. It’s got a lot more umami, some fish sauce, mushrooms, etc. Potent, too!

Sambal Oelek is another possible substitution. It’s basically the Indonesian analog to sriracha, so substitutes very cleanly - it has the same “neutrality” as Sriracha when it comes to pairing it with rolls.

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Dynamite Sauce Recipe

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Dynamite Sauce for Sushi

Dynamite Sauce is a popular sauce to drizzle over sushi... and it's super easy to make!

Prep Time2 minutes mins

Total Time2 minutes mins

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: Sushi

Servings: 6 rolls - ½ cup.

Calories: 127kcal

Author: Marie Porter


  • Plastic Squeeze Bottles


  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp+ Sriracha


  • Whisk together ingredients until well combined and uniform.

  • Taste, add more Sriracha if you like.

  • Chill until you’re ready to use it.

  • To serve, spoon sauce into a pastry bag or a sauce bottle (pictured). Cut the tip off the pastry bag (if applicable), squeeze sauce over prepared sushi, as desired.


This is a very versatile sauce. It’s a great drizzle for “spicy” rolls (and can be used to mix in with fish to make spicy filling), but is also great to give a kick to any roll


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

What is Mango Sauce?

Not every sushi restaurant uses a mango sauce, but when they do... it’s a thing of beauty!

This sauce is brightly flavoured - and coloured - and brings a burst of sweet fruit flavour to any roll it’s used on. We especially love this one on tuna rolls, tuna avocado rolls, most vegetable based rolls, and most crab based rolls.

Mango Sauce Ingredients


Use a fresh, ripe mango that’s in good shape. You want it good and juicy, but not bruised or browning yet.

Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar brings the tartness to the sauce, and balances off against the sugar and mango.

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While mango is sweet on its own, it does need a bit of help from added sugar, for this sauce. This also forms a bit of the body of the sauce

Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is there to help form the body of the sauce - it’s there to help with the texture, and doesn’t really contribute to flavour at all.

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Mango Sauce for Sushi

Mango sauce is a sweet, a bit sour, and perfect on many types of sushi. We love it on tuna and avocado based rolls in particular!

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time5 minutes mins

Cooling time5 minutes mins

Total Time15 minutes mins

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: Sushi

Servings: 12 rolls / 1 cup

Calories: 53kcal

Author: Marie Porter


  • Plastic Squeeze Bottles


  • cup Rice Vinegar
  • cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large Ripe Mango
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together vinegar, sugar, and salt.

  • Bring just to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature.

  • Peel and seed the mango. Chop mango flesh into chunks, place into a blender with cooled vinegar-sugar mixture and vegetable oil.

  • Blitz until very smooth.

  • Transfer sauce to serving container, cover and, chill until you’re ready to use it.

  • To serve, spoon sauce into a pastry bag or a sauce bottle (pictured). Cut the tip off the pastry bag (if applicable), squeeze sauce over prepared sushi, as desired.



We love this one over tuna based rolls and vegetable based rolls in particular


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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Sushi Sauce Recipes: Dynamite, Eel, Mango (2024)


What is Unagi sauce made of? ›

So, What Ingredients Are In Eel Sauce? Eel sauce is a simple reduction of only four ingredients: sake, mirin, sugar, and soy sauce. Due to its sugar and salt content, the sauce keeps quite well, so don't be afraid to make too much (you can even freeze it).

What is the sauce they put on sushi? ›

Soy Sauce

There are several different types of soy sauce, including light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and tamari. Light soy sauce is the most commonly used in sushi and has a lighter, more delicate flavor than dark soy sauce.

What is mango sauce made of? ›

Peel mango; remove and discard the pit. Cut mango into chunks, and place in the bowl of a food processor, along with 5 tablespoons water, lemon juice, and sugar. Process until the mango is pureed, about 1 minute.

Does eel sauce have eel in it? ›

Eel sauce, or unagi no tare (うなぎのたれ), is a thick and sweetened soy sauce. Traditionally, it is used on grilled eel or dishes that feature grilled eel, such as unagi don or unagi sushi, and doesn't contain eel.

What is the famous sauce in Japan? ›

Shoyu is the most widely used condiment in Japanese cuisine and found in or added to a large number of dishes. The fermented soybean product adds depth to a dish when cooked together or when used as a dipping sauce like for sushi. There are different types of soy sauce, including light and dark ones.

Is unagi and eel sauce the same? ›

Eel sauce is also called nitsume or kabayaki sauce, and unagi no tare in Japanese. It's a sweet and salty sauce that goes great over grilled fish or chicken and is a common drizzle over sushi.

What's the difference between unagi and unagi? ›

To cut a long story short, Unago is a saltwater eel, while Unagi is a freshwater eel. When eaten, Anago refers to the white-spotted conger eel, which can be found widely spread across the Northwest Pacific near the coast of Japan.

Why is eel sauce called eel sauce? ›

So, why is it called eel sauce then? Because it's commonly used to glaze eel in Japanese cooking. Unagi (freshwater eel) is commonly cooked kabayaki style; that's where a fish is gutted, scaled, deboned, and cut into squares, then skewered, dipped in a marinade and grilled. For unagi, that marinade is eel sauce.

What do you use eel sauce for? ›

Eel sauce is so called because it's primarily used on grilled eel dishes like unagi donbiri (unadon) and on eel sushi. It's also delicious on yaki-onigiri and other grilled treats, and of course on those brobdingnagian Western “rolls.”

Are hoisin and eel sauce the same? ›

No, eel sauce and hoisin sauce are not the same. While both are sweet and savory condiments commonly used in Asian cuisine, eel sauce is typically made with soy sauce, mirin, and sugar, whereas hoisin sauce contains soybean paste, garlic, vinegar, and various spices, resulting in different flavor profiles.

What is the thick soy sauce on sushi called? ›

The dark soy sauce 'tamari' is often a favourite for dipping sushi in Japan due to it being less salty, with a rich umami flavour, as well as being used to make teriyaki sauce. It contains a high proportion of soybeans and can sometimes be made without wheat.

What brings out the flavor of mango? ›

To bring out flavor, chill chunked mangoes with a wedge of lemon or lime. Or purée them with a splash of lime to make a delicious, brightly colored sauce for desserts (like this coconut rice pudding topped with mangoes). The mango's cool, juicy flavor complements spicy dishes such as curries.

Why is mango flavor so good? ›

Mangoes are one of the world's most popular fruits likely a result of its creamy but fruity taste. It has a slightly pine/ evergreen taste with floral, terpeney and sweet flavours. As well, mangoes are cultivated in most frost-free tropical and sub-tropical regions with India being the largest producer.

What is the creamy mango called? ›

Alphonso is considered the king of mangoes in India. They are large in size with bright yellow skin. Alphonso has a creamy, rich, sweet, and juicy flavor and smooth texture.

What is the most popular type of sauce? ›

Some of the most popular sauces used in cooking include tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and pesto. These sauces are versatile and can be used in a wide variety of dishes to add flavor and depth.

What sauce is more popular? ›

Tomato ketchup

Tomato ketchup doesnt need much of an introduction seeing as it is considered the most popular dipping sauce around the world.

What is the white sauce on top of sushi? ›

Yum Yum Sauce (also known as White Sauce, Sakura Sauce, or Japanese Steakhouse Shrimp Sauce) has been commonly found in Japanese steakhouses for years. More recently, people have started to notice this sauce appearing in sushi restaurants as well.

What is the green sauce on sushi called? ›

Wasabi is the green paste that you will find served with sushi dishes. It is very spicy and should be used lightly. However, it plays a vital role in your meal. Wasabi aids digestion and helps keep the fish safe for eating.

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