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Sushi Ginger

Making pickled sushi ginger at home is easy, quick, and you only need a few ingredients!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Keyword ginger sushi, how to make sushi ginger, pickled ginger sushi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 Jar
Calories 184kcal
Author Aline Cueni


  • 3.5 oz ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Peel the ginger with a sharp teaspoon and slice it finely using a mandoline slicer or sharp knife. Add it with ½ tsp salt in a small bowl, mix, and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Bring a small saucepan with water to the boil. Add salted ginger and cook for 1 minute (up to 5 minutes for less spicy and mild sushi ginger). Drain over a sieve, wait until cool, and squeeze out all excess liquid using your hands. Fill the ginger in a small mason jar.
  • Add rice vinegar, sugar, and salt into the same saucepan. Bring to a boil, switch off the heat, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour it over the ginger and if necessary, press the ginger down with a tablespoon so that it is fully covered with the liquid. Close the lid, let it cool, and refrigerate for at least a few hours before serving.
  • Keeps fresh for weeks if stored in the refrigerator.


  • Ginger Cooking Time: 1 minute is for spicy ginger, the longer you cook it, the less spicy it gets. Don't cook longer than 5 minutes.
  • Eaten up all the ginger? Don't spill the vinegar mixture. Keep it in the fridge and use it next time to prepare a stir-fry sauce, mixed with soy sauce and a little brown sugar.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1759mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg