An Even Better Spicy Mayo Recipe for Sushi and Beyond

It’s hard to beat the two-ingredient spicy mayo that you get in American sushi restaurants, but we like our slightly amped up even better spicy mayo recipe…even better. It’s great for sushi and poke bowls, sure. But it also makes a fabulous dip, sandwich spread, and salad dressing. 

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Why we love spicy mayo (and you do, too)

Sushi is basically the best thing in the world, and spicy sushi is even better. The secret to sushi restaurants’ simple but simply epic sauce is Kewpie mayonnaise. Once you know that, you’re pretty much golden.

We’ve got the formula for regular (and totally amazing) spicy sauce right here below.

And we’ve also got our VERY favorite, even BETTER spicy sauce, which adds a couple of extra ingredients to boost the flavor and umami to the next level.

Spicy mayo ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make either basic spicy sauce or our even better spicy mayo. You’ll need:

  • Kewpie mayonnaise
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • A minced shallot
Even Better Spicy Mayo Recipe Ingredients and Process _ Umami Girl

How to make spicy mayo (a.k.a. spicy sauce for sushi)

You’ve got two choices for excellent spicy sauce. You can watch the simple process for both in action in the video that accompanies this post.

For basic spicy sauce, you will stir together Kewpie mayo and sriracha. That’s it!

For even better spicy sauce, you’ll add some lower-sodium soy sauce and a bit of minced shallot to the mix.

Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Even Better Spicy Mayo Recipe Ingredients and Process 2 _ Umami Girl

What is Kewpie mayo?

Good question. Easy answer. Kewpie is a Japanese brand of mayonnaise that’s creamier, tangier, and more umami-fied than American mayo. It’s made with egg yolks instead of whole eggs, has a thinner consistency that makes it popular as a salad dressing base, and, not gonna lie, it has a little MSG in it. (Psst…so do a lot of the things you probably eat, just sayin.) That combination of characteristics is one of the reasons you love spicy sauce so much, and why it’s not the same if you make it at home with regular mayo.

The good news is that Kewpie is pretty easy to get these days, whether via Amazon, your local east Asian specialty market, or even regular grocery and big box store.

So that shouldn’t stop you from making spicy mayo at home. Nor, really, should anything else. I’ll leave you to it.

How to use spicy mayo

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use spicy mayo:

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An Even Better Spicy Mayo Recipe

It's hard to beat the good old two-ingredient spicy mayo that you get at sushi restaurants, but we like this slightly amped up version even better. Don't substitute regular mayo for the Kewpie mayo except in an emergency. It's...kinda everything.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lower sodium tamari (or other good soy sauce)
  • 1/2 shallot, minced

Directions

  1. Stir all ingredients together and serve as a sauce or salad dressing.
  2. Store leftovers tightly sealed in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 97 Total Fat:: 10.3g Carbohydrates:: 0.8g Fiber:: 0.1g Protein:: 0.3g

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