Do you love sushi?  Have you tried to make it at home?  Why not make the sushi ginger, gari, at home!

With the increased popularity of sushi, many are stepping up to the challenge to make sushi at home.  It’s easy to make the pickled ginger that accompanies sushi, called gari, as well.
Gari is used to cleanse your pallet,  recommended to enjoy in between your different varieties of sashimi or sushi.  Ginger is also great for your digestive system and for fending off the common cold.
Everytime I have gari, I recall Kan-chan, a sushi owner/chef  in Tokyo.  One day when we visited his restaurant with our first born son, he was a little surprised to hear we had named him Gary.  Yes, in Japanese it happens to sound similar to gari, except the ginger version sounds like the ‘ga’ in Lady Gaga.  We do love sushi but not that much!

My sensei always makes her own gari and her recipe is easy to adapt for small batches.  In this recipe I used just one large fresh ginger root and was able to make enough for a small 8 oz. jam jar.

Sushi Ginger, Gari
Recipe type: pickles
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 6
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These are the ginger pickles that are a condiment for sushi
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  1. sterilize jar in hot water, or use dishwasher
  2. peel ginger and slice into very thin bite size pieces, you may use a mandolin
  3. put sliced ginger into jar and you may squeeze them in.
  4. in a pot heat ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup water and add ¼ cup sugar
  5. bring to a boil and until all sugar dissolves
  6. pour the hot liquid into the jar, screw on lid and flip it upside down for five minutes. This will seal the lid.
  7. refrigerate

Gari can be enjoyed with sushi and other Asian dishes as well, such as fried noodles or even a stir-fry!  Hope you try home-made gari!

Photo: Pixabay

3 thoughts on “Sushi Ginger, Gari”

  1. Oh great!! The last time I tried to make sushi Gari at home, it didn’t taste that good but now I know where I went wrong………..I put too little ginger. you know what I just copied you recipe exactly as it is and I’ll let you know the outcome. Thanks a lot!!!!

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