Spicy Mayo for Sushi Recipe

An Asian spoon holding spicy mayonnaise on a platter of sushi.

Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

I may not be much of a sushi eater, but I certainly know the pinkish spicy sauce that adorns many rolls because it's my all-time favorite condiment—sriracha mayo!

You can go with more traditional Japanese hot sauces, but most times this sauce is born from the combination of sriracha and mayonnaise, so to create a good facsimile, that's as far as you really need to go. However, I do recommend the use of Japanese mayo, which is slightly sweeter and a little thinner than supermarket staples like Hellmann's, although if not eaten side-by-side, it can be tough to pinpoint the slight difference in flavor.

A splash of lime juice livens up the sauce, but it's also not completely necessary when the sriracha does most of the work of adding a spicy and garlic-y depth to tangy and creamy mayo. It makes what I consider a supersauce, which goes beyond sushi and is incredible on burgers, fries, sandwiches... this list could go on for a long time.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Active: 2 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 5 servings
Makes: 10 tablespoons

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, preferably Japanese

  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce, plus more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Sriracha, and lime juice. Taste and add more Sriracha to desired spiciness. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
157 Calories
17g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 157
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 31mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)