Selfmade Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari)


I just lately noticed a pile of younger ginger at an Asian grocery retailer, so I made a decision to make Pickled Sushi Ginger from scratch. Pickled Sushi Ginger is produced from items of thinly sliced ginger and a candy and bitter pickling liquid. And it has a contact of warmth that comes from the ginger. It’s typically served as a condiment for sushi.

Hero shot of Homemade Pickled Sushi Ginger.

Pickled Sushi Ginger is an ideal palate cleanser to take away the fishy style, and in sushi terminology, it’s known as ‘gari’ (ガリ). It’s surprisingly simple to make gari. The bottom line is to make use of younger ginger and slice it very thinly.

About Gari and Younger Ginger

The title ‘gari’ got here from a straight-out onomatopoeia of once you eat a bit of ginger. The raspy sound of consuming ginger and slicing the ginger is expressed as ‘garigari’ (ガリガリ) in Japanese.

Apparently, there are millions of onomatopoeias within the Japanese language and Japanese makes use of it 3 times as typically as English. So, it’s no surprises {that a} unusual phrase like ‘gari’ is adopted to the pickled ginger.

Top down photo of Homemade Pickled Sushi Ginger.

Gari is a quite simple pickle made by preserving thinly sliced ginger in a candy and bitter liquid known as ‘amazu’ (甘酢). There are totally different recipes for amazu. Amazu is the generic title for candy and bitter flavouring.

As you may see in my recipes Crab and Cucumber Salad with Candy Vinegar Dressing (Amazu) and Pickled Chrysanthemum Radish, the substances and the proportion of every ingredient will be totally different, however the distinguished flavour of amazu is good and bitter.

You should buy Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari) at supermarkets and Japanese/Asian grocery shops. It would are available a plastic pack or in a glass jar. The color of gari will be mild yellow or mild pink.

Two kinds of store-bought Pickled Sushi Ginger.

A really younger recent ginger comprises anthocyanin pigments. When ginger is marinated in vinegar, the pigments turn into crimson by oxidation. It’s possible you’ll discover the small reddish tip on the floor of the younger ginger. In case your ginger is just not very younger, your Pickled Sushi Ginger might not turn into pinkish.

The ginger that you just often discover at supermarkets and vegetable outlets is older ginger with thick mild brown pores and skin, whereas younger ginger has skinny, smooth pores and skin, which is semi-transparent. It’s possible you’ll not even should peel the smooth pores and skin when utilizing the younger ginger. The flesh of the younger ginger is yellowish and far juicier.

What’s in my Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari)

Ingredients for Homemade Pickled Sushi Ginger.

  • Younger ginger, very thinly sliced
  • Salt


You’ll be able to substitute rice wine vinegar with wine vinegar or apple vinegar.

Slicing ginger to make gari

You will need to slice the ginger as skinny as attainable, ideally to 0.5mm/ 1/64″ and not more than 1mm/ 1/32″. The thicker slice of ginger makes the pickled ginger spicier and the feel tougher.

Step-by-step photo of preparing sliced ginger.

The big irregular form of ginger must be reduce into sections just like the photograph above, in order that slicing turns into simpler, and every sliced piece is just not too massive. The flesh of younger ginger is sort of smooth, so you have to slice the ginger alongside the path of the fibre.

It’s not simple to persistently slice ginger by hand utilizing a knife. A pointy knife definitely helps, however you probably have a slicer with a 0.5mm/ 1/64″ thickness, you can also make evenly sliced ginger rapidly.

Tips on how to make Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari)

Step-by-step photo of making Homemade Pickled Sushi Ginger.

  1. Boil thinly sliced ginger in water with a pinch of salt.
  2. Drain and let it cool.
  3. Take away extra water from ginger slices.
  4. Warmth the Amazu substances in a saucepan.
  5. Put ginger slices and the recent amazu in a container/jar.
  6. Let it cool and place it within the fridge for a day.

Younger ginger is just not obtainable all 12 months spherical at vegetable outlets and it’s possible you’ll not have the ability to discover younger ginger the place you reside. However don’t fear, it’s attainable to make gari with regular ginger.

Young ginger and normal ginger.

Left: Younger ginger with sift pores and skin, proper: Regular ginger with onerous pores and skin.

You can also make gari with regular ginger in the identical means as above, however just be sure you slice the ginger perpendicular to the path of the fibre after peeling the pores and skin.

The gari made with regular ginger is spicier and extra pungent than the one made with younger ginger. The sliced ginger will not be as smooth and tender because the younger ginger both, however you may nonetheless benefit from the style and crunchiness of it.

Pickled Sushi Ginger can hold for a few 12 months within the fridge.

Taking a small amount of gari from the pickling container.


Hero shot of Homemade Pickled Sushi Ginger.

Selfmade Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari)

Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari) is thinly sliced ginger with a candy and bitter flavour. It has a contact of warmth from the ginger. It’s best to make use of younger ginger, because the flesh is softer and fewer pungent. However you can also make Gari utilizing regular ginger as properly.

Do not forget to see the part ‘MEAL IDEAS’ beneath the recipe card! It provides you a listing of dishes that I’ve already posted and this recipe that may make up an entire meal. I hope it’s of assist to you.

Recipe Kind:




Key phrase:

ginger recipe, sushi condiment

Serves: 1 cup (approximate)

Writer: Yumiko

Substances (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

  • 300g/10.6oz
    younger ginger
  • 1/2


  • 120ml/4.1fl oz
    konbu dashi
  • 120ml/4.1fl oz
    rice vinegar
    (be aware 1)
  • 5
  • 1/2


Making ready Ginger

  1. You probably have a big piece of ginger, break it into smaller spherical sections which are simpler to slice (see the photograph on the submit). Trim off the small pointy bits round every bit of ginger if there are any.

  2. Utilizing the backbone of your knife or a spoon, scrape off the skinny pores and skin of every piece of ginger (be aware 2), then place them in a bowl stuffed with water. Go away it for quarter-hour or so.

  3. Slice every bit of ginger very thinly alongside the path of the fibre (be aware 2). The thickness of the slices is ideally 0.5mm/ 1/64″ and not more than 1mm/ 1/32″ (be aware 3).

Making Gari

  1. Put sufficient water to boil ginger slices in a pot. Add a pinch of salt and produce it to a boil.

  2. Add ginger slices to the pot and boil for 1 minute.

  3. Drain and allow them to cool.

  4. Take away extra water from ginger slices, by urgent them onerous between your palms (be aware 4). Put the ginger in an hermetic container or a jar.

  5. Put all of the Amazu substances in a pot and warmth it to dissolve sugar and salt. Flip the warmth off simply earlier than it begins boiling (extended boiling will cut back the acidity style from the amazu).

  6. Add the recent amazu to the container with ginger. Sizzling amazu will make the spiciness of the ginger milder.

  7. Let the pickled ginger cool, then place it within the fridge for a day earlier than consuming.

Recipe Notes

1. You’ll be able to substitute it with wine vinegar or apple vinegar.

2. In case you are utilizing regular ginger with onerous pores and skin, peel the pores and skin off and slice it perpendicular to the path of the fibre.

3. You will need to slice the ginger as skinny as attainable. See extra particulars within the part SLICING THE GINGER TO MAKE GARI on this submit.

4. That is to stop the ginger slices from getting broken and damaged.

5. Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari) retains a few 12 months within the fridge.


Meal Concepts

A typical Japanese meal consists of a foremost dish, a few aspect dishes, a soup and rice. I attempt to give you a mix of dishes with a wide range of flavours, colors, textures and make-ahead dishes.

It’s a bit troublesome to give you a meal set utilizing Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari) since gari is a condiment. So, I made a decision to point out you a listing of dishes that go properly with Pickled Sushi Ginger as a condiment. Naturally, a lot of them are sushi dishes.

It’s not within the images beneath, however having some Gari as a topping for a inexperienced salad provides a refreshing style to the salad.

A list of dishes that goes well with Homemade Pickled Sushi Ginger.



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