5 Ingredients that Give Sushi an Extra Kick

5 Ingredients that Give Sushi an Extra Kick

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There is sushi, and then there is SUSHI – with a kick. Spicy Sushi fans know the difference. Our amazing and talented chefs here at Sukhothai in South Beach can turn it up a notch or two or three, with everything from chili oil to chili flakes to pepper flakes and Sriracha. We wanted to share with you a little Thai-kitchen secret in our guide – 5 Ingredients that Give Sushi an Extra Kick.

We know that variety is the spice of life, which is why we offer so many different food choices on our menu, many of which can be made with various sushi ingredients and varying degrees of spiciness. We have something for everyone. We feature a number of incredible sushi combinations on our menu, and many of them bring heat to the table.

Now, as promised we’re going to let you in on a few secrets of Thai cooking, with a look at ingredients  — sushi spices and more, that bring the heat, with our guide – 5 Ingredients that Give Sushi an Extra Kick.

INGREDIENT #1: Wasabi Paste

Can we talk hot and spicy?  That’s wasabi paste, the green paste you’ll find in a small bowl on the side of your sushi. To give you an idea of its original flavor and heat level, wasabi paste is also called Japanese horseradish. The wasabi plant species, native to Japan is hard to grow and derives from the same family as horseradish and mustard. Use your chopsticks to put just a tiny dab of it on your fish.

INGREDIENT #2: Sriracha Chili Sauce

Sriracha (pronounced see-ROTCH-ah) chili sauce is one of those ingredients that you’ll find often in spicy Thai food. It’s made from a paste comprised of chili peppers and garlic. But the chili pepper is what gives Sriracha its kick. To give you an idea of its degree of heat, it’s not as hot as a jalapeno, but they are connected. You’ll find it in our spider rolls.

INGREDIENT #3: Spicy Mayo Sauce

You’ll find this fan favorite in many of our sushi rolls. It’s typically made up of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, Sriracha, and other ingredients. Notice we said Sriracha. You might call this hot sauce am ingredient collaborator. Spicy Mayo crosses into different cultures, as well, and is also used on chicken, burgers, and other sandwiches. But we love it on our delicious kamikaze sushi.

INGREDIENT #4: Peppers

Thai chefs typically use a variety of peppers in their dishes – both fresh and dried, with varying degrees of heat. When deciding which pepper to use in a particular dish, our chefs take into consideration the other ingredients, ensuring that none of the flavors will clash, but instead blend beautifully – producing just the right amount of kick.


Gari, also called Sushi Ginger is part of the serving presentation with sushi. While tasty, it’s actually used to help cleanse the pallet between different sushi rolls, preparing your taste buds for your next bite of sushi. Yum!

Our Menu Features Several Spicy Sushi Rolls

Several of our special sushi rolls on the menu feature spices with heat. Among the ingredients in a Spicy Tuna Roll, a classic, include siracha sauce, while spicy mayo is the featured sauce in several of our rolls: TNT Roll, Kamikaze Roll, Tiger Roll, and more. Our yummy Spider Roll is flavored with both spicy mayo and sriracha sauce.

Are Your Taste Buds Ready for Spicy Sushi?

So – now you know the 5 Ingredients that Give Sushi an Extra Kick. Think- Asian Fusion with a Latin twist. Consider yourself a Thai food insider. The next time you come to visit us here at Sukhothai in South Beach, and we know it’ll be very soon, order some sushi with a kick. You can thank us, later!