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Sushi Supplies List

Once you've decided to open a sushi restaurant or add sushi to your existing menu, it is necessary to determine all the supplies you will need. While some specific requirements will vary from business to business, there are fundamental items that are needed to successfully make and serve sushi.

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Sushi Equipment

Ensure you have all the equipment necessary to store, make, and display sushi.

Restaurant Equipment
  • Rice cooker: Used to cook large batches of rice quickly and easily, rice cookers ensure soft, fluffy rice every time for consistent, great-tasting sushi. Select a rice cooker with a “keep warm” setting to make sure the finished rice stays sushi-ready while you prepare rolls.
  • Refrigerated sushi case: Sushi cases can be used to hold your fresh sushi ingredients or can be placed on top of your bar to show off your sushi and sashimi selection.
  • Refrigerated prep table: With handy features like drawers and food pan holders to hold ingredients and attached cutting boards, refrigerated prep tables are all-in-one stations that can be a great option for kiosks and back-of-house use.

Sushi Chef Tools

Below you will find the kitchen tools needed when preparing your sushi rolls.

Restaurant Equipment
  • Sushi rolling mat: Bamboo sushi rolling mats help to maintain even pressure on all sides when rolling sushi to ensure a perfect, round shape.
  • Plastic wrap: Use plastic wrap to prevent rice and other ingredients from sticking to the bamboo mat.
  • Asian knives: Knives are used throughout the sushi-making process, such as portioning raw fish and other ingredients and slicing the finished roll into pieces. Specialized Japanese cutlery, such as deba, nakiri, sashimi, and santoku knives, are essential to use in your sushi restaurant. 
  • Cutting board: Slicing and dicing ingredients will be an everyday task at your sushi shop, so it is important to invest in a durable cutting board.
  • Food tweezers: Fish bone tweezers gently pry bones out of fish without breaking the tender bone or ruining the filet. Plating tweezers are also great to have on-hand when plating delicate ingredients.
  • Squeeze bottle: Finish off sushi rolls by using a squeeze bottle to precisely drizzle sauces.

Sushi Ingredients

Sushi is only as good as the ingredients used, so it is important to choose high-quality products for your menu items. There are several types of sushi, which means that there is virtually an unlimited number of ingredients that can be used to make unique rolls. Below is a list of some foundational ingredients that are used to make sushi.

Restaurant Equipment
  • Sushi-grade fish: Great sushi is dependent upon using high-quality fish and seafood that is suitable for sushi. While "sushi-grade fish" is an unregulated term, it is used by manufacturers to denote that their fish is safe for raw consumption.
  • Sushi rice: Short-grain rice is the best rice to use when making sushi. Oftentimes manufacturers will label their rice as “sushi rice” on the packaging to indicate its ideal use.
  • Rice vinegar: Classic prepared sushi rice is seasoned using rice vinegar, white sugar, and salt.
  • Nori: Nori is a type of edible seaweed that is used for sushi. It helps keep sticky rice, chopped vegetables, and dense slices of fresh fish combined together.
Restaurant Equipment
  • Sesame seeds: Black sesame seeds have a stronger taste and aroma than white sesame seeds, making them better suited for sushi. While they can be used raw, toasting before use enhances their texture and nutty flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Featuring a savory, umami flavor, soy sauce is an essential dipping sauce to provide with your sushi.
  • Wasabi: Serve the hot, pungent flavor of wasabi with your signature sushi rolls and sashimi.
  • Pickled ginger: Pickled sushi ginger, or gari, has a sour, spicy taste that is great for serving alongside sushi or sashimi as a palate cleanser between rolls.

Sushi Servingware

Use authentic servingware to enhance the look of your sushi creations and ensure your sushi bar has a cohesive design.
Restaurant Equipment
  • Sushi plates: Sushi plates feature a flat design to let your sushi rolls standout. Choose from modern, solid-colored plates or plates that feature traditional Asian-inspired graphics.
  • Sushi boats: Ensure a memorable experience when serving your sushi on a sushi boat. They are a unique vessel that work well for shared meals.
  • Chopsticks: Provide reusable chopsticks for your in-house dining and disposable chopsticks for your take-out service.
  • Sushi take-out containers: Sushi containers are ideal for packaging leftovers or merchandising to-go orders.
Restaurant Equipment
  • Sauce dishes: Providing a dedicated dish for your soy sauce is sure to enhance your customers’ dining experience.
  • Soy sauce bottles: Pouring soy sauce into sauce dishes is a quick and easy task with a soy sauce bottle. They come available in a red cap bottle to denote regular soy sauce and a green cap bottle to denote low sodium soy sauce.
  • Glassware: Ensure you have all the glassware you need, such as drinking glasses, cocktail glasses, wine glasses, and sake cups, to accommodate your beverage menu.
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