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Gari Japanese pickled ginger

(Japanese pickled ginger)

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Along with wasabi and soy sauce, gari, also known as sushi ginger, is a traditional accompaniment to makizushi. It is generally eaten between sushi courses as a palate cleanser.

Try to use very fresh, young ginger for this recipe so the gari will be as tender as possible.

Makes about 1 cup


  • Gingerroot, peeled and very thinly sliced -- 1/4 pound
  • Rice vinegar -- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar -- 2 tablespoons
  • Salt -- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red food coloring (optional) -- 1 drop


  1. Bring the vinegar sugar, salt and food coloring to a boil in a small, non-reactive saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the ginger, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Pour the ginger and liquid into a heat-proof jar and let marinate for at least one hour. Store refrigerated for up to a month.


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