Sushi is a Japanese dish, consisting of cooked sushi rice, along with seaweed and other ingredients such as raw or cooked fish or cooked meat. Sushi has many variations, according to the chef making it – but it will always contain sushi rice, which is cooked and sticky vinegared rice. Sushi literally means "sour-tasting", a reflection of the oldest form of sushi – where fish was fermented by being wrapped and stored in fermented rice. We have plenty of sushi recipes below, including raw fish sushi recipes, veggie sushi roll recipes and sushi dipping sauce recipes. There's plenty here to inspire you!

When the very oldest forms of sushi were eaten, only the fermented fish was eaten – the rice actually used to wrap the fish was thrown away. The modern form of sushi, with fish or another ingredient in the centre of a rice roll or rice topped with another ingredient was invented by Hanaya Yohei at the end of the Edo period. It was meant to be an early type of fast food – sushi that could be prepared quickly, and that could be eaten roadside or at the theatre. And look how successful modern sushi has become!

Sushi is usually served with a side dish of soy sauce – the soy is meant to season the topping of the sushi. Traditional etiquette suggests that you do not dip the rice part of the sushi into the soy as it could easily fall apart. If the sushi roll is in a position that makes it difficult to dip, you can also use shards of pickled ginger to baste the soy sauce onto the sushi roll – you can use the ginger like a brush.

Usually, wasabi is already added to the sushi, but it's common for wasabi to be served on the side of most sushi dishes so that the individual has the choice over whether or not to add more wasabi.