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Worst Case Scenario: What to Do With Leftover Sushi

Dealing with leftover sushi from last night’s sushi party or from that trip to the local sushi bar will no longer be a problem with these simple tips.

While it is not that common to have leftover sushi, it is not unheard of as well. So, what do we do with sushi that was not eaten during last night’s sushi party?

Even just the thought of throwing sushi away already hurts sushi lovers, but you don’t have to resort to that. Just keep on reading!

Kinds of Sushi You Can Keep

Know that it is not impossible to keep sushi leftovers. Not all sushi dishes contain raw fish, and some don’t even have seafood at all. Of course, it is best if sushi is eaten a few minutes after it is made. This is especially true for those that come with nori, as nori becomes chewy when left too long. Sushi rice also stiffens as it dries out over time.

However, if it is inevitable to store leftover sushi, you can keep sushi that contains vegetables or seafood and has been fully cooked.  Although stored sushi will not be as good as fresh ones, it would be impractical to throw them away. 

Tips on Keeping Your Leftover Sushi

Here are some tips you need to remember when storing sushi:

Refrigerate sushi within 30 minutes.

If you want to take sushi home, say, from a restaurant, make sure that you can get home within half an hour. Leaving sushi unrefrigerated longer increases the risk of spoilage.

Do not keep sushi for more than a day.

Prepackaged sushi from the grocery store is only good for 2 to 3 days. These use extra preservatives and sushi rice dressing for longer shelf life. For sushi that was fresh, it is best to store it only for a day to ensure its quality.

Choose what to save.

Take care to only save whatever is freshly made. This pertains to all ingredients used in the sushi such as the rice and the seafood or vegetable fillings. If you are unsure about something, it is recommended that you throw it out.

Leftover Sushi Recipe

If you want to turn your sushi leftover to another meal, you can try out this recipe.

What You Need

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking oil
  • Wasabi
  • Soy sauce
  • Sushi leftovers


  1. In a pan over medium low heat, pour a tablespoon of your cooking oil.
  2. On a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add your sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Dip your sushi into the egg mixture.
  4. For 3 to 4 minutes, slow fry each side.
  5. Mix wasabi and soy sauce for your dip while waiting for the sushi to “cook.”

You can follow the tips above to make sure that you also don’t compromise your health. If you just want to get fresh sushi delivered to you, check out Sushi.com for a list of sushi bars and restaurants near you.