Can You Freeze Sushi?

Sushi has become exceedingly popular in many western countries in recent years, as sushi bars have popped up all over the place. You can even buy your favourite sushi platter from most supermarkets, albeit the quality isn’t overly great!

Whether shop-bought, restaurant delivered, or even homemade, is it possible to freeze sushi to preserve it for another day?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze sushi. Sushi can be frozen for around 3 months. The best way to freeze sushi is to freeze its components separately. If you freeze sushi rolls together, the nori paper and rice are likely to go soggy.

How to Freeze Sushi

Sushi is one of those dishes that doesn’t freeze overly well. Undoubtedly, the best way to eat sushi is to enjoy it while it’s nice and fresh. You should attempt to eat fresh sushi within 24 hours, as it won’t keep particularly well in the fridge for any longer than this. 

How to Freeze Homemade Sushi

If you want your homemade sushi to last a little longer, you can freeze it by following the steps below: 

  1. Freeze Separately
    For those of you making sushi at home, the best way to freeze it is to keep the ingredients separate and freeze them individually. This includes the rice, fish, nori papers, and any vegetables you plan to include within the rolls. This is the best way of preventing your sushi from going soggy in the freezer. 
  2. Wrap Well
    Wrap each of the ingredients well and place them in a freezer-safe container, ready to be put together when you’ve defrosted them in the future. 
  3. Label and Freeze
    Write the date, as well as the use-by date on the lid of the container and transfer it to the freezer. Remember, you can freeze sushi for around three months. 

How to Freeze Shop-Bought or Restaurant Sushi

If you’re lucky enough to have some delicious leftover sushi from your favourite restaurant, or if you’ve picked up a platter for lunch from the supermarket that you just couldn’t finish, it is possible to freeze the rolls as they are but they might go mushy.

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Wrap Each Sushi Roll
    Individually wrap each sushi roll to protect them from freezer burn. 
  2. Place in a Freezer-Safe Container
    Once wrapped, lay your sushi rolls in a freezer-safe container and fix the lid. 
  3. Label and Freeze
    Write today’s date, as well as the use-by date on the lid of the container and place it in the freezer. While homemade sushi that has been frozen separately should be good in the freezer for around three months, we would advise you to eat shop-bought or restaurant sushi within one month.

3 Tips for Freezing Sushi

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing sushi to have the best results:

  • Avoid Freezing Shop-Bought – While it’s possible to freeze shop-bought and restaurant sushi, we would advise you to avoid doing so. Sushi rolls often go soggy in the freezer, so you don’t want to be disappointed by a mushy mess once they’ve been defrosted! Try and eat your leftovers within 24 hours for the best results. 
  • Never Store Sushi at Room Temperature – You should never leave sushi sitting out on the countertop at room temperature. Whether you’re storing leftovers or thawing frozen sushi, make sure it’s kept in the fridge. 
  • Avoid Soy Sauce and Wasabi – Should you decide to freeze your sushi, don’t add any additional soy sauce or wasabi to your rolls, as these are likely to affect the texture of the rice. You can always add soy and wasabi once you’ve defrosted your sushi if you wish. 

How Long Can You Freeze Sushi?

You can freeze sushi for around three months. 

Homemade sushi that is frozen separately should be good in the freezer for up to three months. However, if you’re planning to freeze leftover sushi rolls from a supermarket or restaurant, you should aim to use them within one month, as they may go soggy if left for any longer than this. 

You Can Freeze Sushi for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Sushi?

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen sushi, you can defrost it by removing it from the freezer and placing it in the fridge. Small sushi rolls shouldn’t take too long to defrost, and you should never try and speed up the process by defrosting it at room temperature.

Whether frozen separately or as pre-made rolls, the safest and most effective way to defrost sushi is in the fridge. 

Can You Refreeze Sushi?

While nobody likes wasted sushi, you should only ever freeze it once. This goes for both homemade and restaurant/shop-bought sushi. Sushi that has been frozen more than once will almost certainly be a mushy, disappointing mess. 

Does Sushi Freeze Well?

Sushi doesn’t freeze particularly well. It’s a dish that’s best enjoyed fresh, and you should only really keep sushi in the fridge for up to 24 hours after buying or preparing it.

But if you attempt to freeze sushi, the best approach is to freeze each component separately, as this will prevent it from going mushy. The bottom line is to try and enjoy your sushi as quickly as you can and only attempt to freeze it as a last resort. 

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing sushi or sushi in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Sashimi?

Yes, sashimi can be frozen but we would avoid doing so for lengthy periods of time as the texture is likely to degrade. Fish that is used for sashimi is, usually, of the highest quality and the reason it has been selected is because of its silky, smooth texture. By freezing it, you risk ruining that. 

Sashimi is far from cheap so, where possible, we would recommend not freezing it. The only reason you should freeze it is if it avoids the fish being thrown out. 

Can You Freeze Sashimi

Can You Freeze California Rolls?

As we’ve outlined above, freezing maki rolls ready-made can be a bit of a disaster. The nori sheet will go soggy, the rice will absorb moisture and the roll will fall apart. Instead of freezing California rolls assembled, freeze each element apart then assemble when you want to eat them. 

Can You Freeze Sushi Rice?

Sushi rice can be frozen. You can treat it like any other cooked rice. Allow it to cool to room temperature (but avoid keeping it out for extended periods) then portion into freezer bags before placing the bags into the freezer. 

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