"Unagi" is the Japanese word that translates to "freshwater eel."
Unagi sauce, or eel sauce, is a condiment used in Japanese cooking to top grilled eel or unagi sushi. It's thick, sweet and salty.
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That unagi sauce you want to try on a veggie (mainly sweet potato roll) the next time you go out for sushi is probably in the safe zone.
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But you should use the same precautions with restaurant-prepared unagi sauce as you would with eel sauce.
The terms "unagi sauce" and "eel sauce" are often used interchangeably, and eel sauce *may* contain eel eggs or fish stock.
Thus, some unagi sauces may not be vegan, though you're most likely to encounter the plant-based ones - especially if you're dining in the States or a Western country.
To be sure, check with your server.