Monday, August 23, 2010

Sushi Making Tutorial!

One short month ago, I had never made homemade sushi. Now? It's a near-weekly event here at our place.

Making sushi at home is easy, but can be a bit time-consuming depending on how many people you are making it for, so keep that in mind.

Without further ado, here are the 10 steps to making fabulous sushi at home.

1) Gather the ingredients/equipment. If you have one of those fancy sushi kits, that will do the trick, or you can take a trip to your local Asian market. There is even the boring (yet convenient) option of getting everything at Publix. You will need:
  • Sushi rice (any short grain rice will can get a 1 lb bag of Mahatma short grain rice at Publix for $.87), 
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sheets of pressed, dried seaweed (Nori)
  • Sushi rolling mat
  • Your preferred sushi fillings (I like avacado, cream cheese, cucumber, and some sort of fish--I have used imitation crabmeat and cooked mahi so far)
  • Soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger to go along (if you so desire!).
2) Make the sushi rice. First, rinse your rice until the rinsing water no longer gets cloudy. To cook the rice, you will add 1 1/4 cups water per cup of uncooked rice used. Place rice and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, cover it and simmer on reduced heat for 20-25 minutes (until the water is absorbed). Let cool in the pot for 10-15 minutes (sometimes I skip this step!). Fluff with a fork and pour into a non-metallic bowl. Sprinkle with rice vinegar (2 TBSP per cup of uncooked rice) and stir to mix. Now your sushi rice is ready to go!

3) Slice your sushi fillings into strips while the sushi rice is cooking.

4) Cut a piece of seaweed in half and place on your sushi mat (I cover my mat with either saran wrap or a large plastic baggy to prevent rice from getting in the cracks and drying).

5) Place several spoonfuls of the cooked sushi rice onto the piece of seaweed and press the rice down, covering the sheet of seaweed. Tip: Keep a bowl of water nearby for keeping your fingers wet. It keeps the rice from sticking to your fingers!

My mom rolling some sushi
6) If you want the rice on the OUTSIDE of your sushi roll, flip the piece rice-covered seaweed over so that the rice side is touching the mat.

7) Add your veggies/fish/cheese/whatever-you-want onto the edge of your seaweed.

8) Roll. When I start rolling, I find that I have to hold onto the veggies with my fingertips at first to keep them from sliding.

9) Slice your roll with a sharp knife. Tip: Dip your knife in water prior to making each slice. If you like, sprinkle the rolls with sesame seeds.

10) Enjoy your sushi with soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger. Oh so good!

 Resistance is futile.

Linked to Top Ten Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays At The Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Delicious Dishes.


  1. We had this tonight. Yum! Love you, Alicia. We miss the Perrins!

  2. Love rolls!! We haven't made this at home for a long time, but we used to make it all the time too!! Love CA rolls and PA rolls!!! I haven't made it this way before but I heard that you can sugar in the rice.

  3. I LOVE sushi!! One day I'll have to try making it. :)

  4. OK, I might as well admit it... I have never tried sushi. I feel like such a country bumpkin.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I love sushi!!! I will definitely try this.


  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE sushi but have never tried to make it at home. You make it look so easy- we may just have to try this!

  7. I have always heard that it's difficult to make sushi...I want to try but not sure if I can make it just like yours..

  8. You are my HERO for this post! that definitely looks easy enough! Thank you so much! :D My husband and I LOVE sushi and we were wondering how we were going to fit this into our budget! Thanks!

  9. I was hoping you would post this! I can't imagine having sushi every week (it sounds too good to be true!) One day I will try this, great post. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Making sushi seems to be a popular thing to do these days. You get to have fun and eat your creation.

  11. This is so cool! I'm bookmarking this post to try out when Gunlover gets home.

  12. I'm so glad I found your tutorial, as my husband and I are planning to make sushi SOON (and we never have before)! :) Yours looks beautiful. Do you toast the sesame seeds?


  13. Looks great! I want to try it soon!
    Thanks for linking up!

  14. oh - you do the inside out rolls... I made sushi for my daughter for her first day back to school lunch! Try using seasoned rice vinegar instead of plain - even better!

  15. Tammy, I haven't tried toasting the sesame seeds yet!

  16. Ok, so it had been SEVEN years since I've made sushi (I actually took a sushi making class at a local sushi restaurant when I was in my 20's) and since it had been so long, I really lost my confidence in making it again. Well, thank you so much for this tutorial! It was great and I followed everything step by step. After my second try making it, I was really, really pleased and my husband and I love it!!! Thank you! :-)


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