Making sushi at home is quite easy. Its just the preparation that takes up all the time. Also cooking the rice takes a bit of time. But once you have everything ready, putting it together is quite simple.
We used a mat just like this. You can find it here – Bamboo Sushi Mat with Paddle They are very inexpensive.
You will need to decide what you would like to have in your sushi. We decided on the following ingredients
–Rice (of course)
–Cooked Crab Sticks
Just follow the directions on the package of sushi rice. It is best to purchase rice made for sushi. It requires you to cook it up to 30 minutes.
Once you have your rice cooked it will be very sticky. You have all of your ingredients cut up.
Lay down your bamboo mat with 1 piece of seaweed on top. Using your paddle, a large heaping amount of rice in the center of your seaweed. It helps if your paddle is wet to prevent over sticking. You may use your hands (if they are wet) or the paddle and spread out the rice.
Leave approx 1 inch of seaweed on on end with out rice on it so that it can overlap when you are rolling. Once you have your rice pressed firmly and on your seaweed. You may now add in your favorite ingredients. Remember LESS is more. Do not over stuff your sushi.
Some of the combos we made were
Mayo, Avacado, Shrimp
Cream Cheese, Green Onion, Shrimp, Cucumber
Crab, Cream Cheese, Cucumber
Salmon, Cream Cheese, Green Onion, Avacado
The list is endless. We made so many different kinds.
When you start to roll your sushi. Start on the end closest to you and roll out. Make your first flip/roll tight. The tigher you roll your sushi, the more firm it will be and less will fall out. Once you flip it/start the roll. Untuck the bamboo mat and continue to roll your sushi till the very end and pressing firmly in your hands.
You can see the photos below of us rolling multiple sushi rolls. Once you roll it. You may use a little bit of water to help seal that last 1 inch of seaweed. Then cut your roll into 8-10 pieces.
We made alot of sushi with 1 package of seaweed. Probably about 50 or so pieces. You do not need t purchase alot of shrimp and crab and salmon for sushi, unless you are making alot for a party.
Show off your new found sushi skills with your family and WOW them at the next family dinner/party!
This is very easy to do. The photos you see here is from our very first experience with sushi. We have since made it a few times over. If we can do it, so can you!
If you have any other sushi combination you have tried, leave us a comment!