Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sushi: How to make + 2 recipes

I am so excited about this post and I really hope you try this recipe at least once!  Despite having NEVER made or seen someone make sushi, it was actually really easy to do.  With the help of my friend Hillary we had dinner together in no time flat and it tasted and looked like the real thing (without the price tag).  If you serve this at your next party or game night, your friends and family will not believe you made it but it is super easy to do!  We did salmon, cucumber, shrimp and avocado but you could do any filling you can imagine!

Special note:  It is essential to follow the recipe for preparing the rice (i.e. no short cuts).  I got a lot of great tips from How to make Sushi and I definitely recommend you check out their website for great ideas.

Ingredients for 4 rolls

2 cups short grain rice, also called sushi rice (very important it is NOT long grain!)
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 package of Nori seaweed rolls for sushi (usually sold in packages of 10 sheets)
1/4 pound smoked salmon or lox salmon
1/4 pound precooked shrimp
1 avocado thinly sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced into long thing strips

1. Start be preparing the rice.  Place rice in a mesh colander and let water run over the rice for about 5 minutes to clear out the starches.
2. Put rice in medium pot on the stove.  Cover with water until 1 cm above rice and let sit for 30 minutes.
3. Turn on heat to high and stir rice every few minutes until water is boiling.
4. Put lid on the rice and turn heat to low.  Let cook until all water is absorbed, about 8-10 minutes
5. Meanwhile prepare seasoning for rice.  Combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt in another pan and cook over medium low heat until the sugar and salt are disintegrated.  Remove from heat.
6. When rice is done, gently transfer to a plastic bowl (very important it is NOT metal) with a wooden spoon.
7. Pour seasoning over the rice and carefully stir in.  Allow to sit until cool (very important to let it cool).
8. Prepare your fillings, cut veggies, etc.  You could even make some edamame to snack on while you wait.
9. When rice is cool you are ready to fill the roll.
10. Lay a piece of parchment paper for each person helping.  Remove a sheet of nori and put on the parchment paper.
11. Place a bowl of water in the center of the table so people can wet their hands to make the rice easy to handle.
12. Spread rice evenly across the nori.  Don't worry it doesn't have to be too dense, but make sure you cover most of the area.
13. Along the left hand edge of the rice and nori, add a vertical line of your toppings.
14. With dry hands start to roll the nori to the other side of the sheet until you have a sushi roll.
15. Carefully cut with a serrated knife and serve with ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.  If you have extra chopsticks, feel free to use those too!


  1. WOW they look beautiful!

    1. And super easy! Next time we get together we can make a batch!