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How To Make Homemade Sushi

Updated on January 12, 2015

Good food, great fun!

Making sushi at home is a lot more simple than it looks to be. Whenever I make this meal, all of the kids want to pitch in to help with any and all of the prep work, yes, it's THAT fun.

Have a vegetarian among the midst? No problem! Not every roll that is made has to have a meat source in them, and you can even incorporate a few slices of tofu in the roll for your protein...tada, vegetarian sushi.

All photos found on this article are ©Jolene Belmain.

Ingredients for Sushi Rolls

There are a few things that you will need to fill your sushi rolls with. Here I have added a list of some stuff that may also be optional, but for the most part, you will need:

Sweet Rice

Nori aka seaweed


Fish or other meat

Soy sauce

Cream cheese

Wasabi (the spicy stuff)

Ginger (this refreshes your pallet between bites)

There are a lot more items that can be incorporated into a sushi roll, but for now we will just start with a few basics.

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Making sushi rice

The very first thing that you want to do is make your sweet rice. It will take about 30 minutes for the cooking and resting process, then you will need to cool your rice down for use. This takes quite a bit longer, and depending on how you intend on cooling your rice, it could take a good hour or two.

Vegetables for sushi rolls

Pick out the vegetables that you want to use. The usual suspects are avocado, cucumber, carrots, but this is another one of those great recipes that can be adapted to whatever tastes you have. Some people even use fruits in their homemade sushi.

Nice long slices work great!


For your avocado you can use a spoon to take out the seed and to take that wonderful fruit out of the skin. It can also be peeled off with ease. Make sure you cut your avocado in half first (carefully going around the large seed inside)

Slice up your fish

Here we have smoked salmon, imitation crab meat, and shrimp. There are so many different kinds of meat you can use in a sushi roll. Tuna, eel, even some terriyaki chicken or beef (these last two would be pre-cooked of course).

Tempura sushi is great as well, although I haven't tried making any of those yet. But when I do, I'll definitely post some delicious pictures.

Sushi Party.

It's always great to have friends over while trying new things. not only can you try to learn from each other, you can also add suggestions and ideas in the process of learning.

Between the couple of group of you, you'll be able to come up with some of the best sushi in town... They just may not quite look as professional as you're used to, at least for the first few times anyway. But hey, you know what they say, practice makes perfect right?

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Nori (aka seaweed)

Add Your Rice

When spreading the rice it is supposed to cover at least 3/4 of the sushi nori (maybe even a bit more), make sure to leave enough nori uncovered on the top and bottom end to be able to close your roll.

Add your veggies, fish, etc.

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Roll it up and wet the edge so it sticks together

Cut your Sushi roll

It can be frustrating trying to cut your creation without the knife sticking or being sharp enough to cut all of the way through, so make it easier with this non-stick sushi chef's knife.

Voila, Sushi.

Voila, Sushi.
Voila, Sushi.

How do you make wasabi?

When purchasing wasabi in the store, it comes in a very small can in powdered form. From there you add bits of water until it makes a creamy paste.

There are a few things you can do with your wasabi paste. You can take it and add it into your sushi rolls (just spread it on the nori if you are putting the rice on the outside, or you can also spread it on your rice before you add your ingredients).

The most popular way to use wasabi is to add it into your soy sauce which is used for dipping your rolls in. You just take your chop sticks, fish a little bit out, and stir it around in your soy sauce until it is dissolved. The spicier you like your sauce, the more you add, and let me tell you, this stuff is pretty darn spicy.

Wasabi Paste

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If kids help, they'll be more likely to try it.

If kids help, they'll be more likely to try it.
If kids help, they'll be more likely to try it.

Enjoy your creation

Enjoy your creation
Enjoy your creation

Sake Rice Wine

If you are wanting a few adult drinks to have during your sushi party, sake is a traditional rice wine that is served with sushi. Our brother-in-law is a full blooded Russian who loves to have drinks with meals, friends, and family. He is the one who introduced us to our first drink of rice wine.

Some like it hot and some like it cold. A lot of people will have their Sake warmed up. We put ours into a glass bottle, heated it up in the microwave, then poured it into individual shot glasses. After every few bites, my brother-in-law would raise his shot glass up and yell "SAKE!!!!". I will warn you that it is an acquired taste... but doesn't take long to get used to.


Are you going to try making sushi at home?

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      Love your photos. Yum! I'm going to go eat sushi today :)

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I want sushi tomorrow for dinner.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @kenweiss66: My husband and I had a date night tonight with sushi... Craving solved!! lol

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      kenweiss66 4 years ago

      Nice lens. You are right the key to making sushi is the rice.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @asmond5: Thanks so much for stopping by and learning how to make homemade sushi. Good luck, and have fun making your delicious meal!

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @Otto Phillips: Hmmm, me too. I think there will be a sushi night very near in our future :)

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      asmond5 4 years ago

      Well now I have to try it don't I! lol Thank you I really enjoyed this lens

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      This just makes me crave Sushi now that much more! Very simple and easy steps to make your own.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @burntchestnut: We live in a small town and although we have 3 or 4 sushi joints here, I don't believe any of them have a buffet type sushi meal. We had a ton of fun making our sushi, and making them to our own unique pallets is absolutely amazing. We plan on expanding our recipes and trying deep fried ones etc.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: That's how we got the kids to try our homemade sushi. They were afraid to try the ones with the fish in them, so we just make the kids ones with vegetables and vegetables with cream cheese. They were very delighted to try them after that.

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      burntchestnut 4 years ago

      I have made sushi before, but it is a little involved. However, it is so expensive when you buy it in a grocery store (if you can find it) , so I should make it again. Some Chinese buffets have sushi and I go overboard eating it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have never tried sushi rolls. I like that you can make them with just vegetables as I was always under the impression that sushi means raw fish.