How To Make Homemade Sushi
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.
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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:
Nori aka seaweed
Fish or other meat
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
If kids help, they'll be more likely to try it.
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.
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