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Sushi Ingredients - Buy Sushi Supplies For Delicious Sushi At Home

Updated on April 25, 2012

My Sushi Addiction

I seriously love Sushi, I can't think of any food to come anywhere near to rivaling it for me. The way it looks, so appetizing and full of colour, I can't think of anything I would rather eat. When I started out eating Sushi I used to have to go to a restaurant called Yo! Sushi. It was the first Sushi bar with a conveyor belt in London, and it was a great place to get really, really good Sushi. Only problem was, the cost. 

It wasn't the actual Sushi that was the problem, it was the drinks and the cabs home on top that all amounted to quite a bit of money in the end. But I had a problem, I was now addicted to Sushi, I couldn't get enough, so I started going to Selfridges during my lunch breaks to buy my Sushi there to eat when I got home.

Where's My Sushi?!

If you know about Selfridges food hall, you'll know that it isn't exactly cheap, but it was more cost effective to buy my Sushi there than it was to keep eating it in a restaurant. In the late 90's I moved out of London and down to the South Coast, where there was no Selfridges. In fact, there was nowhere that was selling Sushi outside of restaurants and a supermarket called Waitrose.

I don't know about elsewhere, but here in the UK buying Sushi in a supermarket is a big no no! It's horrid. It's dry, it doesn't taste right and it's just a big insult to Sushi in general. That is, all except for Waitrose Sushi. They've got it about right and I've had some lovely Sushi from there, but I thought that I could do better.

With no other option than Waitrose or eating Sushi in a restaurant, I decided to have a go at making my own. I bought a book about making Sushi, went in search of a place to buy my Sushi making tools and found an amazing fishmongers that sold fish fresh off of the boat. I may not have had Selfridges near, but I did have the sea right on my doorstep!

Thus began my making Sushi at home adventures!


Sushi Ingredients

I figured that I would start out with quite easy types of Sushi to get started, so I opted for Nigiri, Futomaki and Temaki. If you don't know what kinds of Sushi those are, I'll explain.

  • Nigiri is the rectangular rice mound that has a topping. I opted for raw fish, but you can also have seafood and egg.
  • Futomaki is a large roll with a filling of fish, seafood or vegetables in the middle. The filling in encased in rice and the rice encased in Nori (seaweed). The roll is cut into slices.
  • Temaki are also known as hand rolls, these are the cones made from Nori and filled with rice and fish, seafood or vegetables. Tricky to eat without getting messy, but delicious!

My shopping list for Sushi ingredients was as follows:

  • Sushi Rice
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Nori
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fresh Salmon and Tuna
  • Fresh Crab
  • Avocado
  • Wasabi
  • Pickled Ginger

The Essential Sushi Ingredients

It wasn't easy getting anything right the first time, the rice stuck to my hands, the nori broke and rolling a Temaki was virtually impossible, even with my bamboo rolling mat. the end result wasn't what you would call pretty, but it tasted amazing.

So what are the essential ingredients for making Sushi at home?

  • Sushi Rice
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Nori
  • Soy Sauce
  • Wasabi
  • Pickled Ginger
Those are the core ingredients for Sushi, the Soy Sauce and Pickled Ginger for serving the Sushi, and everything else for making it.
Obviously, you need to use really fresh fish and seafood when making Sushi, unless you're going down the vegetarian route, but I don't think that Sushi is the same without the fish and seafood.

What Fish and Seafood Should I Use?

So long as the fish and seafood is fresh, you can use whatever you like. Nigiri usually has toppings of Salmon, Tuna, Mackeral, Scallop, Prawns, Shrimp, Eel etc. Temaki can be filled with whatever you like, a favourite of mine is raw Salmon with Avocado and a tiny bit of salad cream. It's good to experiment.

Futomaki is a bit more complicated as you would usually have fish and or seafood with vegetables in it. But seeing as your making your own Sushi, there's no rules so you can use whatever ingredients you like!

Sushi Making Equipment

If you're going to attempt making Maki (rolled Sushi) you absolutely have got to use a bamboo mat or equivalent. It's tricky enough to begin with when using one, so without it there's no hope of getting the maki to form a roll and stay together. If you are making Maki, you'll find that this is one of the most fun types of Sushi to make. If not a bit fiddly!

Aside from a bamboo mat, you'll need a really sharp knife to cut through the fish without tearing it.

Making Sushi at home is fun, especially with a few people involved. It may seem quite difficult to make good Sushi at home but it is possible. If you're looking to for a way to make great Sushi at home even easier, check out my hub about Sushi Making Kits. They can be a great help!


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