An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Sushi

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An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Sushi

If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the delectable dish that is sushi, and would happily indulge in an array of rainbow rolls, crab tempura and dim sum every night of the week. Is there anything better to do on a Friday night than indulge in some delicious wine or sake cocktails, binge watch a series on Netflix and make your own sushi?

Think about it. It’s been a long week, you’re probably tired, emotionally drained and on the brink of  hanger. The idea of that bland pasta and chicken combination you’ve had four times this week leaves a dull ache in the pit of your stomach. It’s time to shut those cupboard doors and learn a new skill – how to make sushi. In our simple sushi guide, we’ll teach you how to create simple and delicious sushi dishes from the comfort of your own home. It’s time to say goodbye to those repetitive home cooked tasteless meals forever.

 

How to make Sushi Rice

The staple piece of any sushi recipe, sushi rice is the core ingredient for most dishes. Different from other rice, sushi rice has a distinctive seasoned taste and sticky texture which allows it to be easily molded and shaped, making it the perfect component for sushi. Though it may look complicated to make it’s actually an incredibly simple dish that requires minimal effort yet wields fantastic results.

 

What You’ll Need:

3 Cups of Japanese Short Grain Rice

80 mil of Rice Vinegar

3 Tbsp of Sugar

 

Steps for Making Sushi Rice:

  1. Wash and rinse the rice thoroughly until the water is clear and free of starch
  2. Leave the washed rice to soak for 30 minutes in cool water
  3. Once rested, cook the rice either over a stove or in a rice cooker until fluffy
  4. Proceed to add the vinegar, sugar and salt, and stir well until thoroughly blended through the rice
  5. Cook until the rice has a fluffy yet stick consistency that can retain its shape well when molded
  6. Take off the heat and place in a separate dish – ready to be made into sushi

 

Salmon Nigiri

Salmon Nigiri is one of the simpler dishes in the sushi family, that never fails to hit the spot. Perfect for beginners, salmon nigiri is the ultimate choice for those looking for a quick and easy way to make sushi at home and enjoy an oriental dinner experience.  

how to make salmon nigiri

What You’ll Need:

Sushi Rice

10 Strips of Sushi Grade Salmon

Wasabi

Soy Sauce (optional)

 

Steps for Making Salmon Nigiri:

  1. Wet your hands with water
  2. Take the sushi rice (about ¾ the size of your palm) and roll it into a small rectangular shape. Repeat this 10 times until you have ten rice shapes
  3. Cut the sushi grade salmon into thin strips that match the width and length of the sushi rice parcels
  4. Place a tiny drop of wasabi carefully upon the underside of each piece of salmon.
  5. Drape a piece of the salmon along each rice parcel, placing the wasabi side face down onto the rice to help it stick
  6. Neaten and mold the nigiri until you are happy
  7. Serve with a small dish of soy sauce for added flavour

 

How to make Avocado and Cucumber Maki

One of the most recognisable of sushi dishes, the sushi maki roll is the quintessential sushi dish that’s everyone’s go to favourite. Although admittedly more fiddly than the salmon nigiri, sushi maki is a perfect dish for those seeking to challenge themselves a little more when making homemade sushi. Although this recipe is for an avocado and cucumber maki, feel free to experiment with flavours and fillings to create your own personal perfect dish.

how to make cucumber maki

What You’ll Need:

A Bamboo Sushi Mat

Sushi Rice

4 Sheets of Nori (Dried Seaweed)

1 Ripe Avocado

½ Cucumber

Dish of Cold Water

 

Steps for Making Avocado and Cucumber Maki:

  1. Place your bamboo sushi mat down and cover it with cling film (to stop the rice from sticking)
  2. Get 1 sheet of nori and place it over the clingfilm
  3. Carefully spoon and spread a thin layer of sushi rice all over the seaweed, leaving roughly 1 or 2cm empty along one length of the nori
  4. Take strips of the cucumber and avocado and arrange them neatly together within the centre of the rolls
  5. Carefully lift up the bamboo mat and roll the entire wrap over before pressing down, leaving the 1cm gap exposed at the end
  6. Lift the mat again and roll over the last bit of the empty nori, pressing down as you do, sealing the rice and vegetables within
  7. Sprinkle a tiny bit of water along the seal if it’s struggling to keep together
  8. Take a sharp knife and cut the rolls into roughly 5 or 6 equal segments
  9. Repeat these steps 3 more times with the other nori sheets
  10. Serve with  ginger and soy sauce (optional)

 

How to make California Rolls

For those really seeking a challenge, why not have a go at making a california roll? A taste sensation that will really get your tastebuds tingling, california rolls are the perfect dish for those looking to push their sushi making skills to the next level.

how to make california rolls

What You’ll Need:

A Bamboo Mat

Sushi Rice

2 Sheets of Nori (Dried Seaweed)

12 Sticks of Surimi (Imitation Crab)

1 Ripe Avocado

Dish of cold water

Sesame Seeds (optional)

Soy Sauce (optional)

Ginger (optional)

 

Steps for Making California Rolls:

  1. Place your bamboo sushi mat down and cover it with cling film (to stop the rice from sticking)
  2. Get 1 sheet of nori and place it over the clingfilm
  3. Carefully spoon and spread a thin layer of sushi rice all over the seaweed, leaving roughly 1 or 2cm empty along one length of the nori
  4. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the rice (optional) and flip the nori so that the rice is now facing down onto the mat and clingfilm
  5. Place the crab and the avocado along one length of the nori (the side with the 1/2cm gap
  6. Carefully lift up the side of the mat closest to the crab and avocado and roll the wrap just over the fillings, leaving the rest of the seaweed bare
  7. Push down gently to tighten and mold the seaweed roll into a rectangular shape
  8. Repeat the process, one roll at a time until you reach the end of the nori  
  9. Shapen and tighten the roll until you are happy with how it looks
  10. Take a sharp knife and cut the rolls into roughly 8 equal pieces
  11. Repeat these steps with the second nori sheet
  12. Serve with soy sauce and ginger (optional)

 

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An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Sushi

If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the delectable dish that is sushi, and would happily indulge in an array of rainbow rolls, crab tempura and dim sum every night of the week. Is there anything better to do on a Friday night than indulge in some delicious wine or sake cocktails, binge watch a series on Netflix and make your own sushi?

Think about it. It’s been a long week, you’re probably tired, emotionally drained and on the brink of  hanger. The idea of that bland pasta and chicken combination you’ve had four times this week leaves a dull ache in the pit of your stomach. It’s time to shut those cupboard doors and learn a new skill – how to make sushi. In our simple sushi guide, we’ll teach you how to create simple and delicious sushi dishes from the comfort of your own home. It’s time to say goodbye to those repetitive home cooked tasteless meals forever.

 

How to make Sushi Rice

The staple piece of any sushi recipe, sushi rice is the core ingredient for most dishes. Different from other rice, sushi rice has a distinctive seasoned taste and sticky texture which allows it to be easily molded and shaped, making it the perfect component for sushi. Though it may look complicated to make it’s actually an incredibly simple dish that requires minimal effort yet wields fantastic results.

 

What You’ll Need:

3 Cups of Japanese Short Grain Rice

80 mil of Rice Vinegar

3 Tbsp of Sugar

 

Steps for Making Sushi Rice:

  1. Wash and rinse the rice thoroughly until the water is clear and free of starch
  2. Leave the washed rice to soak for 30 minutes in cool water
  3. Once rested, cook the rice either over a stove or in a rice cooker until fluffy
  4. Proceed to add the vinegar, sugar and salt, and stir well until thoroughly blended through the rice
  5. Cook until the rice has a fluffy yet stick consistency that can retain its shape well when molded
  6. Take off the heat and place in a separate dish – ready to be made into sushi

 

Salmon Nigiri

Salmon Nigiri is one of the simpler dishes in the sushi family, that never fails to hit the spot. Perfect for beginners, salmon nigiri is the ultimate choice for those looking for a quick and easy way to make sushi at home and enjoy an oriental dinner experience.

how to make salmon nigiri

What You’ll Need:

Sushi Rice

10 Strips of Sushi Grade Salmon

Wasabi

Soy Sauce (optional)

 

Steps for Making Salmon Nigiri:

  1. Wet your hands with water
  2. Take the sushi rice (about ¾ the size of your palm) and roll it into a small rectangular shape. Repeat this 10 times until you have ten rice shapes
  3. Cut the sushi grade salmon into thin strips that match the width and length of the sushi rice parcels
  4. Place a tiny drop of wasabi carefully upon the underside of each piece of salmon.
  5. Drape a piece of the salmon along each rice parcel, placing the wasabi side face down onto the rice to help it stick
  6. Neaten and mold the nigiri until you are happy
  7. Serve with a small dish of soy sauce for added flavour

 

How to make Avocado and Cucumber Maki

One of the most recognisable of sushi dishes, the sushi maki roll is the quintessential sushi dish that’s everyone’s go to favourite. Although admittedly more fiddly than the salmon nigiri, sushi maki is a perfect dish for those seeking to challenge themselves a little more when making homemade sushi. Although this recipe is for an avocado and cucumber maki, feel free to experiment with flavours and fillings to create your own personal perfect dish.

how to make cucumber maki

What You’ll Need:

A Bamboo Sushi Mat

Sushi Rice

4 Sheets of Nori (Dried Seaweed)

1 Ripe Avocado

½ Cucumber

Dish of Cold Water

 

Steps for Making Avocado and Cucumber Maki:

  1. Place your bamboo sushi mat down and cover it with cling film (to stop the rice from sticking)
  2. Get 1 sheet of nori and place it over the clingfilm
  3. Carefully spoon and spread a thin layer of sushi rice all over the seaweed, leaving roughly 1 or 2cm empty along one length of the nori
  4. Take strips of the cucumber and avocado and arrange them neatly together within the centre of the rolls
  5. Carefully lift up the bamboo mat and roll the entire wrap over before pressing down, leaving the 1cm gap exposed at the end
  6. Lift the mat again and roll over the last bit of the empty nori, pressing down as you do, sealing the rice and vegetables within
  7. Sprinkle a tiny bit of water along the seal if it’s struggling to keep together
  8. Take a sharp knife and cut the rolls into roughly 5 or 6 equal segments
  9. Repeat these steps 3 more times with the other nori sheets
  10. Serve with  ginger and soy sauce (optional)

 

How to make California Rolls

For those really seeking a challenge, why not have a go at making a california roll? A taste sensation that will really get your tastebuds tingling, california rolls are the perfect dish for those looking to push their sushi making skills to the next level.

how to make california rolls

What You’ll Need:

A Bamboo Mat

Sushi Rice

2 Sheets of Nori (Dried Seaweed)

12 Sticks of Surimi (Imitation Crab)

1 Ripe Avocado

Dish of cold water

Sesame Seeds (optional)

Soy Sauce (optional)

Ginger (optional)

 

Steps for Making California Rolls:

  1. Place your bamboo sushi mat down and cover it with cling film (to stop the rice from sticking)
  2. Get 1 sheet of nori and place it over the clingfilm
  3. Carefully spoon and spread a thin layer of sushi rice all over the seaweed, leaving roughly 1 or 2cm empty along one length of the nori
  4. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the rice (optional) and flip the nori so that the rice is now facing down onto the mat and clingfilm
  5. Place the crab and the avocado along one length of the nori (the side with the 1/2cm gap
  6. Carefully lift up the side of the mat closest to the crab and avocado and roll the wrap just over the fillings, leaving the rest of the seaweed bare
  7. Push down gently to tighten and mold the seaweed roll into a rectangular shape
  8. Repeat the process, one roll at a time until you reach the end of the nori
  9. Shapen and tighten the roll until you are happy with how it looks
  10. Take a sharp knife and cut the rolls into roughly 8 equal pieces
  11. Repeat these steps with the second nori sheet
  12. Serve with soy sauce and ginger (optional)

 

Whilst making your own sushi at home is great fun, sometimes you want the professionals to work their magic. Check out our menu and book a table today!




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