Love ordering sushi for delivery? Consider yourself something of a sushi connoisseur? Want to try to make it for yourself at home? There are few things as satisfying as ordering in some gorgeous, delicious sushi and keeping it all to yourself while lounging on the couch with a good movie. When you’re feeling ambitious, however, nothing impresses dinner guests like homemade sushi! And of course, you can always order it in, when you don’t quite get it right.
The key to great sushi is great sushi rice. Long-grain varieties won’t work because they aren’t glutenous enough; you will need to use a short-grained type such as the aptly-named Japanese rice. These glutenous grains will stick to each other and hold each roll of sushi together. Use a long-grained variety of rice and your sushi is more likely to fall apart.
Tools you will need:
- a very sharp knife
- a spoon
- bamboo rolling mat
Despite what the trained sushi chefs will tell you, you can fill your sushi with whatever ingredients you want! Some of the most common and beloved fillings are avocado, carrot, cucumber, pollack, and canned tuna. Use anything to fill the sushi but try to pair ingredients together so that when you bite into the piece you get a crunch as well as something creamy. This is the most satisfying combination that everyone will love.
Preparing the Rice
Rice can be tricky for some people to pull off. The secret? Follow the package instructions and be patient! While the rice is still warm, dress it with 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons of regular white sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix carefully so as not to break any grains, and let it cool quite a bit before you use it so that it is just lukewarm.
Roll that Sushi!
On your mat, place one sheet of nori (seaweed) shiny-side down, and using a spoon, spread the cooled rice evenly so that it covers the nori. Leave one inch of space on every edge for rolling purposes – if you skip this part you’re going to make a mess! Now this is the fun part: straight across your blanket of rice, line up your fillings. Classic avocado with cucumber and black sesame seeds is a great place to start. Once everything’s in place, roll! All you have to do is wet the top and bottom edges with water and seal them together. Try, try and try again and you will learn quickly! Slice the roll into 8 pieces and douzo meshiagare (That’s “enjoy your meal”, for those of us who don’t know Japanese)!
If you did your best and it turned into more of a sushi salad, feel no shame. Pretend it’s a special Japanese delicacy reserved especially for sushi chefs – and next time, order in.