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Homemade Sushi


65 min

Homemade Sushi

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65 min


8 persons




4.00 rating-star (198)


Author: Victoria Bailey
Sushi rolls can be filled with any ingredients you choose. Try smoked salmon instead of imitation crabmeat. Serve with teriyaki sauce and wasabi.


  • water: 1.33333 cups
  • uncooked short-grain white rice: 0.66667 cup
  • rice vinegar: 3 Tbsp
  • white sugar: 3 Tbsp
  • salt: 1.5 tsp
  • nori seaweed sheets: 4 sheets
  • imitation crabmeat, flaked: 0.5 pound
  • avocado - peeled, pitted, and sliced: 1 piece
  • cucumber, peeled, cut into small strips: 0.5 piece
  • pickled ginger: 2 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
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  2. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot; stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
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  3. Mix rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Gently stir into cooked rice in the pot and set aside.
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  4. Lay nori sheets on a baking sheet.
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  5. Heat nori in the preheated oven until warm, 1 to 2 minutes.
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  6. Center 1 nori sheet on a bamboo sushi mat. Use wet hands to spread a thin layer of rice on top. Arrange 1/4 of the crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, and pickled ginger over rice in a line down the center. Lift one end of the mat and roll it tightly over filling to make a complete roll. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
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  7. Use a wet, sharp knife to cut each roll into 4 to 6 slices.
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History of the Homemade Sushi

Sushi is a traditional Japanese cuisine that has been enjoyed for centuries. Originally, sushi was made by fermenting fish with rice, vinegar, and salt, a process that took months. In the 16th century, sushi was transformed into the bite-sized rolls we know today, where fresh fish is wrapped in seasoned rice and seaweed. Sushi has become ubiquitous around the world, inspiring many variations and new flavors along the way.

Tips and Tricks for Homemade Sushi Recipe

Making homemade sushi can be a bit intimidating for beginners, but with some practice, it can become a fun and satisfying experience. Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the perfect sushi:

  • Use short-grain rice for best results. Rinse the rice several times to remove excess starch, which will make the rice sticky and easier to work with.
  • Season the rice with a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. This adds flavor and helps the rice stick together.
  • Make sure your nori sheets are fresh and pliable. Heating them briefly in the oven or with a lighter can help make them more flexible.
  • Wet your hands before handling the rice to prevent it from sticking to your fingers. Use a thin layer of rice and leave some space at the edges to make rolling easier.
  • Use a sushi mat to roll the sushi tightly and evenly. A wet, sharp knife is essential for cutting the rolls into slices without squishing them.

Tips for presenting the dish

Sushi is not only delicious but also visually stunning. Here are some tips for presenting your homemade sushi:

  • Use a wooden sushi tray or platter to showcase your rolls.
  • Garnish with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce for dipping.
  • Arrange the slices in an alternating pattern to create a beautiful display.
  • Use small bowls to serve additional ingredients, such as extra soy sauce or chopped scallions, on the side.
  • Have fun with different fillings and shapes, such as making heart-shaped sushi or experimenting with different types of seafood.

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