Oh my goodness….I just want to tell you how easy it actually is to make sushi.
I have never really been intimidated by food and recipes, but the thought of making sushi kind of scared me a little bit.
But I have to tell you, it was honestly very easy and fun to make my own DIY sushi.
Lately I have created a few different “better than take-out” recipes, and sushi was the last thing on my list.
I did a little research, found a great method for making sticky rice, and then I just went for it.
This time I decided to go with a California Roll. Mostly because I happen to live in a small town where sushi-grade raw fish is not available.
The ingredients of a California Roll are very accessible, so anyone should be able to make these. You will also need to have a couple other easy to find items; like a bamboo sushi mat (I just found a bamboo place mat at the Dollar Store), plastic wrap, bowl of water, and chop sticks.
Here’s the recipe:
Now that you have made your sticky rice and prepared the rest of your ingredients, you will need to assemble the sushi roll. I have made a little picture tutorial, with some step by step directions. There are a lot of pictures and a lot of steps….but please don’t let this intimidate you. Once I started assembling my sushi roll it only took about 10 minutes.
-Dip your fingers in water and evenly spread sticky rice ¼ inch thick. Spread almost to the edge and press firmly into the nori sheet.
-Sprinkle about ½ tbsp. toasted sesame seeds evenly over rice.
-Carefully flip nori sheet so the rice side is down.
-Put a layer of filling about 1/3 way down the nori sheet, going all the way across.
-Pull the nori to the edge of the mat closest to you, and fold the sushi mat over the nori about ½ inch.
-Unroll and pull the nori to the edge of the mat again.
-Roll the mat over again, unroll, and repeat steps until you have rolled over the filling.
-Now, roll the mat over the entire roll, pressing firmly and making a tight roll.
-Wrap the roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
-Remove from fridge, unwrap, and slice with a very sharp knife. Cut the ends off first and then slice about 1 inch thick.
Once you finish all these steps you are ready to serve this delicious and easy DIY Sushi. Serve it with soy sauce and wasabi, and maybe a little sriracha if you like it spicy. This California Roll is probably the easiest roll to start with, but the possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to try making a sushi roll with tempura fried shrimp! This DIY sushi recipe is easy and delicious…you should try it!