Home Made Sushi … Preparation and Condiments (Pt. 1)

Making sushi at home is easier than many imagine.

There are a few basic ingredients: short grain sushi rice, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, toasted nori sheets (full or half size). Fillings vary, of course, but the unsung heroes of sushi are the condiments like soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi.

And sauces … to include in your roll or to drizzle over the rolls for a garnish.

Sriracha and Wasabi Mayonnaise

Unless you’re planning on a big party, only make small amounts of the sauce shortly before making your sushi rolls.

Basic Mayo Sauce Recipe – 1/4 cup home made or commercial mayo (or Miracle Whip) and 1/2 tsp Sriracha or a rounded 1/2 tsp of wasabi powder. Stir into the mayo and taste. Add more of the add in, or the mayo depending on your preference.

Getting ready to make the sushi rolls: sharp knife, working/cutting surface, rolling mat and a freezer bag to wrap the mat in so it stays clean.

Nori … nori sheets have a smooth/shiny side and a rough side (left of the picture). The rice is placed on the rough side.

Along with making the more commonly known maki sushi rolls, I made something called “gunkan” or battleship sushi.

Instructions for making the Gunkan sushi:

1 1/2 inch wide strip of nori
2-3 tbsp (~40 gm) cooked rice per rice ball, shaped into a 1 1/2-2 inch oval.

Wrap the strip of nori around the rice ball.

 

Top with about a tablespoon of desired filling … like the spicy Sriracha shredded ‘crab stick’ below.

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9 thoughts on “Home Made Sushi … Preparation and Condiments (Pt. 1)

    1. They’re both really easy to make and make your home made sushi resemble restaurant quality presentations. I’ve stirred tobiko/masago roe (fish eggs) into the Sriracha mayo as well. Small touches to make YOUR sushi special.

      1. Noodles, beans sprouts, fresh mint, crunchy or more tender lettuce, julienned veg… even fruit like mangos and avocados. Summer roll fillings are very versatile.

    1. Sushi for one is a bit limiting but sometimes you just can’t go out to a sushi restaurant so it’s nice to know that you can make some of your favourites at home. Still can’t get a hang on the sushi ‘pizza’ though so I won’t stop going out for sushi any time soon. 🙂

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