The Easiest Way To Make Sushi For Beginners

Sushi is a famous dish worldwide native to Japanese cuisine. Traditionally, sushi is raw fish and rice wrapped in seaweed (nori). While it looks easy to make and impressive, sushi can be deceptively hard to assemble. This article will teach you step-by-step the easiest way to make sushi. It is a quick and easy method, and you will end up with a refreshing, delicious meal at the end.


1. Ingredients

2. How to make sushi

3. Best side dishes to have with sushi


1. Ingredients

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  • 5 sheets of nori (seaweed)
  • 2 ounces of sushi-grade salmon, sliced thickly
  • 2 ounces of sushi-grade tuna, sliced thickly
  • Koshihikari rice (sushi rice)

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    • ½ an avocado, sliced
    • 1 cucumber, julienne
    • 1 carrot, peeled and julienne
    Note: You will also need a bamboo rolling mat for this recipe!

    2. How to make sushi

    Step 1 - Some people like to put cling film on the mat before rolling, but it is your decision if you choose to or not. Place nori sheet lengthwise on the bamboo mat, shiny-side down. Position the sheet about 1-inch from the edge of the mat, and make sure to leave some bamboo mat exposed on either side of the nori sheet.

    Step 2 - Wet your hands with cool water, and take a handful of sushi rice. Place the rice in the centre of the nori, and gently use your hands to spread the rice over the nori in an even layer. Make sure to leave about ¾-inch strip of nori on the side farthest from you free of rice. 

    Step 3 - Place some tuna or salmon slices with the julienne vegetable of your choice along the rice, lengthwise, just off-centre in rice. The fillings should be closer to you than the far edge of your rice square. Be sure not to overfill your rolls!

    Step 4 - Place your fingertips over the fillings to hold them in place, and lift up the bamboo mat with your thumbs. Begin rolling the bamboo mat away from you, and over the fillings and rice,  lifting it off the nori as you roll and applying pressure to keep the rolls firm. Continue until the near and far sides of the rice  have joined and you are left with the ¾-inch strip of nori at the end. 

    Step 5 - Apply pressure all along the sushi roll to make it firm. Remove it from the bamboo mat and then slice the long roll into six equal and smaller rolls. Repeat the steps above with the other fillings of your choice.


    3. Best side dishes to have with sushi

    Like every meal, sushi is made tastier if you have some classic Japanese side dishes to accompany it. The most traditional side dishes we recommend are:

  • Soy sauce
  • Wasabi
  • Miso soup
  • Edamame beans
  • Pickled ginger
  • We hope you can make your own sushi rolls recipe. Be sure to experiment with different fillings, once you have the basics, sushi can be anything you want it to be!