Make sushi at home with simple hand rolled sushi called Temaki Sushi. Everyone in the family (or at the party) will have fun rolling the nori sheets around sushi rice and their favorite fillings!
“How do you make sushi?” “What is sushi rice?” “Where do you buy your ingredients for sushi?” “Do you make sushi a lot at home?”
Let’s just say I receive a lot of questions about sushi! That really speaks to how popular sushi has become in the US and around the world.
When I do get asked about sushi, I first think of the most traditional form of sushi called Nigiri. Imagine a sushi restaurant in Tokyo where a chef quickly, but carefully packs a small rectangle of rice and tops it with a freshly sliced piece of raw fish, placing it in front of you to eat. That’s nigiri sushi, and it takes a sushi chef years and years of practice to perfect.
What is Temaki Sushi?
Temaki Sushi is sometimes called a “hand roll” because it is made of a rolled cone of seaweed, wrapped around rice and fillings. The best part (for me as a cook) is that this is a meal where everyone helps themselves. You just need to prepare a platter of sushi rice, nori (seaweed sheet) and fillings such as sashimi-grade fish and sliced veggies/mango. Then at the table, each person makes a hand rolled sushi based on their favorite mix of ingredients.
If you are vegetarian or do not eat raw fish, you can still make Temaki Sushi with vegetables of your choice or use cooked ingredients such as Shrimp Tempura, grilled unagi, or even Chicken Teriyaki and Chicken Kaarage! It’s fun to make your own fillings, so get creative!
Clockwise from salmon: salmon, hamachi (yellowtail), shredded daikon, radish sprouts, amaebi (sweet shrimp), cucumber, takuan (pickled daikon), tobiko, kanpachi (amberjack), toro (fatty tuna), shredded daikon, radish sprouts, hotate (scallops,) uni (sea urchin), tai (red snapper), and ikura (salmon roe) in the middle.
What makes “sushi rice” different from regular Japanese rice?
To make temaki sushi, you need to make the rice sticky (and extra flavorful), so it forms together well when you wrap the seaweed cone around it. Sushi Rice is simply steamed rice seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Japanese only make this rice when making sushi, so for all other Japanese meals, we eat regular steamed rice. To learn how to make sushi rice, see How To Make Sushi Rice.
Once you master temaki sushi and are ready for more sushi making, you wouldn’t want to miss this Complete Guide on How to Host a Sushi Party.
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Gather all the ingredients.
- If your raw fish comes as a block, slice the raw fish into long sticks. Or you can ask a fish monger at a Japanese grocery store to cut the raw fish for Temaki Sushi. They will cut fish into long sticks, instead of sashimi-style cut.
- Cut nori in half.
- Before you start, make sure your hands are dry in order to keep nori dry and crispy. Place the seaweed on the palm of your hand (shiny side down) and put a thin layer of rice on left third of nori.
- Place fillings (shiso leaf, cucumber, raw fish and daikon radish sprouts) vertically across middle of middle of the rice.
- Fold the bottom left corner of nori over and begin folding into cone shape.
- Keep rolling until cone is formed. Put a piece of rice at the bottom right corner to use as glue and close tightly. Continue with the other half of the nori.
- Serve with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce as condiments.
Cook Time/Prep Time: This does not include the time to prepare sushi rice.
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