Yellowtail Roll (Negihama Maki) ネギハマ巻き

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  • Easy yellowtail roll (Negihama Maki) recipe. Here, tender diced yellowtail sashimi with green onion wrapped with rice and nori.

    Yellowtail Roll, Negihama Maki on a white plate.

    We had some yellowtail sashimi the other day so I made Yellowtail Sushi Roll as appetizer.

    Unlike other kinds of sushi roll, this thin roll (we call it Hosomaki 細巻き) is really easy to make.  Plus, these are not inside-out rolls (裏巻き) which require a bit more practice, so it’s perfect if you are trying to make sushi for the first time.

    Yellowtail Roll on a white plate.

    Yellowtail Sushi Roll

    With a high fat content and buttery tender texture, sushi grade yellowtail (or Hamachi) is greatly enjoyed in Japan in sashimi or in sushi roll. To make sushi roll, you just need to chop up the fish into fine pieces before rolling them up with rice in nori sheets. If you’re not a fan of yellowtail (hamachi), you can easily substitute with tuna or salmon.

    I’ve included a tutorial video below on how make delicious Sushi Rolls (Hosomaki) at home. For step-by-step instructions, you can head over to this post for more tips and techniques.

    Watch How To Make Sushi Rolls (Hosomaki) 細巻きの作り方

    Making delicious sushi rolls at home is easy, you just need a few ingredients like tuna, cucumber, nori, and short grain rice.

    Yellowtail Roll sushi on a white plate.

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    Yellowtail Roll
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
    Easy yellowtail roll (Negihama Maki) recipe. Here, tender diced yellowtail sashimi with green onion wrapped with rice and nori.
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: hamachi, negihama maki, sushi roll
    Servings: 2 Yellowtail Rolls
    Author: Nami
    Tezu (vinegared hand-dipping water):
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Yellowtail Roll Ingredients
    2. Cut the yellowtail into 1/4 inch cubes and chop into smaller pieces.
      Yellowtail Roll 1
    3. Lay a sheet of nori, shiny side down, on the plastic covered bamboo mat. Wet your fingers in tezu and spread 3/4 cup of the rice evenly onto nori sheet.
      Yellowtail Roll 2
    4. Place half of the chopped yellowtail at the bottom end of the nori sheet.
      Yellowtail Roll 3
    5. Line the edge of nori sheet at the bottom end of the bamboo mat. Grab the bottom edge of the bamboo mat while keeping the fillings in place with your fingers, roll into a tight cylinder. Lift the edge of the bamboo mat and continue to roll it forward while keeping gentle pressure on the mat.
      Yellowtail Roll 4
    6. With a very sharp knife, cut the roll in half and then cut each half into 3-4 pieces. Clean the knife with a damp cloth every few slices. Serve the sushi with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.
      Yellowtail Roll 5
    Recipe Notes

    Cover the sushi rice and the completed rolls with a damp cloth at all time to prevent drying.


    Equipment you will need:

    • Bamboo mat, covered with plastic wrap


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