One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is sushi. Some people just can’t dig it, but I could dig it everyday for the rest of my life. That’s a true statement too. I was probably 16 the first time I ever had sushi and I hated it. I almost threw up and vowed never to have it again. Then I had it again and loved it. Sometimes things deserve a second chance.
Anywho, making sushi has always been so intimidating to me and for good reason. It’s not exactly easy to make, but it’s not hard either. There are a few things you absolutely need and patience is one of them. If you aren’t a very patient person, then sushi making isn’t for you.
Let’s start with the basics. You’ll need: sushi rice, seaweed, avocado, cucumber, crab (or imitation crab), sashimi grade fish (I used salmon and tuna), a sushi mat (wrapped in plastic wrap) and a very sharp knife.
See? Getting everything you need is the hardest part.
The first step is to cook and cool your rice. Once cool you’ll start spreading a thin layer out onto a sheet of seaweed. Like this:
Make sure you get all the corners. When you’re done it should look something like this:
Then you need to cut your fish. Having a really sharp knife makes this easy. Make sure to cut against the grain.
Then, since we’re making a spicy tuna roll, you’ll cut the sashimi up into small pieces and bath in sriracha. (If you don’t want to make a spicy roll, just skip this step all together.)
Now you’re ready to start building your roll! This is the exciting (and slightly frustrating part.) Maybe you should have a glass of wine first? First you’ll flip your rice and seaweed over (so the rice will be on the outside of the roll) and layer in all of your goodies.
Be careful with your cucumber and avocado slices. They need to be thin so you can roll everything up. Next you’ll start rolling. Make sure to keep everything tight.
and keep rolling….
and keep rolling… You’re almost done!
Yay! You did it! Now just a few more steps. Take your sushi mat and press it over the roll. This gives it good form.
And now you’re done!! All you have to do it cut it into rolls. This is where having a super sharp knife comes in handy.
If you’re feeling really adventurous you could cut up some sashimi and avocado and make a rainbow roll. All you have to do is this:
Until you’ve got this:
And one more time with the sushi mat just to give it form.
Now you can stuff your face with sushi!!