Making your own sushi at home can seem intimidating, but trust me – it’s not! This quick tutorial will show you how easy it is to create your own sushi masterpiece in your kitchen!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 sheet of Nori (dried seaweed sheet)
- 1 cup rice
- 2 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 piece imitation crab
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled
Bring two cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add the cup of rice to the boiling water with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Transfer the cooked rice into a shallow pan to cool and add the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well and let cool.
Prepare the crab and cucumber by cutting into long strips, place to the side.
You will need a sheet of wax paper to aid in the rolling process and a kitchen towel for any clean up.
Once the rice has cooled you are ready to begin. Remove a sheet of the Nori from the package and place smooth side down. Scoop some rice and spread evenly across one half of the Nori.
This part may be a little messy and require you to rinse your fingers in cold water. It will help remove the excess rice from sticking and allow you to spread the rice out to cover all edges. Next add the cucumber and crab strips.
Once you have all of the filler ingredients added, you will begin the rolling process. This will be really easy, but you must maintain a tight grip on the roll and continue stuffing the ingredients as you roll the Nori.
Place the kitchen towel on a solid surface and then the sheet of wax paper on top of the towel. Next place the Nori sheet on top of the wax paper and make sure the sheet is even with the end of the wax paper. Begin rolling the Nori over the rice, cucumber and crab slowly while keeping the wax paper on top of the Nori sheet. This will help keep all of the ingredients in the roll. Continue rolling and stuffing very slowly to keep the roll as tight as possible. You may have to adjust the wax paper to keep it from being a part of your roll. Once completely rolled up use the wax paper to go over the outside of the Nori to help shape it.
It is recommended to use a sushi knife to cut the roll into bite size pieces, but honestly who has one of those lying around. I use a paring knife and it works perfectly! The blades are typically much thinner and sharper than larger knives, so it easily cuts through the seaweed without squishing or damaging. Cut the pieces in about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces. You should be able to get at least eight pieces out of each roll you make.
You will probably have some leftover rice and my guess is extra sheets of Nori in the package, so now that you are a sushi expert, roll another!
Use your creativity when it comes to arranging your sushi on the plate. Be sure to have some chopsticks handy along with ginger and wasabi!
Enjoy this delicious dish you created like a pro!