Sushi takes a bit of work on the front end not just preparing ingredients, but having some utensils ready (sushi mat, rice paddle, rice cooker). You can prepare sushi without these essentials, it just may get a little messy. Might I suggest a fun trip to one of the many asian markets around Seattle for well-priced sushi rice, nori, and utensils. A few purchases now will allow for many sushi creating adventures in the years to come. If you don’t have a sushi mat on hand, try folding a clean tea towel to use for sushi rolling instead.
- 1 cup sushi rice
- 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 sheets of nori (seaweed)
- various vegetables chopped in matchsticks: carrots, cucumber, red pepper, avacado
- additional fillings: sushi grade tuna or smoked salmon, cream cheese, panko crumbs, spicy mayo, sesame seeds, soy sauce/tamari, pickled ginger, wasabi
- Rinse rice thoroughly and cook according to package instructions in a rice cooker or on the stove.
- Once rice is cooked, add vinegar, sugar, and salt and mix well.
- Lay out 1 sheet of nori, shiny side down, on sushi mat. Using a rice paddle, spread a layer rice the over entire sheet.
- Arrange a single, horizontal row of vegetables and other filling in the center atop the rice. Keep in mind that too much filling causes some difficulty in rolling the sushi…use moderation.
- Starting with the edge closest to you, lift the sushi mat and begin rolling the mat way from you moving toward the row of filling. Apply light pressure to maintain a tight grip on the roll. Once the roll has made a full rotation, move the mat forward out of the way and continue to allow the roll to, well, roll! forward until the roll is completely closed off.
- Unfold the mat and marvel at your glorious sushi roll before chopping it into 6-8 bit size pieces.
Try a few of these sushi roll variations:
- salmon, avocado, creme cheese, cucumber, sesame seeds
- cucumber, carrot, avalado, red pepper, spicy mayo
- tuna, cucumber, red peper, panko crumbs, spicy mayo
- salmon, red pepper, spicy mayo, avacado, pickled ginger