Sushi Rolls (Maki)

Sushi is one of Chef Tim's favourite dishes, from one of his favourite cuisines - in fact, he likes Japanese food so much that he spent a few weeks in Japan! We also love Sushi, and it just so happens that it is loads of fun to prepare, and a really healthy yet satisfying meal. Give this easy Sushi recipe a try at home!


Ingredients


For the sushi rolls

  • 500g sushi rice

  • 550ml water

  • 75ml rice vinegar

  • 40g sugar

  • 20g salt

  • A pack of nori seaweed sheets

Some filling ideas for your rolls:

  • Tuna (tinned with water; mixed with mayonnaise)

  • Seafood sticks/surimi

  • Japanese mayonnaise (or normal mayo if you can’t get this)

  • Teriyaki Chicken

  • Cucumber

  • Salmon (must be smoked or cooked if not sushi salmon)

  • Ripe avocado

  • Eggs (in an omelette)

  • Carrot

  • Sesame seeds

Key Equipment

  • Medium saucepan

  • Knife and chopping board

  • Non-reactive mixing bowl (Glass, ceramic or steel)

  • Flat tray

  • Spatula or wooden spoon

  • Frying pan (depending on your choice of filling)

  • Sushi rolling mat (optional; see chef’s tips for alternatives)


Chef’s tips:

  1. If your hands are slightly wet, your sushi rice won’t stick to your hands and will be much easier to handle.

  2. If you don’t have a bamboo mat, you can use parchment paper, or a tea towel covered in cling film.


Method


To make the sushi rice

  1. Wash the sushi rice under cold running water until the water runs completely clear.

  2. Place the rice in a saucepan with 550ml of cold water. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat.

  3. Simmer for 7 minutes, then remove from the heat. Don’t open the lid - allow the rice to steam for 10 minutes. This lets it cook and dry out.

  4. While waiting, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt in a non-reactive mixing bowl and mix well, till all the sugar and salt has dissolved.

  5. After 10 minutes, pour your rice out onto a large flat tray, and drizzle the vinegar solution all over.

  6. Gently fold the rice and vinegar together. Try not to mix it, as the grains of rice will be crushed which will make your rice turn mushy.


To assemble your sushi rolls

  1. Once the rice is at room temperature, place a sheet of nori seaweed on top of a bamboo sushi mat.

  2. Cover the nori sheet with a thin layer of rice, leaving a 1cm margin at one edge.

  3. Place all your fillings in a single line in the middle of the rice/seaweed sheet. Don’t place too many ingredients in - you won’t be able to roll the sushi!

  4. Using the bamboo mat as a guide, roll the sushi up.

  5. Cut the roll into mouth size portions.

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