Do you ever wish you could have a delicious sushi meal without leaving your home or paying restaurant prices? It seems more people are converted into sushi lovers every year. Sushi has become something of a phenomenon in the food world. However, even the most devoted sushi lovers may not have room in their budget to indulge in the delicacy as much as they would like. Fortunately, making your own sushi is not as difficult as many people may think it is.
If you have ever wanted to make tasty sushi at home, then you are like countless others who find themselves hankering for sushi but either unable or unwilling to go to a restaurant for it. All that is needed to make yummy sushi in the comfort of your own home are fresh, quality ingredients and a bamboo mat for rolling.
When it comes to the ingredients used in sushi, the sky is the limit, anything you want can be incorporated into a tasty sushi meal. However, there are a few ingredients that are somewhat universal in sushi making. You want to be sure to get sushi rice, not regular white or brown rice. Additionally you will need to get sheets of dried seaweed known as Nori and rice wine vinegar. Apart from this some other ingredients you may want to use in your sushi can include canned or raw tuna, smoked salmon, avocado, masago (fish eggs), cucumber, mango, shredded carrots, and cream cheese just to name a few.
If you have trouble finding any of these ingredients or a bamboo sushi mat at your local grocery store, then try shopping at an Asian specialty store or market.
Prepping Your Ingredients
When making sushi rolls the first thing you should do is assemble all your ingredients. This means cooking the sushi rice and then adding in the rice wine vinegar. When cooking sushi rice, it is necessary to rinse it with cold water first. Once the rice is cooked you want to put enough vinegar on it to give the rice flavor, but not so much that it loses its stickiness or is drowning in vinegar.
The next step is to prep your bamboo sushi mat by putting a layer of plastic wrap over it; it is also helpful when rolling sushi to have a bowl nearby filled with water and a little vinegar. This is to dip your hands into so the rice does not stick to them. Whatever fish, meat, or vegetables you choose for your sushi should be sliced as thinly as possible and placed in bowls or on plates next to your sushi mat.
Assembling Your Sushi Rolls
To assemble your sushi roll place your sheet of Nori on top of the mat, followed by the sushi rice on top of the Nori. The sushi rice should only cover the bottom of the Nori in a thin layer, with about a quarter of the Nori at the top bare.
Now it is time to layer on your ingredients with whatever seafood or meat you have chosen along with the vegetables or additional toppings you want. To do this, you leave the top quarter of the Nori uncovered and lay out your fish and vegetables in a horizontal line across the rice. Be careful not to overfill your roll, a thin layer of toppings is all that is needed.
Rolling Your Sushi
Now that all of your ingredients are on the Nori, it is time to roll your sushi. The proper way to do this is to place your fingers over your sushi ingredients, then put your thumbs under the bamboo mat and use those to roll the mat up until the two ends of the Nori meet. At this point, you remove your fingers from the inside of the roll and continue to roll the mat around your ingredients, shaping it into a log. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the sushi roll.
After you have achieved the desired shape unroll the mat and let the sushi set for about five minutes or so. Once it has set all that is left to do is cut it into pieces. Depending on how big your roll is or your preference, you can cut it into as many pieces as you desire. Although the average roll usually yields about six to eight bite-sized pieces of sushi. If you wish, garnish your sushi with a dollop of wasabi and some pickled ginger slices.
Sushi restaurants can be found almost everywhere. Going out for sushi is just not always feasible. Fortunately, just because sushi is exotic does not mean that you cannot make your customized sushi roll. Next time you get a dire craving for sushi but do not want to go to the trouble of leaving your house or short on cash, look no further than your kitchen for a satisfying sushi experience.