Kitchen Tips

How To Make Sushi Like A Pro, Step By Step

Think sushi is best left to the pros? Think again. With a DIY sushi kit and your favourite fresh ingredients, you’ll be rolling sushi like a master in no time.

Close-up of vegetarian sushi

Step 1

Pick up an Obento Japanese Sushi Kit from your local supermarket. This handy box contains everything you need to get started, including:

Sushi rice
Yaki nori seaweed
Sushi seasoning
Bamboo mat
Wasabi
Soy sauce

If you can’t get your hands on a kit, simply purchase each of the items individually.

Step 2

Cook the rice by bringing 500ml of water and rice to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender. Remove from heat and stand, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Evenly sprinkle the powdered sushi mix over the hot rice in a large bowl. Stir through the rice using a paddle or flat-bladed knife to separate and cool rice.

Step 3

Prepare the sushi by placing 1 sheet of nori (shiny side down) on the bamboo rolling mat, moisten your hands with water and take a handful of the cooled sushi rice. Spread the rice evenly over the nori, leaving a 1cm border around the edge.

Step 4

Add a smear of wasabi from left to right, across the middle of the rice, adjusting the amount to your personal taste.

Step 5

Arrange your preferred fillings in a straight line across the middle of the rice. Traditional fillings include:

Cucumber batons
Avocado
Raw tuna
Tamago (sweet omelette)
Grilled eel
Fish roe

Read our guide to creative sushi fillings for instant inspiration.

Step 6

Begin rolling up the mat over the ingredients – stop when you get about 2.5cm from the edge of the nori. Lift the mat and roll forward again to join the edges of the nori – keep applying a gentle pressure to make the roll firm, tucking the mat tightly.

Step 7

Use a sharp knife to cut the completed rolls in half, place the halves side-by-side and cut into thirds – each roll will make 6 nori maki sushi pieces. Alternatively, simply cut in half to serve as futomaki, like these California rolls.

Japanese california rolls

Hungry for more? Discover 10 interesting facts about sushi, or try your hand at the Korean version of sushi, known as gim bap.

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