Sushi rolls are among the easiest recipe you can create in the comfort of your home. You would not need to go to a restaurant for a bite of sushi with the right ingredients and techniques. The simplicity of the making is suitable to everyone, even for beginners. Below are some tips, tricks, and steps on making appetizing sushi rolls on your own.
What Ingredients And Tools You Need To Prepare
In making homemade sushi rolls, you will find most of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet. If not, you can run to the nearest grocery store and bring a list with you. What should you put on your list? If you have no idea, here are the essentials of sushi rolls.
- Sushi rice
- Seaweed sheets or also known as Nori
- Sesame seeds or chia seeds
- Mayo and sriracha
- Soy sauce
- Wasabi and pickled ginger
- Proteins for fillings such as salmon and tuna
- Vegetables to accompany the protein like cucumber, avocado, carrots, and bell peppers
Picking top-quality products should be your priority. Before adding any of them to your cart, make sure to check the expiration date. What if the ingredient is out of stock? For instance, the store may be running out of soy sauce.
Would you ditch it? Definitely no, especially if the sushi will taste different without it. The only way for this is to find a soy sauce substitute, and you can do that by looking for products similar to it. Asking the store manager will do or browsing the internet will also help.
On the other hand, talking about preparation also involves the kitchen tools. While shopping for ingredients, you better check-out the equipment you do not currently own. Here is a list of the utensils you will need for well-done sushi.
- Sushi mat or rolling mat
- Basic cutting board (if there is no mat)
- Plastic wrap
- A sharp knife (preferably a sushi knife)
The Tips and Processes In Creating The Sushi Rolls
Heading straight to your kitchen and placing all you need on the table would be your unofficial first step. Before starting, be sure to wash your hands and wear disposable gloves for hygiene purposes. And if you are new in this process, the best thing to do is relax, breathe and enjoy.
1. Always Start With The Rice
The standard amount of rice you need to cook is 1 to 1 ½ cups. Put it inside the pot, add 2 cups of water and let it boil. In Asian practices, rinsing the rice before putting it on fire is advisable, but you do not need to. Check from time to time until it is boiling, usually after 20 minutes.
In sushi rolls, rice is the ingredient you will taste that conjoins every other element. Hence, monitoring it and making sure it will not overcook is a must. Once it boils, lower the heat, and let the rice rest for 10 minutes.
When the fully cooked rice is now ready for seasoning, prepare vinegar, salt, and sugar. Mix the three and adjust the amount depending on how you desire them. Conduct a taste test before pouring it all over your rice.
A tip you must remember while cooking the rice, you can leave it for few minutes and prepare your sushi fillings.
2. Cutting Your Fillings In Bite Sizes
Sushi rolls’ fillings require it to be bite sizes in vertical cuts resembling that of matchsticks. Do this on a chopping board using a sharp knife. Ensure that the measures are proportional so that no ingredient will overpower the other, except for the protein.
Start with cutting the vegetables before proceeding to your protein. It will help if you separate each cut accordingly to be more comfortable when you wrap them up.
Just a tip when cutting your vegetables, keep your sharp knives by moistening them. This way, you can avoid unwanted tears and breaks.
3. Combining The Ingredients Together
This step is only possible after you wrap your mat in plastic wrap, so do it. Once the wrapping is in place, grab your ingredients, starting with the Nori and your rice. Set a sheet of Nori on your mat, and spread a layer of rice above it.
Add the fillings above the rice, placing it on the center and lined side by side. You can opt to fill the whole space with ingredients or pile them together and spare some.
During this process, a pro tip to remember is to make it even as much as possible. Do not overstuff.
4. Rolling The Sushi
To do this, you need to elevate your mat and gently fold it, enclosing the fillings in a roll, tying the ingredients together. And then, while rolling, you can compress it tightly but not wanting to squish anything out.
Repeating the process until all components, including rice and Nori, is in the form of a spiral. Remember to squeeze them using the sushi mat, in the end, to secure it is tightly packed.
Another tip for you, if you accidentally squeeze out an ingredient, do not bother putting it back since it will ruin everything.
5. Slice, Serve and Share
Slicing the sushi into six to eight equal discs is your next step. You can immediately transfer them to a serving plate and sprinkle the sushi rolls with your toppings of mayo, sesame, or chia seeds. Or any other toppings you have.
Also, have sauce prepared to sum it all up. It could be a soy sauce, wasabi paste, or pickled ginger, depending on your choice. Once done, you are ready to share your delicious sushi rolls with everyone!
A tip to consider is it’s best to eat sushi as an appetizer before every meal. However, you can view it as an entree and eat it as a meal.