Do you want to take your partner out for dinner but don’t feel like spending $50-$150+ on a meal? Or do you want to have a night in with your friends? Surprise them with homemade sushi! They will love that you put so much effort into the meal and it is fun to make. Or, as an alternative, spend the evening preparing the meal together!
Our sushi certainly was not as authentic as what is served in Japanese restaurants, but it was still super yummy (and so pretty!). The great thing about maki sushi is that it can be prepared to accommodate sensitive diets; it can be vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free, and/or lactose-free.
Utensils and tools:
- Plastic wrap
- Wooden bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Sushi mat
- Chopsticks (totally optional, but way more fun!)
- Nori (sheets of dried seaweed; can be found at most grocery stores)
- Sushi rice (jasmine rice also works)
- Rice vinegar
- Chia seeds (as an alternative to sesame seeds)
You could also try:
- Cream cheese
Finely chop your vegetables and fruits and prepare your rice. The rice must be cooked according to package instructions, then transferred from the pot or rice cooker into a wooden bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix in a small amount of rice vinegar. The purpose of using wooden utensils is to absorb excess moisture from the rice so that it acquires a sticky texture. We used a plastic container and learned the hard way that a wooden bowl is definitely best!
Next, lay down the sushi mat, place plastic wrap on top of it, then lay down a nori sheet shiny side down. Start spreading rice evenly on the nori sheet (wet your fingers to avoid a sticky mess) and sprinkle on some seeds. Carefully flip the nori sheet so the rice is facing down on the plastic wrap. The plastic wrap simply creates a barrier so your mat does not get dirty.
Now you can have fun with whatever fillings you please! We used carrot, zuchinni, avocado, and some with mango, but there is a lot of room here to be creative! When you have all of your fillings placed on the nori, use your mat to roll the sushi— really take your time here as this can be quite tricky.
There you have it! Cut your roll into smaller pieces and serve immediately.
Perhaps some matcha ice cream for desert?
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