Umami ftw. Veggie, california, spicy tuna, fire spitting dragon is that even a name? But as you know, having one more thing around the house — i. You just need a few simple ingredients and a towel. But if you live near the coast, get crazy and do the dang thang. Also, invite me over because I love seafood sushi. Oh how I love cutting corners. This method not only allows you to make a traditional sushi roll, you can also go inside out rice on the outside, nori on the inside. You can even top your rolls with avocado by layering on thin slices of ripe avocado, topping it with plastic wrap and forming it once again with your towel.
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You can also subscribe without commenting. You will not be subscribed to our newsletter list. Great tip. I was actually just looking for a recipe on the measurements of rice to cook. Made this today and it went great. Thanks for saving me from buying a sushi mat and for building my sushi confidence! I ended up using a napkin zipped into a gallon ziplock bag to roll. It was surprisingly easy to get a nice, tight roll. It was also easy to re-adjust if I messed up. Would make this again in a heartbeat. I made a much thinner layer of rice on the nori than the pictures maybe about half that, with plenty of nori peeking through , to get my preferred veggie-to-rice ratio.
To slice, I found it worked best to use my sharpest knife and to rinse the knife in water after each slice. This recipe is on-point! The sticky rice turned out perfect, and the instructions for rolling were a cinch! I had leftover matchstick veggies, too, so the whole process took about three minutes today. Thanks for yet another easy, delicious recipe!
I absolutely love reading everything that is posted on your blog. Keep the information coming. I enjoyed it!
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This was great! However, the nori seals itself. How clever of it! Sushi Disaster in Chicago!!! You made it look so easy that I tried it today with no luck. First I used instant white rice — something about having to clean sushi rice scared me. More importantly — The only nori that jewel had — had a warning fro California that the product causes cancer.
Thank god for California food laws. Why isnt the rest of America required to do the same?!?!? Frankly i am afraid of eating any food from or near Japan because of Fukishima. So i tried to make it without nori and ended up with a soggy, bland bowl of rice and veggie mess. One tip — i used nonstick parchment paper and it worked well!!!
Is the sugar necessary or can that be left out? Or completely change flavor? Definitely going to try this! Thank you! Added bonus that the rice recipe is here too. This recipe turned out SO tasty and it was so incredibly easy! I rolled mine up using a silicone baking mat, which was perfect for flexibility and sturdiness, all while reducing waste by not using plastic wrap!
I instead cut them up into little slivers — which I think helped the veggies stay in place. Is there a trick to preparing the nori? Last time I attempted this the nori was dry, hard to bite through, chewy and kind of gross. I bought a different nori this time; the same that the local market uses, but wondering if you need to drop it in water or something before using it.
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I only used 1. Rice to water ratio was way off. Way too much vinegar. It made vinegar muck. Not tasty….. Absolutely perfect instructions and we had so much fun! Thank you!!!!!
The rice should be in a layer thin enough to just cover the nori. I made this, and am extremely disappointed in the results. I should have followed my instincts instead of the recipe and removed the rice from the cooking pot immediately and moved it to a large flat dish to cool it quickly. Now I have a hot gummy mess of rice. Sticky rice is good! Perhaps you added too much liquid?
Is it compulsory to use nori sheets in making this? Is there any alternatives of it??? Reply me soon…. Awesome recipe! Raw carrots are a bit too crunchy for me though. Great recipe! My husband, my two daughters and myself all made our own sushi rolls! This recipe sparked lots of great conversation, laughs and photos.
Just finished making this and it turned out to be stellar! Thanks again Dana! Whoever commented on short grain rice was right on the money. When you order sticky rice it always short grain or also called calrose rice in the grocery store. The surface of your rolls will be smoother and not on the prickly side, which is what you get by using long-grain rice.
BTW, the video tutorial shows a person using a full nori sheet to make an inside-out roll. Thanks for the feedback! However, I loved this recipe.
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The only changes I made were the cucumber was omitted, and I used coconut sugar instead of table sugar. It was so delicious. Thank you for making it so simple! Just made my dinner using this no mat method and it ended up very well!!! I made salmon, avocado a cucumber rolls…. Great blog! First attempt tonight making sushi. Used your recipe, turned out great. I see from your cut roll pic that the rice is catching on your blade. Also, my mom always had a wet rag nearby to wipe both sides of the blade after a couple strokes. Not that important when eating at home, but if preparing for others it adds to the presentation of a skilled chef.
Neat idea with the towel. Cutting is such a breeze that way. Can you make using the same approach with brown rice? Thank you for your easy recipes! I am in love with each and every recipe you make and I will start learning new recipes from you. This is my number 1 food site! Have I ever attempted to make sushi or even sticky rice in my life? Did I just wow my family with delicious, restaurant-worthy veggie rolls? Your blog is amazing! Yeah, I think you could. Then slice and serve! Very helpful! One thing I will mention though, if you are using traditional sushi rice, you may want to use less water.
Following this recipe with my sushi rice I ended up with very mushy rice. Oh my goodness! You have saved my little pregnant self. It was so much easier than I thought it would be and your tutorial was so helpful. Oh, lawd. My boyfriend and I used this recipe to make sushi for our anniversary dinner, and everything turned out incredible. Homemade sushi is an aphrodisiac, apparently. We have seen the light. All hail homemade sushi. Dear Dana, I make a sauce just for sushi , would love to send you a bottle to try.
Hope you enjoy. I love your site and I am looking forward to making sushi. Thank You Tad McBride. This is sooo great! Totally going to try your technique!!! Ooh, interesting idea! Now I have one more reason to actually give sushi-making a try. Thanks for the tip! Please do tell that you are planning a sequel with a Sashimi offering!
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Sushi is pretty dependent of the stickiness of the rice to hold it together. If you try it, let us know how it turns out! It might be an interesting spin on one of my favorites. I would love to know if the riced coliflower would work and still taste good, let me know if you try it please. This is great! Sushi wins the beautiful food prize. I love making sushi. Your sushi is so pretty!
I only tried making it for the first time recently but it turned out pretty well. Sir from my niri sheet peculiar type of smell n taste is coming which was not so when i ate it from restaurant…. You might have purchased Nori sheets that are flavored with something. It is pretty common, especially if the packaging is in another language or you purchased it somewhere that carries many different types.
One store near me has an entire isle with sushi paper and you would be surprised how many different brands and flavors there are. My fave is sushi with the rice on the outside—I find it easier to eat. And I love your minimalist approach to everything—including NOT using a traditional mat. My kinda style, I tell ya.
What an inspired idea. This is amazing! This is pretty brilliant. I was just making sushi the other night, and was reminded how annoying it is when little bits of rice get stuck in my mat that I then have to clean out. To make your mat clean up easier wrap it in Saran Wrap. Stops it from sticking and you just throw away the Saran Wrap when you are done using it :. Yes, I agree. The rice sticks to the nori and is quite easy to flip over. Saran Wrap trick is helpful though. A great trick is to put the bamboo mat in a large ziploc bag!
The mat will stay dry and clean.
How to Make Sushi
You can wash the outside of the bag when you are finished and reuse the bag. Yep, a towel. Start by making the perfect sticky sushi rice and chopping up your veggies of choice. Simply flatten on the rice, gently flip it over, top with veggies and roll away as usual.
Author: Minimalist Baker. Prep Time 30 minutes. Cook Time 20 minutes. Total Time 50 minutes. Servings: 3 rolls. Category: Entree. Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan. Freezer Friendly No. Does it keep? Ingredients US Customary - Metric. Cucumber Seed a cucumber, then slice it—including some of the skin—into a thin julienne. Cut a ripe Hass avocado in half. Carefully strike the pit with the blade of a heavy chef's knife, then twist the knife to remove the pit. Gently form the rice into a loosely packed, palm-width log. Place the log at one edge of the nori and begin spreading it across to the other side.
Lay about 2 ounces of the filling either a single ingredient or a combination along the center of the rice. Wasabi Tip: "Rice, wasabi and fish should be in harmony," says Masaharu Morimoto. Roll the bamboo mat up and away from you, curling the nori and rice around the filling; use your fingers to hold the filling in place as you roll. Once the roll is sealed, gently squeeze, pressing gently on the top and sides, to compress the roll slightly and form a rough square shape.
Press on each end of the roll to make a neat surface.