Homemade Sushi Rolls
Simple, homemade and fully cooked sushi rolls are delicious and easier to make than you might think.
Make your homemade sushi rolls to suit your tastes, filling the rolls with whatever you chose. Make it all veggies, or add your favorite seafood.
Sushi rice is made with short grain sticky rice, cooked and seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Emphasis is on short grain sticky rice, because regular rice just won’t do, it just falls apart
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- short grain japanese style sushi rice
- sushi mat– you absolutely have to have a sushi mat to roll your sushi rolls. it really helps to form tight and neat rolls,
- seaweed sheets/nori
- rice vinegar– it’s essential to flavor your sushi rice. you can find it in your local grocery store in asian food isle.
- cups short grain sticky rice
- cup rice vinegar
- tablespoons sugar
- teaspoon salt
- cooked jumbo shrimp
- medium cucumber
- red bell pepper
- seaweed sheets/nori
- black and white sesame seeds, optional
- wasabi and soy sauce for dipping, optional
YOU WILL NEED:
1Quick tip. Don’t overfill the rolls!
2Wash the rice in a mesh sieve under running water until water runs clear. (This helps to get rid of the excess starch and makes nice and fluffy rice. So don’t skip this step.) Place the rice in a large heavy-bottomed pot and add about 2.5 cups of cold water. Cover and bring it to a boil over high heat. Once boiled, reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes still covered. Then turn the heat off and let it sit for another 10 minutes. Don’t remove the cover while the rice is cooking.
3While rice is cooking, mix together rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small dish. Set aside.
4Once the rice is fully cooked, transfer it into a large bowl and add the rice vinegar mixture. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula, gently fold the rice to evenly spread the seasoning. Let it to cool to room temperature.
5Meanwhile, cut the seaweed sheets in half. Cut the shrimp in half lengthwise. And finally cut the cucumber, avocado and red bell pepper into thin long strips. Prepare a bowl of cold water to dip your fingers to keep them wet when you handle the rice. Place the sushi mat in a large ziplock bag to prevent the rice sticking to the mat. Arrange everything around the work area.
6Place the seaweed sheet rough side up on the prepared sushi mat and evenly spread about ½ cup of sushi rice on it with wet hands. Sprinkle the sesame seeds, if using, and flip it rice side down.
7Place the filling on the nearest end of the seaweed sheet. To roll, hold the sushi mat with the seaweed sheet and roll it over the filling, slightly pushing the filling with your fingertips. Slightly squeeze to make a tight roll, pull on the edge of the sushi mat and continue rolling. Give another squeeze to make an even roll.
8To cut the rolls, dip a very sharp knife in water and cut the roll in one motion. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.