Top 5 Easy Homemade Sushi Recipes

Homemade Sushi Rolls are far less expensive than sushi prepared at a restaurant. Sushi is simple and enjoyable to prepare at home, and you can make your roll with all of your favorite ingredients – here’s how!

Homemade sushi will never be on par with sushi from NYC’s greatest sushi restaurants. But still, you may feed yourself on a sushi FEAST for under $20 when a similar amount of sushi at a restaurant would set you back several hundred dollars. 

You are lucky enough if you have access to sushi-grade raw fish, but if you can not find any, you can still create sushi at home. One of my favorite appetizers is a spicy tuna roll, you could also make a California roll or a maki roll. 

The advantage of making your sushi rolls is that you have complete control over the contents. You can make Sushi with or without fish, vegetarian or vegan, and your favorite fruits and vegetables can be used as fillings. Sushi-making at home is also a lot of fun, especially if you involve your friends and family. Another advantage is that homemade sushi is always cheaper than restaurant sushi, and most of the components will last a long time in the pantry, ready for your next sushi-making session.

Best Homemade Sushi Rolls

1. California rolls

The main ingredients are cucumber, avocado, and crabsticks. This sushi roll which is usually served without raw fish is a great choice for sushi beginners and kids and anyone who cannot stand raw fish. California Sushi Rolls are also known as California Makizushi Sushi rolls which are usually rolled inside out containing most of the time cucumber, crab, and avocado. Also, compared with other sushi rolls, California Rolls are not wrapped in seaweed paper. And rice sprinkled with sesame seeds or tobiko forms the upper layer of this one of the best Homemade California Sushi Rolls.

2. Philadelphia rolls

Sushi rice, rice vinegar, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumbers are among the components of a Philadelphia roll. Adding onions and Philadelphia Cream Cheese make this roll a Philadelphia sushi roll. 

Generally, Philadelphia sushi rolls are made with smoked salmon, cheese, cucumber, and Philadelphia sauce.

3. Spicy tuna rolls

In contrast to traditional Japanese sushi rolls like Futomaki and Hosomaki, the Spicy Tuna Roll is a sushi staple in Japanese restaurants across the United States, alongside California Rolls, Dragon Rolls, and Rainbow Rolls.

Three main ingredients make up a spicy tuna roll; Sushi rice, nori (seaweed), and sashimi-grade tuna Green onions/scallions, and sesame seeds are optional additions. These ingredients are likely already in your home if you frequently prepare Asian dishes. So, what’s stopping you from preparing these easy homemade sushi rolls?

4. Dragon rolls

This Dragon Roll is comparable to an Unagi Roll, but it is significantly better. With tempura fried shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and tobiko, this roll is topped with BBQ eel. For the optimum combo, the fresh flavors of the veggies counterbalance the richness of the tempura and the savory flavor bomb of the BBQ eel. 

This Dragon Roll is not only tasty, but it also has a lot of health advantages. And one more thing because of the extensive preparation, the Dragon Sushi roll is a more difficult roll to make at home. Because grilling the eel and frying the shrimp takes a little longer. But still the taste, in the end, will be worth the effort. 

5. Maki Sushi

There is a slight difference between the Maki and Sushi but still, Maki is considered a variety of Sushi. In Maki rolls, unlike sushi rolls, the ingredients are folded in the nori which is a little bit different from regular sushi seaweed wrap. All other things are the same as the ingredients are folded into the rice and then in an outer wrap which is “nori” in the case of Maki Rolls. 

You can easily make these delicious rolls with cooked rice, vinegar, fish, condiments, or other desirable ingredients.

What equipment do you need?

Even though preparing handmade sushi appears to be difficult, it just takes a few simple tools to create a stunning platter:

  • Baking paper or a bamboo rolling mat (Makisu) (Bamboo mat helps create a tighter roll with the better shape)
  • 1 slicing board for raw fish and 1 slicing board for vegetables
  • A non-serrated knife with a keen edge.
  • Rice in a pan
  • To combine the rice and sushi vinegar, use a mixing bowl and spoon.
  • A watering can (very important for handling rice and for slicing the sushi)
  • Tissue paper (Saran wrap)
  • Wipe as you go with a cloth to clean and tidy.
  • Serving platter

Sushi is generally eaten with the fingers, but you can use chopsticks if you choose.

Ingredients you must need to make homemade sushi rolls

  • Nori sheets(seaweed sheets)
  • Uncooked sushi rice
  • Tap water for cooking
  • Rice vine vinegar
  • Mirin rice wine
  • Caster sugar
  • Salt
  • Thinly sliced julienne sticks of your choice of fruits and veggies (toss sliced avocado in lime juice to keep it fresh).
  • Sesame seed or black onion seeds
  • Crab sticks or carb meat
  • Raw sushi-grade fish of your choice. Frozen raw mackerel, black cod, maguro tuna, salmon belly, and fried butterflied king prawns are among the fish options available. Chopsticks, wasabi sachets, pickled ginger sachets, and soy sauce sachets are also included.

What type of seaweed should you use for making sushi?

You will need the correct type of seaweed to get started. The one to the left is thick and ideal for sushi rolling (this is the one I use). The right-hand one is far too frail. Make sure you get sushi-specific seaweed, which should be clearly marked on the container.

Spread a layer of prepared sushi rice over the seaweed and flatten gently using a rice paddle (this entire topic covers how to make sushi rice) (but do not smash the rice)

How to slice raw fish for sushi?

Here’s how to make sushi rolls out of salmon. First, cut straight down the center of the fillet, then cut that piece in half to make a small strip. Place the topping of your own choice on the rice. Using a bamboo mat, roll it up tightly. It is a unique kitchen appliance. If you do not have one, you can make do with parchment paper or plastic wrap, but you will not be able to wrap it as tightly. If you plan to make sushi on a regular basis, invest in one. Finally, cut the sushi roll into pieces using a sharp knife. What should you serve with sushi? Well, you can serve the rolls with soy sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi, as desired.

Bottom Line

So, that’s it for now. Sushi is all about your taste and creativity. Sushi is the one and only dish, which I think, can be made in whatever way you want using whatever ingredients you want to add. Do tell us which sushi rolls are your favorite? And which of the above homemade sushi rolls will you try now. Moreover, stay tuned to our website for more delicious content like this.

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