Sushi is one of the favourite choices when eating out and also when on holiday. Even when you are on a gorgeous tropical island like St Lucia, you can find fabulous sushi restaurants.
On a recent zoom masterclass with Chef Ricardo, we made some very fancy sushi rolls. Instead of cooking our own sushi rice, we use a ready cooked sushi use rice. This speeded up the whole process a lot.
My photos of the finished product was really messy so I used their glossy pics instead. It still tasted great. I will try to make it again, maybe neater next time.
How to make sushi
Making sushi at home is quite simple but can be a bit tricky the first time.
Top tips on making sushi at home.
- Keep a bowl of water around when you are working with the sushi rice. If you dip your fingers in the water before shaping the rice, the rice won’t stick to your fingers.
- When rolling the sushi with a mat or forming rice balls with your hands, don’t press the rice together too hard. This is the classic mistake that you see a lot of non-expert sushi chefs make. You don’t have to squash all the rice to make it stick. A light squeeze will do.
- You can make sushi with all sorts of ingredients, not just raw fish. Other ingredients you can use are asparagus, green beans, flavoured tofu, eggs, ham and even spam. Just experiment with what you have on hand.
- Season your rice. Most people don’t know that they have to do this as without it, your sushi will taste really bland.
- Use ready cooked sushi rice like this one to save you some time.
- Half Nori Sheet
- 1 pack Ready cook sushi rice
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 Shrimps
- 1 Salmon fillet (sushi quality)
- 6oz Tuna (sushi quality)
- 1 Avocado
- 1 tsp Green Tobiko
- 1 tsp Spicy Mayo
- 1 tsp Eel Sauce
- Cook sushi rice as per pack instructions, about 3 mins
- Season rice with rice vinegar and sugar. Mix well, leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, slice the fish and to about 3mm thickness.
- To assemble sushi, place a sheet of nori on the sushi mat, spread a thin layer of rice all over.
- Turn the nori sheet over so that the rice faces the bottom. The rice will be outside the roll when you are finished.
- Place a row of avocado and shrimps along the middle of the nori sheet. Roll the rice until it forms a long tube.
- Now drape the slices of fish all along the top of the rolls, drizzle with eel sauce and randomly sprinkle the green tobiko to decorate.
- Serve immediately.
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