While many see sushi-making as an intricate cooking process, it is relatively simple (and incredibly fun) to prepare some at home. With a few simple tools, you can be on your way to becoming a great sushi chef. And who knows, maybe you'll be the next Jiro.
In just a few simple steps, and using the right ingredients, you will be set for one fun meal. Read on to learn how!
What you need to get started:
One bamboo rolling mat
Package of dried nori (dried seaweed)
Sushi rice Sushi-grade fish of your choice
Though this is all you need to get started (with the help of some creativity), here is one great sushi recipe to help you get started on your way.
For the seared tuna:
8 oz. fresh tuna fillet
1/4 tsp. shichimi (Japanese 7-spice powder) or a pinch of cayenne
1/3 cup soy sauce
For the rolls:
Season the tuna fillet with the shichimi or cayenne and marinate it in the soy sauce for 5 minutes. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the tuna for 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Slice the fillet against the grain into horizontal strips.
Lay one sheet of nori on a bamboo rolling mat, aligned with the edge of the mat that's closest to you. Moisten your hands with a water to keep your hands from sticking. Grab a large handful of rice and squeeze it lightly to form a loose oval ball.
Lifting just the edge of the mat, pull it forward so that the nori roll rolls another quarter turn. The seam will now be on the bottom. Press again with fingers and thumbs, molding the roll into a squared log.