Oct 18

First, sushi does not mean “raw fish.” It may contain cooked fish, or no fish at all. Just wanted to put that out there in case you were about to move on too quickly. Now, let’s get cooking.

First cook up the rice;
3 cups Japanese rice
3 1/4 cups water

It will take about 18-20 minutes to cook over a low flame. While it’s cooking prepare the vinegar mix:

1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Stir in a pan over a low flame until the sugar is dissolved, then cool the liquid. Once rice is cooked stir it in a big wooden bowl, being careful not to damage the rice grains, along with the vinegar mix.

Now, spread some rice on a sheet of nori (Japanese Seaweed) placed on a bamboo mat. The seaweed is about 9 inches across. Here we have fake crab legs (surimi) along with cucumber and avocado. Rolling the sushi and cutting it takes a bit of practice, but it’s fun and you can use whatever ingredients you like, the only limit is your imagination.

This is what the California roll looked like after it was cut up.

Next, we made shrimp tempura maki, see last month’s recipe for the tempura. We really like this one and it’s great to make a restaurant quality Asian dish in your own house.

Both kinds of sushi are served with pickled ginger. If you don’t live near an Asian grocer, you may find these ingredients in a foreign foods aisle in your local supermarket or you can order by mail. It turns out to be quite fun once you get the hang of it and far less costly that going out to a restaurant for sushi. Let us know if you try this dish and liked it!

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12 Responses to “Sushi (California Roll)”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Excellent recipe. I love sushi and it is definitely cost more when eating out.

  2. Petula Says:

    I’ve actually never had sushi. Sound like easy recipes to try.

  3. Sun Says:

    That is a very Americanized version of sushi. I wouldn’t try to replicate what sushi chefs take an entire lifetime to perfect. Can you imagine having to make sushi rice every day for 2 years until you can perfect every aspect of it? Or peeling a cucumber for sushi? We’ve made sushi at home a few times, but go out for sushi on special occasions at our favorite place 30 minutes away. We end up spending $100 to $150 for the two of us, but it is pure bliss.

  4. admin Says:

    No argument from me on that. We still go out for sushi, and I pay the bill. We take notes when we eat the restaurant sushi to try to improve what we make at home. The sushi at home is more about fun, and trying new things than it is about competing with true authenticity. Not too different from how (truly bad) our home made pizza turns out. Yet, we have fun doing it.

  5. John | English Wilderness Says:

    Looks great. I’ve been wondering how to make sushi for a while. Now I need to find somewhere that sells nori! :-)

  6. dondi045 Says:

    I love sushi! Thanks for the recipe… Just in time for Christmas.

  7. ceemee Says:

    Cool recipe! I think I’m craving for some right now.

  8. Rachele Says:

    I keep saying that I’m going to try and make my own sushi. You made it look easy:) I agree that there’s nothing like enjoying it out but…sometimes I’m in the mood for some and no one in my house will touch it. That might change if they were invested in preparing it.

  9. Faby Says:

    I also love sushi…

  10. Hanna Says:

    I’m a sushi lover.

  11. Anji Says:

    When are you going to post some more?

    We miss you on ExposeYourBlog!

  12. admin Says:

    Today. Come visit when it’s up. Thanks for stopping by.

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