How To Make Sushi At Home

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Prawn & Avocado ISO and Hoisin Duck, Cucumber, & Spring Onion ISO

ISO are inside out rolls – the rice is on the outside, and the nori on the inside. The rice can be garnished with sesame seeds, or other seasonings like shichimi and furikake.

Inside out rolls are made in a very similar way to a maki, except the rice goes all the way to the edges; then turn the sheet over to add the fillings to the nori side. Roll it up using the same technique as maki – it’s a little bit more tricky, but it’s doable!

Scatter some sesame seeds on a plate and roll the ISO to cover, before cutting into pieces. Or, what I should have done, and is a billion times easier, is just to sprinkle the seeds onto the rice before rolling!

Smoked Salmon Nigiri and Prawn Nigiri

To make the nigiri, I used the very handy nigiri sushi maker that was included in my package from Yutaka. At first I couldn’t make it work, the rice was sticking, and they rectangle shapes kept falling apart. Then my husband suggested dipping the mould into water first – ta-da! – perfect nigiri!

Just fill each section of the mould with rice and press down to pack in. Then pop the lid on top and push down to form the shapes. Tip upside down onto your work surface, and they should slip out easily.

Smear a dab of wasabi paste along the top of the nigiri, then add a slice of smoked salmon, or a butterflied cooked prawn. I could have done with bigger prawns, but this was all that the supermarket sold. You could also cut a thin strip of nori and wrap it around the middle of the finished nigiri.

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Hoisin Duck Gunkan

I used the nigiri sushi maker to make the shapes for the gunkan. The rice is supposed to be boat shaped, but I was struggling to form that with my hands, so I cheated!

I then cut the nori into 4cm/2″ strips, and wrapped this around the rice shape. I secured the nori to itself with a little dab of water, but you could also use a rain of cooked rice or wasabi. The nori will rise higher than the rice, leaving space to add the filling.

Finally, I spooned in some hoisin duck filling, and garnished with thin slices of spring onion.

So that’s how you can make sushi at home! I know this was a very long post – I hope you made it to the end, and I do hope you give sushi making a try!

I think a sushi making party would be a fun idea for a small group of friends – you can having everything ready to go, and everyone can make their own sushi with their favourite fillings.

I have to say that I’m really proud of my homemade sushi efforts! My husband and I enjoyed eating these for lunch. Now that I know I can make my own, I will definitely be giving sushi another try again in the near future.

How To Make Sushi At Home - it's not as hard as you think! Most supermarkets sell sushi making ingredients, so why not have a go and make sushi at home?

Disclosure: I was sent Yutaka products to make sushi at home.

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