The first time I made sushi it was before Pinterest (I KNOW RIGHT) and, unfortunately, New Year’s Eve so no one should be shocked to hear it was a rather lackluster affair. We tried, but there were just too many things happening at once for it to be a great success.
My second time making sushi was everything I hoped and dreamed (thanks to a roommate with previous experience and the advice of internet strangers). Since then I’ve added sushi to my menu several times. Here are a few little tips and tricks I’ve picked up.
You have to rinse your sushi rice before you cook it. And yes, you do need to buy special sushi rice and rice vinegar. The rice is one of the most important parts of the sushi so don’t cheat here. I used this recipe and thought it was delicious but there are tons out there to try.
Don’t be afraid to get creative when you’re filling your rolls. I mean really. Bacon? Why not? Since you’re making it yourself you can add an ingredient to just half of a roll if you’re really nervous about it. It’s not like splurging at a fancy sushi bar only to be disappointed later. This is your chance! Especially if you’ve always thought you’d love sushi if only it didn’t include raw fish.
Wax paper can be used instead of a special sushi mat and it’s a good alternative if you don’t like to buy single purpose kitchen items or aren’t sure you’ll ever make sushi again. Some tips online said to leave the roll in the wax paper when slicing but I didn’t find that was necessary because the rolls held together so well.
If you don’t want to eat your rolls right away, you can save them for as long as the ingredients will allow (be safe, do your research). Obviously sushi tastes best when it’s fresh but this is a nice change of pace when making meals ahead of time.We wrapped ours in plastic wrap and put those rolls in tupperware in the fridge until we were ready to eat them. Just let take the roll out of the fridge a little ahead of time before you’re ready to eat to take the chill off.
Once your rolls are cut, you’re ready to eat. One video my roommate and I watched said that when you slice your rolls you should throw away the less attractive end pieces. In our house we call that blasphemy. Throw away sushi? Psh. If you want extra points for presentation just eat those unsightly bits instead of plating them.
Speaking of presentation, part of sushi is the presentation. Be sure you have some fun with this part too! Who cares if it’s “just you”? You deserve a fancy meal just as much as anyone else does.
And that’s all there is to it! The longest part of the whole process is making the rice (cooking and cooling). Make-your-own sushi would be a great party theme if you wanted to prep the rice before your guests got there. Why not have everyone bring a topping and/or a sauce to share?
I don’t know about you but I’m already looking forward to my next sushi meal! Is it just me or does looking at pictures of sushi automatically make you want sushi?