sushi at home.

February 9, 2009

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One of my favorite foods these days is sushi. It is surprisingly easy to make and so healthy. We make vegetarian sushi – which makes it a bit simpler, and so cheap! These hard economic times call for easy, cheap, creative meals that don’t make us feel quite so disillusioned! All it requires is some sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori (seaweed), and the fillings/ condiments of your choice. I usually make a big batch of rice at the beginning of the week, so I can make a sushi roll whenever I need it – for a lunch, dinner, or a late night snack.

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Easy Sushi (adapted from www.mediterrasian.com)

2½ cups Japanese short-grain rice
2½ cups cold water
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons superfinesugar
2 teaspoons salt
Your choice of fillings (I like avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese)
6 sheets nori (seaweed)
Japanese soy sauce
Pickled ginger
Wasabi paste


PLACE the rice in a colander and rinse thoroughly under the tap until the water runs clear, then drain well. PLACE the rice and the cold water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. COVER the saucepan, turn the heat down to very low, and cook for 15 minutes without lifting the lid. TURN off the heat and allow to stand 10 minutes more, still covered, then spoon the rice into a large bowl. MIX together the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves, then drizzle over the rice. MIX together gently to coat the rice with the sushi vinegar, then set aside to cool to room temperature. TOAST each nori sheet very lightly by passing back and forth quickly over a stove-top hot plate (don’t place it too close to the heat or else the delicate nori will burn).

Once you have the rice and nori prepared, you are ready to fill and roll your sushi. I cannot explain it as good as this:  How to Roll Sushi.

Because sushi has become so popular, almost all these ingredients can be found at your local grocery – if not, be brave and venture into the Asian market near you! It is so fun and rewarding!

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2 Responses to “sushi at home.”

  1. Sadao said

    Nice presentation!

  2. itsawonderfullife said

    That looks soooo good! I just wish I could get past the seaweed taste… I like EVERYTHING else in it, just not the seaweed. 🙂

    Any suggestions?

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