Wade’s Homemade Sushi

Wade made sushi for New Year’s Eve.  He’s been making it for years, first learning how in Japanese club during college.

You really don’t need too many ingredients to make sushi at home.  You’ll need seafood sheets, called nori, short grain rice, rice wine vinegar, and sushi grade fish, vegetables, or a combination.  The exact amounts will depend on how much sushi you want to make.

Cook some short grain rice in a rice cooker.  About 3 cups cooked rice will make a large amount.  Add rice wine vinegar to the rice until it sticks together nicely.  Depending on your rice this will take about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of vinegar.

Place a sheet of nori on a bamboo sushi rolling mat, or a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap if you don’t have a mat.  Pat down some sticky rice on the bottom section of the nori.

Top with the fish and vegetables you want.  Don’t add too many though, or the sushi will be too big and will fall apart more easily.  We used sushi grade tuna, cream cheese, and cucumber.  You can add just about any combination you like.  We have used tempura shrimp, imitation crabmeat, asparagus and avocado before.  Feel free to experiment.
Using the mat, roll up the sushi roll tightly.  Slice with a very sharp knife and serve with wasabi and pickled ginger.

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