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if anyone knows me they know i love sushi! but eating sushi out can begin to rackup, making it at home is much cheaper – and makes for SUCH a fun evening.

here’s what you do:

first, stop by your local japanese market and pick up some fresh pieces of sashimi. i go to nippon daido, at wilcrest and westheimer. i picked up a slurry of different pieces:

  • tuna
  • salmon
  • super white tuna
  • yellow tail
  • fluke (a white fish similar to flounder)

i purchased about 5oz of each kind. for the additional toppings, there is nothing specific, just get some things that you like. for this i used:

  • avocado
  • philadelphia cream cheese
  • cucumber
  • scallions
  • pepadew
  • yellow bell pepper
  • steamed asparagus and squash
  • jalapeno

then, for wrapping the sushi, watch a quick little tutorial video here. you will need bamboo mats, nori (seaweed paper) and soy paper (this is optional, but i like to mix).

next big thing is perfecting the sushi rice. basically, its white rice with a sugary/rice wine vinegar paste that you spread throughout.

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last, before assembling the rolls, i get the wasabi and spicy mayo ready. you can buy wasabi powder at the asian markets. you mix this with water until you get a gummy consistency.

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now everything is set up, let’s roll…no pun intended.

OH NO, all the sudden the lights in the neighborhood go out. SERIOUSLY?!? looks like its sushi by candlelight….

now for the rolls! be creative here, use what you like and what sounds good. here is what we created:

roll #1, fluked up on dew: jalapeno, pepadew, cream cheese, avocado and tuna on the inside w/ avocado, fluke and salmon on the outside. wrapped with nori.

roll #2, spicy sea monster: scallions, orange bell pepper, jalapeno, asparagus, fluke and salmon wrapped in soy paper and topped with spicy mayo

roll #3, sushi taco: orange bell pepper, cream cheese, jalapeno, peppadew, scallions, mandarin juice, mayo, yellowtail wrapped in soy paper. sesame, cucumber, jalapeno and tuna on the outside.

roll #4, it came from the water: avocado, squash, scallion, mayo, yellowtail, salmon wrapped in nori. topped with avocado, white fish and cucumber.

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making sushi may seem like a big process, but its so fun and totally creative. i really think the secret is in the sticky rice – its a MUST. if you feel uncomfortable, just watch a few videos and get up to speed on the rolling technique, you’ll get it. and if you don’t, you’ll have a fun night trying.

enjoy!

stefanie

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