Thursday, February 16, 2012

Homemade Sushi

Who loves sushi?! I can tell you I love sushi and Nico and I had done a living social sushi making a sake tasting adventure that was a blast so we decided to have a sushi night for Valentine’s Day. Now sushi can seem complex and crazy but really if you take your time and break it down it is really quite simple. So you will need a couple items but most of the items I needed I found at the regular grocery store and the items I got at the Japanese market are not necessary. For my fish, I got to Whole Foods, I find their selection to be the most fresh but it is wherever you trust to get your fish from!
Our Sushi Making Space

You will need:
Sushi rice
Sushi rice seasoning
Sushi mat
Tempura mix
Imitation crab

So the above is what I used, we made a crunchy roll (shrimp tempura) and California roll and some sashimi (fish, no rice).

Optional but not necessary:
Masago (fish roe- the little tiny orange eggs)
Eel sauce
Sesame seeds
Mochimoto (a Japanese pepper spice that I love on raw scallops)

So here we go!

Start with the sushi rice. I follow the instructions laid out by Alton Brown on, I find it works really well.  His directions are as so.

2 cups sushi rice
2 cups water +extra for rinsing
3 tbs sushi seasoning

Rinse the rice about 3 times in cold water until the water runs clear. I put the rice in a bowl cover with water and swish the rice with my hands then pour the water out and repeat as necessary.

Put the rice in a medium saucepan that is equipped with a lid.

Place the rice on the stove on high and bring to a boil uncovered (pretty quick process so stay close)

Place on lowest heat setting, cover and let cook 15 minutes

Remove from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes

Place in a bowl and mix well with the rice seasoning.

Let it cool to room temperature before using.

So rice check now onto the tempera.

1 cup ice cold water
1 large egg
1 ¼  cup flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
Pre Tempura!
cooking oil

Mix the water and the egg together in one bowl.

In another bowl, mix the flour and baking soda together.

Stir dry mix into the wet mix until combined – lumps are okay.

Place the batter in the refrigerator while preparing the items to tempura.

For the shrimp, I skewered each shrimp on a skewer for frying to ensure straightness. Heat the oil to about 350°F. A drop of batter should sizzle and float to the top right away.

Dip the ingredients in the batter, coating completely, and then fry until one side is golden brown and flip. Fry until golden and remove to paper towel to drain.

Remove the skewers and serve.

So now you have rice and tempura shrimp. For my crunch roll I lie out the seaweed and adhere the rice to the rough side of the seaweed and then put whatever you want on the inside.

I do tempura shrimp, crab, avocado & cucumber. I roll it up and top with eel sauce.

Another thing Nico and I love is hand roll and for it we use soy paper. Now I added too much rice seasoning so my rice wasn’t as sticky so be careful and well my hands were covered in rice so the step by step pictures didn’t happen.

So for our hand roll we use a place of soy paper and put rice on the left side, then we put a piece of seared tuna, tempura shrimp, asparagus, avocado and some masago and roll it up and eat it all in my case quickly because I got the soy paper wet so it was falling apart!

All in all it was so fun and we filled up on the rolls so we ended up having our sashimi the next day- lunch for me and an after school snack for him.
Scallops Sashimi

It was a healthy snack the second day for I had sea scallops with some sea salt, mochimoto, ponzo (citrus soy sauce) and lemon. Sashimi style, it was lovely but since I knew that would not fill me up I also made myself a poke salad. I used some salmon chunks, fresh rare tuna chunks, cooked shrimp chunks, avocado, clover sprouts, cucumber, masago and then drizzled some lemon juice, ponzo and some siracha for a kick. It was all in all a great Valentine’s dinner and a fabulous lunch the next day.
Poke Salad

For I quote, “best after school snack, ever!” the little things in life that make us smile! :]
Best Snack Ever!
And it was Valentine's so I did get some awesome flowers!

I hope you enjoyed and I promise I am getting in my crafting zone so I should have some nice tutorials coming up. So you can see what is in store I am working on:
Duvet cover
Square quilt x2
Rag quilt
Summer dress
Clothing refashion
Covering my car headset- friendship bracelet style… still my favorite project too!

So I know that some of these items have been up here for a while but I am making progress on the duvet cover it is just time consuming and the quilts well that is a lot of cutting and time so I am just procrastinating a little but they will be done soon.

So since I have a whole heap of half done projects, what projects do you have laying around?


  1. Que blog maravilhoso, muito bom mesmo, adorei essa postagem!!!
    Já estou seguindo e se puder seguir o meu também, agradeceria muito!!!

  2. Sushi has been on my to do list for AGES! Thanks for the great instructions -- easy enough to convince me to try it out. Following through GFC.

    1. I will say now that I have done it twice it is not nearly as intimidating as I used to think it was.

  3. Stopping by from the Friday Blog AND Google + Hop!

  4. My boyfriend and I have sushi-making on our to-do list too! We recently picked up a sushi mat, so now we're just waiting for the right motivation and we're going to give it a try!

    I found your blog through the Friday blog hop and thought I'd stop by to say hi. Please check out my blog too if you get the chance!

    1. It is real fun, we have two mats now since we did a living social adventure and that was the gift. Before I had this mold kit and I thought it made it very difficult.

  5. I have never even eaten sushi. You are much braver than me. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

    1. We love sushi in my family! It is an essential :)


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