Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sushi Night


My husband and I learned how to make sushi at home a couple of years ago. We debated about if we should take a class, but after finding out the price we decided to just wing it. We pretty much figured it out after watching a couple of tutorials on Youtube. I think you can learn how to do anything on Youtube and I mean ANYTHING!


You need some basic utensils and ingredients to get started. 
This includes:

A bamboo mat or sushi rolling mat
Plastic wrap (to wrap your mat in so the rice doesn't stick)
Nori (dried sheets of seaweed)
Sushi rice
Rice wine vinegar
A sharp knife 
 Non metal bowl or pan (we line a baking dish with a silpat mat)
Pickled ginger (You can make your own or pick up a jar at the grocery store)
Wasabi
Sriracha (not a common sushi ingredient, but we use it to make sauces)
Whatever ingredients you are using for your roll



We have a couple of favorite rolls. Mine is smoked salmon, wasabi mayo, carrot, cucumber and avocado. I know, it is the "Americanized" form of sushi, it is delicious though. My husband likes raw tuna, sriracha mayo, avocado, carrot, cucumber and cream cheese in his roll. 

Have you ever tried making sushi at home? 


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24 comments:

  1. haha.....I even learned how to deliver the baby goat on youtube! It has been a long time since I've made sushi, but your husband's roll is just what I like, too. I love the tuna, then the creaminess of avocado, the crunchiness of cucumber, and anything else that I can stuff into it, too!

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    1. Yes, Youtube can be very educational. I learned how to frost cupcakes and make Lobster Bisque after watching several Youtube videos:)

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  2. how awesome! i've never tried making sushi at home, but i totally should give it a try. yours looks like it turned out amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I always look forward to Sushi night at our house. The hardest part is actually making the roll. Once you get that technique down, the rest is easy.

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  3. I used YouTube to learn how to lay my garden bed. And how to make tortillas. And how to make yogurt. The list goes on and on. I was born well before the Internet, and I often think: How did we do ANYTHING back then? Encyclopedias? Microfiche?

    I always keep sushi rice, nori, wasabi, and pickled ginger in the house. As long as I have those things, I always have a meal on hand. My favorite is raw tuna, cucumber, and avocado, but I substitute smoked salmon, too, when making it at home. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Mary. I'm a visual learner, so watching someone make something is easier for me than reading about it. Sushi night is so fun. Especially when are sampling Sake:)

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  4. When I visited my friend in Charlotte a few months back, she said there was a Groupon for a sushi making class. I passed on it, but have been regretting it! Seems so fun!

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    1. It was something new for us and a lot of fun. This would be a great date night meal:)

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  5. I took a sushi class with a friend of mine several years ago & had a blast! However my new skills didn't translate so well at home. You're looks beautiful! Mine was a hot mess, haha. I love your husband's ingredient list - that sounds divine. I may just have to convince my husband to to meet me at Sushi Guru for dinner tonight.....

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    1. Thanks! It takes me a couple of attempts to get my sushi rolls to come out. My husband always gets it perfect on the first try, of course:) YUM! sushi tonight:)

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  6. Looks like fun! It would be fun to have a small dinner party and makes rolls together. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Cat. Once you master making sushi you become VERY popular. Seems like all your friends and family want you to teach them how to make it:) I think a sushi dinner party would be fun!

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  7. I have never made sushi at home...I'm not sure I can get Michael to even taste it! He equates it with raw, so he always turns his nose up. I have to go with girlfriends when I get a taste for sushi. Your homemade creations are lovey!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. I still love Sushi Zushi, but there a ton of new places that have opened. I like smoked salmon in mine. If you don't like raw, this is a good option.

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  8. I've made sushi at work and it turns out all right...I'm happier going out and eating my belly full! Yours looks pretty awesome - I'm not a fan of anything raw, so smoked salmon all the way!

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    1. Thanks Renee. So far my favorite sushi roll is the smoked salmon. I also like the tuna and shrimp rolls as well.

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  9. My husband knows how to roll so I've never attempted. I'd say you're doing a pretty good job for being self taught. Good thing you didn't waste money on a class! I feel the same way about YouTube. I learned how to make marzipan roses from a video- way better instruction than what they taught in pastry school.

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    1. Thank you Shelley. It takes a little practice, like everything else:) My hubby is way better at making sushi than I am. So not fair:)

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  10. I love homemade sushi! It's such a money saver, and you don't have to skimp on any of the ingredients :)

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    1. So True! I feel the exact same way. Thanks for the comment.

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  11. This looks so delicious, we have been doing a sushi night too on the weekends!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Isn't sushi night fun? I always love trying to come up with new sushi rolls and sauces. Thanks for dropping by:)

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  12. Wow, you guys are brave! It looks sooo good. Maybe I will have to give sushi a try one day soon...

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    1. Thanks Jen. Once you figure out how to roll the rolls, the rest is pretty easy. My advice is to make it on a night when you have plenty of time to cook because it does take a while to prep everything. Thanks for stopping by:)

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