04 October 2009

Sushi Sunday

After the sushi class I took, I mostly only did the makizushi, because those were rather easy to do.

I decided to try my hand at some different kinds of sushi today… Rice balls and nigirizushi, (sushi rice with some topping draped over it). The nigirizushi were more for Chris and myself; the rice balls, for the kids.

These are actually even easier to make than the makizushi!

To make the rice balls --

1) Wet your hands and put some steamed sushi rice on one hand. (For directions for sushi rice, please read this post.)

2) Place fillings at the center of the rice. You can use whatever you fancy for fillings. For the ones I made today, I put bits of avocado, fish roe, and pieces of tamago (sweet egg omelet).

3) Use your palms to shape the rice into a round or triangular shape.

4) Lightly press until your desired shape is well-formed.

5) Wrap the rice ball with a piece of nori (seaweed).

6) You can sprinkle some sesame on top, if you wish. I rolled mine in fish roe and gently spread out the roe over the rice.

roe ball1

For those of you who aren’t too fond of seaweed, you might like nigirizushi. This is what you do --

1) Roll a small amount of steamed rice into a rectangular shape.

2) Spread a bit of wasabi/mayonnaise (see here) mixture on top of the rice.

3) Place a piece of raw fish (salmon or tuna), shrimp or scallop on top of the rice. You can also place a piece of layered egg cake on top of the rice.

4) Wrap the sushi with a strip of nori. This step is optional, especially if you are using sashimi, as sashimi drapes pretty well. The nori is just to help keep the topping in place and for aesthetic purposes.


What we had for lunch today:



Alicia said...

Oh my goodness. That looks DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

Mmm, mmm, mmm! My husband and I are sushi and sashimi fiends! These pictures look delicious! It looks doable, but I'm not brave enough, to try to make it myself! LOL!

lululu said...

oh, wow, just get me a little washabi, i'm so prepared to get your table!

Heather said...

Wow, that's impressive! If I liked sushi I'd be wanting some of that, it just looks so pretty!

Dandy said...

those look really good! I should really get some good fish and have B make us some sushi. You should be very proud of yourself!

My grandma makes perfectly triangular rice balls. I have no idea how she does it. I'm going to photograph it next time.

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Hi there! I seem to run into you all over the blogosphere but have never been to your site so I thought I'd stop by.

I've never made sushi before but I am definitely tempted to try the rice balls. My boys love hidden treasures so they'd get a kick out of guessing what was inside before taking a bite.

LPC said...

Yum! Beautiful.

Jenny said...

Not a big fan of any fish...but those are so beautiful they are like artwork. Impressive. I'd have to just have the plain rice with some wasabi.

Wanda said...

Oh my...I WANT some....now!(I'll be right over) -

(I wish!)

It's our anniversary this week and hubs asked where I wanted to go to eat. Thanks for the inspiration. Sushi here we come!

Wanda said...

Oh my...that looks so good...I'll be right over.

I wish!

It's our anniversary and hubs asked where I wanted to eat. Thanks for the inspiration. Sushi here we come!

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, I'm drooling. Can you come and make me some sushi? Please??

blueviolet said...

It turned out so pretty. It's as much an art as it is a taste sensation!

3e said...

silly question but do i need to do anything to the crabstick? can i just take it out from the fridge, defrost it and then use it to make sushi?

Buckeroomama said...

@3e: You can either give it a quick dip in boiling water, long enough to heat them up a little bit or you can give it a very quick 'fry' to cook it. I usually do the boiling water trick, though. :)

3e said...

Thanks! Cara loves nori...and I lugged back a pack of rice from my last Tokyo trip. What I need is to get the mat from APITA or Jusco. Thanks for your detailed instructions.

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