Homemade Sushi: How to Make Sushi at Home

What is the point of homemade sushi? Doesn't sushi require such skill that sushi chefs have to be specially certified?

You love sushi. You love it, and you want to eat it all the time. But who has the time (or the money) to go out to sushi restaurants all the time?
Now you can make your own sushi right in the comfort of your own home! SushiMaven has all the ingredients and supplies you need to get started on delicious homemade sushi, so order on the left and follow these easy instructions, and youíll be making stupendous sushi in no time!

The first thing youíll want to take care of when making sushi is the rice. (The word sushi itself refers to the vinegared rice which is the main ingredient!)
The type of rice you buy can be very important, particularly for homemade sushi. Regular long-grain rice doesnít have the right chemical makeup to keep the rice sticky. You want special short-grain sushi rice (we recommend Tamanishiki, Nishiki, or Botan rice).

Prepare the rice according to the package; a rice cooker is an ideal appliance for this, but many people will find that they can make rice in a pot that will be fine for our purposes. A very important step is rinsing the rice beforehand in cold water. (This will clean the rice of the talc that is often applied to keep the rice from absorbing water and sticking together during storage.)
While the rice is cooking, start preparing your seasoning mix. For the mix, you need:

  • 5 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar (not regular vinegar!)
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Ĺ teaspoon of salt

This will make enough seasoning mix for four cups of prepared rice. You can heat the ingredients in a saucepan to hurry it along, but donít use the hot vinegar on the rice; let it cool to room temperature first.

Fold the seasoning mix slowly into your rice, tasting it as you go until it reaches your desired level of flavor.

The last step is to allow your rice to cool before handling it, since warm rice wonít stick together as well as room-temperature rice.

Now that your rice is ready, letís look at the two most popular types of sushi (nigirizushi and makizushi) and how to make them!