Sushi is one of the more popular meal you will want to treat yourself to and definitely an all-time favorite for most! So why not plan a sushi day with your significant other or have a make-your-own sushi party with your friends and learn how to roll your own sushi the way you want it to. You can be as creative as you want with the ingredients plus it’s fun and cost way less expensive than ordering in at a restaurant. Happy rolling!
Serves: 2 (makes 3 rolls)
- 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
Carrot Ginger dipping sauce
- ½ cup chopped roasted carrots (about ¾ cup raw carrots)
- ⅓ to ½ cup water
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup short grain brown rice, rinsed well
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
For the rolls
- 3 nori sheets
- 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
- 3 long thin strips of cucumber
- ½ avocado, sliced into strips
- Sesame seeds, for sprinkling
- Pickled ginger, optional, for serving
- Roasted Shiitakes: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toss the shiitake mushrooms with the olive oil and tamari and toss to coat. Spread in an even layer on the large baking sheet. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned around the edges. On the second sheet, roast the carrots for the dipping sauce.
- Carrot ginger dipping sauce: In a blender, combine the roasted carrots, water, olive oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and salt and blend until creamy. Chill until ready to use and set aside the shiitakes until you’re ready to roll.
- Sushi rice: In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, water, and olive oil and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the rice from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 more minutes. Fluff with a fork and fold in the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cover until ready to use.
- Assemble the maki sushi rolls. Place a small bowl of water and a kitchen towel near your work area as your hands will get sticky. Place one nori sheet, glossy side down, onto a bamboo mat and press a handful of rice onto the lower two-thirds of the sheet. At the bottom of the rice place in all your toppings Don’t overfill or it will be more difficult to roll. Use the bamboo mat to tuck and roll the nori. Once rolled, use the bamboo mat to gently press and shape the roll. Place the roll to the side, cut side down. Repeat with remaining rolls.
- Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the sushi. Wipe the knife clean with a damp towel between cuts.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with the dipping sauce and pickled ginger.
Note: *If using a rice cooker, use 1½ cups water and omit the olive oil.
To store your rolls overnight, store them uncut, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the fridge. This will help to keep the rice from drying out. Slice as you’re ready to eat