I made a trip to the Asian market the other day for squid because I wanted to attempt calamari. While I was there, I decided that I also wanted to attempt sushi. So I picked up some necessary items and I was on a mission!
- FOR THE RICE:
- 2 cups sushi rice
- 2 cups water
- 2 TBSP rice vinegar
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 1 TBSP kosher salt
- FOR THE SUSHI:
- 6 oz Ahi Tuna steak
- Imitation crab legs
- Nori (dried seaweed)
- 1 TBSP chili puree/paste
- 3 TBSP mayo
- Cucumber, sliced very thin
- Avocado, sliced thin
- FOR RICE:
- Rinse rice. Place rice in a medium sauce pan and add water. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat until low and cover for 15 minutes
- Remove from heat and leave covered for an additional 10 minutes
- Allow rice to cool completely. While rice is cooling, mix vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl. Place in the microwave for 30 - 45 seconds. Stir.
- Fold the vinegar mix into the cooled rice so that all of the rice is covered with the mixture.
- FOR SUSHI:
- Take one sheet of nori and fold in half. This should leave you with two halves (you will only use one half for each roll).
- Gently cover the nori with the sushi rice. Once covered, flip over so that rice is underneath.
- Place crab, avocado and cucumber in a line across the nori. Begin to roll up with your bamboo rolling mat (I'm sorry, I should have taken pictures. I will update with photos when I make this again!)
- Now you should have a roll. Gently slice and serve.
- For ahi rolls, I first marinated the tuna steak in 1 TBSP soy sauce, 1/2 TBSP lime and 1 tsp chopped ginger. Then I lightly seared it for a minute on each side so that it was still rare on the inside
- Mix chili puree with mayo to form a spicy sauce. Add a thick layer of this sauce to the nori (after you have added the rice as above).
- Then layer the tuna, avocado and cucumber as above.
Now you will have a sushi roll! Just cut and serve. For my first attempt, I was very impressed. The flavors were fabulous. I apologize for the poor photo, I had them in tupperware so I could take to my coworkers (my boss and our marketing analyst are quite foodies... I wanted it to pass their test!). They both approved!