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Sushi (the easy way)

February 19, 2015

If you want to have sushi at home, or serve it at a party, a really easy way to do it is to have little squares of seaweed, a bowl of seasoned rice, and then whatever toppings you want all set out. Everyone makes their own with whatever toppings they want and just eats them out of hand.

You don’t need to roll them and cut them or make them ahead of time. And, as a bonus, the seaweed stays nice and crisp. I remember reading about this in Alice Water’s The Art of Simple Food, but when I took a class a few months ago on how to make sushi, the instructor told us that this is something that is very common in Japan, especially if you are feeding a lot of people. It also works just as well for one…

sushi for one

Make the seasoned rice:

It’s best with sushi rice (a short-grain rice), but in a pinch, long grain rice will also work for this, since you aren’t having to roll it up and make it hold together.

I was making this for a party recently and when I opened the brand new bag of sushi rice … well, let’s just say it was … unusable. There was no time to get back to the store, so we used the only rice available — Uncle Ben’s Boil-in-a-Bag rice. And no one seemed to mind. šŸ™‚

To makeĀ 4 cups rice, measure 2 cups sushi rice. Add 2 1/4 cups water. Ā Cover the pot and bring to a boil, reduceĀ the heat immediately to low and cook for 15 min. Remove from the heat and let sit another 10 min. (If you use a different kind of rice, you’ll need a different amount of water and possibly cooking time, so follow the directions on the package). Or, use a rice cooker.

When the rice is done, pour over it 1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar. (If you have plain rice vinegar, mix it with 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar until dissolved.) Stir gently until the rice is evenly coated and let it cool a little before using.

SomeĀ toppings you might want to have are:

crab sticks, cut small

crab salad

cooked shrimp

smoked salmon

(if you really want to serve raw fish, make sure you get sashimi grade, which has been processed for eating raw; don’t use just any raw fish)

little cubes of cream cheese

cucumber, cut in small sticks

diced avocado

roasted sweet potato sticks (sweet potato fries would work)

roasted green beans with sesame oil and chili flakes (I used this recipe for technique and this one for seasoning)

maybe little pieces of diced mango or pineapple

or even cooked asparagus and thin strips of cooked beef (I had sushi like that once and it was delicious)

the sky’s the limit!

Also, you’ll want:

soy sauce (a must)

wasabi

sriracha mayo (mix mayo with sriracha to taste and add a few drops of toasted sesame oil), put in a squeeze bottle, or lacking that, a zip lock bag with a little corner snipped off will work

sesame seeds

and maybe some pickled ginger

Enjoy!

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