Try These 5 Teriyaki Sauces to Trip-Up Your Taste Buds

There are a lot of different ways you can use teriyaki sauce with sushi: a dipper, a glaze, or a marinade. I love to use teriyaki for any of my Asian cuisines, especially as a dipper! I felt it would be great to share my top five favorite teriyaki sauces you can make at home from scratch. I found it quite easy to make. Of course I saved the best for last!

Teriyaki Sauce
30 minutes 
Just want a regular kind of teriyaki sauce? I understand you may not want anything fancy.

What do you need?
2 tbs sweet rice wine
1 1/2 tsp minced ginger
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs, plus 2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

You want to combine all your ingredients into a pan, preferably a sauce pan. You want to heat everything until the sugar dissolves. 

Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce
30 minutes
Having to get around gluten products can be hard, so I wanted to throw in a gluten free teriyaki glaze.

What do you need?
1/4 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos or gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
1 tbs toasted sesame oil
1 tsp mirin or rice wine
1 tbs finely grated onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 tbs brown rice syrup
1 tbs cornstarch
1 tbs sesame seeds

You want to place the cornstarch into the saucepan and then slowly pour the Liquid Aminos and whisk until there are no lumps. Except for the Brown rice syrup and sesame seeds, throw everything into the pan. Turn it down to a medium low heat for one minute and let it boil. Whisk everything slowly for that one minute as well. After that, remove the pan from the heat and pour in the brown rice syrup and sesame seeds. 

Quick Teriyaki Sauce
15-20 minutes
This easy teriyaki sauce recipe is made with only healthy pantry staples! It is so simple to whip up you will wonder why you ever bought teriyaki sauce!

What do you need?
4-5 tbs honey 
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tbs cornstarch

Using a small pot, pour the water, cornstarch, and soy sauce while whisking and until smooth. Turn it down to a medium-high heat and whisk in the honey until it has completely dissolved. Now bring it a boil at a medium heat and whisk until your desired thickness. If it gets to thick just add some more water.

Spicy Teriyaki Sauce
35 minutes

For those who like things spicy, here is a great spicy teriyaki sauce recipe you will love.

What do you need?
3 tsp garlic paste
2 tbs corn starch
2 tbs garlic chili sauce
1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds
1 cup of soy sauce
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ginger paste
1/2 cup mirin

Using a saucepan, pour all the ingredients in and start whisking. Once done, turn it down to a low medium heat and let it cook for around 25 minutes. Stir constantly this entire time. Once done, remove the heat.

Strawberry Teriyaki Sauce
30 minutes
This is my favorite teriyaki sauce to use! It has a sweet taste.

What do you need?
3 tbs granulated sugar 
1 peeled and chopped garlic
2 tsp toasted sesame oil 
1 1/2 cups of trimmed strawberries
1/2 cups water 
3 tbs soy sauce 
1 tsp fresh and grated ginger
1 tbs fresh and finely chopped lemongrass

Using a medium pot, place the sugar, water, berries, ginger, and lemongrass into the pot and set it for a low gentle simmer. You want it to set that way for about 7 minutes (unless the berries break down sooner). Now you need a blender. Place the garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil into the blender as well as the contents of the pot (after it is a little cooler). Now use a pulse like setting (or manually pulse it) to combine everything together until it thickens.

Put These 8 Sauces on Your Sushi for an Explosive Taste

There are a lot of different sauces you can make for your sushi. It really depends on your style of sushi and your taste buds if you will like it or not. Take a look at some of the sauces you can create at home for your sushi.


Nikiri is a sweet soy sauce that is usually used to glaze the fish for the sushi.
Ingredients: 10 tbs (5 oz / 150ml) soy sauce, 2 tbs dashi, 1 tbs mirin, 1 tbs sake

How to make it: Mix everything together into a saucepan and heat until it starts to boil. It is extremely important that you do not let it boil though. Remove it from the heat to cool.

Eel Sauce

Eel sauce is a sweet sauce that is usually used for eel dishes. 
Ingredients: 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup mirin

How to make it: Mix all your ingredients into a saucepan. Turn it to a medium heat and whisk everything until it thickens.

Wasabi Mayo

Wasabi Mayo is a spicy sauce that is savory at the same time. There is usually a more wasabi taste than the heat power.
Ingredients: 1/2 tbs wasabi powder, 1 tsp water, 3 tbs mayonnaise

How to make it: Using a small bowl mix the wasabi powder and water together until it has a paste like form. Then add the mayonnaise after you let it sit for one minute.

Garlic Oil

Garlic oil is a sauce that is oil based and is infused with chives and garlic. It usually goes well with yellow tail sushi or Hamachi.
 Ingredients: 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped chives, 1 tbs finely chopped garlic, 3/4 tsp salt

How to make it: Using a saucepan, mix everything together on a medium high heat. Let it sit until the garlic begins to sizzle. Remove from the heat at that point.


Goma is actually just sesame oil. This sauce may not sound like much, but it can bring out the right taste in sushi.
Ingredients: 1 tbs miso, 1 tsp mirin, 1/2 tbs sesame oil, 1 tbs ponzu, 1/2 tbs vegetable oil, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 3 tbs sake, 2 tbs nerigoma

How to make it: Using a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together well. 

Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu is a soy sauce that has a light citrus flavor. It usually compliments the vegetables used in sushi and for other Asian cuisines.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup of water, 2×2 piece of kelp, 3tsp mirin, 1 peeled lemon, 1 peeled grapefruit, 1 tsp rice vinegar

How to make it: Using a small pot, place the kelp and water and let it simmer. Remove the kelp after it simmers for 30 seconds and add the sweet rice wine. Let the broth simmer at a half and then let it cool. Squeeze the citrus fruit juice into a cup together and filter the pulp out. Using a bowl, mix in 1/3 cup of the citrus juice, 3 tsp of the broth, and the rice vinegar. Let it cool in the fridge for a few hours.

Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum sauce is a pretty common sauce for sushi steakhouses (Hibachi grills). It usually goes great with the grilled meats as well.
Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 tbs rice vinegar, 3/4 tsp paprika, 3 tbs white sugar, 3/8 tsp garlic powder, 2 tbs melted butter

How to make it: Using a bowl, mix everything together and then place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Japanese Ginger Dressing

This ginger dressing is typical used for salads, but can also be used to marinade the meat used for sushi and other Asian cuisines.
Ingredients: 3 tbs sesame oil, 1/4 cup minced onion, 3 tbs rice vinegar, 1 tbs soy sauce, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tbs water, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbs minced fresh ginger, 1/4 cup chopped carrots, 1 tbs tomato paste, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 tbs minced celery, and a pinch of salt

How to make it: Using a food processor, place all the ingredients into the blender and pulse until it is smooth.

Into to Sashimi & How You Make It

It is not that I often get tired of eating sushi, but sometimes you just need something else. Sashimi is a good way to go sometimes. Even if you do fix it and want some sushi, they are great together (especially with a vegetable roll). They are also so quick to make sometimes.

So I often try to find some good sushi recipes on the internet to keep my taste buds satisfied. Out of all the recipes I have tried lately, three stood out to me.

Salmon Sashimi Rice Bowl

Serves 2

What do you need?
6 oz of sushi grade Salmon Sashimi (cut into six slices and against the grain)
2 cups of white rice
2 eggs at room temperature
1 avocado (sliced)
2 TBSP of soy sauce (light preferred)
2 TSP of furikake
1/2 TSP of wasabi paste
white vinegar

You want to go ahead and poach those two eggs. So get a pot of water and boil began to boil. Add a little bit of white vinegar into the now boiled water. Crack one of the eggs gently and place it in a bowl, shell and all. Do not let it spill out though. Stir the water with a wooden spoon and make it look like a whirlpool.

Get the egg and drop it into the center of the whirlpool. Cover the pot after about 40 seconds and remove it from the heat. Set the pot aside until the egg white is cooked through and the yolk is actually still soft. When it looks like that, remove it with a slotted spoon and set the egg aside. Repeat it with the other egg.

Now that you are done with that, let us began to make sashimi dish. Mix the wasabi and the soy sauce in a small bowl. Best to get that out of the way. Place the rice in two different serving bowls. Go ahead and place the avocado slices on the rice along with the poached egg. Each bowl should get three slices of the Salmon Sashimi. Get the furikake and the wasabi-soy mix and sprinkle them on the dish. Now it is ready to eat.

Tuna Sashimi with Soy Sauce

Serves 8

What do you need?
1 pound of sushi grade tuna
2 TSP of white sesame seeds
1/2 TSP of thin sliced chives
4 TSP of soy sauce
1/2 TSP of extra-virgin olive oil

This is a really quick recipe to make. Get the tuna fish and cut it with a sharp,but thin knife. Cut the slices thinly as well. Grab eight plates and divide the fish evenly onto them. Drizzle about 1/4 TSP of the olive oil onto the fish along with 1/2 TSP of the soy sauce. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and chives onto each fish. Your dish is now ready.

Flounder Sashimi on Rice

Serves 4

What do you need?
2 cups of cooked short-grain rice
16 slices of flounder sashimi (thinly sliced)
1/2 TSP of sea salt
1 1/2 cups of dashi
2 TSP of nori sheet cut into fine threads
4 TSP of chives

In a small saucepan, heat the sea salt and dashi with a low heat. Make sure it dissolves and keep it warm. Place the rice into four bowls and lay four of the flounder sashimi over the rice. Sprinkle the chives onto the rice and then pour the salted dashi into the bowl where it almost reaches the top of the rice. Place the nori threads into the bowls evenly.

I along my search for sashimi recipes, I found this really interesting take on the sashimi idea. This recipe is for those who do not eat meat. That is puzzling since sashimi is fish correct? Well for those of you who do not eat meat, baked watermelon does the job. That is right, watermelon. It sounds bad, but the watermelon has the texture as fish almost. So it works out and has a great fruity taste.

Watermelon Sashimi

Serves 2-4

What do you need?
1/4 of seedless watermelon (cut into pieces of 2×1 inch)
1 cup of cooked white rice
green onions (chopped)
2 TBSP of soy sauce
1 TBSP of extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat your oven for 350 F. Lay each of the watermelon pieces on a baking dish. Then drizzle both the soy sauce and olive oil onto the pieces of watermelon. Turn them over and drizzle the soy sauce and olive oil on the back. Bake the watermelon for about 2 hours. You want the watermelon to be browned on the edge and basically cooked down.

When you look at it, the texture should look very similar to raw fish. Let the watermelon cool for a little bit. Form the rice in your hand to look like a piece of sushi roll. Top it with the watermelon. You may want to use some chopped green onions or even more soy sauce! It is really good, trust me!

3 Spicy Sushi Roll Recipes to Savor

Here lately I have been into a spicy sushi mood. I have looked up several recipes over the past two weeks and decided to try some of them out. Liking the first few, I had to look up more. From spicy tuna rolls to spicy veggie rolls, I tried almost all of them!

So what did I find? I found some really good recipes out there on the internet. A lot of people have their own versions of the spicy tuna or spicy crab rolls. So I picked what I thought was the best three!

The Spicy Tuna Roll

The actual recipes takes about 30 minutes
Produces 12 Slices

What do you need?
4 oz of sashimi-grade tuna
1 nori sheet (cut it in half crosswise)
3 TSP Sriracha sauce
1 1/2 cups of sushi rice (prepared)
1/2 TSP of sesame oil
2 TSP of mixed green onion and scallions (chopped)
2 TBSP of roasted white sesame seeds
Tezu (hand-dipping vinegar water)
-2 TSP of rice vinegar
-1/4 cup of water

I started by cutting the tuna up into 1/4 inch cubes or you could mince the tuna if it is easier for you. Once you are done, get a medium sized bowl and mix the Sriracha, tuna, sesame oil, and only 1 TSP of the green onions and scallions.

Make sure you lay your nori sheets on the bamboo mat. The shiny side of the nori should be facing down on the bamboo mat. Now you should wet your fingers with the tezu you made earlier. Get 3/4 cups of the sushi rice and spread it out on the nori sheet evenly. Get the sesame seeds and spread them on the rice.

Now flip the nori sheet upside down so the rice is on the bottom. Make sure you line it at the end of the bamboo mat for rolling later. Grab the tuna and began to place it on the bottom end of the sheet, but only use half of it.

Now is the time to began rolling your sushi up tightly. Let it sit for a few minutes so it stays in place a little better. Grab a sharp and wet knife and cut so there are six pieces. The last thing you want to do is add the spicy mayo onto each piece and place the rest of the green onions and scallions.

The Buffalo Chicken Roll

The actual recipe takes about 55 minutes
Produces 24 Slices

What do you need?
1 cup of short grain sushi rice
1/2 TSP of salt
2 cups of water
1 TBSP of sugar
1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
1 cup of cooked and shredded buffalo chicken
4 nori sheets
2 ribs of celery (sliced into thin pieces)
1/4 cup of hot sauce
1/2 cup of cheese tortilla chips (you should crumble them)
1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese

Start by boiling the rice. After a bit, let it simmer while it is covered for about 20 minutes. While that is going on, you should mix the rice wine vinegar, sugar, and salt. Place it in a medium sized pan and heat it up. You should do this until the sugar and the salt dissolve. When that is done, set it to the side so it can cool down. When the rice is done, place it in a large and wide bowl. Spread the rice out and then add the vinegar, sugar, and salt mixture. Now fold the rice into the mixture.

Now that the sushi rice is prepared, you can began making your sushi roll. Place the nori sheet on the bamboo mat. Make sure the shiny side is face down. Now cover a thin layer of rice onto the sheet (just enough to cover it).

Start by placing the buffalo chicken in a row on the sheet. Then you can add the celery and carrots in their own respective row. Make sure to leave a little room between each one. Get the blue cheese and tortilla chips and add them to a row of their own as well.

Once you have added the ingredients, began to roll your sushi up. Let it sit for a little bit and then get a sharp, wet knife and began cutting it into 6 slices. You can repeat this 3 more times with the leftovers.

The Dragon Roll

The actual recipe takes about 55 minutes
Produces 6 Slices

What do you need?
10 medium sized pieces of shrimp (sushi grade of course)
3 nori sheets
2 cups of sushi rice
1 cucumber ( cut into thin sticks)
1 avocado (use an avocado peeler and make slices and sticks)
1/2 cup of Tempura
50 gr of BBQed eel (sushi grade again)
50 gr of Tobiko (which is flying fish roe)

Mix the tempura with just a little water. Stir the mixture up until it is even and thick. Cut all the shrimp tails off but one (this will be used as the last one and add a tail effect). Dip each shrimp into the tempura and water mixture. Then deep fry them for about 30 seconds. The outside should be a golden-brown color.

Place the shiny side of the nori sheet on the mat and spread the rice over the nori sheet. Now flip it so the rice is face down. Began by placing the cucumber sticks and avocado sticks in a row side by side. Then place the shrimp in a row with the tailed one at the end, but not on the very edge. Lay the slices of eel on top of the shrimp.

Now you need to roll your sushi up. When you are done, cut the endings only slightly (and try not to cut that tail!). When you are done, cover the top of the roll with the avocado slices. Tighten the avocado slices to the roll with the mat. Now sprinkle some of the Tobiko onto the roll (you can choose how much to use).

Now is the time to cut you sushi roll. Get a sharp and wet knife and cut the roll into 6 pieces. Shape the Dragon Roll however you want to make it look like a dragon. It is fun to come up with different ways! I know I will place some Tobiko as eyes and grab some avocado slices and place them as teeth.

Limo Love & Sushi: Why I Love Sushi

So in my last few posts I have talked about my favorite sushi recipes and how to make them. If you haven’t checked those out yet and are interested in doing so, I recommend checking them out.  I’ve got sushi recipes with crab meat, gari, and other delicious varieties you don’t want to miss out on. But that’s not the point of this post today.

I actually wanted to make this post a little different and talk a little more about why I love sushi enough to actually publish recipes for it.

Ever since I was a kid I have loved sushi. It never what mattered what kind, all that mattered is that I got to have some every once in a while. The older I get, the more I seem to develop a love for it, which has puzzled my friends a family beyond reason. They always wonder how someone can love a food of that texture that much but oh well, it’s totally their loss and not mine. 🙂

When I get down and out, sushi always seems to make me feel better. For some reason it always seems to brighten my day. Since I have such a passion for sushi, I believe more and more each day that it’s meant to be my calling in life- whether it’s to make great recipes or open a restaurant of my own and create jobs for people. So yeah my craving may be weird but it’s going to lead me somewhere in life someday.

In the meantime, pursuing my passion for sushi is the best I can do, and there just so happen to be a few people in my life that don’t find it weird enough and actually condone it, haha. My boyfriend, Jason, just so happens to also be a sushi extraordinaire and loves to frequent sushi restaurants in towns all around us. He loves it so much as well that trying out sushi recipes has become one of our favorite things to do together. To celebrate our 3rd anniversary, Jason actually rented a limousine and had them take us to 3 different sushi restaurants to try out tons of different types of sushi. It definitely sounds crazy and I was definitely full by the end of the night, but I was so grateful to have such an amazing boyfriend. I was just surprised that the chauffeur was patient enough to wait for us while we ate at 3 restaurants! This all may be a little off topic but it just drives my reasons home even deeper on why I love sushi so very much.

I know it was a little long winded but hey, I guess that’s why I’m just so darn passionate about it.


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My Favorite Dish, Gari: What It is Exactly and How to Prepare It

Gari is an unknown variety of Japanese food however, it’s one of my favorite dishes in the world! In fact, I love it so much that I decided to create a post around what it is exactly and how you make it. Of course you can find Gari at a local Japanese restaurant but making it isn’t that difficult and is a great idea for changing up your dinner routine.

Japanese gari is usually used as a condiment for sushi. You usually eat the gari in between each type of sushi to ‘cleanse’ the other sushi taste out of the mouth. It is not necessary, but essential to the look of the serving sushi. It is also used as a cooking tool to cover up the smell of the fish being prepared. It is also good for nausea.
Gari is thinly sliced ginger that has been marinated in vinegar and sugar. When making gari, you want to use younger ginger. It has a natural sweetness to it as well as being more tender. It usually comes out a pink color even though ginger is yellowish on the inside. If the ginger is not young, the yellow look will remain. There are some ginger that are artificially colored pink for sushi usage.

How to Make Gari

Makes about a cup and a half.

10 ounces og young ginger
1 1/2 TBS of kosher salt
6 TBS sugar (as well as a separate 1 1/2 TBS of sugar)
9 TBS of unseasoned rice vinegar (Japanese)
2 squares of dried kombu (or kelp) that should be about the size of your thumb

Preparing the Gari
Grab a spoon and begin to scrape off the excess paper like bits from the ginger. To cut the ginger, get a sharp knife or a mandolin. Cut the ginger into very thin slices almost see through.
Get a bowl and add the ginger, sugar (only the 1 1/2 TBS), and salt and begin to toss them together. Let them sit for 30 minutes.
While that is sitting aside, fill a saucepan with water half way. A small pan will do. At this point get a strainer and 2 empty jars (1/2 liter) ready. Get another sauce pan out and combine the remaining ingredients in it and set it to the side.
Keep an eye on the ginger and make sure to start the water on the stove about 10 minutes before the ginger is finished mellowing. When the ginger finishes, place it in the pot of boiling water and stir it while blanching it for about 20 seconds. This reduces the harshness a little further.
You then want to drain it with a strainer (preferably mesh) and make sure not to rinse it. Shake the water off for a bit as well. When you are done, place the ginger in the jars.
At this point began to boil the other pan with ingredients. Make sure to stir it well so the sugar dissolves. When it is fully stirred and at a good temperature, pour it in the glass jars with the ginger. Make sure the ginger is submerged in the liquid.
Let the jar sit uncovered to cool off for a bit. When it is done cooling off, place the cap tightly on the jar and stick it in the refrigerator.
Depending on the type of ginger you used, it can take 1 to 3 days to become ready. You will have to taste and see though.

The good thing about gari is that it can be stored for months! That is right, months. You can have some ready for the next time you make sushi! I know I do sometimes.

4 Sushi Recipes With Crab Meat That You Will LOVE

Crab meat recipes are always good even if you are not a fan of seafood. I love crab meat sushi. I have been on a crab frenzy here lately with my sushi. I have tried several recipes online to see which ones are the best and easiest to make.
I have collected four crab meat sushi recipes for the newbies to try out there. They are easy to make and really good. I would say that the crab and mango roll is probably the hardest, but the tastiest.

Crab and Mango Roll

The actual recipe takes about 30 minutes
Produces 24 Slices

What do you need?
1 pound crab meat (drained and dried)
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
4 TS of lemon juice
4 TS of light brown sugar
4 toasted nori sheets
1/4 cup of black sesame seeds
1 mango (cut into thin slices and peeled)
1 avocado (cut into thin slices and peeled)
1/2 red bell pepper (cut into thin slices and cored)
5 cups of sushi rice
– 2 cups of short grained sushi rice
– 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar
– 2 1/2 cups of water

Making the rice for this recipe is not that hard. Get a saucepan and place it over the oven on high heat. Proceed to put the water and rice in the pan and mix it until it is boiled. Let it simmer for about 25 minutes. At this point, add the vinegar over the rice and mix it in with a fork. Then transfer the rice over to a parchment sheet and allow the rice to cool.
Once the rice is complete, it is time to make your sushi. Get your bamboo sushi mat and tools.
Start by mixing the crab meat, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl.
Prepare the sushi mat by placing a plastic wrap over it. Make sure to wet your fingers at this point and then place only 1 1/4 cup of rice evenly over the mat. Then place the nori sheet on top of the rice evenly. Make sure the rice is laid flat rectangular so the nori sheet fits properly.
Place 1/4 of the crab meet onto one side of the sheet in a row. Then add 1/4 avocado slices, 1/4 red pepper, and 1/4 mango slices in a row.
Roll the rice and nori mat, starting from the side with the ingredients. While rolling, remove the plastic sheet. When the roll is finished, sprinkle on the sesame seeds and let it sit for a few minutes.

Get a sharp knife and make sure it is wet. Cut the roll into 6 slices. Repeat this until all ingredients are used.
It is best to serve this sushi with soy sauce or ginger in my opinion, but others use wasabe as well.

Cream Cheese and Crab Roll

The actual recipe takes about 20 minutes
Produces 12 Slices

What do you need?
2 TBS rice vinegar
1 cup of white rice
1 TS of salt
1 TS of minced ginger
1 cucumber (sliced into thin pieces)
1 package of imitation crab meat (leg style)
2 toasted nori sheets
cream cheese

Cooking this rice is slightly different. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. add the ginger and rice into the pan. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes so the rice cooks. Then add the rice vinegar and salt and mix it well. Place the rice on parchment paper and let it cool for a bit.
Place the nori wraps on the bamboo mat. Wet your fingers and spread the rice evenly on the nori sheets. Leave a little space on the sides though to roll it easier.
Place the crab meat one end of the nori sheet about an inch from the bottom. I usually use about 2 to 3 pieces. Place 2 to 3 pieces of cucumber slices in a row next to the crab meat.
Begin rolling the sushi at the end where the ingredients lay. Make sure to wet your hands a little again before doing this.
Get your sharp knife and make sure it is a little wet. Slice the roll of sushi in to 6 slices after you let it sit for a bit.

Crab and Egg Roll

The actual recipe takes about 20 minutes
Produces 12 Slices

What do you need?
4 cups of plain cooked rice
2 Egg
6 imitation crab meat slices
2 noir sheets
Umami seasoning
1/4 TS of soy sauce
Mayonnaise (optional)

Get a frying pan and break your egg. Add in the soy sauce and some umami seasoning (as much as you like) and then mix the three ingredients.
Place the nori sheets on the mat and spread 2 cups of rice over the sheet evenly. One one side place 3 slices of crab meat in a row and then add about half of the egg onto the sheet as well.
Roll the sushi starting from the side where the ingredients lay the most. You can add mayonnaise before you seal your roll if you like. Let it sit for a few minutes.
Cut the roll into 6 slices with a wet knife and then serve.

Crab and Cucumber Roll

The actual recipe takes about 30 minutes
Produces 6 Slices

What do you need?
1 nori sheet
1 package of imitation crab meat (leg style)
1 cucumber (sliced into thin pieces)
1/2 of sushi rice

Place the nori sheet on the bamboo mat and add 1/2 cup of rice onto the sheet and spread it evenly.
Add the cucumber slices and crab meat slices in a row starting on one side.
Roll the sushi starting from the side with the ingredients.
Let it sit for a little bit before you cut it with a sharp and wet knife. I like to cut it into 6 pieces. You can repeat this recipe until you eat your fill.

The Real Scoop on Sushi

When I tell people that I love to eat sushi, they usually think it is disgusting to eat raw fish. What some people do not know, well those who do not eat sushi, is that most sushi is not made with raw fish. Whether the sushi is cooked or prepared only slightly, there are only a handful of raw sushi styles.
Sushi is made of several other ingredients besides just the fish. In most sushi recipes, you will find that they call for vegetables, rice, sometimes fruits, and sometimes even other meats. Not all ingredients are used at once though. There is this one sushi I have been meaning to try that has strawberries on top. Sounds so good. Most sushi is usually served with wasabi, ginger, or soy sauce. I like to use teriyaki sauce myself. It actually tastes really good.
Each sushi has the same preparation for the rice. The rice is usually a short grained Japanese rice. It is basically used since it has a stickiness quality to it when cooked a certain way. I usually mix the rice with either rice vinegar or sake, but you can also use sugar, kombu, or salt. You can even use them all if you want. If you decide to add Nori, seaweed wraps, then it adds a more salty flavor.


There are several different types of sushi, which I am sure I will write about at some point in more detail. The types of sushi include chirashizushi, oshizushi, makizushi, nigirizushi, inarizushi, and narezushi. Well those are the traditional types of sushi. There are also the western styles such as uramaki and makizushi.
You must be careful eating sushi though, especially if you are eating a roll that has raw fish. The quality and freshness check of raw fish for sushi is more strict than the cooked fish to be eaten.The sushi chefs must go through a process that allows them to recognize the firmness, color, freedom of parasites, and the smell of the raw fish. Most of these things are not usually looked at when preparing fish that is cooked. It is probably safer to eat sushi then!

3 Different Ways to Roll Sushi

Sushi is an amazing dish to eat, especially if it is done right! Since I have been experimenting with making sushi, I have found that it is a very visual food. It is not so much about making the sushi, but presenting it as well.
There are of course several ways to roll sushi. I have found that each one is hard to do, but it gets easier as you get the hang of it. Most American do not make it the proper way though. I guess we just get in a hurry to eat the food!
There are several items you need to complete your quest for sushi. The most obvious are the food products. You should select a type of fish (or other meat or none at all) and at least two different types of vegetables to place in the sushi roll. You should cut them so that they are long and thin enough to fit into the roll properly. You will also need Japanese sushi rice along with seaweed nori wraps. Other foods you can put in your sushi include (but not limited) rice vinegar, salt, sugar, sesame seeds, and other flavoring types of food.
You also need tools to create the sushi. You can buy rolling molds that help out beginners, but I prefer to keep it the natural way and do it solo. You will need a bamboo mat, a very sharp knife (most prefer Sashimi knife), a bowl for mixing the rice and other flavors, a spatula, a rice fork, plastic wrap and any other cooking tools you find useful. Of course you do not have to have these tools, but I found it easier to make the sushi this way.
There are basically three major ways you can roll your sushi: maki style, uramaki style, and hand rolling the sushi (that’s a hard one!). I would say that making the maki sushi was the easiest for me when I first started. Most prefer to start that way. Make sure you wrap your bamboo mat with the plastic wrap before you start. This makes it easier to roll and also make sure the rice does not stick in some instances.

Making Maki Sushi Rolls
When making maki sushi, you want to place the rough side of the nori facing up on the bamboo mat.
You then want to take the rice you have prepared and smooth it over the nori roll without squishing the rice as much as possible. Make sure to not put the rice on the very edge of the wrap. It is also best to keep your hands wet, so that the rice does not stick to you as much.
Get all of your ingredients lined up separately on the rice starting from edge of the rice. Make sure you have enough space between each item lined up.
To fold the nori, and roll the sushi, you want to make sure you have your thumb firmly on the mat so it does not move. Start rolling the side of the nori wrap that has the first ingredient. Be careful and make sure the rice sticks properly. Tuck the wrap into the roll and began rolling. As I rolled, I took the mat out from under the sushi to roll it easier.
Keep the roll tight! You do not want any rice or other foods to fall out of the sushi. Plus when you cut it, if it is not tightly rolled, the ingredients and the roll itself will fall apart. Make sure there is a little breathing room as well. Seal the roll with the other end of the nori wrap. Then give it time to sit for a little bit before you decide to cut it. It makes it less likely to tear when you cut the roll.
After some time has passed by, take your sushi and cut the roll into however many sections you want. I usually cut it into eight sections so I feel like I have more sushi to eat. The knife that you use should be really sharp and wet. You will have to wet the knife a few different times. If you do not, the rice will stick to the knife and tear the roll. This ruins your sushi! So make sure to wet that knife.

Making Uramaki Sushi Rolls
Just like the maki sushi roll, you want to place the nori wrap with the rough side facing up. You then want to roll the rice onto the Nori wrap as you did with the maki roll.
When making a uramki roll, you will need to get some plastic wrap. Make sure you have enough to cover the entire Nori wrap. Place it on top of the rice, and then flip the wrap to where the plastic wrap is touching the mat now. The rice should be on the bottom and the nori on top.
Place your ingredients in a line starting from the near edge of the wrap. Make sure to leave a little bit of room in between each piece.
Here comes the hard part, rolling the uramaki sushi. This is probably my favorite type of sushi, but is it difficult to make sometimes. To roll the sushi, take the edge of the mat that has the side of the wrap with the ingredients. Fold the mat and the plastic wrap over until the rice is touching the nori wrap and has stuck to it as well.
As you roll the sushi over with the mat, begin to take the plastic wrap off of the of the rice. This is hard to do! Not only do you have to do that, but you need to make sure that the roll is tight enough.
This is a sushi type that is easy to put toppings onto. Since the rice is on the outside of the roll, the toppings stick easier to the roll. I usually top these with sesame seeds or avocado. You can also top it with fish if you made a vegetable roll.
You need to then cut the roll with the sushi knife. Make sure to keep the knife wet. With these rolls, I prefer to cut them into thin pieces, sometimes making ten slices! This does make the rice fall off a little, but I usually soak them in teriyaki sauce and eat them with a spoon when I make ten!

Making Hand Sushi Rolls
Making sushi rolls by hand takes some talent! You need some good hand-eye coordination to get this done right. First you need to place the nori wrap in the palm of your hand. Make sure you are cradling your hand and the nori. Also make sure to have one end of the wrap in your hand and the other extended from your fingers.
Get a ball of rice and place it on the wrap right on top of the palm of your hand. Then spread the rice, but only on bottom third of the wrap. I use about a 1/2 cup of rice when making these rolls.
You stick your ingredients in the rice, but only after you make an indention right in the middle of the rice. Make sure you do not stuff the ingredients into the rice. This will cause problems later when you start to roll it up.
You then want to began rolling your wrap by starting with the end of the wrap that contains the rice and ingredients. You simply roll the wrap tightly and create a cone. I like to place to rice into the small part of the cone so it sticks easier as well.
I usually do not cut my hand rolled sushi. Since it is in a cone shape, it would be harder to cut it and the ingredients do not reach all the way to the bottom. If you choose to cut it, make sure you use a wet sushi knife like always.