Below, find Haraguchi’s recommendations for the six tools and ingredients you need to make sushi at home—just add soy sauce.
- Chef’s knife.
- Rolling mat.
- Cutting board.
- Sushi rice and rice cooker.
Do you need nori for sushi?
Most Japanese diners can’t imagine having this food without it. But just because an ingredient is traditional doesn’t mean you can’t cook without it. You can make sushi with just vinegared rice and fillings without an internal or external Nori wrap. You may want to substitute seaweed for several reasons.
What can I use instead of bamboo mat for sushi?
The towel trick: A thick towel acts just like a bamboo mat and also wipes up your mess when you’re done: win-win. Because it’s so flexible it allows you to shape and roll the rice effortlessly into a beautiful roll.
What is the best rice for sushi?
Though medium-grain rice may be used, short-grain rice is still the most ideal option for making sushi. Koshikikari is an authentic Japanese short-grain rice that is often considered the best for sushi. More affordable short-grain options such as Tamanishiki Rice are grown in California.
Is it hard to make sushi?
I make sushi with friends about once a month, and it’s not too difficult. The thing that took us the longest to get right was the rice, and we got that down after a few tries. It’ll probably take a while to figure out the amount of vinegar you like in it, and how long to leave the seaweed in it while it’s cooking.
What can I substitute for Nori?
Good Substitute for Nori
- Paper-thin Omelet. Egg is often used as a ingredient in sushi rolls, and it matches so well with vinegar rice.
- Dried Bonito Shavings.
- Tororo Kombu / Oboro Kombu (Tangle Flakes of Kelp)
- Shiso (Japanese Basil)
- Thinly Sliced Meat / Dry-cured Ham (Prosciutto)
- Smoked Salmon.
- Pickled Leaves.
What is sushi without nori called?
Sashimi. Sashimi is raw fish that’s carefully slices into thin pieces. Sashimi is just the fish alone, no rice (though you can have it with rice on the side), no seaweed, no additional ingredients or toppings.
What is sushi wrapped in rice paper called?
Japanese rice paper rolls are called Nama Harumaki. Japanese rice paper rolls could be made in 15 minutes with fresh Australian avocados.
Can you use regular rice for sushi?
You may be able to get regular rice to taste similar to sushi rice with the help of the right seasoning. You may be able to use the rice from this method in sashimi, bento, and sushi rolls, but you may find it too difficult to mold for nigiri. 2. Bring 2 cups (450 milliliters) of water to a boil in a large pot.