Sushi Made Easy

We all love sushi and to buy the quantity we eat in a sitting is astronomical (Scarlett just about eats her body weight in sushi!), hence I make it as opposed to buying it (although it is what my kids ask for if we are out and they need lunch).  Tuna filling seems to favoured by the kids and Greg, but you can use what ever ingredients you like.  Make sure you don’t overfill and don’t use anything too moist, or you will be wearing more sushi than you will be eating.  You don’t need a bamboo sushi roller either, the secret to that is how you prepare the cooked rice.


1 cup = 250ml

3 cups sushi rice
1 packet nori sheets, or approximately 10 nori sheets
1 425gm tin tuna, drained (I prefer tuna in olive oil)
1/4 cup whole egg mayonaise
1 avocado
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar (can substitute with ordinary vinegar)
1tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp castor sugar


Rinse rice in a sieve, till the water runs clear.  Cook rice according to your favourite method.  (I use a rice cooker).  While rice is cooking, place drained tuna and mayonaise in a food processor and blend until just combined.  Place it aside.  Once rice is cooked, stir in the vinegar, sugar & salt.  Spread the rice on a large plate to a thickness of about 2.5 cm (1″).  Put in fridge for about 10-15 mins to cool the rice down.  Remove rice from fridge and cut it into strips about 3cm (1.5″) wide (this is what makes rolling them later on so much easier).

The rice cut into strips makes it easier when rolling

Place a nori sheet on a clean surface and cut off a strip of the rice to fit the width of the nori sheet.  Place the rice about a quarter of the way along the nori sheet.

Spread a layer of tuna on top of the rice and add strips of avocado.   Roll the first quarter of the nori sheet around the rice and press gently into place.  Keep rolling until the nori sheet is totally wrapped around the rice and filling.

I promise it tastes better than it looks

I ran out of avocado before I took the photos

Repeat until you have used up all the rice.  Cut the rolls into your preferred size before serving.  I make a dip of equal amounts of lemon juice and tamari sauce (or soya sauce) and add few drops of sesame oil and garnish of coriander (cilantro).

For the children, I cut the sushi into bite size pieces

Enjoy!  Jacinta

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  • Tracey

    Oh I love sushi too! I am luckey that several of the markets here are now carrying it. There is a man who makes and delievers everyday. If he ever moves I’m in trouble. I do have the mat and paddle, but my rolling isn’t too hot.

    • Jacinta

      How fantastic you have someone who delivers sushi. It isn’t readily available around here (well unless I make it that is!) . Jacinta x

  • swanski

    yum! I am a little hungry this morning after seeing your sushi!

    • Jacinta

      I often find when other bloggers post about food, it makes me hungry too! Jacinta x

  • Nadja

    Yum! Living in rural Tennessee, we are not within an hour’s drive to the nearest Sushi, so this may be the answer! What other fillings do you use?

    • Jacinta

      Other ingredients we use are cucumber, carrot, marinated tofu (one of my favourites), prawns, marinated chicken or beef. I don’t add more than three ingredients as it tends to overfill the sushi and makes it too hard to eat. I will try and add a list of variations to the post sometime soon. Jacinta x

  • MJ

    Now that is one kind of sushi we haven’t tried before, and so simple!! Thanks Jacinta!!

    • Jacinta

      It is really simple MJ. I hope you get to try it out. Jacinta x

  • Rain

    I love sushi, but have never tried to make it on my own…seems like the perfect summer treat! Thanks for making it seem less scary 🙂

    • Jacinta

      I used to think it was rather scary too, but once I made it, it was actually quite easy. I hope you get to try it out as it is the perfect summer treat. Jacinta x

  • Linda

    Love sushi Jacinta, but sadly don’t get to enjoy it much [himself not keen on such things]. Your home made rolls look a delight. Thank you for sharing such an easy way of making them. Must make a few ‘just for me’. Cheers. Hope you are all keeping warm, miserable day up here yesterday [for Queensland].

    • Jacinta

      It makes it hard if you are the only one who likes sushi, although I do hope you can make some for yourself. As for weather, we have had two glorious days of sunshine. So good for reviving the soul. I am sitting in front of the open fire and I am about to pick up my knitting, so I am feeling very at peace with the world. May you stay warm too, as we journey into winter. Jacinta x