Test Kitchen: Making Sushi

Believe it or not, ‘The Kid’ actually asks me to make this on a regular basis. We are pretty lucky to have the opposite of a picky eater on our hands, but even so I don’t think it’s the food that she loves in this meal, it’s using chop sticks.

Either way, sushi is easy and inexpensive to make at home. If you are introducing it to your kids for the first time, try sticking with flavours they know such as vegetable sushi and shrimp. Let them work up to more flavourful rolls such as salmon. 

- Nori – seaweed paper
- Sushi Rice – a sticky rice that is usually white. Use brown if you like but make sure it is ‘sticky’ so that it will hold the rolls together
- Rice vinegar
- Vegetables cut into thin strips such as carrots, celery, zucchini, avocado, red peppers or anything your family likes that will add a bit of flavour and crunch
- Raw, fresh fish such as tuna, crab, salmon or shrimp cut into long strips
- Optional condiments: soy sauce, wasabi paste or pickled ginger

Cook rice according to package directions, adding 2 TBSP of vinegar when it is finished.

On a piece of wax paper lay out a piece of nori and cover it lightly with rice.

Add a layer of vegetables and / or fish in any combination you like, then roll sushi into a tight spiral. Pack it tightly and the rice should help it to stick.

Slice the roll in to several pieces of sushi. Serve with soy sauce, wasabi paste or pickled ginger.

Jodi Lariviere is a blogger and food writer with a real passion for healthy, local ingredients and she also writes two of her own blogs:  Simply Fresh – www.simplyfreshottawa.com and the new Vegging for Two – www.veggingfortwo.com

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