We had another lovely dinner with our friends, John and Whitney. We decided to do a sushi night so Whitney busted out her awesome sushi and sake set and we had a grand old time. If you’re looking for how to make sushi, I did a post earlier with some helpful videos.
What’s really fun about sushi night is that everyone gets to make their own rolls. They can customize them to make them spicy or not, simple or extreme. And what’s even better is that it’s so much cheaper than going out to a sushi bar. A half pound of sushi grade tuna which was just the right amount for us (with a bit leftover) was only $7.50. If you consider most people will spend about $40 (often more!) on just two people at a sushi bar, this is the way to go for anyone who loves sushi, but just can’t take the high prices!
If you’re looking to have a sushi night and need suggestions for what to bring, here’s a list of the things we used:
- cooked steelhead trout
- sushi grade wild tuna
- imitation crab
- cream cheese
- pickled ginger
- soy sauce
In addition to nori, Whitney bought spring roll wrappers. If you find nori to be a bit chewy, you might want to give these a try.
One of the things that prevented me from trying to make sushi at home was the difficulty of finding sushi grade fish. There are many alternatives though!
- cooked fish
- smoked salmon
- crab or imitation crab
- shrimp (try it in tempura!)
- or just veggies
This was my roll. It included sushi grade tuna, steelhead, avocado, and lemon.
I really like the lemon in the sushi roll, it tastes great! If you ever make sushi at home, give it a try!
This was the McTroll (aka McT roll). This beast of a roll had tuna, crab, avocado, asparagus, lemon juice, siracha, cream cheese, and wasabi.
Here’s some tips on having a sushi night
- Make the rice ahead of time, maybe three hours before. You want it to be cool. If you make it too late and attempt to cool it in the fridge or freezer, you’ll most likely end up drying out the rice.
- Usually the rice is made with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. However we didn’t have any vinegar so we just used a splash of lemon juice to add a bit of acidity. It tasted great!
- We found that it’s nice to have two sushi rollers between four people. It’s nice to have an extra set so more people can partake in the rolling.
- Putting the sushi rollers in a ziploc bag makes it easier to clean.
- Have a sharp knife on hand. A dull knife will smash and rip your rolls. You need a nice clean cut to get good looking rolls.
Check out this post for videos on how to roll sushi