We celebrate my husband’s and children’s Japanese ancestry with a traditional Japanese dinner that includes Japanese sushi rolls for Christmas Eve dinner. We all gather around the kitchen and make the rolls together. It is so much fun!
Maki Rolls and Nigiri Rolls are the main ones that we make. Maki rolls are pieces of seaweed that are filled with rice and raw fish. Nigiri are molded rice balls topped with raw fish. Tuna and salmon rolls and Shrimp Tempura rolls are our favorites!
The freshest sushi grade tuna and salmon are used and we make tempura shrimp for the tempura shrimp rolls. Japanese mayonnaise, avocado, cucumber and carrots are frequently used. We change the recipes every time we make them. Don’t forget the wasabi and soy sauce for dipping your sushi rolls.
Making the rice is the first step. Cooking rice in a rice cooker makes it easy to cook in large batches. I had a rice cooker that my in-laws in Hawaii gave me in 1977 and it lasted for 30 years. There are many varieties of rice cookers on Amazon that you will see and purchasing one will make your rice cooking easier.
You will want to purchase a bamboo rolling mat. Here are several on Amazon that might work for you.