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.
Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife says
Beautiful! I love this idea for Christmas Eve. Oddly enough, I still have never made sushi at home. It’s time I get myself a bamboo rolling mat!
It takes some planning but well worth it! I love sushi!
I love this recipe! My husband and I used to make homemade sushi all the time and we haven’t in years! You’ve motivated me to try again. 🙂
It is a fun activity to do together! Take some pictures if you make it!
Lauren @ Wicked Spatula says
This is so fun! My husband and I love to have a DIY sushi date night! We just did this last week and made WAYYY more than the two of us could eat haha!
It is fun. This year we are having so many people that I’m going to have to teach a few people how to make it!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
What a great way to celebrate traditions! I love sushi, and I’ve made it at home once. I think that needs to change and I need to start making it more often! Love your recipe!
Katie @ Recipe for Perfection says
These rolls are just beautiful. I’ve always wanted to learn to make my own sushi!
You should try it Katie! It’s not so hard once you get the hang of it!
Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give says
I love tamale parties – I didn’t even think about having a sushi party. 🙂 What a fun holiday tradition!
Hi Kim, it is a fun activity to do with a group!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
I love how you honor your husband’s heritage with this tradition. Looks delicious!
Thank you Sarah! We have enjoyed it throughout the years!