For as long as I can remember, I’ve absolutely loved sushi. My mum held sushi making parties for all our friends and neighbours, and I had HEAPS of fun rolling these delicious bites, and eating my own work!

Rolling your own sushi can seem really daunting, but I promise you with the right technique and just a little bit of practice, you can also hold your very own sushi parties!

How to make sushi!

Tammi Kwok


For the rice

  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Cucumber
  • Pickled Daikon
  • Sashimi grade tuna
  • Sashimi grade salmon
  • Japanese Mayo
  • Whatever else you'd like to have!
  • Nori Sushi Seaweed Sheets


  • Rinse the rice with cold tap water and drain. Repeat 2 or 3 times to wash away the excess starch.
  • Place the ingredients for the rice into a rice cooker and cook according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Let rice cool to room temperature before using.

For the maki rolls

  • Place nori on a sushi mat.
  • Spread rice in a thin layer over the nori and leave a 2cm gap on the furthest end away from you.
  • Place the fillings - not too much! - in the middle.
  • Start rolling away from you, tightening the roll as you go.

For the inside-out rolls

  • Wrap the sushi mat in cling wrap.
  • Lay the nori sheet on the sushi mat.
  • Spread the rice in a thin layer over the nori, leaving a 2cm gap.
  • Turn it over, and make sure the gap is on the end closest to you.
  • Fill with desired toppings. (Not too much!)
  • Start rolling away from you, tightening the roll as you go.
  • Cut to size.

For the hand roll

  • Cut the nori sheet in half, and roll into a cone.
  • Stick shut with a bit of sushi rice.
  • Using chopsticks or a narrow spoon, add a thin layer of rice to the inside of the cone.
  • Add toppings.
  • Serve with soy sauce and a bit of wasabi.


To keep the rice from sticking to your hands, keep a bowl of water close and keep your hands wet.
To cut the sushi rolls, wipe the knife with a damp cloth between each cut.
What’s your favourite type of sushi? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments down below!


  1. Steph @ Steph in Thyme June 2, 2015 at 3:36 am

    I looveee making sushi at home! It can certainly turn into a messy, sticky situation, but it’s so much fun. Love your recipe ideas, can’t wait to try these out!

  2. Mariet - Practicingnormal June 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Great instructions. I’m always a bit scared of making sushi, but I might just give this a try. It looks delicious. Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays.


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