Wanna Learn How to Make Sushi Rolls?
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Find Out...

What Piece of Equipment You Should get to Roll your Rolls...
What Ingredients You will Need...
How to Make Sushi Rice...
and finally
How to actually Make your Roll

Hosomaki Tuna Roll
Uramaki California Roll
Temaki Salmon Roll

If you are brand new to making sushi and are wanting to learn how to make sushi rolls at home, then just following the instructions on how to actually make a roll will not be enough...

You need the foundation... "the Rest of the Story"...

In other words, you need to know what supplies and equipment to get along with what ingredients you'll need. After that you will have to learn how to make the sushi rice that will make up the bulk of your roll...

Then you will be ready for the "how to make sushi rolls" part of the equation.

If you already have the rest taken care of and just need to know how to rock and "roll" then skip on down to the rolling part here...

If not, then let's get you something to roll with...

Traditionally, You get a Makisu (sushi rolling mat) to make Sushi Rolls... but there are other options...

Sushi Mat or Makisu
Sushi Mat or Makisu

If you want to know how to make sushi rolls the traditional way, then you will have to get a sushi mat... or Makisu.

This will be your cheapest investment option (as opposed to getting a sushi rolling kit or device which we will talk about next.)

With a Makisu, you basically have 2 options.

  • Get the wider slats as in the picture above on the left or;
  • Get the slim bamboo sticks like in the picture on the right

Typically they say that the mat on the right is easier and/or better to use for making smaller rolls, like the 1 ingredient hosomaki.

I prefer, and have found it easier in my own experience, to always use the mat with the wider slats for all of my rolls. I think this is personal preference. With experience, you may have a different preference.

Either way, if you have decided to go traditional you can see plenty of choices here on Amazon. If you are unsure which one to get, then purchase the one that has both types of mats.

If you want a device or kit, you can checkout our reviews of several sushi making kits or see below for my choice of a non-traditional sushi rolling mat.

Sushi Magic Sushi Mat

In the picture above, I am test driving the sushi roller that comes in the Sushi Magic Sushi Making Kit. Out of all the kits I tested, this one seems to make the sushi rolling process easier for both the expert and the novice.

By easier I am referring to both clean up and from the "How to make sushi rolls" process.

Either way, decide on what type of mat you want and meet me back here...

Get these Ingredients before you Roll

Sushi Nori
Rice Vinegar
Dashi Kombu

There are a few basic ingredients you will need before you can make a sushi roll.

  1. Nori. Buy good quality sushi Nori. The darker and blacker it is the better it is. If it is light green and you can see light through it, put it back! A lot of the cheaper nori is made in China.
  2. Rice Vinegar. Get the unseasoned rice vinegar because if you follow our sushi rice recipe, you will be making your own.
  3. Kombu. This is a seaweed usually used in dashi but is used in our sushi rice recipe. Be sure to get this item to make the best sushi rice.
  4. Sake. This is another ingredient used in our sushi rice. You can obtain this in any well stocked liquor store. Gekkeikan is a good table variety for this.
  5. Sugar and Salt.
  6. Ingredients for your particular roll. Depending on what type of roll you are wanting to make these ingredients will vary.

One option that I have not mentioned yet, but is a good one if you want to get both a sushi mat and most of your ingredients in one package is getting the Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit.

The Sushi Chef line is known for their quality, so your results should be good. I also review this kit here

If you get this kit, then you will only need to obtain the Kombu and Sake to make our sushi rice in the next step.

Now, let's make your sushi rice.

Making Sushi Rice

This is your most critical step for making good sushi, even more important than how to make sushi rolls :-)

To learn how to make it, visit our Sushi Rice Recipe page and when you are done, I'll be waiting for you right here...

How to Make Sushi Rolls

Ok, here we are at the actual rolling part of our exercise. And although the basic mechanics of how to make sushi rolls is the same, there are different sizes and types of rolls that we could show you.

Since we don't know which one you want to learn how to make, we'll let you choose!

So with that, I will give you a choice to pick which "type" and "size" of roll you would like to see demonstrated. Study one... or all of them so you can see the differences if you'd like.

Since we have sushi recipes on this site (which already have pictures showing how to make each roll) we have opted to give you a link below for each different roll so you can click it and go to the one you want see.


Uramaki California Roll
Uramaki Spicy tuna roll

In the picture above on the left, we have one of the most popular rolls made in America today... the California Roll. The standard generic name for this type of roll (with the rice rolled on the outside and the nori on the inside) is called "Uramaki". If you are wanting to learn how to make sushi rolls and only want to learn one, then this is the one to pick.

Visit our California Roll Recipe page to see how to make this one.

If you look at the picture above on the right, we have another quite popular roll... the Spicy Tuna Roll. It is also a "Uramaki" type roll.

To learn or see how to make it, visit our Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe page.


Hosomaki / Tuna Roll

The next roll we will cover is what I call a traditional one. It is made with nori on the outside, rice on the inside with one single ingredient.

That ingredient typically can be tuna (tekamaki), cucumber (kappamaki), dried gourd strips (kampyomaki) and pickled daikon (takuanmaki) but can contain anything you like.

Visit our Hosomaki page (where we will make it with tuna) to learn how to make this one. 


Chumaki/Philadelphia Roll

Here we have another traditional with nori on the outside, rice on the inside but with 2 or 3 ingredients in the middle.

Visit our Chumaki page where we will make a Philadelphia roll (cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber) to try your shot at this one. 


Futomaki roll

This last one is the biggest in our lineup again with nori on the outside, rice on the inside but with 4 or more ingredients in the middle... Talk about a mouthful!

Futomaki is one of my favorites. Traditionally it contains no meat which can be a nice change of pace from all of the meat laden sushi.

See how to make my mother's futomaki right here.


Spicy tuna hand roll in a tea cup

The Temaki is type of roll that is formed by hand. The nori is laid in the left palm where the rice and ingredients are added and then it is made into a cone shape and served.

The one in the picture above is made with spicy tuna and you can learn to make it on our Spicy Tuna Hand Roll Recipe page.  

I hope that we have helped you learn how to make sushi rolls that you wanted to make. If not, leave a comment or visit my contact page to let me know what I can do to improve this page.

With that, I bid you a farewell!

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