Making Sushi at Home: Tips from Your Sushi Bar

October 24, 2018

While visiting a friendly neighborhood sushi bar is an exciting, enjoyable social experience, there are some nights, however, where you simply don’t feel like venturing out, or want to try your hand at cooking at home.

Thankfully, you can still enjoy delicious, high-quality sushi in Phoenix, AZ from the comfort of your own home! Sushi is a relatively easy dish to prepare, though it can take a lifetime of attempts and years of practice to truly master. Contrary to popular belief, sushi doesn’t always involve uncooked seafood. In fact, some of the simplest, most delectable rolls involve just a single fruit or vegetable.

If you’re hoping to try your hand at sushi preparation, here are a few tips from PURE Sushi Colony, a favorite sushi establishment in the heart of the Valley of the Sun, that can help you make delicious sushi bites on your first try:

  • Prepare the rice carefully: The rice comprises the bulk of a good sushi roll, so it’s important that the rice is the right kind, and that it is prepared perfectly. Always use short-grain Japanese sticky rice—sometimes sold simply as sushi rice—to make sushi. Cook in a rice cooker for the time recommended on the back of the package.
  • Season it correctly: Another significant element of creating quality sushi is seasoning the rice correctly. Sushi rice is slightly sweet, and seasoned with a small amount of salt and vinegar. The rice should be perfectly balanced; the goal of the seasoning isn’t to overpower the flavor of the vegetables and proteins, but to complement and accentuate them.
  • Chop and clean veggies and proteins: Next, you should identify the veggies and proteins you’d like to include in your rolls. Clean them thoroughly, and then chop them into thin, long strips. If you’re using fish, be sure to either cook it first, or purchase fresh sashimi-grade cuts from your local grocer.
  • Wrap up your rolls: Next, take the nori, the stiff seaweed wrapper that’s used to cover sushi, and place it on a bamboo sushi roller. Wet your fingers and evenly distribute the rice on top of the nori wrapper, then place your vegetables and protein in the center. Carefully roll up the bamboo roller, and squeeze the roll tightly.
  • Slice and serve: While slicing sushi, it’s important to use an exceptionally sharp knife that can cut through the nori, rice and protein in one fell swoop. Between cuts, you may want to dip your knife in water, to remove any excess that sticks to the edges.

If you don’t feel like cooking at home, or if you’d like to get a little bit of inspiration to implement into your next batch of homemade sushi rolls, visit PURE Sushi Colony today. We’re proud to offer some of the finest sushi in Phoenix, AZ, as well as one of the city’s best happy hour menus. Reach out to one of our friendly team members via phone or stop in to our restaurant today to learn about our ongoing specials and more!

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