Simple sushi

Simple sushi

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 15 mins plus draining and 3 hrs cooling


Makes enough sushi for 6 as a main, or 4 with leftovers for lunchboxes
Kids can help with this Japanese dish. They can help cook the sticky rice and then roll and assemble the pieces with their preferred ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal390
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.5g


    For the rice

    • 300g sushi rice
    • 100ml rice wine vinegar
    • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

    For the Japanese mayonnaise

    • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
      Soy sauce

      Soy sauce

      soy sor-s

      An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

    For the sushi

    • 25g bag nori (seaweed) sheets
    • choose from the following fillings: cucumber strips, smoked salmon, white crabmeat, canned tuna, red pepper, avocado, spring onion

    To serve with all styles of sushi

    • wasabi (optional - and fiery!)



      The Japanese answer to horseradish, wasabi is related to watercress and grows in a similar way,…

    • pickled ginger



      Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

    • soy sauce
      Soy sauce

      Soy sauce

      soy sor-s

      An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…


    1. KIDS the writing in bold is for you. ADULTS the rest is for you. TO MAKE SUSHI ROLLS: Pat out some rice. Lay a nori sheet on the mat, shiny-side down. Dip your hands in the vinegared water, then pat handfuls of rice on top in a 1cm thick layer, leaving the furthest edge from you clear.

    2. Spread over some Japanese mayonnaise. Use a spoon to spread out a thin layer of mayonnaise down the middle of the rice.

    3. Add the filling. Get your child to top the mayonnaise with a line of their favourite fillings – here we’ve used tuna and cucumber.

    4. Roll it up. Lift the edge of the mat over the rice, applying a little pressure to keep everything in a tight roll.

    5. Stick down the sides like a stamp. When you get to the edge without any rice, brush with a little water and continue to roll into a tight roll.

    6. Wrap in cling film. Remove the mat and roll tightly in cling film before a grown-up cuts the sushi into thick slices, then unravel the cling film.

    7. TO MAKE PRESSED SUSHI: Layer over some smoked salmon. Line a loaf tin with cling film, then place a thin layer of smoked salmon inside on top of the cling film.

    8. Cover with rice and press down. Press about 3cm of rice over the fish, fold the cling film over and press down as much as you can, using another tin if you have one.

    9. Tip it out like a sandcastle. Turn block of sushi onto a chopping board. Get a grown-up to cut into fingers, then remove the cling film.

    10. TO MAKE SUSHI BALLS: Choose your topping. Get a small square of cling film and place a topping, like half a prawn or a small piece of smoked salmon, on it. Use damp hands to roll walnut-sized balls of rice and place on the topping.

    11. Make into tight balls. Bring the corners of the cling film together and tighten into balls by twisting it up, then unwrap and serve.

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    Fran Cooper's picture
    Fran Cooper
    18th Jul, 2020
    Not enough explanation for the ‘simple’ sushi. The recipe does not explain what to do with the rice wine and sugar. Then when following the instructions it suddenly mentions vinegar water (with no mention of it before). Also no list of equipment needed, I didn’t have a rolling mat. But we made do! I did this via video call with my granddaughter (age 10). It was her request to make Sushi, but it was a faff and very confusing.
    25th Jun, 2018
    I made these with my 4 year old as we both love sushi. It was really simple and delicious. We will definitely be making it again!
    14th Jun, 2014
    My kids wanted to do this, so I let them. The results were okay, but what a faff! In future I will stick to buying from the supermarket.
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