Make Your Own Sushi
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Like sushi? Why not make it at home?
This simple dish is made from smoked salmon and steamed brown rice, with avocado, cucumber and carrots all rolled up for a deliciously light and satisfying meal.
I have to give credit where credit is due. This dish was made possible by the fact that my son took a sushi class at Whole Foods. He is the master sushi chef in our house. I tried rolling it myself but it resembled more of a loosely rolled burrito.
It’s my goal to learn how to roll sushi with the sushi mat before he leaves for college this year.
This simple dish is made from smoked salmon, steamed brown rice, with avocado, cucumber, carrots and onion all rolled up for a deliciously light and satisfying meal.
- 2 nori sheets
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1 baby cucumber, cut into thirds and sliced
- 2 ounces smoked salmon
- 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
- 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 4 tablespoons carrots, shredded
- greens (spinach or spring mix)
- Prepare the rice by combining water and rice in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Alternatively, you can use a rice cooker. Remove rice from the heat and stir in the vinegar.
- Place a sheet of nori on a cutting board or, if available, a sushi mat. Spread 3/4 cup of rice evenly onto the sheet leaving about 1/2-1 inch of nori empty at the bottom. Arrange half of the strips of cucumber, carrots, salmon, onion and 3 slices of avocado across the center of the rice.
- Lift the end of the nori sheet closest to you. Roll over once and press down keeping the wrap tight. Continue rolling toward the empty end of the wrap pressing as you go.
- Cut in half and serve on a bed of spring mix or spinach with 2 slices of the remaining avocado with a side of tamari for dipping.
- Repeat to make the second roll.
The rolling directions are without the use of a sushi mat.
Not interested in making sushi rolls? This recipe is just as good as an Inside Out Sushi Roll. Simply serve by adding all the ingredients except the nori on a bed of greens or spinach. Cut the nori into small squares and place on top. Add a few shakes of tamari.
What is your favorite type of sushi? Would you roll this recipe or serve it inside out?
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