Sorry, I haven't posted in a while! I am in England with family and have been very busy with a full time job! Not to mention the fact that having my mother around has given me less of an incentive to cook! It is no longer about feeding my boyfriend, it is about a mother feeding her daughter!
I thought I would introduce you to a fairly easy recipe and one that makes a delicious light meal (or a heavy meal depending on how many you have!). Sushi is a fairly healthy snack and one that I make myself when I really cannot be bothered to spend ages in the kitchen. You can vary the ingredients and put whatever you like inside!
I personally am a huge fan of salmon - I could literally eat this fish every single day of my life! Recently, my sister asked me the question, if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life and never eat anything else ever again, what would I eat? I picked sushi, i love it that much!
Depending on where you buy your fish you can in some cases eat the fish raw. I would only recommend this however if the fish is super fresh and/or it states that it is sushi grade fish on the package! I would recommend trying your local fish monger/fish market over a supermarket. Most fish in supermarkets is frozen and thawed at least once before it is put on the shelf and sold as fresh.
I personally like to sear a fillet of fresh salmon with a bit of salt and serve it rare. I also don't add any oil to salmon when I cook it as the fish has a lot of natural oils in it.
Bear in mind that you can be as creative as you want for your sushi. A few common sushi ingredients you may want to use:
- cucumbers, lettuce, daikon radish, asparagus, pickled ginger, carrots, avocados, cream cheese, mayo, spicy mayo (4 parts mayo, 1 part chill paste), sweet rice wine, tuna, salmon, crabmeat, shrimp, lobster, eel, halibut, swordfish, mackerel, trout, sea bass etc.
There are also several ways to wrap your sushi. I often wrap mine like a hand roll but burrito style. I find wrapping it burrito style instead of the traditional Temaki hand roll method means I can put a lot more ingredients inside...because I am greedy.
Here is a page that explains different wrapping methods!
Salmon Sushi (1 serving)
- 1 sheet Yaki Nori (dried seaweed)
- 1/3-1/2 cup (a handful) cooked Japanese style rice
- Fresh fish such as salmon
- Vegetables - In this example I used 2-3 pieces of asparagus and lettuce
- 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar (optional)
- Serve with a dash of sauce such as mayo and soy sauce
- Cook the rice as per the package instructions and mix in a small amount of rice vinegar in it.
- Slice your fish into thinner longer pieces. If searing your fish, I would do this first. You will need to cut it much thinner if making it Makisushi (rolled sushi) style.
- One of the benefits of making a hand roll is that you don't need a sushi mat and it is very easy to make at home. Ensure that the nori is shiny side down and spread a thin layer of rice along one side of the nori. Top with desired ingredients and roll into a cone shape. Yes, it is that easy.
If you are like me and just want to put as much in there as possible you may want to make a sushi burrito! You can do so by piling the ingredients in the middle of the nori diagonally. Close one end by folding a corner over your ingredients and then bringing each side in towards the middle. If you need to make the nori stick, just wet it slightly with your fingers and that should do the trick!
If making a traditional Sushi roll, place the nori sheet on a bamboo sushi mat, spread a thin layer of rice on the sheet of nori. Arrange your ingredients in the centre of the rice. Roll the nori from one end to the other using the mat to guide you and pressing gently as you do so. Cut the roll using a slightly damp sharp knife. Using a dry knife will make cause too much friction and the roll will not cut as easily. A wet knife however will literally slice that sushi like butter!