I had been wanting to make sushi for the kids lunches for quite a while. I had all the ingredients sitting in the cupboard, but just wanted to find time when I could make them with the kids, especially our 6 year old who adores sushi.
It took a little bit of practice to get our sushi to look right, but we did get there in the end and even the ones which didn’t look quite right still tasted great.
I imagine our technique is not the text book way to make your own sushi, but we did have fun and they went down a treat in the kids lunch boxes.
Sushi Lunch Box Recipe
I used the recipe from the booklet which came with our rice cooker.
- 3 cups (rice cooker measuring cups) sushi rice
- 3 cups (rice cooker measuring cups) water
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cucumber
- 3 carrots
- 1 red capsicum
- 1 avocado
- 95 grams tuna in springwater
- 6 sheets toasted seaweed (nori)
- Wasabi paste (optional)
- Soy Sauce (optional)
You will also need to have at least one bamboo mat.
3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the fillings for your sushi. In our case, it was to slice the capsicum, carrots and cucumber. Deseed the avocado and slice it thinly. Drain tuna and break it up.
4. Once the cooking cycle has finished, leave it to sit on warm for at least 10 minutes.
6. Once rice has been sitting for 10 minutes, scoop it out using a rice spoon into a flat bottomed container. You are not supposed to use metal apparently. Spread the rice out and break up any clumps.
7. Pour the vinegar mixture slowly through the rice while still breaking the rice up.
8. The instructions said to use an electric fan or low hand fan to cool the rice. I didn’t have either, so I used the cool setting on my hairdryer! As you cool the rice, you continue to gently move the rice about.
9. Cover the rice with a damp tea towel. Dampen your mat and place the seaweed shiny side down on the mat. We had heard that putting plastic wrap on the mat worked well, but I actually just preferred it when the mat was damp.
Have you tried making your own sushi? How did you go with it?lunch box