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How to Make Sushi

You may think sushi is just raw fish, but you’d only be half right. It’s actually the combination of fish and rice – and how it’s combined is an art form in itself.


  • Step 1: Slice fish With a very sharp knife, slice the trimmed fish slab into individual portions so each piece is a rectangle approximately 2-inches long and ¼-inch thick.
  • TIP: To make things easier, cut all your fish at one time, but keep the pieces cold until you use them —put them on a plate and keep it in the refrigerator or on top of some ice.
  • Step 2: Roll rice into ball Moisten your hands with water from your bowl, and scoop an ounce of sushi rice—about the amount that will fit into your palm—and roll it into a ball.
  • Step 3: Shape rice ball Shape the rice ball into an oblong by squeezing it with firm but gentle pressure.
  • TIP: Your rice should be about the same size as your cut piece of fish.
  • Step 4: Dab wasabi on fish Pick up a piece of sliced fish. While palming the shaped rice, scoop up a tiny amount of wasabi with your index finger and gently dab it onto the middle of the fish.
  • Step 5: Press rice against fish Press the shaped rice against the fish and gently but firmly cup the two together until they adhere.
  • Step 6: Squeeze together Firmly squeeze the sushi together until the fish and rice become one. Tap with your right index finger as you go to create a uniform shape.
  • Step 7: Continue process Place the finished sushi on a serving plate or sushi board, and continue making pieces until all the fish is used.
  • Step 8: Garnish plate Garnish the plate with a mound of Japanese pickled ginger and a smaller mound of wasabi. Pour some soy sauce into a small dish and get ready to dunk.
  • FACT: Real wasabi is notoriously expensive, so most sushi restaurants just use a mixture of horseradish, mustard powders, and food coloring.

You Will Need

  • At least a quarter-pound of trimmed
  • uncooked saltwater fish
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A dollop of prepared wasabi
  • A bowl of water
  • Some ice or a refrigerator (optional)

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