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How to make Maki Sushi Roll #8

July 11th, 2007 by

Making a simple style Maki Sushi. Ingredients: Salt Salmon(Trout), Crab Sticks and Avokado. I prefer salt Trout fish, sometimes I prepare it myself, but mostly I buy from the store already salted Trout. Since I live by the sea it is easy to get Fresh fish, thus I never use the fish sold in packed plastic bags.

Ingredients placed on Nori

Here you see how I have placed ingredients on prepared nori. A few pieces of salt salmon under crab sticks and Avokado.

Ingredients side view

Side view.

Bening the Sushi Roll

Here is an important part. You will have to tighten the roll. The idea is simple, if you ever had a scroll and wanted to make it smaller in diameter, what did you do? You pressed and rolled it inside. Use the same method, pull the bended part towards yourself and try to make the inside rice to stick to each other. As soon as you tightened the side of the roll, carefully roll the whole thing. If you don’t tighten the roll enough all ingredients will fall out when you cut the roll.

Tightening the Sushi Roll

Use some strength to tighten the roll a bit more.

Tightening - side view

Sometimes ingredients may come out if you press too hard, usually it is avocado or crab stick, so use your fingers to place things back.

Finished Sushi Roll

This is what you get… but it is not the end yet.

Covering Maki Roll with some water

This is the last part. Make sure you wet the whole roll. Take the roll in left hand, wet your second hand and spread the water, until the whole Roll looks wet. The reason behind is to make Nori soft, if you skip this process the Nori will be hard to chew. When you are done place a roll on the clean dry plate and go for the next one. Skip this step if you are making California Roll ^.^

Preparation and Making of California Rolls

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64 Responses

  1. sushi Says:

    If you like my Sushi making guide please leave a comment. I’m ego to hear from you.

  2. Three in Poland Says:

    GREAT pictures that help a lot. Thanks, it helped a lot and now we are going to take a nap as our bellies are full of yummy rolls!

  3. Treyfrd Says:

    Thanks so much! Every time I’ve made sushi the nori has been chewy. I didn’t know that I had to get it wet to soften it.

  4. Ken Says:

    I disagree with the wetting the roll. I have never seen any sushi chef wet the roll. If anything, you toast the seaweed sheet to make it crispy. Wet seaweed is chewy.

  5. Mike Says:

    The best guide I’ve seen! Great pictures. After my last efforts I’m keen to try your tips. Thanks

  6. David Says:

    Great guide on making sushi rolls. High quality pictures, detailed information on production. Very helpful for even a pro sushi chefs :)

  7. sushi Says:

    For Ken!
    Sushi bars just serve sushi the fastest way they can! the more they serve the more money they get. (they got no time to wet the roll) Sushi chiefs even whine that they can make more sushi in 1 hour than anyone else. That’s why in every sushi bar – all SUSHIs taste the same or almost the same.

  8. Caleb Says:

    Thanks for the guide! Made my first sushi rolls last night and they turned out great! Any suggestions for other varieties (I used crab, avacado, cucumber) that don’t involve fish? Can’t find any fresh seafood around my way :(

  9. sushi Says:

    I’m planing to add the great amount of sushi types where all the ingrediants will be listed. The problem is that i’m always running out of time. I will add it sooner or later. So don’t forget about this place ^.^

  10. nora Says:

    thanks for the great tips and pictures!!

  11. ruth Says:

    oh man..yr guide rocks!! the sushi taste superb!

  12. Amanda from Australia Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, it is the best! I did not think my sushi rolls would turn out to even LOOK like sushi,but they did, and they tasted great too! I didn’t even burn the rice lol
    I rolled the bamboo mat in the actual sushi the first time (pff!) and had trouble cutting them without tearing the nori. Is there a special way to do it?
    Thank you, you are awesome!!

  13. sushi Says:

    You should use very sharp knife.
    Make sure the knife is wet before cutting the roll. Every three or four cuts you have to clean the knife. Wet towel will do fine.
    Another example: if you can cut a piece of paper applying no force at all then the knife is good.

  14. Gerhard from South Afrika Says:


    This was very nicely done.
    Great thing to wet the Nori.
    Keep up the great work.


  15. marien ludo Says:

    great help
    i invite people for dinner tomorrow and test your hints.

  16. Vivienne Says:

    Thank goodness for someone like you. I’ve just made my first sushi with no guidelines to follow and it wasn’t very successfull. Now I have read your tips I’ll be away laughing. Thanks heaps.

  17. Heather Says:

    Thanks for the tips I have to bring sushi to a shower and I was worried I was getting too ambitious but I really think I can do it. Loved the aerial view of the sushi roll in the bamboo mat I wasn’t sure if you pulled it away as you rolled but now I see. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  18. Michelle Says:

    Thank you soooo much
    Amazinf info, great pics, good tips (never heard about wetting the roll – will try it for sure)

  19. Janet Says:

    Just read all your steps and tips, now I am off to the supermarket to get the ingredients. I feel so much more confident after seeing the pictures – Many thanks

  20. Dthey Says:

    Very helpful. I am delighted on your picture instruction.

    This is worth my time. Thank you very much.

    More picture instruction on other recipes pls.:)

  21. Jeni Says:

    We made our first sushi ever tonight and did not use any website, just trial and error. We would have figured it out way faster if we had looked here first! Great tips. Thanks

  22. joey Says:

    Thank you for the guide.

    So do you recommend wetting the nori? I tried it wet and dry and I wanted to know which you prefer.

  23. sushi Says:

    I like to make it wet, leave it for several minutes and then cut into several pieces.

  24. Fried Salmon Sushi Says:

    [...] All is left now is to roll the Maki Sushi into one roll. Here is the link on how to roll sushi. [...]

  25. shel Says:

    Great site! Very clear instructions and super photos. We wondered why my last batch was a little chewy, now I will try wetting the outside! Thanks!

  26. stephanie Says:

    great..!! now i can make it as my project.. can you help me about the title..?? ehehehe.. to make it good precentation..

  27. sushi Says:

    Try “The sushi Style” “Sushi Glamour” something like that ^.^ “Sushi Traffic” since it is so popular now.

  28. PapiOCho Says:

    When first rolling the sushi, how do you keep the bamboo from rolling into the roll? I see the beginning of your photo, but do you just lift the bamboo? I assume so.

  29. Allana Says:

    To Caleb
    A good non-fish combo is Teriyaki Chicken & avocado. If you find it hard to find fresh fish drained tinned Tuna (mised with Japanese Mayo), chopped tomato and lettuce is nice too.

  30. GBW Says:

    Great tips….wetting the Nori made all the difference for me! It was too chewy before.

  31. Mona Says:

    Thanks for the lovely site. I looked at 2 or 3 sites before this and none of them had pictures! A picture really is worth a thousand words. Now I am going to buy some ingredients to make some delicious sushi! :)

  32. Layth Says:

    I bought Sushi Kit from S.market on Sunday, did my first batch yesterday wednesday wasn’t right, small search on google and your site was the first to pick 2nd night in a row sushi again wife came late teryakichicken, avocado, cucmber and following your intruction not the one supplied with the kit it’s perfect , wife commented on my excellent work.
    thank you so much sushi execellent detail.

  33. teodora Says:

    Thank you.Great instruction produce grat results

  34. jowellernesta Says:

    very good tips. will try to make one.

  35. Daka Says:

    I use good brand of pre toasted nori and if it’s fresh and not been left open to air it isn’t chewy.

    I really like the pics but there is only one criticism I can really make (a serious one!) WHERE IS THE PICKLED GINGER? Surely no makisushi is even edible without it. Also no nigiri or daikon but they aren’t essential.

  36. sushi Says:

    Well. I have used to have a ginger. But with time I got tired of it, so I don’t serve it that often. But it is a good thing for refreshment. You can’t eat too much of ginger though. :)

  37. mackie Says:

    Now I know something but what i want to know is how to cook the rice and how much rice and water needed… SUSPENCE for me!!

  38. apprentice Says:

    Can you please answer No.28′s question – it’s my wonder too

  39. Roberta Says:

    Wonderful. Thank you so much. You did a GREAT JOB of explaining! Just lovely. I can’t wait to purchase my nori and make some sushi!

  40. sushi Says:

    Answer to #28 You press the upper nori to the bottom part, tightening it by pushing inside. The rice will stick to each other and you take out the upper side of the sushi mat. Then you roll it.
    “When first rolling the sushi, how do you keep the bamboo from rolling into the roll? I see the beginning of your photo, but do you just lift the bamboo? I assume so.”

  41. grace Says:

    i love sushi
    and your tips is very great
    i want to try it
    but i dont have the bamboo mat
    is there any substitute on it?

  42. lewis morlen Says:

    when rolling any maki, cover your sushi mat with cling film, its easy to handle and better when making large amounts and also safer and cleaner.

    always use your hands when applying the rice making sure they are wet so that is even and that you get used to useing your hands more.

    when you make it again try puting some black sesimi seeds on the rice and turning it over and putting your salmon,tuna, ect… then rolling to make reverse maki xxx

    hope it helps

  43. Roderic Rinehart Says:

    Very good site with clear instructions and pictures.

    For people looking to make good sushi:

    1. Don’t fall for any gimmicks – all you need is the sushi mat, and its $3 on Amazon.

    2. Catalinaop.com – the highest rated and best site in America for fresh fish – delivered on dry ice to anywhere in the 48 states. Its amazing, trust me, and check any review of the place. I live in Indiana and its fresh as ocean catch even delivered here.

    3. Practice, and follow great sites like this one. Keep it simple.

  44. 5jancapri Says:

    great,explicit! It’s so easy to make it with the help of your great site.Kep it up!

  45. 5jancapri Says:

    I’ll try to use frozen crab stick,do i need to stir fry it? is it safe?
    Ps. no! don’t fry them!

  46. ghekie Says:

    im planning to make sushi.. Can i substitute chicken for crab meat? because i have allergy on seafoods, specially on crabs..
    PS. of course you can! it is up to you to experiment! make it the way you like it the most!

  47. Art Says:

    Great instruction and down to earth lingvo. Pictures sure do help, and you have a lot of hints to assist in assuring success.

  48. Dmitri Says:

    This was a great site. I know its alot but I think the following would be helpful for us to hear:

    1. How do you make the perfect rice (in a rice cooker)?

    1b. Can I add the sugar, vinager and salt to the rice while it cooks?

    2. What temperature should I let the rice cool until before rolling?

    3. Is all fish edible raw? If not how do I prep it?

    4. Is any Nori better then another? They vary in price but I cant tell the difference!

    5. seriously..Wet the Nori???

    Thanks so much I look forward to your response.

  49. dolally Says:

    You want crisp nori? Make a ‘sushi bowl’ *whatever it’s called I forget*. And crumble the crisped nori on top. Very good.

    Today I was lazy and bought sushi. Vegan, with yummy marinated mushrooms, carrot, spinach and avacado in the middle of brown sticky rice. Tamari, just a wee bit to dip, and make-believe wasabi. Yes, the chef wet the nori, because it was a vegetarian bar, where they aren’t all hung up on speed, volume and knife tricks.

  50. Danny Says:

    Hey thanks for the site! I just made Sushi for the first time and it came out really good!

    I did wet the nori, and it was really easy to eat – the wife said its better than when we buy it (plus its a lot cheaper at around $10NZD for 40 pieces)

    A couple of photos on my flickr page :)

  51. angelica marie m. jimanga Says:

    what is that the color black that roll the rice and salmon? can u help me?thanks

  52. Edna Szylkarski Says:

    Great info on making sushi. How do you keep the ingredients in the center of the roll. My ingredients tend to one side or the other, Thanks.

  53. marina Says:

    thank you very much… ur site is simply idiot proof for newbies like me!! great efforts~

  54. katie Says:

    me too i don’t like the wetting part. i want dry and clean

  55. antony Says:

    wow, it’s great! going to make sushi myself now :)

  56. Robalee Says:

    Great pictures! Thank you! I just bought sushi supplies but was nervous to give it a try. Thanks!!

  57. Gregg Says:

    3. Is all fish edible raw? If not how do I prep it?

    I wouldn’t do shrimp raw. Tuna and salmon seem to be pretty common raw. I smell my fish and if it has any fish smell to it then I don’t use it.

  58. Sushi Maui Says:

    Maki sushi was a staple for me growing up in Maui. It was more of a poor man’s sushi stuffed with canned tuna marinated in shoyu and sugar along with other ingredients and a sprinkling of fish flakes.

  59. sushi Says:

    yes the fish could have a fish smell. but fish fillet has no smell. What smells is the mucus covering the scales. Trout and Salmons could be eaten raw. I personaly don’t like other raw fish. only tuna sometimes. you can take a raw salmon or trout and salt it. put rock salt on it (put as much as you like – fish won’t take more than needed.) then place it for a night in the fridge +5 degrees. next day cut the pieces. it will be good even without sushi.

  60. sushi Says:

    do as you like the most. my wife says if i don’t apply water on the nori roll then nori is hard to chew.

  61. Alecia Says:

    Great stuff:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  62. catalina eusebio-de polonia Says:

    oishii. . .great instructions. . .i can easily follow. . .ohh i just love sushi. . .

  63. CL$44 Says:

    Thanks my family loves sushi all 7 of us, it is very expensive $15 for a 40 piece at the store. My rolls aren’t pretty but they are tasty. hopefully your tips can help me get both.

  64. Jared Says:

    3rd time making my own sushi using your guide. Thanks so much for this, it has really helped! My rice turned out perfect this time around and I expect this will be my best sushi yet. Thanks so much for your wonderful guide!

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