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How to Make Easy Sushi Recipes

Sushi is an elegant dish and one of the most fancy appetizer recipes you can make. There are a few important things to know before you start to make sushi, such as which kind of rice to choose and which kind of fish, but once you know the basics you can make the most wonderful Japanese appetizer recipes to delight your guests. Whether you are having a buffet or a sit-down dinner, serving sushi lets your guests know that you have taken care and time with their appetizers and few things are as delicately delicious as sushi.

The following recipe is not one of the famous sushi roll recipes but it is for tuna-topped sushi rice, elegantly bound with a strip of nori seaweed. This appetizer is actually very easy to make and once you have cooked the rice you just have to assemble the sushi. If you are looking for a light, refreshing and chilled appetizer idea, this recipe for sushi could be ideal.

Before you start making the sushi recipe, make a “tezu.” This is a combination of two cups of water and four tablespoons of rice vinegar in a bowl. Halve that amount if you are not making a lot of sushi. This tezu is for you to dip your hands so the rice does not stick to them while you make the sushi. Dip them between making each piece of sushi.

Simple Tuna Sushi for Beginners
Summary: You do not have to be a Japanese chef to make sushi. Instead, try this easy sushi recipe and discover how to use tuna and rice to make delicious sushi.
Cuisine: Japanese
Recipe type: Holiday Appetizer
Serves: 10
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  • 6 oz sushi-grade tuna (preferably blue-fin or similar)
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi
  • ⅛ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 cup raw short grain white rice
  • 1 sheet nori seaweed
  • Bowl of tezu (see above)
  1. Make the rice, following the directions on the packet.
  2. Stir in the rice vinegar, cover the pan and let the rice cool to room temperature.
  3. Add cold water to the wasabi if you are using powder. If you have wasabi paste, it is ready to use.
  4. Drain any juices from the tuna and pat it dry, using paper towels.
  5. There should not be any bones if you have good "sushi-grade" fish but check anyway.
  6. Cut the tuna into ¼ inch thick slices, about 1 ½ inches by 2 inches long.
  7. Wet your hands in the tezu before making each piece of sushi.
  8. Hold a piece of tuna in your left hand and put some wasabi on your right hand index fingertip.
  9. Smear it on to the tuna, then take some rice and press it on to the tuna.
  10. Turn the sushi with your left thumb in the middle of the rice ball.
  11. With the rice under the tuna, shape the rice into an oval shape.
  12. Repeat 9 more times until you have 10 pieces of sushi.
  13. Cut the nori seaweed into 10 strips and wrap one around each sushi.
  14. Arrange the sushi on a serving platter with the nori seaweed seam underneath.
  15. Serve very cold.

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Few things look as classic or fancy as sushi and this simple combination of rice, raw fish and seaweed makes an eye-catching display at any cocktail party or buffet. Sushi is not difficult to make, although people tend to assume appetizers like sushi roll recipes are tricky to make. It just takes a little practice. Your first attempts at sushi might not look perfect but they will taste good. Learning how to make sushi rolls and how to make basic sushi is easy and if you add sushi recipes to your holiday appetizer recipes, your guests will certainly be impressed. Sushi can be finger food if you are catering for a buffet but serve it with chopsticks for a sit-down dinner. Serve soy sauce and a little wasabi on the side. Usually people stir wasabi into soy sauce using a chopstick, to make a dipping sauce.

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