How to Make Sushi at Home: A Complete Guide

Make delicious sushi at home with this step-by-step guide, including tips on preparing rice, selecting ingredients, and rolling the perfect sushi roll.

Sushi is a popular Japanese dish that is enjoyed all over the world. It is made from vinegared rice, combined with various ingredients such as seafood, vegetables, and meats. While sushi is often associated with raw fish, it can also be made with cooked ingredients or purely vegetarian. In this complete guide, we’ll show you how to make delicious sushi at home, from preparing the rice to rolling the perfect sushi roll.


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 sheets of nori (dried seaweed)
  • Fillings of your choice (e.g. avocado, crab meat, cucumber, smoked salmon)
  • Soy sauce and wasabi, for serving

Prepare the Rice

  • Rinse the sushi rice in cold water several times until the water runs clear.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Remove from heat and let the rice cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over the cooled rice and mix gently with a spatula.

Assemble the Sushi

  • Cut the fillings into thin strips.
  • Place a sheet of nori on a sushi mat, shiny side down.
  • Spread a thin layer of rice over the nori, leaving a 1-inch border at the top.
  • Arrange the fillings in a line on top of the rice.
  • Roll the mat tightly to form a cylinder, pressing down gently to compact the sushi roll.
  • Repeat with the remaining nori sheets and fillings.
  • Cut each roll into 6-8 pieces using a sharp knife.

Serve and Enjoy

  • Serve the sushi with soy sauce and wasabi on the side.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use short-grain sushi rice for best results.
  • Experiment with different fillings to find your favorite combination.
  • Wet the knife before cutting the rolls to prevent sticking.

Sushi is a delicious and versatile dish that can be made at home with a few simple ingredients and tools. With this complete guide, you can impress your friends and family with your sushi-making skills. Whether you prefer classic combinations or creative fillings, the possibilities are endless. So why not gather your ingredients and give it a try today!

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