So, you’ve brought home a beautiful fresh fish that you just caught, and you want to turn it into something delicious. Most people would cook it with some awesome flavouring agents, but you can get much more creative than that.
What about making traditional Japanese sushi instead? Sushi is a healthy, trendy and satisfying dish that will put your catch to perfect use. Here are our top 10 tips for making sensational sushi every time.
#1: Gather What You Need
The most important trick to making sushi is being prepared. Gather a few essentials for this process like a large bowl, a sharp knife, some nori, rice and fish, and a sushi rolling mat. Other ingredients you may need include rice wine vinegar, vegetables that you want to add, and sesame seeds for extra taste and texture.
#2: Prepare Your Sushi Rice
A rice cooker is probably the best way to cook perfect sushi rice, but it is not essential. Remember to use sushi rice and to add a small amount of salt, sugar and rice wine vinegar to it after cooking. You will want to let the rice cool down properly before preparing your sushi, so play some Bingo Canada in the interim.
#3: Prepare Your Veggies
Vegetables used to make sushi should be cut into thin julienne strips, which ensures they will remain flat on the sushi roll. You can add cucumber, carrot, avocado, or anything else you like to your sushi.
#4: Choose Your Fish
If you have just caught a fresh fish, chances are you will want to use it for your sushi. Firm, raw fishes such as salmon, tuna, and yellowtail are best!
#5: Prepare Your Protein
Your fish should be deboned, skinned and filleted before you roll it with the rice. Use a sharp knife with a flat, broad blade for this task, and try to slice the fish cleanly without sawing at it. A fishmonger can always do this for you.
#6: Adding Alternative Proteins
There are many other proteins you can use when making sushi! Experiment with shrimp, prawns, smoked salmon, or even vegetarian options like tofu and tempeh.
#7: Setting Up Your Sushi Station
Lay your clean sushi mat down on a flat and clean surface. It is advised that you cover your mat with plastic wrap unless you are already an expert at sushi rolling. Cover the mat with nori seaweed, rice, fish and vegetables, leaving a quarter inch around the edges to save you room for rolling.
#8: Rolling Your Sushi
Using a firm grip, roll your ingredients together while taking care not to roll the plastic wrap into the roll. Use the mat to add additional pressure as you work.
#9: Fetching Condiments
Sushi pairs very well with condiments such as wasabi paste, pickled ginger and soy sauce. Be sure to have these on hand when serving your dish.
#10: Choosing Refreshments
In Japan, sushi is traditionally served with sake or green tea. Of course, you can also opt for non-traditional beverages like white wine, reisling or beer as well.