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How to Make Temaki Sushi

Temaki Sushi

Temaki sushi is a hand rolled "cone" of nori that can have whatever filling ingredients you want in it. It usually has rice inside of it, but it doesn't have to. Temaki is very easy to make. Temaki can also be a great way to use some of your trimmings from making other types of sushi.

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Temaki rolls are very simple to prepare the ingredients for, especially if you are using leftover trimmings and such. The main things you will need to get prepared when making temaki sushi are:

You should cut the filling ingredients into long sticks if possible. Cutting the ingredients into long sticks allows for an even distribution of the filling ingredients. It also makes it easier to roll it as well as making it visually appealing. Remember that you don't want to overfill the temaki rolls while cutting the ingredients. You can always add several smaller pieces, but it's much harder to cut a bigger one if you find it's too big.

Place the nori on a flat surface with the shiny side down.

Assembling the Ingredients

First, dip your hands into some warm water and shake off the excess water. You want your hands to be damp, but not dripping wet. This will help to keep the sushi rice from sticking to your hands and fingers while assembling the sushi. With the nori on a flat surface, place the rice on top of the nori. Begin to spread the sushi rice over the nori about 1/4" thick, leaving about 1/2" of the nori without rice on all sides. This part will be used to seal the roll. Spread the sushi rice over the nori using your finger tips. Do not try to use any kind of spatula, spoon or anything else that is similar to spread the sushi rice, otherwise you will end up with a paste. While spreading the rice out over the nori, don't put too much pressure on the rice, you aren't trying to flatten it, just spread it out over the nori. Also, don't try to make all of these nori and rice planks at once, the longer the rice sits on the nori, the more soggy the nori will get and the more paste-like the rice will get. Make them as you go.

Next, place the filing ingredients near the center of the rice, laying them diagonally from top right to bottom left, placing a little more as you go from top left to bottom right. You want a little more as you get to the bottom left so that you fill the cone with ingredients.. Place the larger items on the bottom and the smaller ones on the top. This helps in rolling it. Be sure to try to distribute the filling ingredients throughout the roll. Don't worry about keeping everything inside of the plank, because it will move around when you roll it. It also makes a very pretty presentation. Most of your sushi restaurants strategically place some of the filling ingredients outside of the plank for that purpose.

Rolling the Temaki Roll

Begin rolling the cone shape by starting in the bottom right and rolling it towards the top right. It will take some practice to get the method of making a temaki roll just right, but it becomes easier with time. Enjoy!