Put away the bamboo mat and make Temaki Sushi, a.k.a. hand roll sushi, instead. Load up on sushi rice, sheets of nori and your favorite fillings and get to hand rolling sushi cones.
What Is Temaki Sushi
Temaki sushi is a cone shaped hand roll made by wrapping a large sheet of nori seaweed around seafood, rice, and vegetables. Unlike hand rolls, that are eaten with chopsticks, Temaki sushi is eaten with your hands.
Maki vs Hand Roll
Maki is what you get when you roll sushi using a bamboo mat. It’s a long circular roll, cut into round bite sizes pieces. A hand roll does not require the use of a bamboo mat. You use your hand to hold the seaweed while you fill it up with the good stuff before folding into a cone shape.
To make sushi rice for this Temaki roll recipe, you’ll need short grain Japanese rice, non-seasoned vinegar, white wine vinegar, sugar, and salt.
Any sashimi (raw fish) would work as a filling. Here are our favorites to get you thinking:
- Ahi Tuna
- Hamachi (Yellowtail)
- Kanpachi (Amberjack)
- Uni (Sea Urchin)
- Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe)
Here are some vegetable fillings to consider adding:
- Pickled Ginger
- Pickled Daikon
- Shiso Leaves
- Sriracha Mayo
How to Make Hand Roll Sushi
Step 1 – Cut a sheet of nori in half and place it in your palm. Add 1/4 cup of sushi rice and gently press down to stick.
Step 2 – Add the sauce and chosen fillings at a 45 degree angle, starting with the top left.
Step 3 – Fold up the bottom corner of the nori sheet and hold firmly in place.
Step 4 – Roll the opposite side of the nori sheet over the previously folded portion, to form a cone.
Temaki Recipe Variations
Here are a few Temaki hand roll variations you can make:
California Hand Roll
Tuck some crab or krab (imitation carb) in the hand roll, along with slices of avocado, to make a California hand roll.
Spicy Tuna Hand Roll
Spicy tuna hand rolls are our go-to. To make, just include sushi-grade tuna and some Sriracha.
Shrimp Tempura Hand Roll
To make a shrimp tempura hand roll, tuck in tempura shrimp, cucumber and avocado.
- Use fresh sheets of nori. Cheap or old nori sheets are chewy.
- Place seafood in the freezer for 10 minutes, before slicing, to make it easier to slice.
- Serve immediately after constructing, for best flavor and texture. You don’t want the sheet of nori to get soggy!
- Use a sharp knife when cutting fish. Wipe and wet it between cuts to keep the fish from sticking. Here’s the sushi knife we use when making Temaki sushi.
- Use fresh and high-quality ingredients.
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Drink Pairing Recommendations
Asahi Super Dry, Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Sake
Temaki Sushi (Hand Roll Sushi)
- 3 cups Prepared Sushi Rice (*Note 1)
- 5 Nori Sheets, Cut In Half
- 1 lb Sushi-grade Seafood, Cut Into Strips
- 1 Avocado, Sliced
- 1 Small Cucumber, Cut Into 2" Matchsticks
- 1 Carrot, Cut Into 2" Matchsticks (*Note 2)
- 1/2 cup Microgreens
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp Sriracha
- Add the mayonnaise and Sriracha to a small bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
- Cut a sheet of nori in half and place it in your palm, rough side facing up.
- Add 1/4 cup of sushi rice and gently press down to stick.
- Add the sauce, and chosen fillings, at a 45 degree angle, starting with the top left.
- Fold up the bottom corner of the nori sheet and hold firmly in place (see photo in post for visual example).
- Roll the opposite side of the nori sheet over the previously folded portion, to form a cone. (see photo in post for visual example). Enjoy immediately.