How to: Make Easy, Tasty Sushi at Home... No Raw Fish Required

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite weeknight meals: an in-depth how-to for easy, tasty homemade sushi... without the raw fish.  

Homemade sushi tutorial

Making sushi at home can sound overwhelming, but it's really rather easy once you get the hang of it.

Steering clear of raw fish in my sushi, I opt for either raw vegetables or cooked crab.

ingredients for sushi

Here's what you'll need to make your own homemade sushi:


  • Raw Vegies - 1 cucumber, 1 avacado, 2 carrots
  • 1 Package of Cooked crab sticks (if desired)
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetened Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 5 Cups Sushi Rice (I use Nori brand)
  • 10-15 Seaweed papers, or sushi nori
  • Rice cooker or saucepan

measure rice and water

Measure out the amount of rice and water according to your rice cooker directions. (I use 5 Cups of rice with 6 Cups of water). Turn on the rice cooker and let it do it's thing. Alternatively, cook the rice in a sauce pan on your stovetop.

slice crab meat

While the rice is cooking, thinly slice up the crab meat (if desired).

peel cucumbers

Peel the skin off of the cucumber.

slice cucumber in half

Next, slice the cucumber in half. 

remove seeds

Using a small spoon, scrape out the seeds from the center of the cucumber.

chop cucumber

Cut the cucumber to length in reference to the size of the seaweed paper. Thinly slice the cucumber lengthways.

Once the rice is finished, transfer it to a non-metallic bowl. 

Add about 1/4 C of Sweetened Rice Wine Vinegar per 5 Cups of rice. (if you can't find sweetened, add a two packets of Splenda or 2 TBS of sugar).

After coating the rice with the vinegar, spread a thin amount of rice evenly on the seaweed paper. 

add filling to the sushi

Add the cucumber, crab, avacado, etc 1/3 of the way down on the seaweed paper.

roll the seaweed paper

Begin rolling the seaweed paper away from you, starting from the end closest to the contents.

completed sushi roll

Once the seaweed paper is completely rolled up, it should look like this-but prettier. I left some rice hanging out of the end so that you could see where the end of the paper was.

cut inso 1-inch pieces

Using a bread knife, cut the sushi roll into 1" slices. Occasionally, run the knife under cold water to keep it from sticking to the sushi roll.

Line the sushi up like a little army on your plate. I recommend soy sauce and wasabi to further enhance the roll's flavor. Enjoy!

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Youreallythinkthat? on Jan 14, 2015:

Nice recipe. I wouldn't use rice though, since rices tend to cause death. Seriously, everyone to ever eat rice dies.

Yaroslav on Sep 12, 2013:

Hi Rebekah,

Thank you for your inspiring recipe!

I would not use any artificial sweeteners though (sugar is better, organic if possible: you can find it pretty much in any store now) since artificial sweeteners tend to cause mental illnesses.

Ashley M on Jun 24, 2013:

I found this page a while back, and I've used your instructions multiple times. This is the most simple way to make sushi, and I love it!! We add a little cream cheese to our sushi - I love that these instructions allow for me to make as much sushi as I'd like, and I can vary the ingredients. Tonight I'm having a sushi night with all my friends. Can't wait for them to try it!! :D

UW Cooking Club on Jun 03, 2013:


I thought you'd be interested to know that we used your recipe for a cooking class at the University of Waterloo this weekend and it turned out great! Everyone was able to follow it easily and we all agreed that it tasted better than the stuff you can buy. Thank you!

percy langrin on May 29, 2013:

I love to learn more about yourc cooking. I try your sushi and its taste cook. Thanks to you....

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