Hand-rolled sushi

This type of sushi (temaki zushi) is great fun as all the ingredients are prepared beforehand and guests make their own sushi, without the need for sushi mats. The sushi should be eaten as soon as it's made. Provide each guest with a finger bowl and hand towel.

Hand rolled sushi
Low Fat No Fat Asian Cooking
Hand rolled sushi


4 sheets nori, cut into quarters
2 teaspoons wasabi (Japanese horseradish)
100 g (3½ oz) sashimi-grade tuna or salmon, thinly sliced
½ small Lebanese (short) cucumber, seeded and cut into matchsticks
½ small red capsicum (bell pepper), halved, seeded and thinly sliced
½ avocado, sliced
2 tablespoons gari (pink pickled ginger)
⅓ cup (80 ml) salt-reduced shoyu (Japanese soy sauce), to serve

1¼ cups (275 g) short-grain white rice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar, plus extra for dipping
1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
½ teaspoon salt


  1. To make the sushi, put the rice into a large bowl, cover with water, stir and drain well. Repeat three more times until the water runs clear.
  2. Drain and tip the rice into a saucepan with 1½ cups (375 ml) water, cover with a lid and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 12 minutes, or until cooked.
  4. Set aside, covered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Put the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
  6. Spread the cooked rice in a large non-metallic dish.
  7. Use a flat wooden spoon or plastic paddle to break up any lumps, then slowly pour the vinegar evenly over the top.
  8. Set aside, turning the rice every 5–10 minutes until cool, then cover with a damp tea towel (dish towel) until needed.
  9. Working with one piece of nori at a time, place it in the palm of one hand, shiny-side down.
  10. Dip the fingers of your other hand into a bowl of water with a splash of vinegar added, shaking off the excess - this will help to prevent the rice from sticking as you work.
  11. Place 1–2 tablespoons of rice in the centre of each nori and spread out to the top corner.
  12. To serve, lightly spread a dab of wasabi across the rice and let your guests top each piece with a selection of tuna, cucumber, capsicum, avocado and pickled ginger.
  13. Fold each side of the nori across the rice to form a cone - the pointy tip end of the cone can be folded underneath to hold the shape securely, if desired.
  14. Dip the nori in shoyu and eat immediately.

Each serving (4 pieces) provides491 kJ, 117 kcal, 7 g protein, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 14 g carbohydrate (3 g sugars), <1 g fibre, 600 mg sodium1

Serves 4
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes

Low Fat No Fat Asian Cooking

Low Fat No Fat Asian Cooking

is out now. It’s the tastiest way to help you lose weight, improve your health and feel more energetic. Available from Reader’s Digest.

Find out more...

More Recipes

Cooking for Chemo

New free cookbook aims to help those battling cancer

Australia’s Leukemia Foundation has worked with qualified dietitians and celebrity chefs to produce a range of easy, tasty and nutritious recipes for blood cancer patients.

Need To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

Need Help To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

It may sound strange - and downright disgusting - but wellness experts are singing the praises of this buttery beverage.

Rendang Wrestling: To Crisp or Not to Crisp

The Great Rendang Scandal: to Crisp or Not to Crisp?

What was all the recent fuss surrounding chicken rendang? We give you the lowdown on the kitchen kerfuffle.
Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake

Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake

Here's a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.
Double Chocolate Creams

Double Chocolate Creams

A delicious treat, chocolate is a great feel-good food.