How (Not) To Make Sushi

You know a lot about me by now – my bucket list, the story of how I hitchhiked to France dressed as a nun and even the details of my depressive episode in Russia.

What you don’t know is that I am seriously – and I mean seriously – addicted to sushi. If I don’t get my weekly fix I feel like a fish out of water, which is ironic as that is exactly what sushi is. When Visit Japan from the UK contacted me, asking if I’d like to show you how to experience the country’s cuisine from the comfort of your own home, my answer was a resounding “YAYYY!”.

Well, technically it wasn’t – I cling to the shreds of professionalism I have like Rose to that shabby door at the end of Titanic. But, as per usual, I digress. The reason I was so excited about helping promote tourism Japan is twofold. A) Ever since I got back fom my first trip to Asia this April, I have been dreaming of my inevitable return. This is me inching toward that fateful day. B) For obvious reasons, I REALLY wanted that sushi kit!

sushi making kit

When the kit from The Japan CentreΒ arrived I was extatic. It included all the sushi-making basics – rice, liquid seasoning, nori seaweed, pickled ginger, soy sauce, wasabi, sesame seeds and that little bamboo mat you use for rolling it up which I’m sure has a name as well. (I checked. Its name is “bamboo mat”. Ugh, English.)

All I needed to do was buy some delicious fillings to get the party started. I opted for smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese and spring onion. Can I get a yum yum? Watch this video to find out how to make sushi the proper Japanese way… almost.

Did you enjoy those feeble attempts at crafting presentable sushi parcels? If so, you’re in luck because Visit Japan from the UK are currently running a competition on Facebook, giving away sushi kits and – wait for it – a trip to Japan! You can enter it by clicking here.

If you need further convincing, here’s a photo of the finished product. Kawaii sushi, konichiwa!Β Yes, those are pretty much the only Japanese words I know – but I think they fit the situation.

how to make sushi

how to make sushi home

Do you like sushi and have you ever tried making it? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Lala

    Love sushi! My sister makes it at least once a week. I’ve tried and failed miserably so I leave the sushi making to her πŸ™‚

    • Once a week! Whoaaaa, that’s some serious dedication! I totally would if I was better at it hahah πŸ˜› But hey, practice makes perfect & I’m willing to learn πŸ˜€

  • Abby Smith

    It looks really good! I’ve never tried making it myself but I’d love to, this has made me want sushi so badly haha! xx


    • Hahha it’s definitely worth a try!! It was really fun to make πŸ˜€ I’d love to see the results if you do try… It can’t be worse looking thna mine πŸ˜‰

  • This is about how my sushi always turns out, so I’m not judging.

    • Hahaha I’m so glad Polly! I was definitely judging myself πŸ˜› My knives are sharp now so next time I’ll do better I hope πŸ˜›

  • Oh man, you’ve really set the bar high for our informal challenge missy! πŸ˜›

    • Hahaha well definitely not in terms of presentation so you can definitely get me there πŸ˜‰

  • mmm I love sushi! That competition looks great, I have just entered!

    • Oh yayyy! If you win, I demand a selfie from Japan πŸ˜‰

  • TriReagan

    Best video ever! πŸ™‚ I hope you start making more videos. And, you certainly sound American. I’ve never made sushi myself because I have a feeling it would look way worst than how your’s came out. But you know what they say, practice makes perfect!

    • Hahah I’m glad you enjoyed it, it was really fun to make πŸ˜€ I don’t really get YouTube and how to promote your videos, but I’ll look into it and hopefully be able to grow my influence and reach there as well! Hahah I know, I sound sooo American but know so little about the country… I’m working on educating myself though πŸ˜› And YES, practice does make perfect and I’m very keen to practice the art of sushi making (and eating) πŸ˜€

  • Oh my gosh I LOVE sushi so much and I dream of going to Japan, almost solely for that reason! My boyfriend and I want to have a sushi – housewarming in a few weeks – unsure if it will go this way, but making sushi looks like fun (even with a bad knife haha)!

    • Ahhh that’s so cool! Did you end up having that sushi housewarming? If so, I wanna hear all about it – sounds great πŸ˜€ I’d totally go to Japan just for the sushi dinners, yeah. I mean, I adore the culture in general, but I’d forego temples for sushi I’m afraid πŸ˜›

  • Em

    LOVE making sushi, but am having trouble finding the same quality of ingredients here in CZ. Must try an actual import shop. Yours looks really nice for a first try!

    • Aww thanks a lot!! I was so disheartened by the blunt knife.. but hey, it tasted delicious so who really cares πŸ˜‰ Hmm never tried in CZ, but I bet there will be some import shops in Prague!

  • May

    very good attempt xx

    • Hahah thanks!! Loads of room for improvement, of course, but that makes it fun πŸ™‚

  • Hahaha love it! I suck at making sushi. Seriously, so shit

    Lucy x ||

    • That makes two of us πŸ˜‰

  • I love sushi as well, and I think I’m quite ok making it as well. It took several attempt to get the feeling of rolling makis but after finding the right way of placing the ingredients and also the right amount of them it turned out to be quite easy. I’m still faaaaaaar from mastering it but practice makes perfect they say πŸ˜‰ (I still can’t place the filling perfectly in the middle how it’s supposed to be…. The picture below shows one of my best attempt