Tips for making sushi with kids, including which rice and tools to use to effortlessly learn how to make great sushi at home.
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This summer, two of my sister-in-laws, M & K, taught all of us how to make sushi at our family reunion. I made sushi once as a college student with help from a friend, but I wasn’t able to replicate the results when I tried on my own. This summer I paid more attention, and my kids were able to make delicious sushi for dinner last night!
Tools that Make it Easy to Learn How to Make Sushi
At the reunion, we learned to use bamboo rolling mats wrapped in cling wrap to roll sushi. For our family sushi night, I opted for less traditional tools that make it super easy to make sushi!
Our Sushi Making Ingredients
These are the basic sushi ingredients we used:
- Kokuho Rose Rice. We cooked two cups of rice in 2.5 cups of water.
- Marukan Seasoned Rice Vinegar. We added 1/2 a cup of this to the cooked rice. My sister-in-laws used this sushi vinegar powder instead, but the rice vinegar was cheaper (and easier to scale down, at least in my opinion).
- Roasted Seaweed Sushi Nori
Here’s what we put in our sushi:
- Cream cheese (really good! I got this tip from my sister-in-laws)
- Avocado. My kids agree with me that this is the most important sushi ingredient.
- Fresh zucchini (we used a spiralizer to cut it.)
- Canned tuna. Not traditional at all to use this canned, I’m afraid, but one of my kids really wanted fish in their sushi and that was what we had.
- Gluten-free soy sauce for dipping. Regular soy sauce also works. Avoiding soy? Try using coconut aminos instead.
- Traditionally, you would also eat ginger and wasabi sauce. We skipped these to make it more child palate friendly.
Our Sushi Making Tools
Silicone Sushi Mat and Rice Paddle
This silicone sushi mat is the tool I used. I loved the silicone rice paddle, and I found the mat really easy to use. It’s definitely easier to prep and clean up than the bamboo mats I used in the past.
Kikkoman has this great tutorial on basic sushi wrapping techniques:
SushiAya Deluxe Sushi Maker Kit
All four kids opted to use this deluxe sushi making kit.
They especially loved making heart shaped sushi as shown in this tutorial.
Eight-year-old Lily is my star heart shaped sushi maker!
My kids were surprised to see holes in our sushi knives. We did some research, and it turns out that the holes in the blade help prevent a vacuum from forming. This makes it easier to slice quickly, and to remove the knife between cuts.