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Mar 30 2009

You Don’t Have to Go to a Sushi Bar to Get Great Sushi

Published by at 10:10 pm under Cooking at Home

It’s been a busy couple of months for us, and we thought it would be a nice treat to make sushi again at home – but this time since we wanted some company, we decided to invite a couple of friends over – one of whom is actually Japanese. Interestingly enough, he’s never made sushi before, so we were glad we gave him this fun opportunity!  It was difficult to capture every single item of sushi we ate, because let’s be honest – we were too busy stuffing our faces! Haha, enjoy.

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Like the last time we made sushi, our kitchen island was completely scattered with ingredients to make whatever rolls and sushi our hearts desired.

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We got Aki to get to work in the kitchen by slicing the surimi (aka imitation crab). He was impressed with the sharpness and precision of the Shun knife. It's indeed a nice tool to have in the kitchen.

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Daniel bought a great array of fresh fish from the Japanese market, including salmon, albacore, halibut, tuna, yellowtail, smoked salmon, and scallops.

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We dressed up the sushi pieces with thinly sliced red onions, bonito flakes, green onions, roe, and a drizzle of ponzu sauce.

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Albacore is one of our favorite sushi so having it at home and getting to be creative with it was a lot of fun. And when we get lazy, it's sashimi style!

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Hand rolls are a lot easier to make because you just throw in whatever you want, roll, and eat. This here is the spicy tuna that we made using green onions and the Asian chili garlic sauce.

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Our friends also gave us a helping hand in making some of the dishes. This one is scallop sushi with green onions, lemon and a little bit of mediterranean sea salt.

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For this simple roll, I used yellowtail, mango, avocado, cucumber, and surimi.

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Here's my spicy shrimp hand roll with a generous squeeze of lemon on top.

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Amongst the hundreds of sushi ingredients we already had, we thought it would be fitting to include tempura shrimp. Yum!

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I love the crunch of the fried tempura! It doesn't get better than this, folks. After a couple of hours of sushi fun with Asahi and sake shots, it was time to rest our chopsticks - at least until the next time!

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “You Don’t Have to Go to a Sushi Bar to Get Great Sushi”

  1. foodhoeon 31 Mar 2009 at 9:48 am

    I love make your own sushi parties! That tempura shrimp looks so good…

  2. Cookieon 01 Apr 2009 at 11:13 am

    All your sushi looks AMAZING! Albacore is one of my fav too. I’m totally craving sushi now! Are you from SF? I’m wondering if you got your ingredients from Japantown.

  3. thefoodaddictson 01 Apr 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks guys! And no, we are not from SF; we live in LA. We got our ingredients in J-Town in LA, though!

  4. Carol Nguyenon 07 May 2009 at 9:48 am

    That looks great! The shrimp that I find here in Houston are small and curled. Do you get yours from a seafood market? I need to find some that size. It looks so good!

  5. thefoodaddictson 07 May 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Carol, we buy most of our seafood for the sushi at this Japanese market called Marukai. A lot of markets here carry the big and jumbo-sized shrimp. Try some Vietnamese markets in Houston to see if they have it.

  6. Gailon 12 May 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Wow! You really went to a lot of effort, which obviously paid off because everything looks amazing! Sushi is very popular in Sydney (Australia) too, although I must admit I have never tried to make it.

  7. Kelly Lenihanon 15 May 2009 at 8:12 am

    Sushi is my all-time favorite food to eat. Your photos provide an excellent visual, the results look delicious. Although I’ve attempted to make sushi at home, it may taste good, but it’s never as pretty as when I go to my favorite sushi bar. Your beautiful photos have inspired me to try again.

  8. Danicaon 15 May 2009 at 8:34 am

    WOW! That is alot of stuff but looks like some amazing sushi!

  9. thefoodaddictson 15 May 2009 at 8:51 am

    Hi Kelly – thank you for the kind words. I’m glad we’ve inspired you to make sushi again – it’s definitely not hard… it just takes a little bit of patience and practice!

  10. Nicoleon 15 May 2009 at 11:21 am

    Sushi is on my list of things to try making this summer. Looks like your party was a great success!

  11. [...] sushi at home is something we’ve recently been more comfortable with thanks to lessons from The Food Addicts and exploring all the Japanese markets around the Los Angeles area.  The opportunity to make [...]

  12. Gwenevereon 20 Apr 2011 at 3:42 am

    I’ve never actually had sushi so I have nothing to compare it to, however I am looking for some recipes on how to make it as my husband and sister LOVE it. It looks like I hit the jackpot with this post. Thanks!

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