Weeknight Dinners

Temaki Sushi (Hand Roll)

20 servings


10 minutes

total time


5 cups sushi rice (cooked and seasoned) (made in advance; follow my recipe How to Make Sushi Rice)

10 sheets nori (dried laver seaweed) (use a half sheet for each cone-shaped roll, or a quarter sheet for a folded taco-shaped roll)

smoked salmon, imitation crab sticks, fried shrimp, fried calamari, tamago, scallops, etc.

cucumber, avocado, jalapeno

green onion, wonton strips, french's fried onions

eel sauce (1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup mirin, tbsp water, dash of sake or rice vinegar)

spicy mayo (1/4 cup mayo, 1 tbsp sriracha, dash of sesame oil)


Pablo Escolar: (yellowtail, jalapeno, avocado, cream cheese) white tuna, spicy mayo & masago

June Bug: (white tuna, jalapeno, avocado, wonton crisps) spicy mayo & green onion

Lemon Drop: (cucumber, jalapeno, cream cheese, thin-sliced fresh lemon) salmon & avocado

Turbo Dougie: (avocado, wonton crisps, jalapeno) yellowtail, eel sauce, green onion

Meek Monster: (tempura shrimp, cream cheese, avocado) spicy mayo, eel sauce, wonton crisps, green onion

Volcano Roll: (crab salad, cucumber, avocado) spicy scallops, masago, spicy mayo, green onion

The Moon: (fried calamari, jalapeno, cream cheese) salmon, wonton crisps, spicy mayo, eel sauce, green onion

Captain Crunch: (shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, cucumber) tempura flakes, eel sauce

Big O' Roll: (crab mix, cream cheese, avocado) eel sauce

Crunchy Ghost: (avocado, cream cheese, sriracha, wonton crisps, jalapeno) salmon, cherry death sauce, green onion

Lion Roll: (crab, tamago, cream cheese, wonton crisp) salmon, spicy mayo, eel sauce

Tsunami: (smoked salmon, crab salad, cucumber, cream cheese) avocado, spicy mayo, eel sauce, sriracha


Before You Start: Please note that sushi rice takes at least 90 minutes to make. For complete step-by-step instructions with a video tutorial, please see my recipe for How to Make Sushi Rice. You must use short-grain Japanese rice, otherwise your sushi will fall apart. Please note that 2¼ cups (450 g, 3 rice cooker cups) of uncooked Japanese short-grain rice yield 6⅔ cups (990 g) of cooked rice.

To Prepare the Ingredients

Cut the sashimi-grade fish of your choice into long sticks. Or, ask a fishmonger at a Japanese grocery store to cut the raw fish for Temaki Sushi (into long sticks instead of sashimi-style slices).

Right before you start eating, cut 10 sheets nori (dried laver seaweed) in half for 20 restaurant-style, cone-shaped rolls or in quarters for 40 home-style, taco-shaped rolls. Store the nori in the bag to keep it from turning stale.

At the table, prepare a bowl with 5 cups sushi rice (cooked and seasoned) and a tray with Japanese or Persian cucumbers (cut into sticks), shiso leaves (perilla/ooba), kaiware daikon radish sprouts, and takuan (pickled daikon radish) (cut into sticks).

To Roll the Temaki

To make your sushi rolls, start with dry hands to keep the nori crispy. Place a half sheet of nori on the palm of your non-dominant hand, shiny side down. Add a thin layer of sushi rice to the left third of the nori sheet (if you‘re right-handed). If you‘re using a quarter sheet, then put the rice in the center.

Place the fillings (shiso leaf, cucumber, raw fish, and daikon radish sprouts) vertically along the middle of the rice.

Fold the bottom left corner of nori over and begin rolling it into a cone shape. For a quarter sheet, simply fold up the sides like a taco.

Finish rolling the nori into a cone shape. Put a piece of rice at the bottom right corner to use as glue and close tightly.

Serve with pickled sushi ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce as condiments. Enjoy!

To Store

Sashimi-grade fish must be eaten within 24 hours. Keep the leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for a day.


serve with edamame, miso soup, tempura veggies (zucchini, sweet potato, carrot), or pan-fried gyoza


Serving Size



109 kcal

Total Fat

4 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



11 mg


17 mg

Total Carbohydrate

13 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

1 g


6 g

20 servings


10 minutes

total time
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