If you are interested in Asian cuisine and are looking for a healthy, yet filling food, making sushi may be the solution to your problem. With so many foods in North American containing high levels of fat, it can be difficult to find flavorful food that is healthy for you. Making sushi, which contains many beneficial ingredients, can form a good foundation for your diet. Once you are used to making sushi, it can be done quickly, allowing for you to spend more time doing the things you love and less time in the kitchen.
The key to making good sushi is the rice. You cannot use standard rice as sushi rice. Instead, you must make a sticky rice that holds its shape well when molded. For beginners to making sushi, this is often the hardest part. When you're first learning how to make sushi, take your time with the rice and follow your directions as carefully as possible. This will ensure that you make rice that is not too sour, slick or too sticky. Expect the first few experiments to be failures as you learn the intricacies of making sushi rice.
Next, you need high quality nori. Nori is a common ingredient used when making sushi. Nori is the dark green to black colored seaweed that sushi rice is partnered with. In addition to helping to hold the sushi roll or nigiri together, nori is very good for your health. The addition of Nori to sushi also enhances the flavor of the sushi. When you are selecting your nori, make certain you use high quality, unflavored nori. Nori can be used as an internal part of the sushi, or as the outermost layer. Traditional sushi uses nori on the outside of the wrap.
The final step to making sushi is determining what you want to go inside your sushi roll. The ingredients you can use are only limited by your imagination. Professional sushi chefs, however, try to marry flavor and colors for the best presentation and taste as possible. When you are learning to make sushi, start simple so that you can achieve good flavor. Then, it becomes much easier to improve your presentation.
Once you have mastered making basic sushi, you can begin to learn about the different types of fish and shrimp and how they need to be handled and prepared in order to make sashimizushi and nigirizushi.