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How to Make Baked Sushi Rolls

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Baked sushi rolls are a great idea for a snack and as a main meal. To make them, you need to buy the Japanese ingredients from a specialized store or use ingredients from almost any supermarket.

5-Minute Crafts offers you a universal recipe for baked rolls that will allow you to make them without any special skills.

Spicy sauce

Baked rolls are usually made with sauce on top. The recipe might be different, but it’s usually a spicy sauce you can make yourself.

Kitchen utensils

To make the sauce, you need:

  • bowl
  • silicone spatula

Ingredients

Basic:

  • 100 grams of Japanese mayo (or any dense type of mayo)

  • spicy kimchi sauce (or garlic paste, or chili pepper paste)

  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce

  • 1 tsp of sesame oil

  • 50 grams of tobiko or masago caviar

Additional ingredients to add if you’d like:

  • wasabi

  • pepper

  • onion

  • lemon juice

  • Tabasco sauce

How to make

  1. Put all the ingredients into the bowl.

  2. Mix the sauce with the silicone spatula.

Rice preparation

Rice for sushi and rolls has to be cooked in a special way. It shouldn’t be too soft, but should also be sticky enough to make a roll. It’s better to use special sushi rice.

  1. Wash the rice with cold water. Do it as many times as necessary to remove all the starch.
  2. Boil the rice in water according to the instructions on the pack. Don’t add salt.
  3. Cool the rice down for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the rice on a flat plate and mix it with special rice vinegar. You need 12-13 grams of vinegar for every 100 grams of rice. Check to see if the sauce contains salt and sugar. If not, you need to add 0.5 tsp of sugar and 0.5 tsp of salt for every 100 grams.
  5. Stir the rice until it becomes shiny.
  6. While making the rolls, your hands should be wet to prevent the rice from sticking to your fingers.

Rolls and “inside-out” rolls

Both traditional and baked rolls can be different types, depending on how you make them. The most popular ones are maki and uramaki. Maki are rice rolls wrapped in nori with a filling inside. Uramaki are inside-out rolls where the rice is on the outside and the filling is on the inside.

You can choose the filling that you like. Just remember that seafood is great with cucumbers, avocado, and cream cheese.

Kitchen utensils

To make baked rolls you need:

  • cutting board
  • knife
  • bowl
  • roll mat
  • baking sheet

Ingredients

Basic:

  • rice

  • sushi vinegar

  • nori

Filling:

You can choose the ingredients you like. We used:

  • salmon
  • eel fried in unagi sauce
  • crab meat
  • masago caviar
  • cream cheese
  • cucumber
  • avocado

You can also use:

  • chicken meat

  • shrimp

  • oysters

  • cheese

  • salmon caviar

  • Tamagoyaki omelet

  • bell pepper

  • Shiitake mushrooms

  • tofu

  • lettuce

For decoration and serving:

  • white or black sesame

  • marinated ginger

  • soy sauce

  • wasabi sauce

How to make maki rolls

  1. Take a bamboo mat. You can cover it in plastic wrap to make it easier to wash.

  2. Put a nori sheet with the rough side up.

  3. Wet your hands, take a handful of cooked rice, and put it on the sheet.

  4. Spread the rice on the nori with your fingers. Leave one of the edges empty to make it easier in the next steps. The rice should be in an even thin layer, without any spaces.

  5. Put the filling in the middle (look at the photo). Every ingredient should be placed along the entire length of the nori.

6. Wet the long (empty) edge of the nori.

7. Make a roll using the mat.

8. Be sure that the filling remains inside.

9. When the roll is done, press on the mat making the roll round, square, or any other shape.

10. Wet a sharp knife.

11. Cut the roll into 6 or 8 parts. Make the cuts in a single confident move.

12. Put the rolls into a baking mold. You can use baking paper to prevent the rolls from sticking to the surface.

13. Put the spicy sauce on every roll.

14. Bake the rolls at 350°F for 7-10 minutes. When the sauce gets a bit dark, you can remove the rolls from the oven.

15. Serve the rolls while they are still warm. Pour soy sauce in a dish, and put some wasabi and marinated ginger on the plate. Eat the rolls with chopsticks.

How to make uramaki rolls

  1. In uramaki rolls, the rice has to be on the outside and the nori should be on the inside. Begin by cutting a nori sheet in half and putting it on the mat.

  2. Wet your hands, take a handful of rice and put it on the rough side of the nori.

3. Spread the rice evenly so that the nori is completely covered.

4. If you want to decorate the rolls with tobiko or masago caviar or sesame as we did, you can do that now.

5. Carefully turn the nori so that the rice is below. It’s easier to do if you cover the rice with another bamboo mat.

6. Put the filling in the middle of the nori.

7. Use the mat to make the rolls and make sure the filling stays inside.

8. You can cut the uneven ends if you wish.

9. Wet a sharp knife and cut the roll into 6 or 8 even parts. Make the cut with a quick move while keeping the roll from losing its shape.

10. Put the rolls into the baking mold.

11. Decorate every roll with the spicy sauce.

12. Bake the rolls at 350°F for 7-10 minutes. When the sauce gets a bit dark, you can remove the rolls from the oven.

13. Serve the rolls while they are still warm. Pour soy sauce in a dish, and put some wasabi and marinated ginger on the plate. Eat the rolls with chopsticks.

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