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Temakizushi: The Easy Japanese Hand Roll You Can Make at Home in 5 Easy Steps!

Have you heard of temaki sushi, or temakizushi? When most of us eat sushi, we think of California rolls, or nigiri sushi, which are slices of fish pressed onto a small bit of rice. Temakizushi on the other hand, looks completely different compared to your typical sushi, but are in fact so simple that you can even make them at home. In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to know about temakizushi, along with how you can make them yourself today!

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Temakizushi in Japanese translates to ‘hand-rolled sushi’. This means that to make it, there is no need for bamboo mats or any special equipment, just simple ingredients and your own two hands.

You’ll know a temakizushi when you see it, at Japanese restaurants they are served on a special stand or laid on a plate, and shaped like an ice-cream cone or flower bouquet. The standard temakizushi is a piece of seaweed is wrapped around some sushi rice, topped with standard Japanese ingredients like raw seafood or omelette.

While the making of traditional sushi can take years to master, the beauty of temakizushi is in its simplicity: you don’t need any special training to make and enjoy it. In fact, it’s so easy that even the little ones can join in on making them!

How is Temakizushi eaten in Japan?

While it’s not uncommon for temakizushi to be enjoyed in sushi restaurants, making and eating temakizushi together with friends and family at home is a popular activity in Japan. It’s especially a huge hit among families with young children, as it’s a safe and fun way for the whole family to prepare food while spending time together.

Young adults might also hold what they call a “temakizushi party”, where friends will gather at someone’s house to make and enjoy the temakizushi together while chatting and having a good time.

Because the element of spending time with those you love is so prominent when having temakizushi at home, ingredients are all always laid out in the centre of the dining table. This way, everyone can make temakizushi however they like, while in the company of others. In other words, temakizushi is much more than just a dish, it’s the food that connects us to the people we love.

How to make Temakizushi at home (with the whole family!)

Now that we know more about temakizushi and how it’s meant to be enjoyed, it’s time to make it! We’ve broken it down into easy-to-follow steps, so grab your friends, family, and kids, and let’s get started.

What You’ll Need (4 servings):

1. Prepare sushi rice
2. Prepare ingredients and toppings
To give you some ideas, here’s a list of our favourite toppings.
3. Arrange at the table

Now that all the preparation work is done, lay all the ingredients on the table and gather everyone around. It’s time to eat! 

4. Construct the temakizushi
Now comes the fun part- making the sushi.
5. Dip in soy sauce and enjoy!

There’s no right or wrong way to eat temakizushi, so you can eat it however you like. There’s no need for chopsticks or other eating utensils either, meaning there’s less to clean up afterwards so you can even do it on a weeknight!

In this ultimate guide, we talked about what temakizushi is, and how you can make your own authentic temakizushi at home. We hope this introduces another culturally enriching and fun activity for you and your family and friends. So the next time you’re hosting a party at home, why not make it a ‘temakizushi party’?