Do you have a love-hate relationship with sushi? Love eating it, but hate spending a lot of money on it, yet too intimidated to make it at home. I feel your pain! Lucky for you, I have found a fail safe way to make sushi at home. These Sushi Balls are simple, delicious and have everything you love about sushi, without the headache of trying to create the perfect roll.
Have any of you attempted to make sushi rolls? Let me tell you, it is not the easiest thing to do. I have made rolls a few times in my life. While they may taste amazing, they never look as pretty as the ones you order at a restaurant. A sushi night at my house usually goes something like this….
I start by preparing the sticky rice, move on to slicing an avocado and cleaning the shrimp/fish. At this point, I am pretty confident in my sushi making skills. How hard can this really be? Next comes the assembly, I lay the nori (seaweed paper) out, spoon a little sticky rice in the center and suddenly everything seems to go downhill from there.
Immediately the sticky rice begins to stick to everything, I mean EVERYTHING. I start to get annoyed and end up stuffing too much onto each sheet of nori, just so I can finish faster and get it over with. This results in each roll being waaay too big. My frustration grows as one roll after another fall apart. While one or two look acceptable, the rest just end up as a decompositioned sushi plate. Thus, resulting in me vowing never to make sushi again…
Anyone else have this same experience? If so, you will be happy to know my recipe for Sushi Balls is much easier.
Start by bringing 3 cups of water to a boil. Add 2 cups of dry calrose rice and lower heat. Continue to simmer until your rice has fully absorbed all the water. Once the rice is finished cooking, stir in 1/3 cup of seasoned rice vinegar and set aside for now. While the rice is cooling, chop 1 cup of cucumber, 1 avocado and 6 oz of pre-cooked shrimp.
To form the Sushi Balls, wet your hands and place a small amount of rice in your palm. Add some of the chopped ingredients (use your discretion), then cover with another small amount of rice, and form into ball. *Be sure to wet your hands between making each ball. This will help keep the rice from sticking to your hands. Depending on how large you make the Sushi Balls, you should be able to make about a dozen. Feel free to serve them with soy sauce, wasabi, or another one of your favorite Asian dipping sauces.
Shrimp, avocado and cucumber combined make for a fresh and delicious meal or appetizer idea. I love being able to make sushi at home STRESS FREE. Try them out for your next party or impromptu get together.
- 2 cups dry calrose rice
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 chopped avocado
- 6 oz pre-cooked shrimp
- Additional Toppings:
- Soy Sauce
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
- Add 2 cups of dry calrose rice and lower heat. Simmer until rice has fully absorbed all the water.
- Once the rice is finished cooking, stir in 1/3 cup of seasoned rice vinegar and set aside for now.
- Chop 1 cup of cucumber, 1 avocado and 6 oz of pre-cooked shrimp.
- To form Sushi Balls:
- Wet your hands, and place a small amount of rice in your palm.
- Add the chopped ingredients (use your discretion).
- Cover with another small amount of rice, and form into ball.
- *Wet your hands between each ball. This will help the rice from sticking to your hands.
- Serve with soy sauce and wasabi if desired.