Luckily, I have a great fish market one town away. They have good prices and nice fresh seafood. It's also a restaurant, so someday, I'll have to go and get some steamers or fried clams. I digress.
If you want to learn to make sushi - especially if you want to actually see how to roll it, I recommend viewing this video in addition to reading the rest of this post: http://video.about.com/japanesefood/Spicy-Tuna-Roll.htm
When I order the fish at the counter, I ask for sushi grade tuna. This steak was 1/3 pound. It was enough for a good-sized roll with plenty of tuna in and on top of it. I also asked the fishmonger to cutt off the skin. Don't expect that they will do that until after they have weighed the fish. That dark spot is a blood vessel and it needs to be cut out.
Speaking of cutting, the knife is important. Don't attempt to try to make sushi with the steak knives you bought at Target! You need good, sharp knives.
The first thing I did was I sliced several thin slices from the nicest area of the steak. I sliced them on a slant, going against the grain. I then set them aside to save as a garnish. Each piece will have a pretty slice of raw tuna on top.
Spicy Tuna Roll
1/3 pound sushi grade tuna
1-2 scallions, chopped very finely
1 heaping Tbs. Japanese style mayonnaise (I used Kewpie brand)
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot chili sauce
1 sheet nori
prepared sushi rice (recipe at end of this post)
In a separate bowl mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha. Taste it to make sure that you have added the right amount of Sriracha for your taste. When it’s ready, pour it into the tuna and scallions and mix it up.
The sheets of nori that I have are large, and I noticed that in the video I linked to earlier, the sheet of nori is much smaller. So I removed the top 1 ½ inches from the nori.
Spread the rice out and press it into the sheet of nori. The moisture in the rice will glue it to the nori.
If you want an inside-out sushi roll (like the one in my picture), then flip the sheet of nori with the rice pressed into it so that the rice side is face-down.
Here's what it looks like head on:
You can see my pictures of rolling a different kind of sushi in this post: http://mylittleworldoffood.blogspot.com/2008/03/recipe-meryls-surimi-maki-sushi.html
Roll the sushi and cut it. I like to cut into eight pieces, personally.
You could serve this sushi in two different ways. One way is to stop here and simply display them like this with the cut sides facing up:
But I wanted to do it the way my favorite restaurant does it. Lay the cut pieces on their sides. Top with the nice slices of sushi that you saved from earlier. Top with the beautiful slices of tuna and the chopped green part of the scallions. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce.
I cook one cup rice according to directions.I empty the rice pot into a bowl. While it’s still hot, or after it’s cooled some, I add:
1 ½ Tbs. rice vinegar
1 Tbs. sugar
Mix well and let the rice cool, covering it to keep it moist.