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Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand-Rolled Sushi

15/04/2020 (Last Updated: 02/11/2020)

This is the EASIEST way to make Japanese sushi at home! All you need to make Temaki Sushi (aka “hand-rolled” sushi) is yakinori seaweed, sushi rice and your favourite fillings. Wrap them up into a roll or cone shape and you are done! Serve it up with a piping hot bowl of Udon Noodles or some Creamy Japanese Potato Salad.

Temaki sushi held in a hand.

Why We Love This

Temaki sushi is the easiest way to make sushi at home. We love it because there’s no need to stress over using a special bamboo sushi rolling mat or having perfect rolling / slicing skills. This is a super fun / no-fuss way to make sushi your way – quickly and easily – with your favourite filling ingredients like takuan, ready for dipping in soy sauce and wasabi.

It’s easy to cook sushi rice at home too – check out our guide for three easy ways to cook sushi rice (using a rice cooker, instant pot or stovetop).

Stack of three hand rolled sushi on plate.

What is Temaki Sushi?

Temaki sushi is very similar to regular sushi – both have the same basic ingredients – but the difference is in the final shape and how they are rolled.

This sushi version means you won’t need a bamboo mat or perfect technique. Instead, you roll it in your hand into a cone shape.

With all the various ingredients spread out in bowls on the table, it’s easy to pick and choose your fillings and flavour combinations.

It’s a fun and social way to eat sushi, and is often enjoyed by groups of people as a sushi party or with the whole family at home.

Hand rolled sushi shaped into a cone.

What You’ll Need

  • Sushi Rice Sushi rice will give your Temaki Sushi the most authentic flavour and texture, however we also tested this recipe with jasmine rice once (oops – who knew that container held sticky rice and not sushi rice!?) and it worked just fine.
  • Nori Seaweed – We’ve found nori / yakinori / roasted seaweed sheets all over the place in our travels, from grocery stores to supermarkets and import stores. But if you run out of luck, you could always order a pack of yakinori online.
  • Fillings – For those who find it a little hard to source fresh, sashimi-grade fish, we’ve put together our favourite list of super simple temaki sushi ingredients, starting with a quick and easy blend of tinned tuna and kewpie mayonnaise.

Some other, easy to source ingredients include:

  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Thinly sliced carrot – today we used this style of grater to achieve those super thin strips, but you can use a normal grater or try your hand at julienne slices!
  • Shredded roast chicken
  • Avocado
  • Cooked prawns / shrimp
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese
  • Takuan – yellow pickled daikon
  • Pickled ginger (check the Asian section at your local supermarket)
  • Wasabi paste (as above)
  • Fish roe (believe it or not we found this at our local supermarket in the fridge section near the smoked salmon packets – never realised we could source it from there before!) It may also be labelled as Caviar.

Next Level Sushi Fillings – If you can source them / just for fun!

  • Japanese sliced omelette
  • Sashimi grade fish (tuna, salmon, kingfish are all good places to start)
  • Shiso leaves (also known as perilla leaves, we’ve found shiso at fresh produce markets in our home town, and may even add them to our home veggie garden)
  • Sliced or fried fofu
  • Anything and everything your heart desires!

You’re only limited by your imagination and the ingredients you can get your hands on. 

Flat lay of ingredients for Tamaki sushi.

How to Make Temaki Sushi

Transfer cooked sushi rice to a wide, flat-bottomed pan or dish. (Optional, stir through some Japanese rice seasoning / nori komi furikake.)

Pour the sushi vinegar over the cooked rice and mix gently with a flat rice paddle so as not to break any of the grains. Allow the rice to cool completely before serving.

Mixing sushi vinegar into rice.

Next, place your tuna in a small bowl and top with kewpie mayo.

Mix until well combined, adding more kewpie mayonnaise if needed until you have a smooth texture and delicious flavour.

Mixing tuna and kewpie mayonnaise.

To Assemble Your Temaki Sushi:

Take up a sheet of nori (remember to slice or break it in half first) and place it in your hand or on a plate, then top with a scoop of rice in the top left corner in a rough, triangular shape.

Layering rice onto nori sheets.

Layer up with your chosen fillings such as the tuna/kewpie blend, carrot and cucumber, then fold up the bottom left corner and roll into a cone shape. If you’re unsure how to do this, check out our video.

Placing fillings into temaki hand rolled sushi.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Rinse the rice a few times before cooking to remove the starchy powder. This will give you the best and fluffiest texture once cooked. 
  • Never use a metal spoon when handling the rice. 1) it could damage the rice grains, not to mention the rice cooker bowl and 2) it could react with the rice vinegar.
  • Don’t be tempted to cool the rice in the fridge to save time – it can damage the rice and change the flavour.
  • Feel free to experiment with the sushi rice seasoning! There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to use the whole lot. Add it in gradually and taste test the rice until you’re satisfied with the strength of the flavour.

FAQs

What is the difference between temaki and maki sushi?

Temaki is usually a hand rolled sushi, made into the shape of a cone. Maki sushi on the other hand is made using the bamboo roller, and then usually cut into bite size pieces. The maki style is more likely to be seen in supermarkets and restaurants, whereas temaki is much more homestyle for gatherings with friends or family.

Which rice should I use temaki sushi?

For best results, we recommend using short grain Japanese rice such as koshihikari. It becomes sticky (but not gluggy) when cooked, making it the best choice of rice to make sushi that won’t fall apart.

How do I cook sushi rice?

The easiest way to cook sushi rice for regular or temaki sushi is in a rice cooker. All you need to do is pop in the rice, fill with water to the line, set to rice mode and press start. Simple! Perfectly cooked, fluffy sushi rice with no sticky, overcooked rice stuck to the bottom. You can also cook the rice in a pressure cooker or manually on the stove. See our full guide on how to cook sushi rice here.

Cooked rice in a rice cooker with a rice paddle.

 

Variations

  • Feel free to get as crazy as you like with fillings. We’ve given a few ideas above, but it’s completely open to your tastebuds!
  • If you don’t have sushi vinegar on hand substitute with 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt. 
  • For the rice quantities, 2 cups of uncooked rice equals 6 cups of cooked rice. So just multiply the uncooked rice amount by 2 to work out the cooked rice required.
  • If you’re not a fan of seaweed, try wrapping your hand rolled sushi with lettuce or spinach instead. It will alter the flavour slightly. 
  • Turn it into a sushi bowl! You could also put all the ingredients and mix together in a bowl, topping with shredded nori sheets instead of wrapping them into rolls.
Cone of hand rolled sushi on plate.

More Japanese snacks and sides to try next:

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Close up of temaki sushi roll.

Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand-Rolled Sushi

This is the EASIEST way to make sushi at home! All you need to make Temaki Sushi (aka "hand-rolled" sushi), is yakinori seaweed, sushi rice and your favourite fillings. Wrap them up into a roll or cone shape and you are done! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 12 sushi rolls
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $10-$15

Ingredients

For the rice:

  • 6 cups sushi rice cooked
  • 2 tbsp sushi vinegar (or 1½ tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt)

For the wrapper:

For the fillings:

  • 200 g tuna canned, in brine
  • 2-3 tbsp kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 carrot finely sliced
  • 1 cucumber sliced into strips

For dipping (optional):

Instructions

  • Transfer cooked sushi rice to a wide, flat-bottomed pan or dish.
    6 cups sushi rice
  • Pour the sushi vinegar over the cooked rice and mix gently with a flat rice paddle so as not to break any of the grains. Allow the rice to cool completely before serving.
    2 tbsp sushi vinegar
  • Next, place your tuna in a small bowl and top with kewpie mayo. Mix until well combined, adding more mayo if needed until you have a smooth texture and delicious flavour.
    200 g tuna, 2-3 tbsp kewpie mayonnaise

To Assemble Your Temaki Sushi:

  • Take up a sheet of nori (remember to slice or break it in half first) and place it in your hand or on a plate. Top with a scoop of rice in the top left corner in a rough, triangular shape.
    2 nori sheets
  • Layer up with your chosen fillings such as the tuna/kewpie blend, carrot and cucumber, then fold up the bottom left corner and roll into a cone shape. If you're unsure how to do this, check out our video. Optional: Serve with soy sauce and wasabi.
    1 carrot, 1 cucumber, soy sauce, wasabi

Video

Recipe Notes

Tips
  • Rinse the rice a few times before cooking to remove the starchy powder. This will give you the best and fluffiest texture once cooked. 
  • Never use a metal spoon when handling the rice. 1) it could damage the rice grains, not to mention the rice cooker bowl and 2) it could react with the rice vinegar.
  • Don’t be tempted to cool the rice in the fridge to save time – it can damage the rice and change the flavour.
  • Feel free to experiment with the sushi rice seasoning! There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to use the whole lot. Add it in gradually and taste test the rice until you’re satisfied with the strength of the flavour.
Variations
  • Feel free to get as crazy as you like with fillings. We’ve given a few ideas above, but it’s completely open to your tastebuds!
  • If you don’t have sushi vinegar on hand substitute with 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt. 
  • For the rice quantities, 2 cups of uncooked rice equals 6 cups of cooked rice. So just multiply the uncooked rice amount by 2 to work out the cooked rice required.
  • If you’re not a fan of seaweed, try wrapping your sushi with lettuce or spinach instead. It will alter the flavour slightly. 
  • Turn it into a sushi bowl! You could also put all the ingredients and mix together in a bowl, topping with shredded nori sheets instead of wrapping them into rolls.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand-Rolled Sushi
Amount per Serving
Calories
120
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Cholesterol
 
7
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
64
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
89
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
898
IU
18
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    16/07/2019 at 9:42 pm

    5 stars
    I’m all about working smarter not harder and this recipe is super fun without taking the time of making traditional sushi.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      17/07/2019 at 4:27 pm

      Exactly. This is essentially home-style – still traditional just not the version we’re used to seeing at restaurants!

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