Recipe: Sushi Platter

SUSHI PLATTER

Barry has always been a fan of sushi... and now he can make it at home. A couple of simple sushi recipes... together with the edamame beans and pickled veg... can create the perfect sharing platter.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 120 ml rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 portion pickled ginger
  • 250 g sushi rice, washed
  • 275 ml water
  • 60 ml rice vinegar
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp wasabi paste
  • 1 tin white crab meat
  • 3 nori sheets
  • 1 handful toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 high quality fresh salmon fillet
  • 1 high quality fresh tuna steak
  • 200 g edamame in the shell
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 sushi mat
  • 1 portion soy & wasabi to serve
make the pickled veg

Step 1

Make The Pickled Veg

Toss the fine julienne of pepper, cucumber and carrot with the salt and leave for 30 minutes. Add the rice wine vinegar, sugar and water to a saucepan and boil rapidly. Pour the boiling vinegar over the salted veg and cool in the fridge.

wash and simmer the rice

Step 2

Wash And Simmer The Rice

Drain the washed rice and add to a saucepan with the 275ml of water. Boil, then turn it right down, cover the saucepan and simmer very gently for 20 minutes before removing from the heat.

dry the rice

Step 3

Dry The Rice

Add the vinegar, sugar and half a teaspoon of salt to a small saucepan and heat to dissolve the sugar, then pour it over the cooked rice. Stir gently and spread onto a tray or plate to cool and dry out the rice.

prepare the fillings

Step 4

Prepare The Fillings

Slice the avocado into long strips, about 0.5cm in diameter. Mix the drained crabmeat with the mayonnaise and wasabi to your taste.

spread rice over the nori

Step 5

Spread Rice Over The Nori

Cut the nori sheets in half to get two rectangles. Prepare a sheet of clingfilm on top of your sushi mat, then lay one halved nori sheet onto the clingfilm and cover with a 1cm layer of the sushi rice.

scatter over sesame seeds

Step 6

Scatter Over Sesame Seeds

Scatter over some toasted sesame seeds and press gently so that they stick, then flip the sheet over so that the rice is on the bottom.

roll the sushi

Step 7

Roll The Sushi

Lay the avocado and crabmeat across one long side of the nori sheet, end to end. Use the mat and clingfilm to roll up the nori around the crab filling, ensuring that the mat is not folded into the rice. Compress the roll with the mat. Remove the roll from the mat and slice into 8 bite-sized discs.

make the nigiri

Step 8

Make The Nigiri

Press more rice together with cold wet hands into individual portions. Repeat until you have 12 rectangles of about 2cmx3cm. You can also use a press. Slice the fish into thin strips and drape over the rice. Twist half of the pieces of sushi into a square of clingfilm to round off the edges.

fry the edamame

Step 9

Fry The Edamame

Get a pan very hot with a dash of oil. Scatter over the edamame in one layer and let them blacken before tossing. Add the soy, honey and chilli flakes and mix together.

serve up!

Step 10

Serve Up!

Serve the sushi and nigiri with the pickled vegetables, the edamame and a soy sauce dip. Serves 4

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