Making Sushi with Yutaka

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word sushi? Most people will answer raw fish but in fact sushi refers to vinegared rice topped with other ingredients. Originally sushi was created as a way of preserving fish in fermented rice. This was a  stable dish in Japan for thousands of years. During the Edo period  (1603 to 1868) more contemporary sushi became common. The rice was served with fish or another vegetable and could be wrapped into a roll using seaweed. Japanese sushi is simple often using only one type of fish or vegetable. Condiments like wasabi and soy sauce are served on the side and slices of pickled ginger are used as a palette cleanser.

Making sushi with yutaka

Making sushi with Yutaka

I have never tried sushi and was curious as to what it tasted like. When Yukaka got in touch and asked me if I would like to try out their sushi starter kit I was happy to give it a try.   Yukaka are a Japanese food company based in the UK who make their ingredients in the traditional way. Their products include  sushi, sauces, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits.

You will find everything you need to make your own nori rolls at home in the sushi kit. There was sushi rice, nori sheets, ginger, soy sauce, wasibi paste, sushi seasoning and a rolling mat. I also received black sesame and white sesame seeds, Shaoxin wine and rice vinegar to help me make my own sushi. All that needs to be added are your favourite fillings.  Smoked salmon, cream cheese, tuna, prawns, cucumber or even egg, whatever takes your fancy.

Yukata sushi ingredients

How to make sushi rice

The secret to good sushi is in the preparation of the rice. Perfectly prepared Japanese rice should be light, fluffy, and slightly sticky when cooked. Before the rice is cooked it should be washed under running water until no more starch comes out of it. The rice is then placed in a pan with a little more water than rice. boil the rice for ten minutes with the lid on the pan and then leave it to cool. After thirty minutes the rice can be removed from the pan, use a wooden or plastic spoon so as not to damage it. Once the rice is cool it can be seasoned. The seasoning is a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar and salt which gives the rice a distinctive sweet sour taste.

Sushi Rice
  • 250 g sushi rice
  • 330 ml water
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Place the rice in a bowl and wash with cold water three or four times until the starch is removed
  2. Drain with a sieve
  3. Place in a pan with the water
  4. Cover the pan and bring to the boil
  5. Simmer for ten minutes then remove from heat and leave to cool, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Mix together the rice vinegar, sugar and salt
  7. Fold into the cold rice.

How to make sushi

Nori rolls

I made two different types of sushi, nori rolls and nigiri. A bamboo mat is used to make the nori rolls. I covered the mat with cling film so that the rice did not stick to it. A sheet of nori, which is a seaweed wrapper, is placed on top of the mat. A thin layer of rice is used to cover the nori leaving a cm at the top clear so the roll will stick together. A line of the filling is placed about five centimetres from the end the the roll is wrapped up using the bamboo mat.

Making sushi with yutaka

My filling was prawns, cucumber and radish which was rather tasty. The seasoned rice makes a lovely complement to the fish. I was surprised how easy the rolls were to roll up, you just need to be careful to only use a small amount of filling. If you use a lot the filling comes out the end of the rolls.

Nori rolls made using yukata sushi


Uramaki is an inside out nori roll with rice on the outside and the nori in the middle. The rice is often sprinkled with sesame seeds to give it flavour. These rolls are made in exactly the same way as normal nori rolls. Once the rice and sesame seeds are sprinkled on the nori the sheet is turned onto the bamboo mat rice side down. The flavourings are added into the centre and whole thing is rolled up. I managed to make a few of these which worked well, even if they did look a little wonky.Iside out nori rolls


Nigiri are small mounds of rice topped with seafood. Yutaka had provided a nigiri mould to make the rice base. The rice is pressed into the mould the lid is placed on and it is pushed together. The lid is then removed and the rice pressed onto a plate. The rice is then topped with whatever you fancy, I used prawns. The Nigiri was served with pickled ginger and wasabi paste. The ginger is lovely and refreshing but the wasbai packs a punch.

Nigiri sushi served with ginger and washabi

It was great fun making sushi with the Yutaka sushi kit. The sushi was very easy to make as well as being tasty and a healthy snack. Making sushi would be a fun activity for kids to try this summer. It would definitely keep them occupied and they can eat the result. If you are looking for other ideas for fun summer activities with kids then have a look at my list. Yutaka sushi starter kits are available from Sainsburys and other major retailers.

Yutaka Sushi Kit Giveaway

sushi kit for two

Would you like to try making your own sushi? Yutaka have kindly given me a sushi kit to give away to one of my readers. Entry is easy. Just make a comment below letting me know if you have ever tried sushi and what did you think. When you have done this come back and fill in the rafflecopter widget so your entry is registered. This is mandatory. There are other entries available for visiting on facebook, following on twitter and tweeting about the giveaway but these are optional. Good luck!

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  • There are on prizes of a yutaka sushi kit – the prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Dragons and Fairy Dust and Yutaka
  • Closing date for entries is on 11:59pm GMT on 21 Aug 2016
  • Only one entry per person
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  • The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
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  1. Rachel Craig
    July 26, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I do like sushi, never prepared my own. So would be new experience.

    • Peter Watson
      August 5, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      This would make a good introduction to those of us who are not familiar with Sushi.

  2. July 26, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    We always make our own sushi, as it’s so much easier to make than people think. Once you get the hang of the rolling, it’s actually really simple.

  3. Mark R
    July 26, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I’ve only had supermarket sushi for lunch – nice but I’m sure it can be improved on.

  4. laura banks
    July 26, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    ive not tried it have always wanted to as it always looks so nice my hubby reckons i will like it

  5. winnie
    July 26, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    yes we love sushi!

  6. pete c
    July 26, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    have never tried it as a bit cautious but would like to give it a go

  7. joanne casey
    July 27, 2016 / 7:45 am

    I love sushi! I’ve eaten it many times and have tried to make it once and would love to try again

  8. July 27, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I’ve never tried sushi but it sounds very healthy so I’d love to try it out.

  9. cathyj
    July 27, 2016 / 9:03 am

    i love sushi have it as a treat as high syn in SW lol

  10. Cathy Gordon
    July 27, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Love Sushi but never imagined I could make it at home, how easy is it to get the seaweed etc please?

    • July 27, 2016 / 11:00 am

      It’s really easy to get the seaweed etc, just get the yukata packs from Sainsburys

  11. Ray Dodds
    July 27, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Never tried it would love to give it a go

  12. Ruth Harwood
    July 27, 2016 / 9:53 am

    We have yet to try Sushi – it’s one thing i’m a little apprehensive about trying!

  13. Mariel Pereira
    July 27, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Love Salmon Sashimi

  14. Matthew P
    July 27, 2016 / 11:20 am

    never tried it yet

  15. Matthew P
    July 27, 2016 / 11:21 am

    never tried it before

  16. Jo B
    July 27, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I love sushi – it seems to suit hot weather well. I love inari.

  17. Heather Haigh
    July 27, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    I haven’t tried sushi yet, but I would like to have a go.

  18. Becky Yeomans
    July 27, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I tried sushi only recently! Never thought I would of liked it as much as I do!

  19. Rachel Pitts
    July 27, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Love it – but haven’t had the experience beyond M&S packets if it or making it

  20. Holly Gibson
    July 27, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I’ve tried it lots of times and really enjoy it!

  21. carla young
    July 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Once made the fatal error of using sushi as hangover food for the comfort factor.

    Never again. Through my nose, everywhere.

    I would not do this if I won the sushio kit.

  22. Simon tutthill
    July 27, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    I’ve tried sushi,it tastes gorgeous and its healthy too

  23. Kim Styles
    July 27, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I adore Sushi and love to experiment with different combinations

  24. Jodie Holyoake
    July 27, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Love Sushi, it’s my favourite thing to eat when I go out!

    July 27, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    i have never made it but always wanted to!

  26. Simone Bishop
    July 27, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Yes! I love sushi. Well…I love sushi without raw fish! Cucumber maki is my favourite. 🙂

  27. Lucy Major
    July 27, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    I have tried sushi! Love it such a treat

  28. kim plant
    July 28, 2016 / 11:02 am

    yes but only the supermarket type I do like it but would like to make my own x

  29. jennifer thorpe
    July 28, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I’ve never tried it, but would like too

  30. Rachel Craig
    July 28, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Yes I have tried sushi, and found it nice and tasty.

  31. July 28, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Such a great giveaway, I love sushi!

  32. Caroline H
    July 28, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I love sushi. I’ve never tried making my own because it seemed terribly complicated but I’m going to bookmark your post and give it a go!

  33. fozia Akhtar
    July 28, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I love sushi

  34. Natalie Crossan
    July 28, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    I adore sushi
    Ca’nt get enough of it x

  35. debbie smith
    July 29, 2016 / 11:47 am

    ive tried sushi but only from the supermarket so id like to have a go of making my own fab giveaway thankyou x

  36. Zandra Higgs
    July 29, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I’m limited on my Sushi trying, Idon’t like wasbi, but would like to try more varities of Sushi

  37. Val Swift
    July 29, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    My kids love sushi and so do I, I promised them that we would have a go at making our own during the holidays so this would be brilliant

  38. Becky Duffy
    July 30, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I adore Sushi, I could eat it every day if I could! But I’ve never made my own, would like to give it a go! 🙂

  39. gemma brown
    July 30, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    I’ve never tried it , but would like to make a veggie one. My eldest son loves sushi. He always asks for it when we walk past the sandwiches in shops

  40. richell lever
    July 30, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I just like the one with a prawn on top, its just a prawn with a bit of rice!

  41. Solange
    July 31, 2016 / 2:25 am

    I love sushi

  42. Tanya Camilleri
    August 1, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I love sushi. My dad is really good at making it. I still need a bit more practice

  43. MichelleLinzi
    August 1, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    We LOVE sushi in this house 🙂

  44. Chelsey Hollings
    August 1, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Never used to like Sushi but my pallete has changed as got older and now like it

  45. Hannah Ingham
    August 1, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I tried sushi for the first time a year or so ago and LOVED it, my favourite is salmon or prawn!

  46. Kim M
    August 1, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Never tried sushi, would love to try x

  47. charlotte
    August 1, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    i have only tried it once and loved it! it would be awesome to be able to make it myself 🙂

  48. Emma Watson
    August 2, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I’ve always been wary of trying sushi, however, my teenage son persuaded me as he loves it, and now I’m converted, too.

  49. leanne weir
    August 2, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    i’m a huge fan!

  50. Lindsay McPhee
    August 3, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Absolutely love it. Would really like to try making some adventurous sushi !

  51. sarah fielding
    August 3, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Yes! I love vegetarian sushi, so yummy!

  52. melanie stirling
    August 8, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    I have had some that my Fillipino sister in law made and I enjoyed it.

  53. Kerry Purves
    August 8, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I love sushi! Very fresh and tasty

  54. Stephanie Hall
    August 9, 2016 / 12:04 am

    Count me in! Exciting!

  55. cara-jane Hunter
    August 9, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    My son and i love sushi. Our tuna rolls were chunky rather than delicate though!

  56. Amy Warwick
    August 11, 2016 / 5:03 am

    I’ve actually never tried sushi would like to though!

  57. Susan Hoggett
    August 12, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    yes I love it especially veggie sushi

  58. Rich Tyler
    August 13, 2016 / 12:07 am

    I’ve only tried it a couple years ago, it was lush!

  59. Helen A
    August 14, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I love sushi, never made my own though so would love to give it a go!

  60. Jemma Dwyer
    August 14, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    yes i love it, i could eat loads lol!!

  61. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    August 14, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    I have tried sushi & I love it!! My daughters a huge sushi fan too

  62. michelle o'neill
    August 15, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    i love sushi x

  63. Amanda Gregory
    August 17, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Funnily enough I tried it for the very first time 2 minutes ago. Hubby loves it and has it all the time. Just had a supermarket delivery and they sent a vegetarian Sushi selection instead of his usual ones so I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

  64. Laura Harrison
    August 17, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Never tried it but would like to xxx

    August 18, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    sushi is my favorite food but i have never made it

    August 19, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I tried sushi in LA about 20 years ago, from what I an remember it was quite pleasant.

  67. Angela Macdonald
    August 20, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I love sushi, but have never yet tried to make it myself

  68. Emily Hutchinson
    August 20, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I love sushi and would love to try making my own!

  69. August 20, 2016 / 11:06 am

    I’ve never tried sushi before 🙁

  70. Mike Gerrie
    August 20, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    I love sushi but I have never tried making it myself

  71. Angela Kelly
    August 20, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    It took me a long time to learn to like sushi but now I love it.

  72. Tamsin Dean
    August 20, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    my partner loves sushi but I have never really taken to it

  73. Antonio Santos
    August 20, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I have tried and I love sushi

  74. Naomi
    August 20, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    I have tried Sushi and enjoy it. Making it myself would allow me to ensure the use of MSC fish.

  75. Hollie Newton
    August 20, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    U adore sushi but has never made any. Hope I get to

  76. A.E. ADKINS
    August 20, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Like sushi but prefer other Japanese food, never had a bash at making sushi though

  77. Simone Kilshaw
    August 20, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Im a sushi virgin Im afraid. I do want to try it though it’s just having the courage. Although having just read your blog…I definitely want to now.I didnt even realise that the fish isnt the main basis of it. You learn something new every day. Fingers crossed and cheers for the knowledge.

  78. claire little
    August 20, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I’ve not tried it yet.

  79. Adrian Bold
    August 21, 2016 / 1:01 am

    I do love sushi, but I’ve never prepared my own. This would be a new experience for me.

  80. Emma Ellams
    August 21, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I’ve never tried it, but it looks like the sort of thing I would really enjoy 🙂

  81. August 21, 2016 / 7:16 am

    I have had a bit of sushi here and there (you know, in a Boots Meal Deal) but I’ll be honest and say I don’t really know much about it and so I haven’t been to a sushi restaurant and had it properly. I love fish and rice and so am probably missing out! I’ve certainly never tried making my own.
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  82. Clare Hubbard
    August 21, 2016 / 7:24 am

    We love making our own sushi, it’s hard work but very rewarding!

  83. Emma Schofield
    August 21, 2016 / 7:26 am

    I haven’t actually tried it yet but I am wanting to as it looks great and very healthy.

  84. Kellie Steed
    August 21, 2016 / 9:34 am

    I’m not a huge fan of sushi myself, but I am trying to find a new way to experience them so that I do, because my husband absolutely loves it and it would be nice if we could enjoy it together. I’d love to win this for him!

  85. Marie Rule
    August 21, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Yes, sushi is great

    August 21, 2016 / 9:52 am

    I have never tried it before.

  87. Leanne joy
    August 21, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Love sushi and a friend once showed me how to make it – would love to try again!

  88. Jayne Kelsall
    August 21, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I’ve tried it once and loved it but never actually made it myself, but would love to give it a go .x

  89. Sheena Christopherson
    August 21, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    I love Sushi bars, but never tried to make it myself, this would be great, there’s first time for everything

  90. Dale Dow
    August 21, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    there’s some I like and some I don’t

  91. Jodie Harvey
    August 21, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    ive never tried sushi but have always wanted to

  92. holly walker
    August 21, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    sushi is one of my all time favourite foods and i especially love having it in restaurants. i have tried making it once but it fell apart quite a lot

  93. Jamie Millard
    August 21, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    i’ll admit – i’ve not braved it yet, but i’d like to.

  94. nicola james
    August 21, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    never really tried it properly,just a little taste once many moons ago

  95. David Crabb
    August 21, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    our daughter is obsessed with all things Japanese so yes we have tried Sushi. I like the vegetarian sushi and we have been curious about making our own.

  96. Kimberley Hazelton
    August 21, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I love sushi!

  97. Karl Borowy
    August 21, 2016 / 4:20 pm


  98. Martina Alban
    August 21, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    yes I have tried sushi and love it, we go once a month to the sushi bar in Cambridge

  99. Antonia Richardson
    August 21, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    i have and it was yummy

  100. Alisa moore
    August 21, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I have tried it and love it

  101. Nikki Hunter-Pike
    August 21, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I adore sushi! avacado maki is my favourite but i’ve never tried making it myself

  102. Diana
    August 21, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I have never had a chance to try sushi

  103. Lyndsey Jones
    August 21, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    I’ve been eating sushi for years and absolutely love it but I’ve never tried making it myself. I’d love to give it a try!

  104. Paula Cheadle
    August 21, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    My hubby loves sushi

  105. Joanna Kasznicki
    August 21, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I like sushi but only salmon, tuna or makarel

  106. Kerry Webber
    August 21, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    My son loves sushi and we do buy it often, but I’ve never tried to make it myself.

  107. Caroline O'Keeffe
    August 21, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I love love love sushi. It’s rare that I get a chance to eat out any more since becoming a mummy so I really should start making my own!

  108. Tee simpson
    August 21, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    I love sushi but never made it myself. Would be fab to try this kit

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