How to make Sushi Hand Rolls (aka Temaki) with smoked salmon (or tofu), avocado, cucumber, shiitakes and daikon sprouts! An easy step-by-step guide to making Japanese sushi rolls!
How to make Sushi Hand Rolls (aka Temaki) with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, shiitakes and daikon sprouts! An easy step-by-step guide to making Japanese sushi rolls!
This Japanese-inspired, healthy, affordable, crowd-friendly meal comes from my friend Nami Meier, a middle school teacher and mother of two, who enjoys bringing her Japanese heritage to the table when entertaining family and friends.
She throws a “Temaki Party”.
Temaki, in Japanese, literally translates to “hand-roll”.
These healthy Sushi Hand Rolls are filled with smoked salmon, avocado, mushrooms, cucumber, and sushi rice. Hand rolls are basically coned-shaped sushi rolls filled with whatever you like, dressed with wasabi and soy sauce. They are fun to make and great for parties! One idea is to have each guest bring one ingredient.
What makes her “Temaki Party” such a fun and unique experience, is how it acquaints guests with Japanese culture through food.
“To me, food is such a great introduction into other cultures and creates curiosity about visiting other places. It’s a really fun and easy way to introduce Japanese food to people who may be unfamiliar or hesitant and it’s a quick and affordable way to feed a large group of people”. ~Nami
Nami Meier and her Healthy Smoked Salmon Hand rolls filled with avocado, cucumber and smoked salmon...an affordable fun way to feed a large gathering! | www.feastingathome.com

Ingredients in  Hand Rolls

  • Calrose rice
  •  rice wine vinegar
  •  toasted sesame seeds
  •  sliced mushrooms ( cremini, shiitakes, button)
  •  toasted sesame oil
  • soy sauce ( or use salt to taste)
  • red bell pepper
  • English cucumbers,
  • Avocados
  • fresh daikon sprouts (or enoki mushrooms)
  • smoked salmon (or sub baked or smoked tofu)
  • nori sheets
  • serve with wasabi paste & soy sauce

ingredients in sushi handrolls

How to make Japanese Handrolls

Step One: Cook the sushi rice

Then season it! Traditional Sushi rice is mixed with  Seasoned rice wine vinegar. Instead of stirring in the rice vinegar, she uses a rice paddle to “slice the rice” preventing it from becoming gummy. At the same time, she fans the rice to cool it down.  It’s always served in a wood bowl. Sprinkle the rice with a few toasted sesame seeds and cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel until ready to serve. (Do not refrigerate.)

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Step two: prep the veggies.

If using mushrooms, saute them with a little oil and season with a little sesame oil.

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Cut the remaining veggies into long thin strips – red bell pepper, avocado and cucumber, and fresh sprouts.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com
Prep the salmon, pulling it apart for easy assembly.  Nami uses smoked salmon or lox instead of raw fish, to keep it tame and approachable for guests, and lays out all the prepped ingredients on the table in various bowls.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com
Once everything is ready to go, she’ll uncover the rice and give guests a quick demo on how to roll the sushi.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com

How to roll a Sushi Hand Roll

Step one: Cut the nori in half!

How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com
Slice the nori in half, to make two rectangles.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com

Step two: spread with rice.

Always remember to have the rough side of the nori seaweed on the inside of the roll, which will better grip the rice.
Using the back of a spoon or your fingers, spread sushi rice over half of the nori, leaving a half-inch border.

Step Three: fill!

Begin layering smoked salmon and veggies at a diagonal, pointing up towards the top corner.
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Add a little wasabi paste if you like using a chopstick for fine control.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com
Top with sprouts or enoki mushrooms.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com

Step four: roll!

Then begin rolling the sushi into a cone.
How to throw a Temaki Party - a simple, affordable Japanese inspired, crowd friendly meal! | www.feastingathome.com
Bring the top corner over to the other side.
Healthy Smoked Salmon Hand rolls filled with avocado, cucumber and smoked salmon...an affordable fun way to feed a large gathering! | www.feastingathome.com
Create a cone-shaped roll, seal with a little water. Place seam side down.
Healthy Smoked Salmon Hand rolls filled with avocado, cucumber and smoked salmon...an affordable fun way to feed a large gathering! | www.feastingathome.com
How to make Sushi Hand Rolls (aka Temaki) with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, shiitakes and daikon sprouts! An easy step-by-step guide to making Japanese sushi rolls!
And there you have it! A beautiful Sushi Handroll that is not only delicious- but so healthy and light too!
How to make Sushi Hand Rolls (aka Temaki) with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, shiitakes and daikon sprouts! An easy step-by-step guide to making Japanese sushi rolls!
Spoon a mixture of soy sauce and wasabi paste overtop and dive in.
Healthy Smoked Salmon Hand rolls filled with avocado, cucumber and smoked salmon...an affordable fun way to feed a large gathering! | www.feastingathome.com
Imagine how much fun your guests will have making these- and interactive dinner that is great for building community and connection.
Nami Meier and her Healthy Smoked Salmon Hand rolls filled with avocado, cucumber and smoked salmon...an affordable fun way to feed a large gathering! | www.feastingathome.com

After Nami gives the guests a quick tutorial on how to roll the sushi into a cone (rather than a tube) she teaches guests a traditional Japanese saying, itadaki masu“We say this before eating.  It means thank you to the people who made the food, to the sun for shining on the fields, to the farmers, and to all that brought the meal together.”
I love this….
Guests then roll their own Temaki throughout the night, free to choose what they want to put inside.
“At the end of the meal, when people are finished eating, we say gochiso sama deshita – it means, “it was a feast “. “
Hope you enjoy this beautiful healthy recipe for Sushi Hand Rolls!
xoxo
Sylvia & Nami 💚

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Sushi Hand Rolls

  • Author: Sylvia | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Main, fish,
  • Method: stove-top
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Description

Sushi Hand Rolls with Smoked Salmon, avocado, mushrooms and cucumber. A Japanese Inspired crowd-friendly meal that is healthy, simple to make and affordable!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup Calrose rice (dry)
  • 12 Tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms ( cremini, shiitakes, button)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce ( or use salt to taste)
  • 1 red bell pepper- sliced into strips
  • 1 English or 6 turkish cucumbers, cut into 4 inch strips
  • 12 Avocados, cut into strips
  • 2 Cups fresh sprouts
  • 16 ounces smoked salmon ( or lox) -Or sub baked tofu, cut into strips
  • 12 packages nori sheets, cut in half, to make long rectangles.
  • wasabi paste
  • soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Make the Sushi Rice: Rinse rice well, until water almost runs clear. Strain. Place in a medium pot with 3 1/4 Cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low for 20 minutes. keep lid on until close to serving time.
  2. While warm, place rice in a wood bowl ( this is traditional) and sprinkle with the seasoned rice vinegar. Using a wood rice paddle or spatula, “slice the rice”, rather than mix. Fan the rice to cool while slicing the rice to mix and fluff. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cover with a damp kitchen towel.
  3. Prep the Veggies: Saute mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add sesame oil and cook 2 more minutes. Season with soy sauce or salt to taste. Place in a small serving bowl.
  4. Prep bell pepper, cucumber and avocado, cutting all into long, thin 4 inch strips. Place each in individual bowls.
  5. Place the sprouts in a bowl and smoked salmon on a small platter or plate (separating it)
  6. Cut Nori sheets in half, so you have two rectangles out of each sheet.
  7. To make a Sushi hand roll: Place nori sheet horizontally in front of you with the rough side facing up.  Spread sushi rice (either using fingers or back of a spoon) on the left half of the sheet, leaving a 1/2 inch border, and 2-3 inches of no rice on the right side of the sheet. On the left side ( the side with rice) , align the strips of veggies, diagonally, with the ends pointing towards the upper left corner. Top this line of veggies, with smoked salmon, mushrooms and sprouts. When folding, start with the left bottom corner first, and fold up over the ingredients, then wrap the right side over and around to form a cone, about the size of an ice cream sugar cone. It will seal itself.
  8. Season with a little spoonful of soy sauce mixed with wasabi paste.

Notes

Assemble the cones right before eating. Do not make cones in advance. Keep rice a room temp. Do not refrigerate the rice- it will become crunchy and not taste as good.;)

makes 12-16 rolls

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 rolls - makes 14- 16 rolls
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 1162.1 mg
  • Fat: 10.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.9 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 14.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 13.1 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I like this recipe because it scores high in my best recipe collection!
    *It makes a little salmon go a long way, stretching my budget
    * It’s delicious and nutritious!
    * It’s hands on so everyone can help with the food prep
    * All the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time, so it’s a perfect work day dinner or for entertaining guests with little work and more time to enjoy my guests.
    It’s a winner!
    Thanks!

    Linda L

  2. I love your blog! Your recipes are so fresh and delicious! Can you tell me where you found the beautiful ceramic bowls featured in this post? I love them!

    1. Thanks Natalie!! You will make my husbands day when I read him your comment. We took a pottery class over the winter… and those are his bowls!! I love them too.

  3. I love how fresh and simple to prepare this is! It’s so nice that you can throw pretty much anything in it. I can definitely see it being fun to have at a party. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the idea of a Temaki party. Soundss delicious . Love the redesigned new look of the blog!

    1. Thanks Kathy, its getting there….lots of little glitches but slowly working them out. Shay Bocks has done a wonderful job.

  5. What fun. Reminds me of living and working in Hawaii. This would be lunch. You arranged it
    beautifully. I liked your step by step photos.

  6. This looks like so much fun! Perfect for eating with kids who can pick and choose what they want (rice and bell peppers!) Thanks for the inspiration.