Savoring Food

Making Sushi at Home

Holiday Traditions

Happy Holidays! One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting to spend time with loved ones. The other best part is the food! The holidays are definitely a time of indulgence and enjoying what you have available. The hubs and I are figuring out what our family traditions will be. Food will undoubtedly be a big part of our activities. We enjoy food and cooking. We usually make something new or more involved over the holidays. In the past we’ve made turkey mole, shumai and corned beef with cabbage.

This year we made sushi for Christmas Eve dinner. A little untraditional, yes. This year we just weren’t feeling the usual turkey, beef or ham dinner. We had our fill of turkey over Thanksgiving, so we were in the mood for something more minimal. This year we decided to make sushi.

Making Food Together

Unfortunately, we live pretty inland (about 5 hours from the coast) so our seafood options are a bit limited in terms of sushi-grade fish. We got what we could that was sushi-grade – sashimi tuna steaks and scallops – and went with cooked/veggie fillings: imitation crab, shrimp tempura, and veggies.

The rolls we ended up making were:

  • tuna
  • spicy tuna
  • spicy scallops
  • California rolls (imitation crab, avocado & cucumber)
  • AAC rolls (avocado, asparagus & cucumber)
  • shrimp tempura & scallops

The Results

The end product was delicious! We were very pleased with our dinner. The following is a list of the basic items needed to make your own sushi.


Sushi roller (like this one on Amazon)


Sushi rice (short grain, preferably Japanese brand)

Rice wine vinegar

Nori (roasted seaweed sheets)

Fillings – Such as sushi/sashimi quality seafood, imitation crab, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, tempura shrimp, sauces (sriracha, mayo, cream cheese), scrambled egg. Get creative!

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