Recently, on Pinterest, I came across this new fad called “Lazy Sushi”! Basically it is deconstructed sushi. No need to suran wrap a bamboo mat, or get out any sushi tools at all! That is my kind of sushi. 🙂
I decided to do a smoked salmon roll without all that cream cheese involved and also for those who do not like raw fish, this sushi option is COOKED! I pickled some cucumbers,carrots, and green onions and sliced up some avocadoes, because we love avocado on just about everything. I toasted some Nori sheets (basically dried seaweed) and crumbled that up to put on top of the rice.
It turned out awesome! All you have to do is mold the rice into a log on a plate and start piling all the other stuff on.
Only hard part of this dish is making sushi rice. You need to make sure you rinse the rice until it runs completely clear and then let it soak in what you are going to boil it in, for about 30 minutes. Then you basically cover it once it comes to a boil for 20 minutes on low and then let it sit for 5 minutes off the heat. There is a mixture that gets mixed into the rice as well, but that’s the easy part 🙂 Hope y’all enjoy the recipe as much as Matt and I did!
1 cup Sushi Rice
1 1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 English Cucumber
1/2 cup shredded Carrots (usually can buy already shredded)
1 Green Onion
4 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
Small Pinch of Sugar
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
Couple dashes of Spicy Toasted Sesame Oil (If you can only fine regular toasted sesame oil, just add some hot pepper flakes)
2-3 Nori Sheets (Sold in the international isle of grocery stores)
3-4 oz Smoked Salmon
In a medium sized bowl add the cup of sushi rice. Add enough water to the rice to rinse it well with your hands and then drain the water as best you can and repeat until the water turns clear. This is about 10 – 15 times.
In a saucepan, add the rinsed rice, that has been drained completely, and then add the 1 1/2 cups of water to it and let that soak for 20-30 minutes.
Bring the rice to a boil, and then stir around the rice and cove. Turn the rice down to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Then take the rice off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
In a separate bowl, add the rice vinegar, 1/2 tsp sugar and pinch of salt. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds to dissolve the sugar and salt. Stir the mixture and set it aside.
In a large bowl, add the rice and slowly a little bit of the rice wine mixture and mix in well to the rice by folding it in. Continue adding the rice wine mixture until it is completely gone, or until you get the taste you desire.
While the rice is cooking seed the cucumber and slice it up into small sticks.
Dice up the green onion as well and add all those ingredients including the shredded carrots into a small plastic bag, or bowl.
In a separate bowl, add the white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and sesame oil. Microwave ingredients really quickly to dissolve the sugar and salt. Cool slightly and then add it to the bag with the veggies. Place in the fridge while the rice finishes cooking.
In an oven at 400 degrees, quickly toast the Nori Sheets. These sheets only need about 30 seconds in the oven. So make sure you watch them really close to make sure they do not burn. Once the sheet starts to crinkle it is toasted and you should remove the sheet and set aside. Once all your sheets are toasted you can crumble them up into small pieces and set aside.
Cut up the Smoked Salmon into small chunks an set aside.
On a plate, spoon out some sushi rice and then mold it out into a long rectangular log. You can put a little bit of water on your finger tips to help the rice not be so sticky 🙂
Then take the crumbled Nori pieces and sprinkle them onto the rice.
Quickly slice up the avocado (doing this now so that the avocado didn’t turn brown) Try to make the avocado slice thin so they lie nicely.
Add the pickled veggies to the top of the avocado.
Then top it off with the Smoked Salmon.
If you are a big pickled ginger fan make sure to pick up some of that as well as Tamari sauce, which is GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE. It tastes the same and it is actually made out of soy instead of the US Soy Sauce that is made out of wheat. I really hope you guys give this recipe a try. It might not be the easiest recipe I’ve posted, but it definitely gets my sushi fix in 🙂