The Essential Sushi Guide

I love making my own sushi, and through my posts here at The Kitchn, I hope I've encouraged you to try it out. I hope the following guide will help you sort through the various types of sushi and try out one or a few! From maki rolls to chirashizushi bowls, I've tried to cover it all.

The Main Types of Sushi:
What Exactly Is Sushi? - a full listing of the various sushi types.
How To Make Temaki Hand Rolls - easy!
How To Make Chirashi At Home - "lazy sushi"
Making Maki Sushi Rolls - give it a try!

The Rice:
Use short-grain sushi rice. After it's finished cooking, rinse it with cold water and drain, and add 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar per 1 cup of rice. Mix well.

The Tools:
A Roundup Of Sushi-Making Essentials

The Fillings: - pick the freshest ingredients. Good online resources are Catalina Offshore Products and Mitsuwa Net Shop.
Awabi/Abalone - with the accidental photo that made so many readers blush!
Uni/Sea Urchin
Ikura/Salmon Roe
Tako/Octopus
Ika/Squid - and a how-to on cleaning whole squid!
Shiso - a wonderfully fragrant Japanese herb that goes great in sushi
Masago/Smelt Roe
Tobiko/Flying Fish Roe
• Fish such as salmon, tuna, eel, snapper. Check the Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch list to make sure you are eating sustainable seafood.

Extras:
Make Vegetable Maki Sushi With Kids!
How To Make DIY Spicy Tuna Sushi
Fresh Wasabi Root

Related:
Soba to Sukiyaki: A Roundup of Authentic Japanese Dishes

(Images: Kathryn Hill)