Pictured Recipe: Teriyaki-Mussel Maki Rolls

Get step-by-step instructions for how to roll sushi and maki rolls.

To make a maki roll, start with nori and our recipe for healthy Whole-Grain Sushi Rice. Then follow these easy step-by-step instructions. Use whatever fillings you like to complete your homemade sushi rolls.

-The EatingWell Test Kitchen

Step 1

Place a sheet of nori (found at well-stocked super­markets) shiny-side down on a bamboo rolling mat. Spread 1/2 cup sushi rice over half the sheet; firmly press rice along the edges.

Step 2

Arrange ingredients of your choice about 1 inch from the bottom of the rice. Think about colors and ­flavors as you choose your fillings.

Step 3

Roll up the maki tightly, leaving the last inch of the nori sheet exposed. Dip your fingertips into a bowl of water and wet the last inch of the nori, then finish rolling it closed.

Step 4

Roll the bamboo mat over the maki roll. Pinch the mat to form the maki into an even cylinder. Before cutting, dip the tip of a chef's knife in water and tilt it up to let water roll down the blade.

Pictured Recipe: Seared Arctic Char Hand Rolls

Three Maki Roll Combinations to Try

1) Smoked wild salmon with avocado, snow peas and scallion
2) Flash-seared Arctic char with pan-roasted broccoli rabe stems, papaya, radish sprouts and sweet onion
3) Pan-roasted shiitakes with cilantro, tomato, radish and avocado