How to Make Sushi: Maki Rolls

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

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

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

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

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.


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