This is something that I recently did with a bunch of foodie friends, we got together on a Saturday night and decided to have a big sushi party which consisted of beer, wine, sushi, sushi and more sushi! We call it the sushi sessions, it takes a bit of preparation to get the ingredients and bits and pieces together so this post will go through what had to be purchased and what essential tools you’ll need to have a great sushi party, I’ll also link the sushi recipes we came up with.
It’s a fun and rewarding dinner party idea and I was amazed at some of the crazy ideas my friends came up with including brown rice sushi and fruit sushi for desert! We were all stuffed after it and there was enough to bring home for lunch the next day.
We are by no means sushi experts but we tried our best to come up with some great tasting nigiri, sushi rolls and sashimi. It was great fun to learn techniques off the other guys, have some fun and east some delicious food with friends.
For preparation, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients needed. I visited the local fish monger, Asian supermarkets and fruit and vegetable shops to pick up all the bits and pieces needed. Needless to say, it’s important to get fresh, sushi grade fish and also fresh ingredients to make your sushi!
The list of ingredients we had was as follows:
For the sushi rice:
- Sushi rice
- Brown rice (optional, we made two batches, the brown rice was experimental)
- Rice wine vinegar
For the sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi:
- Avocados. Make sure they’re ripe and soft to touch
- Crab sticks
- Yellow Radish
- Red peppers (optional, again, this was experimental)
- Seaweed sheets
- Fresh salmon – Get fresh sushi grade salmon
- Fresh Tuna – Again, fresh sushi grade tuna is a must
- Pickled ginger – you could try make your own too!
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Soy Sauce I recommend the Kikkoman brand, it’s delicious.
To make things run smoothly, having the rice made and seasoned and all your fish and ingredients cut up before your guests arrive is a good idea. Or you could have your guests help with the chopping when they arrive as well if you have enough time.
For the equipment, I’ve listed out all the essential bits and pieces that you’ll need to make sushi.
- Rice cooker. You might need more than one if you have a good few people over
- Rolling mats. One per person for making those delicious sushi rolls, you can purchase these from most supermarkets these days. They are made out of bamboo or more recently, I’ve started to notice some plastic ones which are good for inside out rolls.
- Chopsticks. You don’t want your guests eating sushi with their hands or a knife and fork!
- Big bowls for holding the rice
- Large trays for holding your sushi. Oven trays are fine for this, but you’re going to need a good few large plates or trays to hold your lovely rolls, nigiri and sashimi
- Chopping board and a very sharp knife. This is important, having a sharp knife to cut up your rolls is essential. Blunt knives will make cutting the rolls really difficult and will end up with them unraveling and falling apart
- Cling film. If you plan on making inside out rolls, you’re going to need cling film to put over the rolling mats.
- Soy sauce dishes
- Wine, beer and Saki. Keep your guests hydrated during the ‘hard work’
Having all the ingredients and equipment prepped and ready before they arrive makes things go a lot smoother. I cut up most of the ingredients before they arrived so that we could get straight into the sushi making.
Having everything prepped means that there’s no frantic running out and getting last minute ingredients or kitchen tools from the supermarket. Once everyone arrives, everyone can take a seat, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer and start rolling some lovely sushi. At our last sushi party, we made rolls and nigiri with all the ingredients until we ran out, then we cleared the table and put out all the sushi, ready to share and eat. You could also eat as you go but we preferred to get all the roles made before we sat down to eat.
So that’s my sushi party idea, great fun and great food with great company. Definitely something I’d recommend you do with your foodie friends. Or even if they’re not foodies or have never made sushi before, it’s a great way for them to learn how to roll some lovely sushi themselves.