Makizushi: How to Make Japanese Sushi Rolls

Makizushi is also known as rolled sushi or sushi rolls. This common type of sushi is made of seaweed and rice filled with various ingredients such as fish and vegetables. Seaweed is one of the main ingredients in this form of sushi, so it is also called norimaki. Makizushi is excellent for parties or potlucks as an appetizer or finger food, and it is often prepareed for celebrations in Japan. A Japanese bento lunch may also include versions of makizushi with vegetable or pickled fillings. It is also possible to use canned tuna, vegetables, and eggs as fillings.

Makizushi: Japanese Sushi Rolls

  • Author: Romae Chanice Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Japanese

What sets makizushi apart from other sushi styles is that in the same roll, you can enjoy many different flavors. There are several types of makizushi, based not only on the ingredients but also on the roll thickness itself. The whole preparation and cooking time is 30 minutes. This recipe is suitable for at least three people. 

A Japanese bento lunch may also include versions of makizushi with vegetable or pickled fillings. Photo

Makizushi: Japanese Sushi Rolls Ingredients

  • 200g sushi rice
  • 2 sheets of nori seaweed
  • 3 tbsp sushi vinegar
  • soy sauce to taste
  • wasabi to taste
  • sushi ginger to taste
  • toasted white sesame seeds (optional)

For the fillings,

  • tuna – sashimi grade, raw
  • salmon – sashimi grade, raw
  • avocado slices, as many as desired
  • cucumber slices, as many as desired
  • crab sticks
  • canned tuna mixed with mayo
  • prawns

Makizushi: Japanese Sushi Rolls Instructions

Step 1: Japanese white rice is blended with a unique sushi rice vinegar for the processing of sushi rice. Once you’ve prepared or purchased your sushi rice, you’ll need to start by laying out your makisu rolling mat preparation area.

Step 2: Place a sheet of nori on the mat and cover with your sushi rice about 1 cm high on two-thirds of one side of your nori seaweed. Add the ingredients in a line in the center on top of the rice. You can choose any combination of complementary ingredients.

Step 3: Start rolling the ingredients away from you with the wooden rolling mat, while holding the roll secure. The rice’s moisture will help it stick together.

Step 4: You can then cut your roll into 6-8 pieces and serve with soy sauce, wasabi, and sushi ginger.

Makizushi: Japanese Sushi Rolls Additional Information

  • Once you start rolling, try wrapping your rolling sushi mat with a cling film because this will not only make it easier to clean the mat after using it but also prevent the sticky rice from getting stuck on the mat.
  • It will take about 30 minutes to prepare this recipe.
  • This recipe is suitable to feed at least three people. 
  • The rice is the most essential element of makizushi. Sushi rice should only be used as it is more sticky than other types and will not fall apart in the rolls.

About Makizushi: Japanese Sushi Rolls Recipe

Specific ingredients are wrapped in nori with sushi rice to make makizushi and then cut into f bite-size pieces. They are meant to be eaten in a single bite and are often dipped in soy sauce. Serving the rolls with wasabi and pickled ginger called gari shoga is also popular. 


Makizushi is known all over the world as a snack or appetizer. You can always find this in your local Japanese restaurants or you make it on your own. For more Japanese recipes, click here.