How to Make Maki Sushi Rolls

Maki rolls are an absolute favorite when it comes to sushi. These cylindrical delights, wrapped in nori seaweed and packed with an array of ingredients, create an explosion of flavors and textures with every bite. Though these rolls may seem intimidating at first, with practice and guidance you too can become a maki master!

Get Started Today: Ingredients and Prep Work

Gather the following supplies before beginning your maki-making adventure:

  • 100g of sushi rice
  • 1 sheet of nori seaweed
  • 2 tbsp of sushi vinegar
  • Soy sauce, wasabi, sushi ginger (for serving)
  • Optional: Roasted white sesame seeds


Beginning by cooking and mixing sushi rice with vinegar is crucial in creating the ideal texture and taste for maki rolls.

Roll Like a Pro: Technique and Tips

Let’s delve into the art of rolling sushi. Start by setting up your rolling mat, placing a sheet of nori seaweed on it, and spreading a layer of sushi rice evenly over two-thirds of it (leaving an inch at the top for margining purposes). Now comes the fun part: rolling sushi!

Assemble your desired fillings along the center of the rice. Be generous but take care not to overfill as this could make rolling difficult.

With your rolling mat in hand, carefully fold and tuck the nori over your fillings, tucking it tightly as you roll away from yourself. Wetting your fingertips slightly will prevent rice from sticking to them.

Once rolled, use a wet knife to carefully slice into bite-sized pieces for optimal results. For clean cuts.

Exploring Variations and Techniques

While a basic maki roll may be satisfying enough on its own, don’t be intimidated to experiment with variations such as inside-out rolls (uramaki) and different fillings and toppings to customize your maki according to your own tastes and preferences. Be creative! Tailor each maki to your unique palette!

Remember, practice makes perfect. Don’t give up if your first attempt doesn’t turn out perfectly, as with time and patience your maki rolls will soon be worthy of any sushi fan’s admiration!

Gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and embark on an extraordinary culinary experience by crafting maki sushi rolls! Enjoy them as snacks, appetizers or main courses and satisfy your Japanese cuisine cravings with these delightful creations.

Sushi Inc is a vibrant restaurant that offers what is considered the best sushi in St Pete. Opening its doors in 2013 and becoming a local staple by offering live music, traditional hand-rolled sushi and a friendly atmosphere, our guests always have a top notch experience. Customers love our award-winning, fresh and creative Sushi rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi. With a larger selection of tempura, non-Sushi, and teriyaki options, we can accommodate every taste.


Diane Merriman

The author Diane Merriman