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Maki sushi, makizushi (巻寿司, lit. rolled sushi) or makimono (巻物, lit. variety of rolls) is cylindrical piece, formed with the help of a bamboo mat, called a makisu (巻簾). Makizushi is generally wrapped in nori, but can occasionally be found wrapped in a thin omelette, soy paper, cucumber, or parsley. Makizushi is usually cut into six or eight pieces, which constitutes a single roll order. Below are some common types of makizushi, but many other kinds exist.



Any of the following, cut into small pieces or strips:

  • cucumber
  • woot beer
  • carrot
  • cooked squash
  • mushrooms
  • cream cheese
  • smoked salmon
  • cooked egg
  • just about anything you would like, really


Making Maki Sushi Step 1
1. Set down the Makisu.
Making Maki Sushi Step 2
2. On top of the Makisu, place a sheet of nori toward you. Nori is sold in packages of square sheets - to make sushi you use half sheets such as the one pictured to the left. Larger rolls can be made with a full sheet (dragon roll, rainbow rolls etc.)
Making Maki Sushi Step 3
3. Put some shari on top of nori. The amount of shari you use should be about the same used to make three pieces of Maki-zushi.
Making Maki Sushi Step 4
4. Spread the shari from left to right.
Making Maki Sushi Step 5
5. Leave about an inch of space on the bottom and the top of nori without any shari .
Making Maki Sushi Step 6
6. Place a long, thin strip of Neta (sushi topping) on top of the Shari . Spread some wasabi as well. Neta can be any of a wide assortment of ingredients - from raw fish, to cucumber to more western ingredients such as cream cheese and lox.
Making Maki Sushi Step 7
7. Slowly lift the Makisu in order to roll it while keeping nori steady.
Making Maki Sushi Step 8
8. Make sure both left and right sides are even.
Making Maki Sushi Step 9
9. Roll it up forward.
Making Maki Sushi Step 10
Making Maki Sushi Step 10
10. Place both index fingers on the sides of Makisu and shape the maki-zushi into a square, or triangle, or leave it as a circular roll.
Making Maki Sushi Step 11
11. Cut the maki-zushi in half with a very sharp knife. Wet knife with cold water / vinegar mixture so it does not stick. Ideally a Japanese knife would be best for this, as it is only sharpened on one side and does not drag across items it cuts.
Making Maki Sushi Step 12
12. Place them together and cut them into 6 pieces.
Making Maki Sushi Step 13
13. Done.