Easy Futomaki : Thick Sushi Rolls

Create your individual conventional Japanese futomaki sushi rolls packed full of colourful and scrumptious elements.



Discover ways to make futomaki sushi rolls like a professional! Sometimes called “thick rolls,” Futomaki is a well-liked sort of sushi that options quite a lot of colourful elements wrapped in nori seaweed  and sushi rice. There’s no should be knowledgeable sushi chef to create scrumptious selfmade sushi at house. Merely collect your elements and observe together with our simple directions and step-by-step picture information to create your individual lovely and scrumptious Futomaki. They’re additionally simply customisable; excellent for picnics and lunches; and a enjoyable exercise for a cocktail party with household and associates!

What’s Futomaki

4 pieces of futomaki sushi rolls on a plate

Futomaki Substances


Nori is a kind of edible seaweed sheet used because the outer wrapping for futomaki and different forms of sushi rolls. You will get nori sheets from supermarkets, Asian groceries, or on-line outlets.

Sushi Rice

the bottom of all sushi is seasoned sushi rice. The cooked rice is blended with vinegar, sugar, and salt.

Sushi Rolls Fillings

Principally you’ll be able to put any fillings you want in these sushi rolls to fit your tastes. Futomaki sometimes consists of quite a lot of colourful and flavorful elements. I see many artistic and distinctive fillings right here in Australia that Japanese wouldn’t consider. For instance, hen katsu, and yakiniku. Historically, fillings are a mix of greens and tamagoyaki (egg omelette) or sea meals.

Greens :

Some widespread vegetable fillings you can contemplate to your futomaki rolls are

  • carrots (thinly sliced or julienned and cooked in seasoning, see directions)
  • spinach (sautéed or blanched)
  • shiitake mushrooms (cooked in seasoning, see directions)
  • cucumber (thinly sliced). 
  • avocado

Some extra particular choices embrace

julienned tamagoyaki, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, and dried shiitake mushrooms on a bamboo tray
  • Kanpyo (dried gourd strips): Kanpyo is constituted of dried shavings of calabash. Calabash is a kind of gourd. Kanpyo is the standard filling of futo makizushi (thick rolls) sushi rolls. It’s normally cooked and flavoured in soy sauce, sugar and mirin. These strips have a barely chewy texture and delicate sweetness. It can be used as edible strings to tie up Kombu kelp and stuffed fried tofu. They’re obtainable from Japanese grocery shops or on-line.
  • Takuan (pickled daikon radish): Takuan is pickled daikon radish, which has been fermented in saltwater brine to develop its distinctive sourness and crunchy texture. Its vivid yellow coloration provides visible enchantment to the roll.  
kanpyo in a packet and also soaked in a bowl of water

Proteins :


  • Sushi-grade Tuna or Salmon (Sashimi): Some variations of futomaki akin to Ehōmaki which is eaten at Setsubun in February include slices of contemporary uncooked tuna,  salmon and unagi eel. 
  • Bbq unagi (eel): Eel in Japan is usually grilled that’s marinated with a particular unagi sauce constituted of soy, mirin (a candy rice wine), sugar, and sake. The eel is grilled till it achieves a caramelized glaze on the floor. This cooking course of enhances its pure flavors whereas offering an irresistible smoky aroma.
  • Yakiniku: that is thinly sliced and marinated bbq beef. It goes splendidly with the rice and different elements.
  • Rooster katsu: though it’s not conventional or widespread in Japan, hen katsu is a implausible possibility for many who don’t like uncooked/cooked fish or are new to sushi and desire a acquainted style.
deep fried chicken katsu sliced and served on a plate with green salad

Vegetarian/Vegan Choices

  • Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet): A sweetened egg omelet generally known as tamagoyaki is commonly included in futomaki.
  • Fried bean curd : For individuals who want a plant based mostly possibility, fried bean curd (generally known as Aburaage in Japanese) is a superb selection. This deep-fried tofu gives a singular texture and semi-sweet style.
  • Grilled/fried tofu: one other nice non-meat possibility is grilled or fried tofu. It provides protein and might add a pleasant crispy component.

You possibly can combine and match these fillings based mostly in your preferences and availability. Don’t overlook to dip your futomaki rolls in soy sauce or get pleasure from them with wasabi and pickled ginger for an entire sushi expertise!

Learn how to Roll Futomaki

1. Make Sushi Rice

Wash sushi rice in chilly water till the water runs clear. Cook dinner the rice with kombu strip utilizing a rice cooker. As soon as cooked, permit it to chill barely earlier than seasoning with sushi vinegar or a mix of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt.

4 images collaged nori sheet on a bamboo rolling mat and progressively layouting sushi rice and fillings

2. Assemble Your Fillings

Select your most popular fillings for futomaki rolls (see above for fillings choices) and minimize the chosen fillings into strips.

3. Roll the Futomaki

Place your bamboo sushi mat on a clear floor.

Take one sheet of nori and place it shiny aspect down on prime of your ready sushi mat

Unfold the rice evenly utilizing moist fingers to stop sticking, evenly unfold about one cup of seasoned sushi rice onto the nori sheet, leaving a small border on the prime edge. Keep away from urgent too laborious in order that the rice isn’t squished a lot.

Organize your fillings. Place a choice of your chosen elements in a line throughout the center of the rice. Be artistic and mix completely different flavours and textures for an thrilling futomaki roll! 

Roll It Up. With each fingers, maintain the sushi mat and begin rolling it away from your self. Put just a little little bit of water or rice vinegar on the small border on the prime and press to seal.

4 images collage rolling futomaki sushi rolls step by step

 Tricks to Make a Completely Rolled Futomaki

Completely rolled sushi has the fillings rolled proper within the centre. The seaweed sheet ought to appear to be a pinwheel. Presentation is a big side of Japanese delicacies, so it’s essential to roll it accurately.  

  • Place the nori seaweed sheet in keeping with one fringe of the bamboo sushi rolling mat, as step one picture signifies.
  • Place the rice on the seaweed about 5mm thick and depart about 3cm (1.2 inch) hole on the highest finish. Additionally make the rice on the top barely thicker.
  • Place the fillings within the centre of the rice. Do NOT layer the fillings on prime of one another, somewhat place them subsequent to one another. (See the step-by-step photographs).
  • Once you roll, make the sting of the bamboo that’s aligned with the seaweed, meet with the sting of the rice. Put just a little little bit of water or vinegar on the 3cm (1.2 inch) hole of the seaweed sheet, and proceed to roll over the hole and squeeze over the bamboo mat.
wiping a sharp Japanese knife with a wet cloths

Slice Futomaki Sushi Rolls Neatly

We don’t wish to spoil the peerlessly rolled futomaki sushi rolls. So at all times (rigorously!) use a pointy knife to slice the rolls. Nonetheless, let me let you know a Japanese secret to make the minimize neat. Once you minimize the sushi, moist the knife with just a little water earlier than each minimize, and wipe with a moist material after each minimize. In that means, you by no means squish the sushi unintentionally.

What to Serve Futomaki with

Whereas it may be loved by itself, serving futomaki with complementary objects elevates the eating expertise.

1. Miso Soup: Begin your futomaki feast with a traditional Japanese favorite – miso soup. This mild and savory broth is the right begin to a meal.

2. Edamame: Add some texture to your meal by serving steamed edamame alongside your futomaki rolls. The crunchiness and freshness of the beans go effectively with the softness of the sushi. 

3. Gyoza: For individuals who love dumplings, gyoza makes a superb accompaniment to futomaki. These pan-fried or steamed Japanese dumplings filled with meat or greens present a further burst of taste that enhances the sushi rolls completely. 

4. Seaweed Salad: the contemporary, delicate style and crunchy texture of the salad balances out the  sushi rolls.

5. Tempura Greens: Tempura greens provides a crispy and scorching component subsequent to the sushi rolls.

6. Pickled Ginger (Gari): A staple aspect dish with sushi is pickled ginger. It helps cleanse the palate between bites of sushi and has a tangy and barely candy style that enhances the flavors.

7. Wasabi and Soy Sauce: No sushi expertise is full with out wasabi and soy sauce. These add a contact of spiciness or saltiness to the contemporary sushi.

cutting futomaki sushi rolls with a sharp Japanese knife
4 pieces of futomaki sushi rolls on a plate

Sushi rolls Futomaki

Create your individual conventional Japanese futomaki sushi rolls packed full of colourful and scrumptious elements.

Course: Rice, Rice dish

Delicacies: Japanese

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time 20 minutes

Complete Time 30 minutes

Servings: 3 sushi rolls

Energy: 364kcal

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  • Put together the sushi rice by folowing the recipe hyperlink.

  • Soak the mushrooms in a bowl with 1 cup of water. Soak Kanpyo in a separate bow with 1 cups of water. 

  • Whereas the mushrooms are soaking, put together the carrot, egg, and cucumber.

  • Reduce the carrot and cucumber into lengthy sticks and put aside.

  • Put together the tamagoyaki by following the steps within the recipe hyperlink then minimize into lengthy sticks.

  • Squeeze out the surplus water from the mushrooms right into a bowl (save the water) and slice them thinly.

  • Squeeze out the surplus water out of the Kanpyo and minimize them in identical size of nori sheets. 

  • Put 100ml of the water that the mushroom soaked in and a pair of tbs of sugar, 2 tbs sake, and a pair of tbs of soy sauce right into a saucepan.

  • Put the sliced mushrooms, Kanpyo and carrots into the sauce pan and produce it to boil then cut back the warmth to low and permit it to simmer till the many of the liquid has diminished and the carrots are tender.

  • Take away from warmth and permit to chill down earlier than placing into the sushi roll.

  • Lay a seaweed sheet onto a sushi mat and place 1.5 cup rice on prime and unfold it out about 5mm thick leaving 3cm(1.2 inch) hole on the one fringe of nori sheet. 

  • Lay out the fillings within the centre of the sushi rice. Don’t layer them on prime of one another fillings, somewhat line them up. *3

  • Place just a little water on to the bigger fringe of the seaweed then roll the opposite aspect in direction of it and press down on the fillings as you roll then squeeze tightly.

  • Repeat for the remaining quantity of rice and fillings.

  • Reduce the sushi roll into smaller sizes and serve with Sushi ginger and Wasabi if in case you have. *4


*1 Learn how to make Good sushi rice, test right here
*2 Learn how to make Tamagoyaki, test right here
*3 detailed ideas within the above submit.
*4 Sushi ginger is obtainable from Japanese grocery shops or make your individual.  Examine the recipe right here .  
*5 Prep time/Cook dinner time doesn’t embrace cooking the rice as everybody’s rice cookers range on time.
*6 Dietary reality are per sushi roll. One sushi roll is 364 cal. Half a sushi roll which is the dimensions you get usually from take away shops is 182 cal with the elements I used.  


Energy: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 9g | Fats: 2g | Saturated Fats: 0g | Ldl cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1815IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.2mg


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