How to make sushi

How to make sushi in your own home

Senior food editor Lucy Kelly shows just how simple it is to make sushi rolls at home.

Chicken and brown rice sushi


7 SmartPoints® per serve
Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4



¾ cup (150g) short-grain brown rice
2 tbs rice vinegar
1½ tsp caster sugar
½ tsp salt
100g lean skinless chicken breast fillet
2 tsp plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbs (20g) panko breadcrumbs
4 sheets nori
¼ small avocado (50g), cut into strips
½ small carrot (40g), cut into thin strips
¼ small cucumber (50g), deseeded, cut into thin strips
½ small red capsicum (50g), cut into thin strips
Soy sauce and wasabi paste, to serve


Step 1

Rinse rice under cold running water until the water runs clear. Cook rice following packet instructions. Transfer to a bowl. Combine the vinegar, sugar and salt, and stir to dissolve. Gradually add the vinegar mixture to the rice using a large metal spoon to combine. Set aside to cool.

How to make sushi


Step 2

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly spray a baking tray with oil and line with baking paper. Using a sharp knife, cut the chicken in half horizontally. Place chicken on a board and cover with plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or a rolling pin, gently pound the chicken until it is about 5mm thick.

How to make sushi


Step 3

Lay out three bowls. Place the flour in one and season it with salt and pepper. In another, beat the egg. Place the breadcrumbs in the other. Using one hand, lightly coat each piece of chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip into the egg then coat with breadcrumbs, pressing to coat.

How to make sushi


Step 4

Place the chicken on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Lightly spray the chicken with oil. Bake for 5 minutes, then turn chicken and lightly spray with oil. Cook for another 5 minutes or until golden brown and no longer pink in the middle. Cool, then cut into 7mm slices.

How to make sushi


Step 5

To assemble the sushi, lay a sheet of the nori, shiny-side down, on a bamboo rolling mat. Take one quarter of the rice, and using wet hands, spread the rice over two thirds of the nori sheet to the edges, leaving a 2cm border along the edge closest to you. Lightly brush the nori with water.

How to make sushi


Step 6

Lay a quarter each of the chicken and vegies across the centre of the rice. Roll the nori gently but firmly on the mat. Unroll mat, set the sushi aside. Repeat with the remaining nori, rice and fillings to make 4 rolls. Use a wet knife to cut rolls into pieces. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi.

How to make sushi

How to make sushi