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Sakagura Sushi Roll Recipe

How To At Home: Create a Hoso Maki Thin Sushi Roll

Craving Japanese food? Learn how to create a makizushi dish at home thanks to the culinary team at one of London’s favourite Japanese restaurants, Sakagura. Set in the heart of Heddon Street - the foodie side street just off of Regent Street – Sakagura chefs are experts when it comes to serving sushi. This classic recipe is a gem to add to your repertoire; once mastered, if can be adapted time and time again. Don’t worry, ingredients are readily available to order from the Japan Centre website here.

Hoso Maki Thin Sushi Roll Recipe

Ingredients (serves 1-2)

For the sushi rice:

  • 660g cooked Japanese sushi rice
  • 50ml sushi vinegar

For the thin roll:

  • 1 long strip of sashimi grade fish
  • 1 sheet nori seaweed
  • 1/2 tsp wasabi

To serve:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce


  • Moisten the inside of a sushi rice mixing bowl or a large bowl to prevent the rice from sticking. The rice needs to be freshly cooked and hot when preparing sushi rice.
  • Place the cooked rice in the bowl and add the sushi vinegar. Gently mix the vinegar into the rice using a rice paddle until the vinegar is well incorporated.
  • Let the sushi rice cool down to room temperature. Cover the sushi rice with a moistened tea towel to prevent the rice from drying out.
  • Cut the nori seaweed into halves, and then place half of the nori on the sushi mat* shiny side down. As a golden rule, the shiny side of the nori seaweed should always be on the outside of the sushi.
  • Place roughly 80g of sushi rice on the nori seaweed and spread across evenly leaving 1cm on the top edge. Add a small portion of wasabi and place the strip of sashimi grade fish in the centre.
  • Start rolling from the bottom, tucking the edge of the roll to fully enclose the filling. Lift the edge of the mat and continue to roll forward until the sushi is formed into a firm cylinder.
  • Slightly wet the blade of a sharp knife and slice the roll into 6 pieces. First, slice it into halves and then the halves into thirds. Clean the knife with a wet towel between cuts to prevent the rice from sticking to the knife.
  • Serve with soy sauce.

*Top tip: we find wrapping your sushi mat in cling film helps the rice from sticking to it, as well as making for easier cleaning.

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