Are you a fan of Vegetarian Sushi? Look no further than our Asparagus Roll! If you’re craving the delightful simplicity of this sushi dish, why not try making it at home? This recipe is as straightforward as it gets, with just one primary ingredient – fresh asparagus spears. The rest of the essentials can easily be found at your local supermarket, making it a convenient and cost-effective choice for sushi enthusiasts.
Not only is this Asparagus Roll a tasty treat, but it also provides an excellent opportunity to practice your sushi rolling technique. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner in the art of sushi making, mastering the perfect roll is a rewarding culinary skill. So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and embark on a delicious journey of homemade Vegetarian Sushi with our Asparagus Roll recipe. Delight in the fresh flavors and pure enjoyment with every bite, all from the comfort of your own kitchen!
You will need the following to complete this tutorial:
- 1 cup of Seasoned Sushi rice (190 grams).
- Half-cut sheets of nori
- Asparagus, Raw: 2-6 Pieces
- Sharp Knife
- Cutting Board
- Hand water or Tezu (bowl of water)
- Paper Towels
- Medium pot or saucepan
- Medium bowl
Asparagus – How to Cook it
It is easy to cook asparagus. To prepare asparagus for sushi I blanch the pieces and then let them dry. Before we begin blanching the asparagus, make sure you cut it to the same size as the nori half-sheet.
1. Bring a pot of water or a saucepan to a rolling boil.
2. While the water heats up, prepare an Ice Bath by putting several pieces of ice in a large bowl. Fill it with cold water.
3. After the water comes to a rolling boil, add the spears and cook for 60-90 secs. The water should turn slightly green, and the asparagus soft enough to be poked with a fork.
4. Grab the asparagus with tongs and add it to your ice bath.
5. Once the asparagus has cooled, remove them from the ice bath. Place them on paper towels and gently pat them dry.
The asparagus roll is also known as Hosomaki. This roll is a great way to practice because there aren’t too many ingredients.
1. Add a small amount of rice on the rough side of nori. Make sure that you leave approximately 1cm of ori visible at the top.
Make sure that the rice grains are evenly distributed across the nori.
2. Cut your asparagus in half lengthwise.
3. Place the two halves on the center of your rice. This is how I prefer to cut the asparagus into half and arrange them. It helps me keep the amount of the main ingredient consistent throughout the roll.
As I was creating this tutorial, I cut my asparagus too short. You can see that the asparagus pieces are too short. Do not try this at home. Use a piece nori as a measuring tool to determine how long your asparagus should be cut.
4. The nori must be moist to stick together.
Then, using your fingertips, transfer the water onto the exposed part of the nori. Slide your thumbs under the mat and roll the asparagus over it while the nori remains wet. Use your fingers to keep the ingredients in place as you roll.
After rolling it up, allow it to sit for a few minutes (with the moist part facing down).
5. Use the makisu to “tuck” the ends while you wait. Place the makisu on one end of the roll, and apply light pressure using one hand. You can use 1-2 fingers on your other hand to push the rice or ingredients back into the roll.
This should make your final pieces look cleaner.
6. It’s now time to cut the nori after it has dried and adhered to itself. Cut the roll in two and stack them together.
Next, slice the two halves in thirds.
7. Then, place the roll onto a plate. Add some ginger, wasabi and/or garnishes with the roll!
Pro tip: Add a little Garlic Mayo, or Miso Mayo in my asparagus roll. This adds an extra layer of flavor to the roll.
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