Nigerian Sushi


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I love Asian food and have recreated many of their dishes, but I have never really been a big fan of Sushi. My husband on the other hand loves sushi and he is a loyal customer of the Sushi bar. Last week, while watching him eat a dragon roll sushi, the adventurous voice in my head started whispering ideas to me again, hmm… Jollof rice Sushi? Coconut rice Sushi? Efo riro? Plantain? Grilled Fish? Snail? Which would it be? The options were numerous and when I finally tried out some ideas, I was amazed at the results. It was surprisingly easy to make and the taste was lovely.

Here is my take on Nigerian-Japanese sushi fusion:

 

You will need:

1 Bamboo mat.

Nori (sea weed sheets)

Plastic wrap (optional)

1 cup of boiled Jasmine rice (sushi rice, quinoa, brown rice or any sticky short grain rice would do just fine)

1 cup of cooked Jasmine Jollof rice

Grilled Fish, beef or shrimp

Efo riro. (I used Kale, but Collard greens and Spinach are also great substitutes)

Bell Peppers (seasoned and sautéed in butter)

Plantain, Avocado or any other toppings of your choice.For the Jollof Sushi: I used grilled beef, plantain, kale and peppers.

For the Plain Sushi, I used stewed grilled fish, veggies and bell peppers.

Please Feel free to experiment and add whatever  suits your taste, there is really no laid down rules for this.

Steps:

  • Wrap the bamboo mat in a plastic wrap and place a sheet of nori on top (the shiny part of the nori should be placed downwards).  
  • Spread your rice evenly over the nori, (about 3/8 inch thick) and cover all the edges except the 2 inch strip along the edge farthest from you as shown in the picture.
  • Lay your first choice of toppings in a row at the near edge and add your garnishes very close to each other: if you have too much garnishes, you can pile them on top of each other, (eg: The peppers can be placed on top of the grilled beef.)
  • Use the bamboo mat to roll the sushi, squeezing firmly after each roll (as seen in the pictures). **squeezing the sushi roll, enables all the ingredients to come together and prevents the roll from falling apart when you cut it**
  • Remove the Sushi mat and Cut your Sushi roll with a sharp knife into 8 pieces. **if you have too much garnishes, you would need to clean out the knife after each cut in other to get a clean cut**

 

Voilà! You have your very own custom made sushi rolls. Lol.  Enjoy with stew, pepper sauce or any Japanese sauce of your sauce.

Ps: If you are making the inside out rolls, with the rice on the outside, just use the same method, but place your rice on the bamboo mat first and then lay your garnishes, directly on the sushi.

I have an order to make some appetizers for a valentine ball next month so I would be experimenting with different toppings and home sauces. Stay tuned for more ideas.

 

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By |January 28th, 2014|32 Comments

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  1. Sushi Lord August 22, 2015 at 2:09 am - Reply

    omo guy u for just write FISH PIE na. Us that have real sushi know what it is! Yaba!

  2. Tosin @ NigerianFoods.com December 19, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Nigerian sushi makes so much sense. I want to eat this NOW! Adding this to my recipe to-eat list 🙂

  3. Mrs DiCaprio October 10, 2014 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Great one.
    I can’t see any pictures. Do you live in Nigeria? Where can one get these ingredients? Nori, bamboo mat, jasmine rice, etc? Can we see their pictures pls? Thanks

  4. sophie September 17, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Where can I get nori leaves in abuja

  5. Ihu March 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to try, but I cannot see the images of each step of the recipe.

  6. Cannime March 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    lol.. *join**

  7. Aby February 22, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Pls u need a YouTube channel

  8. iyke February 5, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I think I can travel any distance to eat your food, the colors, concept and presentation is amazing. I live abroad n is obvious that we have more food menu than the italians.you guys rock!

  9. Cannime February 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    This is very creative. Maybe some non-sushi fans like us can finally going the crew.

  10. yugo January 31, 2014 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Thank you Yetunde for your kind words and yes, and the flavors were totally amazing.

  11. Wunmi January 31, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    This is amazing… pls where can i get nori and bamboo mat in Lagos?

  12. Abbey January 30, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    This is amazingly fanatastic. I love it

    • yugo January 31, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Abbey

  13. Yetunde January 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Very creative. Love the idea. I’m sure the flavors are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    • yugo January 31, 2014 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Thank you Yetunde for your kind words and yes, the flavors were totally amazing.

  14. yugo January 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you Glory. I tried using the back of smoked fish but it didn’t work out too well. Maybe you can try cabbage or lettuce? It would be different but also nice. For the bamboo mat, you can simply use any flexible table mat. I hope that helped. I would let you know if I have any more ideas.

  15. yugo January 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you Glory. I really don’t know of any substitutes. I tried using the back of smoked fish but it didn’t work out too well. Maybe you can try wrapping it in Lettuce or cabbage leaves? That would be different and nice also. For the bamboo mat, you can try any flexible mat. I would update you if I have any more ideas.

  16. yugo January 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks you too.

  17. diuto January 29, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    This is so creative, and looks easy to follow. Look forward to more amazing ideas from you.

    • yugo January 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you Diuto.

  18. Jane January 29, 2014 at 8:19 am - Reply

    No way. Nigerian sushi, definitely worth giving a shot.

    • yugo January 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you. Please share your results

  19. Irene O. January 29, 2014 at 5:18 am - Reply

    This is great. Brilliant idea. I don’t eat suchi because of the raw fish, now I can give it a try, the nija way. Pls, how did you remove the bamboo mat without loosing the roll. Thanks.

    • yugo January 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Irene. I never liked the idea of eating raw fish either. For the rolling process; Just like the third picture, lift the end of the mat, and roll it over the ingredients then squeeze gently. Unwrap the mat and roll forward again until you have the complete roll.

  20. Glory Ukpevo January 29, 2014 at 4:01 am - Reply

    This is so creative and sure looks yummy. would like 2 give it a try but please, is there possibly an alternative for the nori and bamboo mat?

    • yugo January 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you Glory. I really don’t know of any substitutes. I tried using the back of smoked fish but it didn’t work out too well. Maybe you can try wrapping it in Lettuce or cabbage leaves? That would be different and nice also. For the bamboo mat, you can try any flexible mat. I would update you if I have any more ideas.

  21. Aijay. January 29, 2014 at 12:22 am - Reply

    This is creativity at its best. Thanks for sharing.

    • yugo January 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks Aijay

  22. Elizabeth January 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    it is a great idea as a trainee chef, i love i will try it thanks 🙂

    • yugo January 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth. Please share your results.

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