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Although there are a number of Sushi types that most people order, in reality, you can choose any combination of fish and vegetables you like.  Therefore, in addition to some of the better-known Sushi types, you can be as imaginative as you like and create your own Sushi variety.  The first list includes some of the most common ways in which Sushi is made: 

  • Bara Sushi The vinegar rice and ingredients are mixed as a salad
  • Chirashi Sushi The rice bed has various layers of fish and is served in a bowl called Gomoku Sushi or Iso-don
  • Futomaki This is a large Maki roll that has many different ingredients using Nori, which is a seaweed wrap
  • Inari Sushi Instead of using the traditional vinegar rice, brown, fried tofu is used
  • Nigiri Sushi Vinegar rice topped with a slice of raw or cooked fish, or vegetables
  • Okonomi Sushi This is home-style Nigiri
  • Onigiri This Sushi is made with regular steamed rice and rolled into a ball with other ingredients
  • Oshizushi Vinegar rice and other ingredients of choice pressed into a mold
  • Temaki These are cone-shaped seaweed rolls also called a hand roll

This second list includes all the various types of Sushi: 

  • Amaebi Sweet shrimp
  • Boston Rolls Crab, salmon, and scallion
  • California Crab and avocado
  • Ebi Shrimp
  • Egg Salad Rolls Hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and green onion strips
  • Hamachi Yellow Tail
  • Hirame - Halibut
  • Holiday Rolls Turkey, cranberry salsa, and cream cheese strips
  • Hotate Scallop
  • Ika Squid
  • Ikura Salmon roe
  • Kani - Crab
  • Kappa Ma Cucumber
  • Maguro Tuna
  • Masago Smelt Roe
  • Mirugai Giant clam
  • New York Rolls Smoked salmon, apple, and avocado
  • Pesto Rolls Turkey or chicken, cream cheese strips, and pesto
  • Philadelphia Rolls Smoked salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese strips
  • Saba Mackerel
  • Sake - Salmon
  • Shrimp Rolls Shrimp and cream cheese strips
  • Smoked Salmon Rolls Smoked salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese strips
  • Spider Roll
  • Summer Melon Rolls Prosciutto and melon strips
  • Tako - Octopus
  • Tai Red snapper
  • Tamago Egg
  • Tekka Maki Tuna Roll
  • Temaki Spicy tuna
  • Texas Rolls Cooked beef, cucumber, and spinach leaves
  • Toro Fatty Tuna
  • Tuna Salad Rolls Tuna salad and lettuce leaves
  • Unagi Eel
  • Uni Sea urchin
  • Veggie Rolls Pesto, cucumber, tomato, mushrooms, scrambled egg, scallions

Keep in mind that some of the Sushi types mentioned above are new recipes from people with creative minds and all of these have become quite popular in the United States. 

This third list includes other ingredients that are commonly used for Sushi: 

  • Short-grain white rice
  • Nori (seaweed)
  • Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • Seasoned rice vinegar
  • Prawns
  • Barbecue or regular eel
  • Caviar
  • Albacore
  • Avocado
  • Alpha or bean sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Cream cheese
  • Tempura batter

As you can see, Sushi is not simply rice and fish.  While you can create any ingredient combination that sounds appealing to you, the one thing you want to do is maintain the integrity of this Asian food.  This means serving the Sushi with a choice of soy sauce or wasabi, along with either pickled ginger or green tea as a way to cleanse the palette. 

You will find that making Sushi is actually very easy.  That coupled with the fact that it is full of incredible nutrients, low in calories, and tastes delicious, there is no doubt that Sushi will become your next favorite food.


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