'Mock' Sushi

'Mock' Sushi

Jane Bruce


  • 2 Cups  sushi rice, cooked
  • 8 Teaspoons  rice vinegar
  • 6 Teaspoons  white sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  salt
  • sheets dried and seasoned seaweed (nori)
  • mini cucumbers, cut into slivers
  • 1/2 Pound  cooked shrimp, preferably steamed
  • avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced thinly
  •   Soy sauce, for serving (optional)
  •   Wasabi, for serving (optional)

This recipe is perfect when you're strapped for time, and kids will think you're super fancy for serving something sushi-like for dinner (and have a blast building their own handrolls). Just grab your favorite vegetables (cucumbers and asparagus work well), some steamed shrimp, and soy sauce to fix it all up.

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In a bowl, combine the hot rice, rice vinegar, white sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Let cool slightly.

To assemble, cut the nori into squares for a handroll (or "taco"). Layer on the rice, cucumbers, shrimp, and avocado. Roll and serve with soy sauce and wasabi, if desired.

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