It can be hard to know the best beginner sushi rolls if you’ve never eaten sushi before. Foreign words on the menu like “nitzume,” “hamachi,” and “masago” can be overwhelming. But no fear! We’re here to walk you through a short list of the five (5) best sushi rolls that are appealing to any first-time sushi eater.
What’s usually in sushi rolls
Sushi comes in the form of a roll and is typically cut into eight bites. Most beginner sushi rolls contain rice (most important ingredient), avocado, cream cheese, and/or raw fish. If the thought of raw fish scares you, you can order it without meat or choose a vegetable roll instead.
The best rolls for beginners:
Here’s a short list of the best rolls for beginner sushi eaters, but take note: Each sushi roll is wrapped in sushi rice, a primary ingredient for authentic sushi.
1. California roll (“Kalifornia” on our menu)
If you’ve been around sushi at all, you’ve heard of the California Roll. If you want to stay clear of raw fish, this is a great all-around roll for you. The ingredients are:
Blue claw crab mix
2. Philly roll
A Philly roll contains raw salmon which tastes fatty, buttery, and will melt in your mouth. Ingredients:
3. Vegetable roll (“Veggie Kali” on our menu)
If you’re apprehensive about trying raw fish, then maybe a vegetable roll is right for you. Ingredients:
4. Tempeh roll
This is another good option if you want to avoid meat. This role contains fried asparagus along with other complementing flavors. This roll typically has a crunch to it. Ingredients:
Nitzume (a Japanese sauce)
5. Spicy tuna roll
The spicy tuna roll is a popular one among beginners and veteran sushi eaters alike. The spicy tuna concoction is usually made of ground tuna, spicy sauce (like Sriracha), and mayonnaise. Ingredients:
Spicy tuna (a blend of tuna, spicy sauce, and mayo)
What typically comes with sushi rolls
Most traditional restaurants serve three items on the side to add flavor to the sushi rolls:
Soy sauce adds to the flavor of the fish. Dip one side of the role in soy sauce, let soak for five seconds and eat.
Sushi rolls are served with a dab of wasabi, a blend of wasabi root, horseradish, and mustard. A little goes a long way! Put a tiny bit on one side of the role and soy sauce on the other.