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The Ultimate Guide to Sushi

By Sophie Wells

All of the fish-lovers out there know first-hand how exceptionally delicious and ideal sushi is. Not to mention, there are various combinations and ways to consume it. So, let’s take a look at what sushi consists of.

The Basics

There are five main types of sushi that you can choose from.

First, we have nigiri. This consists of a type of fish resting on top of sushi rice.

Next, there is sashimi, which is purely fish or shellfish served by itself (no rice or toppings).

Maki, on the other hand, is what most people imagine when they think of sushi. This consists of rice and filling (fish, vegetables, etc.) that is wrapped in seaweed.

Uramaki is similar, but with the rice on the outside of the seaweed-wrapped filling.

Lastly, there is Temaki. These are Maki-style but rolled into large cone shapes.


The yummiest part about sushi, in my opinion, is the variety of toppings you can use. Some popular choices are sesame seeds, crushed almonds or pecans, slices of various fish, green onion, sprouts, jalapeno, and avocado, just to name a few. Many kinds of sauces are used to top and dip your sushi in. For example, spicy mayo, eel sauce, ponzu sauce, sriracha chili sauce, and, of course, soy sauce, can all be used to enhance your meal.


What’s stuffed inside your sushi rolls is also just as fun to experiment with. The fish is clearly the most important part. Some of the most popular types used are shrimp (fried or raw), eel (fresh and saltwater), tuna (spicy or not), yellowtail, scallop, salmon, crab, lobster, and many more. All have very unique and delicious flavors.

The other goodies jammed in with the fish include an array of fruits and vegetables including cucumber, avocado, carrot, radish, asparagus, red or green onion, bell pepper, yuca, pineapple, and mango. Believe it or not, cream cheese is also commonly used to fill sushi rolls, giving it a more soft, sweet flavor.

Popular Rolls

There are many types of sushi that I love to order from time to time, ranging from sashimi to temaki. However, when it comes to the basic maki roll form, I have some incredible (and popular) choices for you to try.

* Ingredients may vary from each restaurant *

1. Dynamite Roll - Shrimp tempura (fried shrimp), yellowtail, sprouts, avocado, cucumber, chili, spicy mayo, and eel sauce. My all-time favorite!

2. Dragon Roll - Eel, crab, cucumber, avocado, and eel sauce. The eel gives it a lovely buttery texture.

3. California Roll - Crab (or imitation crab), avocado, cucumber, and sesame seeds. A staple of the sushi world.

4. Shrimp Tempura Roll - Shrimp tempura, avocado, tempura flakes, sesame seeds, and eel sauce. Fried deliciousness.

5. Spicy Tuna Roll - Spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and spicy mayo. Simple, yet amazing with a spicy kick.

So, whether you’re first-time sushi triers or seasoned sushi lovers, next time you’re at a restaurant give your menu another look-over. I promise there are some combinations out there just waiting for you to try and love.

Sophie Wells is an editorial intern who is knowledgeable in all things fashion, cooking, and entertainment.

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