Temaki sushi is an easy hand-rolled sushi that you can fill with your favorite ingredients. Perfect for parties.

Temaki Sushi (Hand Rolls)

Temaki Sushi (手巻き寿司) literally means "hand rolled sushi". As the name implies Temaki Sushi is rolled by hand, so there's no need for any special equipment like a sushi mat. Just add some sushi rice to a sheet of nori, pile on your favorite fillings, and roll it up like a bouquet of sushi with your hands.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish, Rice
Diet Gluten-Free, Low-Fat, Pescatarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 batch sushi rice (click link in headnotes for recipe)
  • 1 pack nori (full-size sheets cut in half)
  • tuna
  • ikura
  • salmon
  • lettuce
  • kaiware sprouts
  • green shiso
  • mayonnaise


  1. Place a sheet of nori with the rough-side up in front of you and add a large spoonful of sushi rice on the left half.
    Add some rice to the rough side of the nori for Temaki Sushi.
  2. Wet your fingers in water and then use them to spread the rice into an even layer on the left half the nori.
    Spread the rice out into a triangle over half the nori.
  3. Place your filling ingredients on the rice, with most of the filling towards the top.
    Add your fillings for your hand roll
  4. Roll the bottom left corner up to the middle of the top edge of the nori to form a cone.
    Start rolling your temaki sushi from the bottom left corner.
  5. Continue rolling until the nori wraps completely around itself. Eat immediately.
    Wrap the nori around to make a cone to finish your temaki sushi.