Simple Sushi Recipes for Children

Getting your children to eat exotic food can be pretty difficult even at the best of times, I mean when they’re so used to ready made meals and school dinners – it can be difficult to get them equally as excited in something homemade and different to what they usually munch on. Here are two simple sushi recipes for children without raw fish.

Simple Sushi Recipes:

homemade smoked salmon sushi- photo credit Penniless Parenting
homemade smoked salmon sushi- photo credit Penniless Parenting

What I have found though, is that inviting the children to help you create the meals, and by sharing in the cooking and creation process – you really expand their enthusiasm towards the food and their likelihood to want to eat it and enjoy it. It’s also great too, that they’ll know exactly what’s gone into it – which is often a big worry that kids have.

Sushi is one of my favorite things to make with the children. Mainly because, I know a couple of years ago they would have never even touched the stuff, never mind eaten it.  But the cooking process for Sushi is actually really fun and engaging – which the kids adore, and it doesn’t involve anything hot or dangerous – which I love because it means I can cook with them without worrying about burns or split hot water.

It’s best to cook the rice before the child get involved. Mainly because it’s hot, but also because they’ll end up waiting around and getting impatient. So cook the rice to a thick consistency, and drain, and then leave to cool for about an hour or so until you have chilled or room temperature rice.

Easy To Make Sushi For Kids

Sushi For Kids Ingredients

  • Sushi Rice
  • Nori Seaweed Sheets
  • Cucumber, sliced vertically
  • Avocado, cut into vertical segments
  • Salt and pepper
  • Japanese Mayonnaise
  • Tuna (drained)
  • Smoked salmon
  • A sushi mat (or the front cover of a large magazine)

Sushi For Kids Instructions

  1. When the rice is cooled, you need to spread out your seaweed nori on the magazine covers, this is going to form the outer layer of your sushi. I always double the nori up and use 2 sheets instead of just 1 – as it stops it from cracking or tearing when you make the roll later. Make sure it is shiny side down, and the lines are running vertically.
  2. Get your children to layer the rice on top of the nori, You want about half an inch (or less, depending on personal choice). It doesn’t need to be flattened and pressed – but it does need to be equal all the way across. Leave about a centimeter around all edges.
  3. Align your cucumber and and avocado on one end of the nori in a vertical line. You’ll want to do this towards the end nearest to you – so that it gets rolled up first.
  4. Add your additional ingredients. For the tuna-mayo Sushi roll, add a layer of tuna mayo to the nori. For the smoked salmon roll, and a layer of the smoked salmon. You could incorporate both – but I find, using one of the other works best.
  5. Slowly roll the sushi up. And seal the edge. You won’t want to press to firmly on the roll (incase the fillings squeeze out) but you’ll want to make sure it’s secure. You’ll then want to leave it in the fridge (wrapped up in cling film) to secure and settle.
  6. Once the roll is settled and secure, take it out of the fridge and cut (with a sharp knife, gently) into equal pieces just under an inch wide. Some people prefer it thicker, some slimmer – but an inch is usually a good place to start from. Then enjoy, your sushi is ready!

Which is your favorite simple sushi recipe?

Elle writes for Global Knives Online, and loves writing about inventive new ways to involve the family in cooking.


  1. says

    I’m excited to try this for MY sake. My kids are willing to try unique foods but I have been hesitant to try sushi. This recipe sounds really tasty–I loved smoked salmon.

  2. says

    I have been having the HARDEST time getting my kids to try anything new lately. I’ll try getting them more involved to see if that helps. Sushi might be a bit out of our league for the moment, though!

  3. Carrie says

    I got my hubs a sushi kit for his birthday but never thought about getting the kids involved! And it’s allergy friendly for our family :)thanks for inspiring me!

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