Getting your children to eat exotic food can be pretty difficult even at the best of times. On the other hand, some kids seem to just love sushi! There are many types of sushi rolls so while some sushi does have raw fish, others do not. Some parents find that kids will suddenly eat all kinds of veggies and fish if it is presented in this full sushi roll format. Here is an easy sushi recipe for kids that is quick and easy to make and can be varied to create many kids of sushi.
Sushi For Kids- Popular Rolls
Sushi maki rolls are really just nori seaweed wrappers, rice, and fillings. Here are some roll fillings that are particularly attractive to kids. Sushi for kids does not have to be any different from the wide variety that many adults eat. But, if they are reticent to try raw fish, like I was, they may want to start with these simple choices and expand from there.
Kappamaki Sushi Rolls
For me growing up, I loved the cucumber sushi rolls, AKA kappamaki rolls. Just plain cucumber in the rice and seaweed roll.
You can use this plain, single veggie roll option to make asparagus rolls or cucumber rolls, or carrot rolls according to your child’s preferences.
Tamagoyaki Sushi Rolls
The tamagoyaki rolls have the sweet Japanese omelette in them. So basically, this is a great way to add some cooked protein the the rolls.
My favorite was with omelette with avocado, carrots, and cucumber.
Once they like these basic fish-free, vegetarian sushi rolls, you can try adding some fish and see how they like it.
You can begin by adding smoked salmon, canned tuna, or imitation crab sticks (made out of cooked fish) and see how they like that.
When It Comes To Sushi For Kids, Have Them Help!
What I have found is that by inviting the children to help you create the meals, you get them on board and excited. By allowing kids to share in the cooking and creation process – you really expand their enthusiasm. This raises the likelihood that they will want to eat the food and enjoy it. It’s also helpful too because 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. 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, if the kids are young. Mainly because it’s hot, but also because they’ll end up waiting around and getting impatient. So cook the sushi rice, sprinkle with rice wine vinegar, and allow to cool for about an hour or so before you invite the kids to help.
Easy Sushi Recipe For Kids
This recipe is for the Tamagoyaki Sushi Rolls I mentioned above with the sweet Japanese omelette, carrots, cucumber, and avocado.
However, you can feel free to simplify it down to just cucumbers or sub out for other sushi roll ingredients.
You will need a sushi mat. Or you could use a large piece of parchment paper instead.
- Sushi Rice, cooked according to instructions
- Nori seaweed sheets
- cucumber, sliced into long thin strips
- carrot, sliced into long thin strips
- avocado, sliced into long thin strips
- Japanese Omelet, prepared according to recipe
How To Make Sushi With Kids
- Spread out a seaweed nori sheet on the sushi mat, this is going to form the outer layer of your sushi. You can double the nori up and use 2 sheets instead of just 1 – to stop it from cracking or tearing when you make the roll later. Make sure it is shiny side down, and the lines are running vertically.
- 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 of room around all edges.
- 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.
- Add your additional ingredients, in this case carrots and omelette.
- Slowly roll the sushi up. Seal the edge with a bit of rice vinegar or water. You won’t want to press too 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 while you make the rest of your rolls.
- Once the roll is settled and secure, take it out of the fridge and cut (with a sharp knife, gently) into equal pieces, about 1/2 inch wide. Some people prefer it thicker, some slimmer – half inch to an inch is usually a good place to start from.
- Then enjoy, your sushi is ready!
Printable Sushi Recipe For Kids
Which is your favorite sushi roll? Do you think you will try this easy sushi recipe for kids? Which types of sushi for kids do your children enjoy?