Make your own sushi, have fun and save money

By | 29th May 2017

Make your own sushi, have fun and save money

I have a fondness for vegetarian sushi, something that is easily obtained through various supermarkets and high street shops.

It is somewhat expensive to buy ready-made though, at £2.70 per portion that works out to be around £21 per kilo – similar to steak.

I had noticed a guidebook to make your own sushi on the cakeswithfaces website, and had been waiting for it to come back into stock.

Having received the book, I set out to locate the ingredients.

As I use Ocado for home deliveries, this was easy – I added sushi rice and nori(the covering) to my basket. I also added a nigiri mould as it was listed, and some soy sauce.

I couldn’t find sushi rice seasoning but chose to make mine without this – I also left out wasabi as I’m not a fan of it myself.

The cost for the ingredients was:

Sushi rice £1.99
Nori £2.25
Fillings – a cucumber, 2 avocados and 3 peppers £4.14

Total £8.38, which made over 1kg of sushi – 500g rice with 700ml water as recommended on the packet.

That’s a saving of 60% compared to pre-made vegetarian sushi.

I also bought a bottle of soy sauce for £1.86, which will last a long time and the nigiri mould for 99p. The book, with chopsticks and a sushi rolling mat is currently £6.50.

The finished result, my first attempt at making sushi:


All the instructions you need are in the cakes with faces book – a really sharp knife is recommended for the cutting and I would second this.

Cutting the sushi was the issue I had initially, with it coming out squashed. So I would definitely recommend a very very sharp knife to make it easier.

I made three different types of sushi from the book:

Sushi, my cucumber roll:


Futomaki, the giant roll:


Nigiri, avocado and pepper:


So making your own sushi is both easy with the book and fun to do – you’ll also be saving 60% compared to store-bought sushi.

I wonder if the creators of one of the sushi packs I buy from their store realise the meaning of only having one nigiri in the pack! (You’ll have to buy the book to find out…)

After building up 17 years experience in industry and practice, James started his own business from scratch in 2006.

He now helps others to do the same, while minimising both the risks and costs.

James is dual qualified in tax and accounts, and has won multiple awards for small business. In 2014 he was invited to Downing Street, as one of the Small Business Saturday 100 winners.

3 thoughts on “Make your own sushi, have fun and save money

  1. Amy Crabtree (Cakes with Faces)

    Great job! Interesting about sushi being as expensive as steak! If you want to try it with rice seasoning, you can make it with rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt (recipe on the inside cover!).

    1. James McBrearty Post author

      Thanks 🙂 Yes, it’s surprising how many pre-packaged foods work out to be so expensive. Even a small bottle of water at some places is more expensive than petrol per litre!


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