Hosomaki Sushi Roll with Grilled Asparagus

Hosomaki Sushi Roll with Grilled Asparagus

A very well known Japanese recipe, a classic small roll filled with grilled asparagus. Perfect as a bite-sized snack or put in a bento box.

  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Mains
  • 1-2 Servings


For 4 Hosomaki sushi rolls

  • 300g prepared Yutaka Sushi Rice
  • 4 asparagus cut the bottom off to adjust to nori sheet size
  • 5g chives
  • ½ tbsp rice bran oil
  • 2 sheets Yutaka Sushi Nori, cut into half
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 tbsp Yutaka Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Yutaka Mirin
  • ½ tsp Yutaka Wasabi Paste


  1. First, make the dressing by mixing all the seasonings in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat a frying pan with a little oil, then add asparagus to brown them.

While the asparagus is still hot, toss with the dressing on a dinner plate. Leave to cool for few minutes to season.

Hosomaki (細巻, "thin rolls") is a small cylindrical piece, with nori on the outside. They generally contain only one filling.

To Make Hosomaki Rolls

Place a bamboo mat on a clean surface.

  1. Cut the nori sheet in half, along the lines on the nori, then place at the front of the bamboo mat. *The rough side of the nori should be face up.
  2. Wet your hand in water to stop the rice sticking to your hand. *It makes it much easier to handle the rice.
  3. Spread a lemon sized handful of the cooked rice (approx. 75g-85g) in a thin layer as evenly as possible over the nori, leaving a 2cm gap at the top edge of the nori as you will need this to seal the roll.
  4. Make a groove in the middle of the sushi rice and place the fillings side by side in a horizontal line along the groove.
  5. Start rolling the nori carefully and evenly around the fillings in the middle as so that the edge of the bottom nori can meet the edge of the rice on top, using the mat to help shape it, rolling away from you and pressing firmly.
  6. Once the roll is complete, press down firmly on the mat helping to compress the roll slightly so that it keeps its shape.

To Cut the Roll into 6 pieces

  1. Using a very sharp knife, cut the roll in half.
  2. Cut the 2 halves into 3 even lengths, making 6 sushi rolls. Wash or wipe with a wet towel the knife after cutting each roll to prevent the rice from sticking to it and to ensure a cleaner cut
  3. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi paste or suggested sauces. Eat sushi ginger between sushi rolls to cleanse the palate.

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