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Delicious Eel Cucumber Roll Recipe

If you’re a fan of sushi, you might have come across the unique and delightful flavor of eel (unagi). Eel is known for its rich, smoky taste, and when paired with the refreshing crunch of cucumber, it creates a remarkably satisfying sushi roll. In this article, you’ll learn how to make a delicious eel cucumber roll at home. This recipe is perfect for both experienced sushi lovers and beginners looking to try their hand at rolling sushi.


Before we dive into the step-by-step instructions, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients:

  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 sheets nori (seaweed sheets)
  • 1 package of cooked eel (unagi), available at Asian markets or online
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons eel sauce (unagi sauce), also available at Asian markets or online
  • Wasabi (optional)
  • Pickled ginger (optional)
  • Soy sauce (for dipping)

Preparing the Sushi Rice

The key to perfect sushi is the rice. Follow these steps to make sushi rice:

  1. Rinse the sushi rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Combine the rice and water in a rice cooker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can use a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Bring the water and rice to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for another 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until dissolved.
  4. Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl and gently fold in the vinegar mixture. Be careful not to mash the rice. Use a fan to cool the rice quickly, giving it a glossy finish.

Assembling the Eel Cucumber Rolls

Now that your rice is ready, it’s time to assemble the sushi rolls:

  1. Place a bamboo sushi mat on a clean, flat surface. Position a sheet of nori on the mat, shiny side down.
  2. Wet your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking. Spread a thin, even layer of sushi rice over the nori, leaving about an inch of space at the top edge.
  3. Lay a strip of cucumber and a strip of eel along the bottom edge of the rice.
  4. Carefully lift the edge of the bamboo mat closest to you and begin rolling it away from you, pressing gently to keep the roll tight. Keep rolling until you reach the top edge.
  5. Dip a sharp knife in water and slice the roll into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Drizzle eel sauce over the top of the sliced rolls for added flavor.

Serving and Enjoying

Your delicious eel cucumber rolls are now ready to be served. Arrange the rolls on a plate and serve with wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce for dipping. Enjoy the rich and smoky taste of the eel paired with the refreshing crunch of cucumber.

Making sushi at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. With this eel cucumber roll recipe, you’ll be able to create restaurant-quality sushi in the comfort of your own kitchen. Give it a try and impress your friends and family with your sushi-making skills!

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