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Yep, you can really make this sushi recipe with just a microwave and I’m going to tell you how.

Dan and I eat sushi all the time because it’s actually pretty healthy – if you’re not getting the deep-friend, cheese-filled sushi that’s served up at Midwestern restaurants, that is.

These rolls are a good mix of vegetables, protein, and carbs and best of all they’re completely customizable so once you start making them you’ll realize that the different sushi configurations you can create are truly endless. 

Ready to get started?

This is everything you need to know to make sushi using just a microwave! 



Microwave Sushi Ingredients

Nori (seaweed) wraps  –  Two or three sheets of nori per person

Imitation crab sticks   –  These depend on size but either two large or four small sticks per person.

Broccoli or asparagus  –  Enough to fill a large bowl

Soy Sauce – For dipping on the side

Rice  –  One cup of dry rice is enough to serve two people and still have some leftover. If you can find sushi rice at the store it’s a bit stickier and easier to use when you’re building your roll, but regular rice also works just fine without any special prep.

Bamboo sushi roller  –  These can be found at most grocery stores (at home and abroad) next to the nori wraps and cost one or two dollars. They make rolling sushi easier but aren’t 100% necessary, so if you can’t find one, you can still make sushi without them (it just won’t look quite as pretty).


sushi rolls on plate


How to Cook This Easy Microwave Sushi in Just 5 Steps

This easy sushi recipe only requires five simple steps and a microwave, so you can be on your way to enjoying it in less than 30 minutes. 


1. Cook the rice. 

Follow this recipe to cook rice in the microwave microwaving one cup of rice with two cups of water uncovered on high for ten minutes. Then, cover it and microwave it for four more. Try it and to let it sit a few minutes to finish steaming before serving. 

(You may need to play around with it a bit and cook yours for a little more or less depending on your microwave’s power and how much rice you decide to cook.)


2. Cook the veggies. 

Fill a large bowl with chopped asparagus, chopped broccoli, mushrooms, onions, carrots or any other veggies you prefer. 

Season them with salt and garlic powder and then give the soy sauce a few hearty shakes over it as well – this is the liquid the veggies will steam in. 

Cover the veggies with another plate or bowl and microwave for four minutes. Check the tenderness and leave the lid on for a few more minutes to finish steaming or cook for another minute or two if you’d like them to get softer. 


3. Assemble the rest of your ingredients. 

Cut the crap sticks into thin strips (if necessary) and pull out anything else in your fridge that you think would be good, like cucumber, arugula, red onion, or cream cheese. 


4. Assemble your sushi roll.

Assemble your rolls by laying your nori sheet on top of the wooden roller and then layering the rice on top. 

One mistake a lot of first-time sushi cooks make is adding way too much rice to the wrap.

I like to keep it light with about a half cup of rice per roll but you can also just eyeball it with a thin layer of rice over the surface of the nori sheet. You should be able to see the sheet through the rice in places. 

Then, lay your ingredients across the wrap in a straight line about ⅓ of the way down the sheet.

Fold the sushi roller over the filling and then pull it up slightly to continue rolling the nori without rolling the wood into the wrap. Squeeze it gently at the end to make sure its all nice and firm, and then unwrap the wood to free your sushi masterpiece.


5. Enjoy your sushi roll!

Enjoy your microwave sushi like the barbarian you are by dipping the ends in soy sauce and just biting into it like a burrito. It doesn’t get any more satisfying than that! 


sushi rolls on plate


More Tasty Sushi Fillings

I have honestly tried so many different sushi combinations and they’re all delicious. The other day I put leftover barbacoa meat and hot sauce in my roll and then dipped it into green salsa, but some other fillings I love are :

  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Roasted tofu
  • Grilled chicken
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Sweet Potato
  • Arugula
  • Chopped red onion
  • Cucumber
  • Roasted carrots 
  • And much more! 

Don’t be afraid to use this recipe to make the base of your sushi and then experiment with the fillings. When Dan and I are traveling I especially like to pack grilled chicken and cucumber rolls for a quick, filling, and easy sushi snack, but I’m sure you’ll come up with plenty of your own favorite concoctions.


Make This Easy Sushi Recipe With Just a Microwave

Sushi doesn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming to make, and it doesn’t have to be full of expensive ingredients like smoked salmon either.

It’s actually incredibly accessible and something Dan and I eat regularly because it’s so easy to create a whole new experience with only a few different ingredients. 

This super easy sushi recipe is one of my go-to digital nomad meals and I hope you will enjoy it too!

Still hungry? Check out the Digital Nomad Cookbook for more super simple and tasty recipes like easy tostadas and one pot chili that only takes 15 minutes.


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