How To Make Avocado Futomaki (Thick Sushi Roll)

Learn how to make delicious Avocado Futomaki, a thick sushi roll filled with vibrant vegetables. It’s easy and perfect for sushi lovers and those looking for a vegetarian-friendly option!

Avocado futomaki sushi served on a plate.

Enjoy the delicious avocado futomaki roll, a fat sushi roll filled with creamy avocado, crunchy carrots, and fresh greens. It’s a delightful and healthy combination with a variety of vegetables.

Plus, it’s so easy to make! Follow the simple steps to create and savor homemade sushi at home!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese sushi.
  • You are looking for an futomaki sushi recipe.
  • You are looking for an easy sushi recipe.

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About This Recipe

  • Japanese futomaki sushi roll
  • Traditional sushi with a variety of fillings
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Vegetarian recipe

What is Futomaki Sushi?

Futomaki sushi illustration.

Futomaki is a popular sushi roll filled with various colorful ingredients. It is commonly enjoyed during festivity events and special celebrations.

A variety of fillings is used for futomaki, and here are some classic choices:

Simmered shiitake mushrooms, sweet kanpyo (dried gourd), tamagoyaki (egg omelet), cucumber strip, sakura denbu (sweet pink-colored fish powder), kanikama (imitation crab), raw fish (salmon and tuna), sweet fish flakes.

However, this futomaki recipe brings a modern twist with avocado and fresh vegetables. I use simple ingredients to make the filling preparation easier.

A Brief Introduction to Sushi Roll (Maki Sushi)

Futomaki and hosomaki illustrations.

The sushi roll, called Maki sushi or Nori maki in Japanese, is made by wrapping a nori sheet (seaweed) around vinegared rice with some ingredients in the center. Maki translates to “roll” in Japanese.

Maki sushi comes in two different sizes:

Hosomaki, futomaki, and uramaki on a cutting board.

I hope this simple knowledge will make ordering at sushi restaurants a more enjoyable and effortless experience for you!

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (the amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredient for futomaki sushi.
  • Avocado, carrot, greens, and Japanese mayonnaise are for fillings. If you prefer a vegan alternative to mayonnaise, you can use tofu cream cheese with miso instead.
  • Rice Vinegar, sugar, and salt: We blend them well and mix them into the rice to make vinegared rice. Other types of vinegar might be a little too strong for the rice, so I highly recommend using rice vinegar. You can also use store-bought seasoned rice vinegar.

Japanese Short-grain Rice

Japanese rice on a plate

The best rice for sushi rolls is short-grain rice, which is more starchy than long-grain rice and helps maintain the desired shape of the sushi roll and onigiri rice balls.

Koshihikari rice is the most famous and popular brand of Japanese rice. Or you can use the one labeled “sushi rice” on the packaging. Both white and brown rice can be used for sushi, depending on your preference.

I won’t go into how to cook rice in this recipe, so please refer to the “How to Cook Japanese Rice on the Stove” recipe.

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Nori Sheet

Nori sheet

Nori seaweed sheets are dried seaweed that are crisp and come in sheet form, as shown in the picture above.

Get this full-size nori sheet (8.3″ x 7.5″ or 21 x 19 cm) at a grocery store.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

Makisu (Bamboo Mat)

makisu, bamboo sushi mat

A Makisu, a bamboo mat or sushi rolling mat, is a traditional tool used in Japanese cuisine for rolling sushi. It is made from thin bamboo strips woven together with string. The Makisu provides support and helps shape the sushi roll while keeping the ingredients tightly wrapped.

When you closely observe the side profile of Makisu, you’ll notice that one side is flat while the other is round. Place the nori sheet on the flat side to achieve a smooth surface for your sushi roll.

If you don’t have a Makisu, you can still make sushi using a sheet of plastic wrap as a substitute.

🔪Instructions

Here are the detailed instructions for making sushi rolls. The process consists of the following four straightforward steps!

  • Step 1: Preparing the Rice
  • Step 2: Preparing the Ingredients
  • Step 3: Assembling the Roll
  • Step 4: Cutting the Roll

Step 1: Preparing the Rice

Step for preparing sushi rice.

1. Blend rice vinegar, salt, and sugar well to make sushi vinegar.

Step for preparing sushi rice.

2. Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl, and gradually pour the sushi vinegar mixture over the rice while gently mixing it with a rice paddle.

Step for preparing sushi rice.

3. Mix until the rice is evenly coated with vinegar. Be careful not to mash the rice.

Step for preparing sushi rice.

4. Cover with a wet cloth over the bowl while preparing the ingredients. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature before making sushi rolls.

Step 2: Preparing the Fillings

Peeling the carrot to create thin strips.

1. Peel the carrot and use a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.

Green leafy vegetables in a small bowl.

2. Rinse the leafy vegetables and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.

Slices of avocado on a cutting board.

3. Slice the avocado into even 1cm (1/2-inch) wide slices.

Step 3: Assembling the Roll

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

1. Place a bamboo sushi mat on a flat surface and place the nori sheet, shiny side down and rough side up, on the mat.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

2. Wet your hands with little water to prevent the rice from sticking, grab a handful of rice, and evenly spread the rice on the nori sheet. Leave half an inch (1.2 cm) of the nori uncovered at the top.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

3. Arrange the leafy vegetables and carrot strips in the center of the rice, and spread mayonnaise on top.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

4. Place the avocado slices on top.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

5. Align the nori sheet with the front edge of the sushi mat. Use your middle finger to hold down the fillings, and lift the sushi mat with your thumb.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

6. Start rolling from the front, making one complete turn while applying gentle pressure to shape the roll.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

7. Lift the sushi mat and roll the sushi to seal the roll. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.

Step for assembling futomaki sushi.

8. The first one is complete! Repeat the rolling process to make more rolls. Allow them to sit for a few minutes before cutting.

Step 4: Cutting the Roll

A damp cloth and knife on a cutting board.

Prepare a damp cloth (or kitchen towel) and a very sharp knife to cut the sushi rolls into equal pieces.

Helpful Tips

  • When preparing the sushi rice, be careful not to mash the grains while stirring. Use a gentle folding motion to mix the rice and seasonings. If the sushi rice is still hot, you can use a paper fan to cool it to room temperature.
  • When spreading the rice, ensure it is evenly distributed on the nori sheet. Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking, as rice tends to be quite sticky. You can also use a rice paddle as it can make the spreading process easier.
  • Ensure that the smooth side of the sushi mat faces up and the knot is positioned on the upper side.
  • Position the end of the roll facing down and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.

Serve

Avocado futomaki sushi served on a plate.

Serve the futomaki sushi alongside soy sauce for dipping. You can also offer wasabi paste (Japanese horseradish) and pickled ginger on the side for added flavor. Enjoy!

Maki Sushi Variations

Kappa maki served on a plate.

Here are some classic maki sushi (sushi rolls) recipes you might want to try:

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Avocado futomaki sushi served on a plate.

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How To Make Avocado Futomaki (Thick Sushi Roll)

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 rolls
Author: JURI
Learn how to make delicious Avocado Futomaki, a thick sushi roll filled with vibrant vegetables. It's easy and perfect for sushi lovers and those looking for a vegetarian-friendly option!

Equipment

Ingredients

Sushi vinegar

Instructions

Preparing Sushi Rice

  • Blend rice vinegar, salt, and sugar well to make sushi vinegar.
  • Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl, and gradually pour the sushi vinegar mixture over the rice while gently mixing it with a rice paddle.
  • Cover with a wet cloth over the bowl while preparing the ingredients. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature before using it for making sushi rolls.

Preparing the Ingredients

  • Carrot: Peel the carrot and use a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.
  • Leafy green vegetables: Rinse the leafy vegetables and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Avocado: Slice the avocado into even 1cm (1/2-inch) wide slices.

Assembling the Roll

  • Place a bamboo sushi mat on a flat surface and place the nori sheet.
  • Wet your hands with little water to prevent the rice from sticking, grab a handful of rice, and evenly spread the rice on the nori sheet. Leave half an inch (1.2 cm) of the nori uncovered at the top.
  • Arrange the leafy vegetables and carrot strips in the center of the rice, and spread mayonnaise on top.
  • Place the avocado slices on top.
  • Align the seaweed with the bottom edge of the sushi mat. Use your middle finger to hold down the fillings, lift the mat with your thumb, and start rolling from the front until the end of the rice. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.
  • Lift the sushi mat and roll the sushi to seal the roll. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.

Cutting the Roll

  • Wet the knife with the damp cloth and cut the futomaki roll into bite-sized pieces.

Video

Notes

  • When preparing the sushi rice, be careful not to mash the grains while stirring. Use a gentle folding motion to mix the rice and seasonings. If the sushi rice is still hot, you can use a paper fan to cool it down to room temperature.
  • When spreading the rice, ensure it is evenly distributed on the nori sheet. Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking, as rice tends to be quite sticky. You can also use a rice paddle as it can make the spreading process easier.
  • Ensure that the smooth side of the sushi mat faces up and the knot is positioned on the upper side.
  • Position the end of the roll facing down and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting. I recommend keeping the rice wrapped in plastic wrap while slicing to prevent the rice from sticking to the knife.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: furomaki sushi, sushi roll
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