You may not know its name, but you have seen it. It’s a type of Sushi called ‘Gunkan Maki’. Small oblong shaped sushi rice balls are wrapped with Nori, and covered with various toppings. It is a big fun to make them at home. By the way, ‘Gunkan’ means ‘Battleship’. The Sushi rice wrapped with Nori has a resemblance to the battleship, and that’s the origin of its name.


Sushi Rice
Your Favourite Toppings

Topping Suggestions
Fresh Sashimi Slices, Wasabi
Ikura (Salmon Roe), Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe)
Crab Meat, Prawns
Teriyaki Chicken, Inari-zushi Wrappers
Tuna & Mayonnaise
Scrambled Egg, Boiled Egg & Mayonnaise
Avocado, Cucumber, Corn

  1. Cook Sushi Rice. Sushi rice should be cool or room temperature.
  2. Prepare toppings. *Note: Today I made four different toppings, ‘Smoked Salmon & Avocado’, ‘Teriyaki Chicken’, ‘Nattō & Cucumber with Spring Onion’ and ‘Canned Tuna & Mayonnaise with Spring Onion’.
  3. Cut a sheet Sushi Nori into 6 strips. Nori sheet is usually 20cm long. When you cut it into 6 strips, each strip would be 3.3cm in width. Cut each strip to make 15-16cm long. Offcuts can be used for topping or other dishes.
  4. Make small oblong Sushi Rice balls. Usually about 20g of rice is formed into a ball, and that’s quite small. Flatten or hollow the top.
    *Note: You may wish to purchase Sushi Moulds, but ice cube tray could be an alternative tool to make many balls quickly.
  5. Wrap each ball with a Nori strip with the smooth side out, place toppings on top.