The Gunkan Maki or Gunkanmaki (軍艦巻) literally translates to “warship roll”. That’s shaped like a tiny, edible boat. It’s a special type of Nigiri Sushi, which tells us that it’s hand made. It’s the perfect maki to make if you prefer oodles of the softer toppings, like Tobiko, on your sushi.
For this recipe you will need: sushi rice, nori, your choice of Fish Roe
Making the Gunkan Maki
Take a nori sheet and cut a long strip that’s about 4cm in in height
2. Roll – but with your hands
With your palms, roll some rice until it’s in the shape of a cylinder. Remember that your nori should be about a centimeter wider and twice as long as your rice cylinder.
3. In the middle
Place the rice in the middle portion of your nori strip, then wrap the nori around the rice. Leave about a centimeter of space for your roe.
Stick the end of your nori to the maki with water, rice grains, or wasabi. Cut off any excess.
(Optional) If you’re not contented with the shape of your maki, you can gently press on the maki base with your thumb. Remember that the traditional Gunkanmaki is shaped like a boat.
Top your sushi with a spoonful of your choice of fish roe, and your Gunkan Maki is complete!
If you want to add a creamier twist this classic Gunkan Maki, try this awesome Tobiko Sushi with Quail Egg Yolk Recipe.