DIY Sushi

Summer Date Night: DIY Sushi

Warm temperatures have you and your date hot and bothered? With temperatures on the rise, it can make going out for date night difficult; but, going on a date doesn’t have to mean dining out. Do-it-yourself (DIY) dinners can be a fun and exciting way for couples to beat the heat this summer. Bring the restaurant home with you on your next date with fresh ingredients and easy, DIY sushi dinner recipes.

Sushi makes for a refreshing, dinner option when trying to beat the heat and is easy to make. Want to tempt your palate with something spicy? Try making a California roll. The simplistic ingredients make it a great option for first-time sushi makers. Looking for something more challenging to make with your date? Try making a specialty roll like the Cougar Roll from Sapporo in Scottsdale, made with crab mix, avocado, cucumber, jalepeño, and topped with seared yellowtail, garlic butter sauce and siriracha.

Whether a first timer or an expert, DIY sushi dinner dates are a great way for couples to get creative and stay cool this summer.

For your next dinner date, dine in and try this DIY sushi recipe for this favorite, the Sapporo spicy tuna roll:

Sapporo Spicy Tuna Roll

6 ounce tuna fillet, without skin
1 cucumber
4 cups sushi rice, cooked
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
2 sheets nori seaweed
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons spicy chili oil or siriracha

Sushi mat
Cutting board
Large wooden bowl


1. Dice the tuna into small cubes using a sharp knife and cutting board until in fine pieces.
2. Combine the chili oil or siriracha with the chopped tuna. Use a spoon or pair of chopsticks to ensure that the ingredients are mixed evenly.
3. Lay a half sheet of the nori, shiny side down, on a bamboo rolling mat. Mix the rice vinegar and water in a mixing bowl, and moisten your hands with this hand vinegar to keep the rice from sticking to your hands as you work.
4. Spread about a ¾ cup of rice evenly across the nori, avoiding about a ½ inch from outside of the mat.
5. Add the spicy tuna to the nori and rice.
6. To roll, gently use fingertips to push up and roll bamboo mat so that the edge of the nori is lifted up and meets the far edge of the sheet. Continue to roll, correcting the shape by gently, but firmly, pressing the bamboo mat around the roll for about 30 seconds.
7. Wet a sharp knife and cut in ½ inch rounds. Serve with ginger and horseradish, and enjoy!

Don’t let the summer heat melt away your dinner plans. Choose your favorite sushi restaurant roll or another Sapporo favorite and follow the recipe to make your date night memorable with summer sushi fare.

For more information, menus (including more possible DIY sushi recipes), hours and the many locations of Sapporo, visit or call (480) 607-1114.