Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit

Create your own Japanese style sushi at home! This kit contains all the basic ingredients and utensils, as well as a detailed recipe book to allow you to make a variety of delicious and exotic sushi. All you provide are the fresh ingredients for filling, such as: avocado, crabmeat, fresh cucumber, shrimp, or whatever suits your fancy! All of the ingredients in the Sushi Chef Kit have been selected for their superior quality and wholesomeness to assure you a satisfying and rewarding adventure into the world of sushi making.

Quick facts

  • Sushi Kit provides all the ingredients (excluding fresh toppings), tools, and instruction needed to create Japanese-style sushi
  • Premium ingredients from the Baycliff Company include sushi and rice vinegars, short-grain rice, nori seaweed sheets, soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger
  • Tools include a bamboo nori rolling mat and a rice paddle
  • Sushi Chef Cookbook includes a brief history, step-by-step instructions, and recipes
  • Enough ingredients included to prepare a meal for 12 with approximately 125 pieces of individual sushi

Top reviews

Hard to use

This product is much harder to use than described. The receipes are easy to follow, but the rolling is very difficult, and the insructions were vague, I found myself having to turn to the internet to look up instructions and rolling techniques. The ingredients were all very high quality, but all were available in my local supermarket. Would not recommend.
RaneeCraddockville, VA

Where is it?

I place an order for this kit on december first and was told it should arrive on the 6th. I’ve not received my product, not heard from the manufacturers, not able to find a number or anything for me to contact them and want this product for my brother for christmas. So if anyone could help me, I would appreciate it. This is my first time every using amazon before as well. Not such a good first impression…
LaniOakley, ID

List of items included in kit…

This is a nice kit with high quality items. This kit includes:

Sushi Chef Cookbook
Short-grain Rice
Nori for wrapping the sushi
Pickled Ginger
Spicy Wasabi Horseradish
Dark Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar
Sushi Vinegar
Rice Paddle
Bamboo Mat for rolling-up your creations

I had a blast creating my own sushi!

ApoloniaLetcher, KY

Watch ordered in july

Good quality watch, received less than 2 days after purchase and I did not pay for overnight shipping (picked the cheapest one.) Would definitely order from them again.
MoiraMabscott, WV

Cheaper if you buy them individually…

If you buy these items seperately, it should only cost you about 10 bucks. And you don’t really need the book since you can look it up online. I got this whole set just buying the items seperately for about 10 bucks. Don’t get ripped off…
CarleeSaint Bonifacius, MN

Great Little Sushi Making Kit

This kit is a great gift idea and a really good way to start making yer very own bonafide sushi — both nigiri (rice ball) and maki (roll). All you need is an expert fish buyer, a knife that is sharp as h**l, and some itty bitty little bowls for soy sauce. Everything else is IN THE BOX. Sushi Chef brand soy sacue is the best soy sauce you ever had, IMHO.

The little instruction booklet is great. Of course, this kit is no substitute for years of apprenticeship with a Tokyo master chef, but, if you have some appreciation for the aesthetic of sushi and a flare for D.I.Y. and access to sushi-grade fish, then this is the kit for you.

LuciHoratio, SC

great product!

The item arrived well within the shipping guidelines. Everything was delicious and I am incredibly happy with my purchase.
KeshiaAvon, IN

Sushi Chef Making Kit

A 4 star reading only for the fact that it hasn’t been used yet. Its for a gift. Product arrived quickly as promised.
AlaynaMadison, MS

A sushi lover’s dream!

This kit was amazing. It’s been so nice to be able to make sushi whenever I’m craving it. The recipe book is easy to follow, and the kit provides all the things you need to make the sushi, including the seaweed.

If you like sushi, you will love this sushi making kit.

RanaeMineola, NY

Poor Quality Control

I gave this product poor reviews because they do not allow returns and yet my product arrived damaged. The shipping box itself was in great condition, but the item must have been damaged before shipping. One corner was badly smashed in. Who did the quality control here? I’m embarrassed to give this as a gift for the holidays as is.
NicholleWelchs Creek, KY

Good Gift… If you like a box of loose rice.

Let me start with the positive: This set has the potential to make a great gift. Sure you could go out and buy the idividual items for a cheaper price (and if you are purchasing for yourself I would recommend that). But it is a nice set to give as a gift. It comes packaged in a nice box, and if you receive it in good condition your gift will be a hit.

Unfortunately, I decided to look past the several negative reviews regarding the busted bag of rice. I figured this issue must have been solved by now and/or couldn’t possibly happen to me as well. I was dead wrong. I just received my package and just as others have explained, the bag of rice was busted and the entire box is full of loose rice. Very disappointing.

I was very excited about this gift. I even purchased several other sushi-related items to give along with it. Unfortunately, I would be embarrassed to give this gift in the condition I received it. Now I have 4 days until Christmas to come up with a whole new plan. Thanks for nothing Amazon.

If you are a risk taker, go ahead and give it a shot. Maybe you will be luckier than the rest of us and receive a perfectly good set.

BurmaManahawkin, NJ

Great Starter Kit… Could improve the book

This kit includes all the dry components to make sushi, and its a great starter kit. However, I was disappointed by the book that was included. I expected a book with colorful pictures and a variety of different types of sushis you can make, etc. The book was not easily organized and not colorful, and only included a few sushi recipees. I would recommend getting another book to supplement your sushi making desires.
NestorHomer, LA

Best buy in years

I really love this kit! I use it once a day for lunch and it’s also a favorite of my daughter. All the products are high quality (in fact when I needed to replace them I bought some cheap stuff and then ended up going back for the more expensive….believe me, don’t skimp). I love the fact that it breaks everything down in the instructions. If you are new to making sushi, I suggest this kit. I am 100x faster and better that when I started as a novice.
LashondaConnoquenessing, PA

Everything you need

This is a great set with all of the ingredients needed to make sushi, besides the fresh items. The items in the kit are good for multiple sushi making sessions. The only improvement would be to include more Nori, as there was only enough to make sushi for four one time. The kit comes with a recipe book which has clear directions and many sushi ideas. I would definately buy this kit again.
GoldenStevensville, PA

Great starter

I was so excited to get this starter kit in the mail! It has everything you need to get started, all you need is the fillings/toppings… The book it came with was note great, so I ordered the Sushi for Dummies book. Overall this was way worth the money!
LinwoodBig Pine Key, FL

good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bought this item for my husband for father’s day and he really loved it. He has been wanting to learn to make sushi and this item is really great for beginners.
NorahNorway, IA

Good if you don’t want to just get the stuff on your own for a lot less…

It’s an ok set if you don’t want to go out and buy these very basic ingredients and two simple tools (bamboo mat and wooden spatula) on your own for a lot less. This REALLY SHOULD INCLUDE A SMALL JAR OF TOASTED SESEME SEEDS for the money you are paying but doesn’t!

But it does get you started and will allow you to make some basic sushi. Like other people have said the cookbook included is just terrible!! It talks about toasting the nori even though the package of nori already says “toasted nori”! The cookbook is just terrible. In trying to follow it to the letter for making the rice I burned the hell out of it! But you learn what you realy need to do quickly.

Bottom line the cookbook included is about the worst cookbook ever written, the “kit” could be gotten for half as much or less, and it should have included sesame seeds.. Still a decent gift and will get you started.

ElissaCrab Orchard, TN

Rip off

I bought this as a present for a very good friend. Because of the price I paid for it I was expecting something really nice. I was very disappointed to see that the kit was made up of very cheap items that if bought individually will come up to 1/3 of the price. The kit contains mainly ingredients not sushi making equipment. I would suggest that you look around for a better more reasonable set.
LouieClinton, IN

Wonderful kit

Got this just a week ago so I could send hubby with better lunches for work. I love the kit. Everything in it is delicious.

I have only one gripe. The method for making sushi rice with a pan. Skip it. Just bring the water to a boil and then turn it down to medium low and watch it. I am looking for brown rice to use for this(I know its supposed to be a no-no but they had to use something like it when they first started making sushi- white rice being a recent thing) but can’t find any fat rice.

Good luck if you buy. it takes a little getting used to and yes.. buy more Nori sheets. It runs out quick.

BobbyLitchville, ND

Not a good start

Whatever you do, don’t follow their instructions for steaming rice. You will end up with a burnt pot of crap. Secondly, there isn’t enough rice in the package for a second try. Go buy some short grain rice and follow the package instructions for cooking/steaming rice. Then go back to the Sushi Chef instructions for cooling/seasoning the rice. Good thing I spent all that time preparing ingredients for making sushi while the rice was burning. Now I have to go out for more rice.
KemberlyHillside, IL

great gift for your sushi chef

i purchased this set as a gift for someone with little sushi making experience. i did read the product description but was still surprised by how many items came in the package. it came with everything you need minus the fresh fish and veggies. it was put to use at our superbowl party and there was plenty sushi to go around. i was very impressed and the recipient loved it. i would recommend it and would buy it again. sushi chef is awesome.
KristieDodson, LA

Not what I was expecting

I recieved this product as a gift for a friend. When he opened it we found that there was mold present. Not a fan and very disappointing.
NomaPort Penn, DE

Fun & Easy

This product was very fun & easy to use. I got it for my boyfriend for his birthday and he loves it. The first time he made the rice, it came out perfectly. The directions are very clear and everything included is useful. Just make sure you have a very sharp knife!
SharmaineRio, WV


This was a gift for my daughter on her birthday. We all loved it and enjoyed how well the sushi turned out.
ShanikaRapid River, MI

Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit

Unable to review. Purchased & gave as a gift. The recipients seemed to like it. I have not been in contact with them since then to know if they have had a chance to try it out.
JamalHarned, KY

everything you need in one box

I have been a sushi fan for many years, but have always been shy about making it myself. After searching online at the dozens of different options, I decided to go with the Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit. And I wasn’t disappointed. Too many sushi kits out there offer just the rolling mat, or dishes and the rolling mat, but no spoon, or all the dishes but no edible components.

With this kit, you have the mat, the spoon, and all the edibles necessary sans the actual fillings (fish, veggies, etc.) And not only does the kit have edible components, they are top notch. The wasabi is scorchingly spicy, the rice vinegar is tangy, and the rice cooks and clumps together with ease. The soy sauce and wasabi are so good, in fact, that I would go out of my way to buy them if I saw them at a store somewhere.

But, the best part of this kit is the manual. It’s straightforward, written in simple English, and has very nice photos. As I read each page of instructions, I feel like I’m being walked through step-by-step by a close friend. I made darned good sushi my very first try.

Criticisms? Hmmm… not many. The price is right. Maybe it’d be nice if they had a special “sushi knife” or something enclosed, but whatever.

Bottom line: if you’re looking to make sushi at home for the first time, you won’t be sorry with this purchase.

JasonSistersville, WV

Questionable Condition

I believe this product is good for the beginner and is helpful however when I received mine the two bottles of vinegar were not sealed properly and the wasabi seal was clearly broken. I do not fault amazon as they quickly provided me with a refund. Other than that i think the product was helpful especially the bamboo mat for rolling the sushi.
LaticiaWolford, VA

ok, but could have got ingredients for much less.

The kit gave us the kick in the butt we needed to start making our own sushi, but if we had really sat down and thought about it, we could have saved about half just buying the stuff ourself. You can buy most of what you need at your local grocery store. Would I recommend this product? Only if you are lazy like us!
CarlineHouston, OH

ok kit, some components not so good

I would buy this again, with a caveat. Some of the parts of this kit were of poor quality. The Nori, seaweed for rolling, was of poor quality, brittle and broken and unusable. The instructions are adequate. The kit includes everything and is a good place to start. If it were not for a few poor quality parts, I would give it a 5 star. Use Saran wrap on your roller and life will be easier. Following instructions for rice came close to burning rice instructions not fully complete, limp recipes. I wanted something all in one to start out, and this provided it, found out some of the components were of poor or mediocre quality.
RefugioBryants Store, KY

Less than the sum of its parts

This is a basic kit that may be of use to a beginner living in the sushi wilderness–away from large cities with Asian stores or even supermarkets that regularly carry Asian cooking ingredients. But if you have access to such locally, this kit is a waste of money. The most functional part of the kit is the “sushi mat”, which is a collection of bamboo “straws” lined up and tied together to provide a rollable surface to make maki rolls. The rice spatula is a useful device, but the two of these together should cost about $2, although some supermarkets charge up to $5-7 for the privilege. The rest of the items–mainly food ingredients–are low quality and preservative laden. For half the price of the kit, one could pick up a tube of prepared wasabi (doesn’t last as long as the powder but is usually more potent and easier to deal with) or a small can of powder (both about $3 each), a bottle of basic Kikkoman soy sauce (far higher quality even in the basic supermarket variety–will set you back between $2 and $4, depending on location and promotions). A pack of nori sheets will set you back another $5-6, unless you only shop at Whole Foods. The most expensive item might be the rice vinegar–pretty much any Japanese or pseudo-Japanese brand will do (Nakano [same as Mizkan], Mitsukan, and Marukan are the most common). With soy sauce and with vinegar, it’s important to get the Japanese, not the Chinese varieties, as the flavors and concentrations will differ. The vinegar should always be unseasoned–then follow almost any internet recipe for seasoning sushi rice. Seasoned vinegars tend to be overflavored (salt, sugar) and are generally less desirable, although they will do in a pinch. Ideally, you should have a bottle of mirin (usually billed as “rice wine”) on hand, but can either skip it entirely and add a touch more vinegar or use dry sherry in small quantities. The packaged pickled ginger (gari), including the one in the kit, is often an overly sour, cough-syrup-tasting mess. Unless you are going to make your own, you might as well skip it entirely. The enclosed rice is short grain, but not a high-quality sushi variety. You can just as well do with commercial short-grain rice (avoid long-grain or perfumed rice, such as basmati or jasmine). If you can get a hold of one of the Japanese brands (all grown in California!), so much the better.

Aside from preparing the rice, you really don’t need a cookbook and paying about $20 extra for it is really not a worthwhile exercise. The beauty of sushi is that you can pick and choose the ingredients that go in as “stuffing”. If you don’t like raw fish, there are plenty of raw vegetables and cooked ingredients that you can find. If raw fish is your bag, be careful where you buy it and how you store it–some regulations require sushi-grade fish to be deep-frozen once, then thawed properly before sale. If this is not done properly, the flesh will be off-color, watery and fibrous, as if after a freezer-burn. Supermarket grade raw salmon is not a good substitute either, as it is not handled with proper standards of cleanliness for sushi-grade fish. Avoid lake fish, as they often contain parasites (killed in proper cooking). When out of options, you can always use smoked salmon from a supermarket, other kinds of smoked fish or imitation crab flakes. The best option may be a lightly seared tuna steak, but these are very expensive. Fresh-caught saltwater fish is usually OK. Vegetables can be raw or cooked, but they should be cut into 1/4″ strips for use in maki rolls (or sliced diagonally for nigiri). Assembly is simple–for nigiri, just make an oblong rice “ball” from seasoned rice assemble all the “toppings” in reverse order on one hand, pick up the rice ball with the other, then join them together and lightly crimp the toppings on top of the rice. You can use a small dollop of wasabi as a binder, placing it on top of the rice ball before attaching the toppings. If maki assembly instructions don’t come with your sushi mat, all you need to know is that the layer of rice should be about 1/4″ thick and the “toppings” or “stuffing” go across the mat, closer to the edge from which you start rolling. Also, leave about 1/2″ of nori uncovered, so that you can seal the edge once the maki is rolled up. It is quite common to line the sushi mat with two layers of plastic wrap (on both sides!) to simplify the process (and, in some cases, to satisfy sanitary regulations–not applicable at home). Other than the amount, there are really no limits on toppings, as long as they are not liquid.

Bottom line is that the kit is serviceable, but with middling or low quality ingredients. It will do in a pinch, but is overpriced and somewhat overhyped. Don’t expect to come up with sushi-bar-quality rolls from it, but if you’re a novice, this makes for a good introduction.

TariJean, NV