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What is Fotomaki sushi rolls or Fat roll? [Special Combination Tips]

What is Fotomaki sushi rolls or Fat roll? [Special Combination Tips]

Sushi is a popular Japanese cuisine around the globe. There are many types of sushi and one type of sushi called Futomaki or fat roll. I’m going to tell you what is futomaki sushi roll /fotomaki definition and what is the best combination you can use to make fotomaki.

What is futomaki? (Futomaki definition)

Futomaki sushi also named fat roll. They look like regular maki but they are quite a bit larger in diameter – easily in inch and a half or two inches. It is thicker than hosomaki with nori on the outside and made with several ingredients to complement each other as a filling. You need to cut the rolls into bite-sized pieces when served.

Futomaki or fat roll normally contains several ingredients, mostly vegetables, and is designed in part to enhance their kaleidoscopic appearance.


Futomaki size

Futomaki is 4-6 cm diameter in general. You can put a mix of 3 or more ingredients as a filling before you roll it.


What futomaki filling you can use?

There are many ingredients that you can mix together to make the futomaki sushi roll. Here are the list of ingredients that you may consider to use as part of the filling:

  • cucumber relish
  • avocado
  • kanpyo (marinated calabash)
  • tamago omlette
  • sushi-grade salmon
  • smoked salmon
  • grilled salmon
  • cooked prawns
  • baked salmon
  • crab sticks
  • smoked mackerel
  • crab meat
  • cooked cod
  • tobiko caviar
  • tuna chunks
  • sweet potato
  • red pepper
  • chilli jam
  • asparagus
  • shiitake mushrooms,
  • mango
  • Philadelphia cheese
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • mozzarella cheese
  • oshinko radish
  • roasted butternut squash


Best combinations of ingredients to make Futomaki

Here are some of the recommended combinations that you can use to make special futomaki sushi.

  • Sake Philadelphia Maki – Salmon/smoked salmon, Philadelphia soft cheese, avocado, lettuce
  • California futomaki – Crab stick, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tobikko caviar, mayonnaise
  • Ebi Maki – Cooked prawn, cucumber, mango, tobikko caviar, lettuce, mayonnaise
  • Kunsei Sake – Smoked salmon, marinated calabash kampyo, cucumber, Philadelphia cheese
  • Sake Yaki – shiitake mushrooms, roasted salmon, kabayaki sauce, lettuce
  • Spicy Sake – Salmon/smoked salmon, mayonnaise, cucumber, lettuce, sriracha or spicy sauce
  • Yasai – Shiitake mushrooms, marinated oshinko radish, marinated calabash kanpyo, tamago omelet, cucumber

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