Sushi Class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

Sushi Class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

I consider myself somewhat of a sushi fanatic. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t even eat fish and if you told me some day I’d be eating it raw, I would have LOLed in your face. But I started getting into sushi in college (there are some great sushi places in Portsmouth, NH) and have never looked back. But one thing I’ve never done is make my own sushi. Until now. Yup. I made my own sushi!

For my birthday (way back in September!) my sister and Adam enrolled us in a sushi-making class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. I’ve been totally looking forward to this since September and the class finally occurred last Friday evening.

I was a tiny bit nervous for the class just because it was hands-on and I hate people watching me cook. I know, it’s weird, but I just like to do my own thing in the kitchen. BUT our instructor, Elise, was seriously awesome and didn’t laugh at us or yell at us or make us feel dumb. In fact, she didn’t even seem slightly annoyed with my 100s of questions. She answered all of them with a smile 🙂


Chris was my sushi-making partner! This was a couples sushi class… I don’t know if that means you have to bring someone else, but our class was made up of about 6 couples.


The two of us were assigned the spicy tuna roll filling, which is one of our very favorites. We actually had it pretty easy, though. There wasn’t a whole lot of chopping and we got to work with this beautiful piece of tuna.


And the knives at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts were absolutely lovely and perfectly sharp. I almost put one in my purse to bring home with me (shh) 🙂


The tuna was like butter!


I wouldn’t have minded chopping a thousand veggies with this beautiful knife.


Our end result after mixing the tuna, chili paste, japanese mayo, green onions, fish roe, Mirin, tenkatsu, and lemon. Perfect spicy tuna roll filling!


Beth and Adam were assigned the shrimp tempura roll, which was probably the most intensive roll of all!

Not only did they have to chop a ton of vegetables, but they had to tempura all of them in egg, flour, and panko:



Then they had to clean all the shrimp and put the batter on those, too.


They made a fabulous team!


Then the veggies and the shrimp had to be fried. Check out this mega fryer! Elise actually told us that if you fry correctly, your food will actually retain less oil than it would if you sauteed it. Good to know.


She also encouraged us all to get rice cookers, an appliance I never thought I’d want. Nor do I have space in my kitchen for it. But it did make cooking rice look so much easier. Could that be something to add to the wedding registry?


She also showed us how to season our sushi rice.


Beth and Adam were still working throughout all of this! I helped them with the shrimp for a bit and we obviously took time for some photos. I was so happy the school just wanted us to have fun in the kitchen. They allowed photos, lots of chatting, and laughing. What was I expecting? I had no idea!


Um. Maybe Chris liked those knives a little too much? Clearly, Beth and I are clueless.


Then it was time to get rolling! Everyone in the class had been working on a different roll filling and we all got to share the fillings when it came time to build our rolls.

Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly an all-star sushi roller. I mean, it was my first time so I’m not beating myself up about it. but I had a bit of an over-filling issue. Also, see that mixer next to me? I want it in my kitchen ASAP.


Adam was definitely a bit more skilled than I.


And finally, we got to sit down, crack open a Sapporo, and eat our sushi!


At least it tastes good, right?? Right.


Beth and Adam’s was definitely more fit for presentation.


And yes, we made A LOT of sushi!


We ate as much as we could, along with extra tempura veggies and soba noodles. I was actually really impressed that while the sushi didn’t look like it was made in a sushi bar, it did taste like it! We were allowed to take our leftovers home, but the idea of leftover sushi the next day just wasn’t appealing.


The only thing I was disappointed about is that we didn’t have time for the dessert sushi. There was a delicious chocolate mango roll on the menu that I was dying to try! I guess I know how to make it on my own now 🙂


We all had an absolute blast in the class and this was the perfect way to spend a Friday night. In fact, Beth and I are already talking about planning a sushi-making party at home. You know, since we’re pros and all.


Thank you so much to Beth and Adam for this fabulous birthday present. Now that my birthday is FINALLY over (exactly 4 months later), we can get celebrating Beth’s, which was Monday. We always joke about how our whole family likes to draw out birthdays as long as possible… I’m pretty sure 4 months is a record for me 🙂

And I definitely encourage all of you to check out the schedule and take a class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Sure, they’re a little bit pricey, but totally worth it. Not only did we learn a lot, but we had an amazing Friday night out. The class went from 6:30-9:30, but we didn’t end up leaving until close to 10:00. The school offers tons of different recreational classes, from Indian cooking to knife skills, so I’m pretty sure you can find something you’re interested in. I totally need to take the cake decorating class, but I have a feeling it would take about 8 classes before I had any decorating skills.

Anyway, I’m off to Stonewall Kitchen for a class this weekend 🙂 I’ve decided that if I could take a different cooking class every weekend, my life would be complete. Oh, and we have some fun BCAE news coming up soon, too!

Have you ever made sushi? What’s your favorite kind to eat?

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
2020 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
(617) 354-2020


26 Responses to "Sushi Class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts"

  1. Simply Life says:

    I look one class there and loved this! Sushi sounds like a fun one!

  2. Michelle says:

    I took a sushi-making class at Sea to You Sushi last year and loved it! Definitely add a rice cooker to your registry. Being Korean, I grew up with one and my mom got me a small one for college (which I still use today). It makes making rice, quinoa, etc. so easy!

  3. Looks like a great time with your fiance! Now he can make sushi for you : )

  4. Megan says:

    The sushi looks amazing. You guys did an awesome job! I really want to take some classes there… have been thinking about it for a while now.

    The Cuisinart 4-cup rice cooker is pretty small and square-shaped so it fits easily in a cabinet. I love it. It’s a great registry item!

  5. Wow that looks like such an awesome time!! I am a sushi lover as well (though like you I hatedddd fish, let alone raw fish, when I was younger!). At college, one of my closest friends was from Japan and she acutally taught me how to make my own sushi! I loved it, but I would love taking a class like this as well (:

    PS – how freaking cute do you look for cooking class by the way? lol adorable!!

  6. How fun!! Never made my own sushi either, and it’s hard to choose a favorite! Probably spicy tuna, or anything with avocado. I also really like sashimi – my favorite is salmon. And eel!

  7. Yay – glad you guys had fun. My husband and I loved this class (and we’re taking another couples class this coming weekend at the CSCA). Also, being from Seascoast NH, i agree that Portsmouth has some great sushi!

  8. Sharlene says:

    How fun! I’ve never tried making sushi before but we have a friend who makes it for us quite often, along with several other Asian dishes. I’m always so impressed by her skills! This is definitely on my bucket list!

  9. This really looks so fun, not to mention delicious. Sounds like you need to register for those knives but I hear you on the rice cooker. That gets my vote for kitchen device that the most people tell me I need while I remain skeptical. Registry is the perfect solution. God knows you have pretty much everything else already from a kitchen standpoint!

  10. Kerstin says:

    Fun! Spicy tuna is one of our favorites too 🙂

  11. Joanne says:

    My roommates and I attempted to make sushi ONCE at home…and yeah, it didn’t LOOK so great but it tasted delicious! This looks like a ton of fun. I would have totally stolen one of those knives.

  12. Wow, I’m so impressed. I too was a no-seafood girl converted to a sushi lover, but I’m way too intimidated attempting to make it on my own. But yours turned out so pretty!

  13. Kelly says:

    What a coincidence! It’s sushi making night tonight at my house. My sushi making education was done via YouTube, so I haven’t learned to make anything nearly as fancy as you did. I’m still scared to make anything with raw fish. That spicy tuna filling looks so tempting I just might have to try it one of these days!

    And I agree that you should get a rice cooker. They are a pain to store, but they make rice cooking so easy!

  14. Meesh says:

    sounds like a great time. I LOVE sushi but have never taken a class. My birthday is coming up so maybe ill drop a hint to the BF soon LOL

  15. What a fun class, very neat to learn how to make that delicious looking sushi!

  16. Rhonda says:

    Making sushi is so much fun! I mostly make California rolls as sushi grade raw fish is not available to the public in Montana…go figure! I thought all of your rolls were beautiful, what a great experience.

  17. Karen says:

    I am so impressed with both of you. You must have had a great time. Your sister certainly is a wonderful gift-giver!! The four of you seem to REALLY enjoy yourselves. Ok……now on to Beth’s birthday, right? lol

  18. Lisa says:

    For my daughters 21st birthday I enrolled us in a sushi making class at Gekkeikan Sake in Sacramento. We had tried making sushi on our own before,but the class sure improved our skills. Plus we got to try a bunch of different types of sake as well as learning all about it. I think my favorite sushi is still the spicy tuna.

  19. Totally jealous of that class! We’re going to be making sushi for my bday party this weekend – for the first time ever! I’m sure it will be no where near as nice as yours :).

  20. That class sounds amazing. Adam and I took a sushi making class last year which was really fun but all the fish, rice and veggies were already prepared for us so we mostly learned about rolling the maki (after a lecture about cooking the rice, fish safety, etc.) 🙂 I really want to take a class at the CSCA!!

  21. Monique says:

    I took a couples sushi class and took my best friend Jess with me. We were the only same sex couple in the group and my instructor kept referring to her as my partner. lol.
    But i make my own sushi all the time now. love it!

  22. Susan says:

    That is such an awesome gift idea! I have never made sushi, I only recently started liking it a couple of years ago.

  23. Janel says:

    Sushi making is so fun! We use those spicy packs of tuna you can get at the grocery store in place of raw fish when we DIY (I’m too nervous to work with raw fish!) but it winds up tasting great…or use smoked salmon for that same texture. And a rice cooker is a-ma-zing. Set it and forget it 🙂 Definitely a registry item! Makes perfect quinoa too. Really any grain!

  24. Michelle says:

    Sushi making is so fun my husband and I took a class on it once too. You can add any item you want to your registry. You might want to register at since items from your sushi class may be difficult to find at an ordinary store. This online registry helped my husband and I find items from all over the internet.

  25. SushiTail says:

    Beautiful foods and beautiful people! I have not met one person who did not enjoy sushi making.

  26. That’s an awesome experience! I’ve made sushi about 3-4 times now and I have gotten better but it is never as fast or neat as the restaurants. They make it look so easy! My first pieces were about 3 inches across and I have gotten them down to normal manageable size.

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