$2 Dorm Room Sushi!

Dempsey and I absolutely love sushi.  Unfortunately, generally speaking, sushi is expensive.  And the word expensive is a college student’s worst nightmare.  That’s why I created this $2 Dorm Room Sushi Recipe!  (Most sushi places charge ~$6 for a veggie roll!)

This sushi recipe is your so-called “little black dress” of sushi. It is basic, but serves as a  good foundation for other, more creative sushi recipes. You can mix up the recipe with some proper supplies and other ingredients.  People typically use a bamboo mat for rolling (sometimes I use a sturdy place mat).  Also, in this recipe, I call for pre-made sushi rice.  Preparing your own sushi rice is fairly simple and is worth doing if you have the supplies and the time.  Lastly, you can really jazz up this recipe by adding raw fish (bought fresh), cooked shrimp, spicy mayo, or a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

*Fun tip— Buy a packet of nori and prepare an assortment of fillings. Give each of your friends a plate and have them their make your own rolls!  It’s a fun activity and allows people to choose what type of sushi they want to eat!


  • 4 Nori sheets (seaweed)
  • 1 cup sushi rice (ordered from local restaurant)
  • ½ fresh mango, sliced into spears
  • ½ peeled cucumber, sliced into spears
  • 1 avocado, sliced into spears
  • Soy sauce


  • Lay seaweed on a table shiny side down
  • Spread ¼ cup of rice evenly over the seaweed and press into a thin layer
  • Arrange mango, cucumber, and avocado on the bottom of the seaweed
  • Carefully roll the sushi, making sure it is tight and paying close attention to the sides
  • Once rolled, wet the edge of the seaweed with water or soy sauce to seal
  • Cut into 8 even pieces
  • Serve with soy sauce

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