Man Sushi

Tempura vegetables

Question: What do you do when you’re tasked with making sushi for a group of friends, but one of your male friends has never eaten sushi and refuses to try raw fish?

Easy: MAN SUSHI. (Just imagine I’m saying that in a deep, “manly” voice.)

Putting the roll together

But what on earth is “Man Sushi”?

Well, what sort of food does your stereotypical man love? That’s an easy one: beef, and anything battered and fried. Of course.

Adding mayonnaise

All you have to do is put grilled beef teriyaki and tempura-fried vegetables in a sushi roll, (and throw in some spicy mayonnaise for good measure), and you’ll have a roll that your man will not only try, but will still be talking about a year later.


Case in point, I visited some friends of mine in Las Vegas in spring of 2010, and somehow got roped into making sushi for everyone. In addition to my ever-popular Spicy Shrimp Inari and a variation on the Refugee from Reality Roll, I had them grill up some beef teriyaki (from this recipe) and I fried up some tempura vegetables for this roll.

Over a year later, my friend tells me that her male roommate still talks about this roll. (And the rest of us are still shocked that we managed to convince him to even try sushi!)

Mission successful. ^_^ (And don’t worry, women love it too!)


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  • 6 sheets nori
  • 3 cups sumeshi
  • top sirloin (get as much as you want. Although you probably only need about half a pound for the sushi, you probably will want to eat some straight off the BBQ since it’s so good!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shoyu
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1/8 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 batches tempura batter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 onion, sliced thickly
  • 1 bunch asparagus, with ends chopped off
  • 1 sweet potato, sliced into 1/2-inch sticks
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Sriracha sauce, to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix the sugar, water, shoyu, garlic, and ginger in a large bowl.
  2. Remove as much fat as you can from the meat, and slice the meat across the grain into thin strips that are about 1.5 inches wide and 1/8 inch thick. Try to make these strips long, if possible.
  3. Place the meat in the marinade, and refrigerate overnight (or at least 1 hour), mixing every now and then so the all the meat gets marinated on all sides.
  4. Weave the meat onto skewers, and spread it so it is flat. If the strip of meat is short, put two or three strips of meat on the skewer. Discard the marinade.
  5. Barbecue the meat until it is well cooked. Remove the skewers from the meat.
  6. Cook sushi rice.
  7. Coat the sliced vegetables in flour, then in the tempura batter, and tempura-fry until golden-brown.
  8. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce, to taste, and transfer to a squeeze bottle (or a plastic baggie with one of the tips cut off).
  9. Roll the sushi, using the beef teriyaki, tempura vegetables, and spicy mayonnaise for your fillings.
  10. Enjoy!

18 thoughts on “Man Sushi”

  1. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes -

    Allison! I can’t believe that you don’t like tomatoes! 🙂 Seriously, it was such a pleasure to meet you tonight at the Homefries retreat and I look forward to talking to you more tomorrow!!

    P.S. Your Man Sushi looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out on my husband!

  2. Sarah -

    Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing it… really, my boyfriend doesn’t like how sushi looks and this “MAN Sushi” is just perfect to make him love it and be curious! 😉

  3. Klara -

    thanks for the recipe, i will give a try to it! my man also is afraid from raw fish, usually i only can eat my fav with my girlfriends. but i am sure, he will find it delicious too, when i show him your photos;)

  4. Lara -

    With the opening of 2 very good and affordable AYCE sushi places nearby, I haven’t been making sushi at home very often but I’m getting re-inspired with this post. I can’t remember off hand but have you ever done inside out maki rolls with raw fish draped over the top ie salmon, and then put them under the broiler long enough just cook the fish?

  5. Kiki -

    This is going to go down a treat! My OH doesn’t like sushi at all, but I think I can definitely tempt him with this recipe. Steak sushi, what a great idea!

  6. coll -

    ppthhhhhhh. try doing a “bar” roll. inspired by buffalo sauce. you can use the fake crab leg or “salmon fries”, thin celery and carrot.

  7. port elizabeth -

    I’m thinking BACON Strips and perhaps pouring the fat over once they are nicely cut up!!!! Thanks for the man sushi ideas – will definitely be using them on our next attempt (tonight was our first go with Californian ingredients)

  8. Yuki -

    your sushi looks very bad…I would like to show u how to do it correctly or at least how does my sushi looks like.

  9. Michael -

    Love the idea, it will be gong in my recipie book, for when I next make a batch of sushi. Have to say as a guy though I fail to see the problem some guys have with raw fish, it’s just meat. It’s laughable the guys I know that will turn their noses at raw fish but boast their manliness at having their steak rare. Ah all the more for me I say nom nom