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Hosomaki is a type of sushi roll that typically contains only one ingredient inside the rice and nori wrapper. This makes it a simple yet delicious option for those who want to enjoy the taste of sushi without all the fuss. Common fillings for hosomaki include tuna, cucumber, and salmon.

What is hosomaki

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What does “hosomaki” mean?

The word “hosomaki” is derived from the Japanese words “hoso”, meaning thin, and “maki”, meaning roll. This refers to the fact that hosomaki are typically thinner than other types of sushi rolls.

What’s the origin of hosomaki?

Hosomaki is believed to have originated in Osaka, Japan during the Edo period. It was originally created as a quick and easy snack for people on the go.

What’s the difference between hosomaki and maki?

Hosomaki is a type of maki, but usually when people refer to make they mean the thin hosomaki variant. Other types of maki include uramaki, temaki, and futomaki.

How is hosomaki served?

Hosomaki is typically served as an appetizer or side dish. It can be enjoyed on its own or with soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.

What’s the difference between hosomaki and tekkamaki?

Tekkamaki is a type of hosomaki that contains raw tuna as its filling. It is also often referred to as tuna roll. Tekkamaki is a popular choice for those who enjoy the taste of raw fish.

Is hosomaki healthy?

Yes, hosomaki is a healthy option as it is low in calories and fat. It is also a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Is hosomaki vegan?

Yes, hosomaki can be vegan if it is made with a plant-based filling such as cucumber or avocado.

Is hosomaki gluten-free?

Yes, hosomaki is typically gluten-free as it does not contain any wheat or gluten-containing ingredients. However, it is always best to check with the sushi chef to be sure because it could be made with soy sauce (ask for tamari instead of soy sauce to make it gluten-free)


Hosomaki is the most common type of maki and is often meant when referring to maki rolls. It’s delicious and simple at the same time.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.