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How to make temari-zushi (temari-sushi)

October 21, 2010

in basics,how-to

I’ve been meaning to do this how-to for a long time because it’s so easy, cute, and a little bit fancy.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)
Temari-zushi (or Temari-sushi) is a small ball-like sushi. (“temari” means “hand-ball”) It’s not really a seasonal food, but you can see a lot of temari-zushi in spring, around girl’s day (March 3rd) in Japan because temari-zushi is very colorful.

This is great for those who are not so sure about how to shape sushi rice. Temari-zushi is definitely NOT good for bento if you’re using raw fish. (I’ve used cooked shrimp and egg for bento #75: Totoro temari zushi ) But it’ll surely impress your friends if you serve this at a small party. I get a fresh sashimi block (a small block of fish) at a Japanese supermarket and cut it on my own. It’s a amazingly cheaper than buying prepared sushi. If you can’t find fish fresh enough to eat it raw, no need to be sad. You can use scrambled eggs, avocado, or shrimp, as shown below.

I’m not even sure you can call this a how-to, but I’ll post some pictures to show you how easy this is. (I took some photos in here a while ago, and forgot to put a watermark, but oh well.)

[How to make temari-zushi]
- salmon, tuna, shrimp, egg, avocado, etc…
- sushi rice

1. Make sushi rice! (see “How to make rice for sushi”) You have to use sushi rice for temari-zushi even if you aren’t using raw fish. Plain rice with food on top might taste very bland.

2. Put whatever you want on plastic wrap, put a little bit of sushi rice over, twist and close on the top and make a ball. That’s it!

Such as…

[Salmon]

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

Not the prettiest looking sashimi but once it's wrapped no one can tell.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

[Tuna]

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

[Shrimp]

If you have shrimp prepared for sushi (see “How to prepare shrimp for sushi”)…

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

This is the other way to do it. You can make a small rice ball and put it on. It'll make it easier to make all temari-zushi the same size.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

If you have regular curled up shrimp…

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

Slice the shrimp in the center

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

[Egg]

You can just make it with scrambled eggs.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

Or if you have a little more time, you can make an egg sheet (see “How to make an egg sheet”), and cut it into strips.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

[Avocado]

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

[Fish and avocado]

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

And you have plain temari-zushi! The one on a black plate was actually from a while ago. I was in a rush and didn’t really decorate them at the time.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

But if you can, spend 5 minutes to put different kind of toppings on it to decorate it. You can put pretty much anything on it. It’s such a little amount you won’t really taste the topping that much, but it’ll make ordinary temari-zushi look like something you’ll see at a fancy restaurant. I used scallion and black lumpfish roe I got from IKEA but you can put seaweed cut out with a hole punch (or craft hold punch), carrot flower (see “How to make vegetable flowers”), a leaf of parsley, thinly sliced lemon, or even a tiny bit of wasabi or mustard or grated ginger! Using as many colors as you can.

How to make temari-zushi (or temari-sushi)

For this plate, I mixed decorated ones and non-decorated ones.

Totoro temari sushi bento

Carrot flower as a topping, in Totoro temari-zushi bento

The key to make a pretty temari-zushi is to make it small and let the food cover the most of rice. Use just enough rice so that if you see it from the top, you won’t see the rice. Also try making each ball the same size. I’ve seen some very cute arrangements of temari-zushi, like have an egg temari-zushi in the middle, and surround it with salmon or tuna so the whole thing will look like a flower. I’d still dip it into soy sauce when I eat it, but if the rice is well seasoned (with vinegar), you won’t even need soy sauce.

How to make temari-zushi (temari-sushi) on my flickr

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!

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chunNo Gravatar October 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

yumyum! O_O great tutorial, so simple but so pretty as well! XD I’ll take the avocado one… lol!

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Asuka SakumoNo Gravatar October 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

They are so gorgeous, you made it looks so delicious! I am craving for sushi right now! :)

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SuraviNo Gravatar October 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

OMG, I am going to make these ASAP! Thank you so much for all you share! Your photos help so much! I also think this is a great alternative for people who don’t like seaweed!

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BennyNo Gravatar October 24, 2010 at 4:33 am

Oh, never ever got those “sushi-balls” figured out. I must definately try that out. Very fine tip!

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Wendy LeowNo Gravatar October 24, 2010 at 6:12 am

Nice!! Very useful – will be making them for the kids!! Thanks

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JessNo Gravatar October 24, 2010 at 7:32 am

hello! i absolutely love your blog – i went through the whole thing in a day x_x your stuffed stuff are amazing. actually, i got inspired to try sewing afterwards XD. i made a dodgy domokun today and although the stitching is horrid, it looked like domokun! Sooo, i just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration :)

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astrorainfallNo Gravatar October 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

WOW – they look so amazing but so simple to make. Thanks so much for this tutorial. This is perfect for a picnic or appetizers for a house party….

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MadzNo Gravatar November 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Wow, no need for nori and bamboo mat! This looks so easy to make and yet the sushi look even cuter! Thanks for this, my BF and I will do a version of this soon! :)

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EmNo Gravatar November 12, 2010 at 12:49 am

I just tried this, and it makes having sushi as a college student in New York much easier, especially the egg sushi!

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Ay ChooNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I hv tried this & its a great success as my kids bento. Really grateful for ur effort of sharing ur tips n taking d trouble to show us step by step. Thx once again. Btw do u hv a facebook account which we can tag u on if we will to post d photo of d sushi we made.

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loloNo Gravatar July 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hi Anna! I’ve never commented but I’ve actually been reading your blog in secret for a while now.
Congratulations on your engagement :) I guess those bento boxes sure helped seal the deal hahahhahaa.

Anyway, thanks for this idea! I’ve never actually seen round sushi like this, but I think this will be a terrific idea the next time I go to a potluck.

Cheers!

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AmberNo Gravatar November 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

Anna! So, I’m actually a secret fan of yours and a long time reader. This evening I was planning on making sushi and realized I didn’t have any nori! I scoured the internet looking for some kind of replacement or substitute when I thought to myself, “Why don’t I just go check out my favorite bento site.” What do you know, you have an easy recipe that is basically sushi without the nori. Thanks for being awesome, you saved my dinner. :)

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FooDWooWNo Gravatar April 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

I love your bento so much, Anna. I’m Vietnamese. I really want to introduce your work to my friends. But I have to translate the content first. Thank you, Anna. I love u…

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soniaNo Gravatar March 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

cant leave ur blog w/out saying that ur “how’s to” is superrrr briliant, thnk u for sharing anna….

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MNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

These will be a hit with my boyfriend… maybe I can get my kid to try shrimp like this… Ill Let you Know… bookmarked your site… you have great ideas!

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