No Mess, Super Easy, And Super Cute! These adorable, mini sushi balls are a perfect finger-food idea for a Halloween party or any other event, even for your everyday lunch! They’re so much easier to make then regular sushi and require a lot less skill and equipment! And if you’ve ever made sushi at home yourself, you’ll know that there can be quite a mess afterwards with bits of rice sticking everywhere but not with these sushi balls, all you do is shape them in saran wrap then throw the wrap away and enjoy the sushi! Regular sushi can also get a little messy to eat and part of your sushi can sometimes fall out the end, but these are perfectly mini-sized so you can eat them in one bite with no mess!
There are a lot of different types of sushi, in Australia there are usually only hand rolls, but in Japan you can buy much more. These sushi balls are a type of sushi called “temarizushi” in Japan. “Temari” is a type of decorative ball; the word “temari” literally means hand ball in Japanese. This is where this type of sushi gets its name, because it’s a small “hand ball” of sushi. Since all you need to do is squish and form the rice into a ball, it’s a lot easier to make than regular hand rolls because you don’t need a sushi mat and you don’t need the skills to neatly roll the sushi together. The rice and ingredients of these sushi balls are all put together in a piece of saran wrap, so you don’t even need to get your hands dirty and there’s a lot less to wash up!
Since these sushi balls are mini and bite-sized, they make a great finger-food party dish. Forget unhealthy, greasy mini-pies and sausage rolls and make these instead at your next party for a healthier option that are much more cute and photo-worthy! And since Halloween’s coming up, these can easily be decorated with skull and pumpkin faces and other Halloween designs so they’re perfect to serve at a Halloween party. The smoked salmon makes a great “pumpkin” and seaweed can be used to make black cats, bats, and scary faces! Use whatever vegetables and meat/fish you think will look and taste good and use them to decorate your sushi as spooky or cute as you like. The decorating part is definitely the most fun! Once you’re done, serve it with soy sauce, mayo, and wasabi. And don’t forget the Gari (Japanese pickled ginger), to wash out the taste of the fish so the flavours don’t collide in your mouth!
- 300g Uncooked sushi rice
- 360ml of water
- 1tsp Konbu dashi powder
- 1/2 cup Rice vinegar
- 1 & 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Your favourite fish, vegetables, or any other toppings.
- Cook the sushi rice as per your rice cooker instructions or in a pot. Before adding the water to cook the rice, mix in the dashi powder then pour over the rice.
- While the rice is cooking, in a small pot, heat the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt together to make the sushi vinegar on medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Once the rice is cooked, pour the sushi vinegar over it and mix to flavour the rice.
- Once the rice has cooled down a little, place your favourite topping in the centre of a piece of saran wrap.
- Place a little scoop of rice on top of the topping then seal it together with the saran wrap and softly squish and shape it into a ball.
- Continue to make sushi balls with various toppings.
- Serve with soy sauce, mayo, and wasabi.
*No nutrition sheet for this recipe as nutrition facts will differ for every ball of sushi depending on toppings and size.