Bird view of Halloween temari sushi on a wooden plate
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5 from 2 votes

Sushi Balls (Temarizushi)- Halloween Style

Halloween Temari Sushi recipe
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Rice dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: halloween temari zushi, temari sushi, temari zushi
Servings: 16 sushi balls
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 2 cups Uncooked sushi rice
  • 1 tsp Konbu dashi powder or 5cm Kelp piece
  • 1/2 cup Rice vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 slice smoked salmon thinly sliced
  • 1 egg fried flat
  • 1/4 small cucmber thinly sliced
  • 1 small radish thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp fish roe for 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 or about 5cm of kelp over the rice. *1
  • 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. Set aside.
  • Prepare the Jack-O-Lantern face, by cutting up the nori sheets and using 6.5cm diameter cookie cutter, cut out 2 round nori sheets for cat face.
  • Crack the egg and fry it flat in a frying pan. When it is cooled down, cut out 2 rounds using the 6.5cm diameter cookie cutter. 
  • Wash and thinly slice the radish and cucumber. 
  • 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 cling wrap.
  • Place a scoop of rice on top of the topping by using a 1/3 cup then seal it together with the cling wrap and softly squish and shape it into a ball.
  • Continue to make sushi balls with various toppings.
  • Remove the cling wrap and place them on a serving plate.
  • Using a pair of chopstick or a tweezers, decorate the jack-o-lantern’s face, with pre-cut nori. 
  • Pipe mayonnaise out to draw cat face. *2
  • Top with fish roe on radish and cucumber sushi balls.
  • Serve with soy sauce, mayo, and wasabi (optional).



*1 cooking rice time is not included in the overall cooking time for this recipe
*2 I bought and used a gadget called “decopen” from Daiso to pipe out mayonnaise for drawing the cat face.  


Serving: 1sushi | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.6mg