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Homemade Salmon Nigiri Sushi

A sushi recipe that you can easily prepare at home with fresh fish and rice: Nigiri Sushi! It only takes a few ingredients to make this delicious sushi.

February 26, 2022
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 60 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 90 mins



  1. Wash the sushi rice several times with cold water until all the dirt is gone. After washing, soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain the water completely.
  2. Using an electric rice cooker or a regular stoop, cook the rice with kombu. If you use an automatic rice cooker, use the sushi setting available, which indicates the amount of water you can use. However, if you are using the regular stove, boil with two cups of water on medium heat until completely dried.
  3. Place vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small frying pan over medium heat and whisk until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Get a bowl and dampen it with a wet cloth. In the bowl, place rice and pour vinegar mixture into the rice while still hot. Using a spoon, mix it well.
  5. Mix vinegar and cold water in a bowl. Dampen your hands in the water and grab a small ball of sushi rice and use your hands to mold it into a rectangular piece.
  6. Place a small amount of wasabi paste and then place the slice of fish on top of the rice while using your other hand to hold it in place.
  7. Repeat until your rice is finished.
  8. Serve them with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.

Sushi Rice Recipe

Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice Ingredients

Sushi Rice Directions

  • Put the rice in a large bowl. Soak in cold water for about 30-45 minutes. Wash several times until the water becomes clear.
  • Strain the water with a colander and leave it at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Put the rice and 2 glasses of water in a pot. Let it boil over high heat. After the water boils, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  • When the rice water is absorbed, turn off the stove and leave it to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to prepare sushi vinegar; cook the sugar, salt and rice vinegar in a separate pan. Continue cooking until the sugar dissolves. Then leave the vinegar mixture to cool.
  • Transfer the rice to a bowl. Pour the vinegar over the rice. Gently mix the rice and vinegar with the spatula.
  • The sushi rice you season with vinegar is ready to use.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Nigiri Sushi
    Serves 8
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 19.4 g24.9%
    Cholesterol 69 mg23%
    Sodium 126 mg5.5%
    Protein 23.4 g46.8%
    Potassium 488 mg10.4%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • Use fresh cut salmon. If you don't like the idea of raw fish, you can opt for a smoked salmon.
    • You can use tuna,shrimp or eel instead of salmon.
    • You can also use cooked tuna slices instead of salmon for fresh fish.
    • Use high quality Japanese short grain sushi rice. Use a 1:1 ratio of rice to water when cooking this rice. In this way, your rice will not be mushy.
    • For nigiri, cut the fish into thin slices ¼ inch thick. In this way, you can shape the sushi more easily.
    • If you do not have sushi vinegar, you can replace it with white vinegar mixed with salt and sugar.
    • Buy your fish from a trusted fish supplier to minimize the risk of food poisoning.
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    Nigiri Sushi is a type of sushi served with a sushi rice ball and any kind of raw fish - wasabi on it. It can be eaten in many restaurants and small sushi bars around the world.

    Nigiri Sushi, one of the traditional Japanese sushi, can also be made at home. If you're new to cooking or have never made sushi before, fear not. With this Salmon Nigiri recipe, you can also make excellent sushi at home and enjoy this excellent sushi with your friends or family for dinner.

    If you're wondering how to make perfect Salmon Nigiri Sushi at home, try our recipe! Serve with soy sauce and pickled ginger.

    What Is Nigiri Sushi?

    Nigiri Sushi (Nigirizushi) is a type of hand-formed sushi made with vinegared rice and topped with various ingredients. The traditional toppings are seafood such as ebi (cooked shrimp), ika (octopus), tamago (egg) or kanikama (imitation crab meat). However, many other ingredients may be used for nigiri-sushi including non-seafood items such as cucumber, lotus root, kampyo (burdock root), gobo (burdock root), corn and cheese. Toppings are carefully wrapped by holding them between a thumb and forefinger against a bamboo mat called an oshibako, in an attempt to keep them from falling off.

    What's The Difference Between Nigiri and Sashimi?

    Nigiri and Sashimi are not the same. Nigiri is thinly sliced raw fish over rice. Sashimi, on the other hand, is served without rice. In both cases, a little bit of wasabi and some pickled ginger go a long way in complimenting your meal.

    What To Serve with Nigiri?

    Nigiri sushi isn’t a meal on its own. You may be wondering what else you can serve with nigiri? Below are a few suggestions!

    You can serve Nigiri Sushi with a simple soup such as Miso or clear fish broth, appetizers such as edamame (soybean) or yakitori, steamed vegetables, udon noodles or fried rice. Also, sesame oil, chili paste, and even wasabi go well with salmon nigiri.

    Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Nigiri Sushi:

    How To Store Nigiri Sushi?

    If you can’t eat it right away, roll your Nigiri sushi in a sheet of nori and then into a plastic wrap tube. If you choose plastic wrap, leave an inch or two (2.5 cm) of space at both ends for air flow, making sure your rolls aren’t too tightly packed. If your rolls are too tightly packed, they’ll break open when exposed to heat from cooking or from sitting out in front of guests. Store them in a refrigerator until it's time to serve them for dinner.

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