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:
- Miso Soup
- Pickled Ginger
- Shrimp Tempura
- Sesame Noodles
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.