How To Make Nigiri

The Fish Society | 23.03.2023

Nigiri sushi is a type of sushi that originated in Japan and is popular all around the world today. Nigiri is made by combining vinegared rice and a topping, typically seafood, that is then shaped into a small, rectangular shape. It is a simple yet delicious dish that is perfect for sushi lovers and beginners alike.

What is Nigiri?

Nigiri is a type of sushi that is made by taking a small amount of sushi rice, often mixed with a bit of vinegar and sugar, and pressing it into a small rectangular shape. A topping, typically raw seafood, is then placed on top of the rice. The seafood can range from salmon and tuna to shrimp and eel, depending on your preference. Some people also use cooked toppings like egg or tofu.

How to Make Nigiri


Making nigiri sushi at home is easier than you might think. Here's what you'll need:
Ingredients To Make Nigiri:

  • Sushi rice
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Toppings (e.g. fish, shrimp, egg, tofu)


  • Sharp knife
  • Bamboo sushi mat (optional)
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cutting board


  1. Rinse the sushi rice in cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Cook the sushi rice according to the package instructions.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and pour the vinegar mixture over it. Gently mix the rice until it is evenly coated with the vinegar mixture.
  5. Let the rice cool to room temperature.
  6. Cut your toppings into small, bite-sized pieces.
  7. Wet your hands with a bit of water to prevent the rice from sticking, and take a small amount of rice, about the size of a ping pong ball, and shape it into a rectangular shape.
  8. Place your topping on top of the rice and gently press down to make it stick.
  9. Repeat with the remaining rice and toppings.
  10. Serve with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.

Tips For Making Nigiri :

  • Make sure to use sushi rice, which is a short-grain rice that is sticky when cooked.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut your toppings into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • Wetting your hands with a bit of water will make it easier to shape the rice without it sticking to your hands.
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