Nigiri Recipe

Nigiri Recipe

Nigiri Recipe

Nigiri Recipe recipe can be used to prepare salmon nigiri at home.A piece of raw seafood or other topping is placed on top of a little ball or oval of vinegared rice to make nigiri, a form of Japanese sushi. 

A piece of raw seafood or other topping is placed on top of a little ball or oval of vinegared rice to make nigiri, a form of Japanese sushi. The name “nigiri” refers to the method sushi is traditionally made by hand and is derived from the Japanese verb “nigiru,” which means “to grip or hold.

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Nigiri comes in a variety of forms with a wide range of flavors and toppings. It frequently come with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, squid, and eggs as toppings. It is a well-known and traditional Japanese dish that  found in sushi restaurants all around the world.


  • 1 cup Japanese short-grain rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces sliced salmon
  • Wasabi paste (optional)
  • Soy sauce (for serving)


  1. Make sure the water flows clean when you rinse the rice in cold water. Rice and water should  combined in a medium saucepan and heated over high heat until boiling.
  2. Once the water has been absorbed and the rice is soft, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Simmer for 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. When the rice done cooking, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Transfer the rice to a sizable mixing bowl after uncovering it. Spread the vinegar mixture over the rice, then use a spatula to gently fold it in.

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  6. Take a tiny quantity of the rice and soak your hands in cold water to make the nigiri. Place it on a cutting board after gently forming it into an oval or ball.
  7. On top of the rice, put a slice of salmon and, if you like, some wasabi sauce.
  8. Nigiri should  served with soy sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes

  • Use Japanese short-grain rice, sometimes referred to as “sushi rice,” when making the rice. This type of rice holds together better while forming nigiri because it is stickier and more sticky than other forms of rice.
  • After cooking, rice  combine with a mixture of salt, sugar, and rice vinegar to give it a light sweet and sour flavor. We call this “sushi vinegar.” The ratios of these substances can  change based on preference.
  • It’s crucial to soak your hands with cold water before shaping the nigiri to avoid the rice sticking to your fingertips. Making an oval or ball out of a little handful of rice requires gentle handling.
  • Just before serving, the nigiri topping should added to the rice.  This will assist in preserving the topping’s freshness and preventing it from going limp.
  • You can serve the  nigiri  with soy sauce for dipping and a tiny bit of wasabi paste. You have the option of adding the wasabi to the soy sauce or topping. Feel free to adjust the wasabi to your preferred level as it is a question of taste.

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