About Nigiri sushi

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Nigiri is a kind of sushi made with vinegared sushi rice (shari), and a slices of fish, seafood, or vegetable. Nigiri sushi is easier to make than maki, or uramaki sushi, and some would say even easier to consume.

It is customary to present nigiri sushi pieces in couples, as a sign of peace and harmony.

How to Make nigiri sushi

1."Shape the rice"

With your hand wet, grab about 20 grams of shari rice, and shape it to a long, oval from. The rice is going to be the base for the fish to lay on, so the bottom should be flat, and the top could be more rounded. The sides should definitely be a bit rounded.

2. "Cut a Slice"

As already mentioned, nigiri sushi topping can vary, but the basic form is "plain" salmon nigiri. So if it is salmon or tuna fish nigiri sushi you are making, the following measurements should be just fine.

Take a slice of fish, about 1 cm thick, 5 cm long and 3 cm wide. If the piece of fish you are cutting from is smaller, and does not allow you to cut such a slice, try slicing it at 45 degrees, it will allow you maximum "fish surface".

Take a pea-sized portion of wasabi, and smear it along the middle of the fish slice. The wasabi will help the slice glue to the piece of rice, to form a steady nigiri sushi.


3. "Sushitrons - form a nigiri sushi!"

Now it's time to place the slice of fish, with the wasabi side facing down, on the rice. Lay it gently on the rice, and then press it firmly to stick with the rice. You might want to use the other hand to hold the nigiri sushi from the sides while pressing it from above, to avoid "rice loss".

"So, how can I start...?"

Well, the best thing is to get sushi equipment and ingredients to start with. Check out our sushi e-Store, for sushi kits and more. You might also want to know how to prepare sushi rice, or to read more about sushi grade fish for your sushi roll.

Enjoy!

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+1 # meli 2013-01-31 11:09
this webset is great .i love any kind of sushi. :-)
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0 # bee lee tan 2012-11-08 23:25
looks pretty and easy to make, it takes pratice but is worth the effort!
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0 # madsushieater 2011-12-23 12:45
this type of sushi is LOVELY
if you get a chance EAT IT
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-1 # Jeremy 2011-08-22 17:23
Quoting um:
Can we use something other then wasabi? because I don't like it

I have used hot/sweet Chinese mustard in place of wasabi. There are also different kinds of wasabi available, in a small tube or more often seen as powder that is mixed with equal amounts of water to make the wasabi paste.
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-4 # jack 2011-06-14 14:18
Quoting marie:
if i bought tuna grade sushi, but frozen, how do i defrost it?


Easy, just put it in a fridge and it will defrost like anything that is put under 0C/32F.
Do not try to defrost it with anything crazy like a Bunsen Burner or try to heat it up to melt it quickly, because that would ruin it
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+1 # Mina 2010-11-24 12:52
Oh thanks so much, this website is great! I really love sushi, and Nigiri Sushi is my favorite (especially the shrimp one :P). Can't wait to try it out!!! Thanks^^
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-4 # Family_Sushi_Addicts 2010-10-02 23:02
There is a great store in Richmond BC that has all the ingrediants, it's like a sushi gorcery store. It's vcalled Izumiya look into it
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-1 # dana 2010-06-19 22:32
Quoting MegaMaz:
Quoting :
This sounds so easy! But I wonder where I can get Wasabi and Shari rice..?

you can get it at a Japanese or health food market

Check your local grocery store, look in the Asian or the international isle. Look for sushi rice. It's a bit expensive but a little goes a long way. Wasabi is a bit overrated. Most wasabi is actually just horseradish with green food coloring. MOst grocery stores now a days have a sushi counter you can find small containers of ginger, wasabi and soy sauce. why get large quantities how often do you really plan on making sushi.
Finding fresh fish to use, just ask your local grocery store most grocery stores have a fish department. Ask what is fresh let them know you are going to eat it raw. They will make sure it's fresh enough to eat that way. If you plan on eating Salmon, wild is always better than farm raised.
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-1 # Show 2010-06-16 18:14
There is no true definition for "sashimi grade". I would recommend using Atlantic salmon from a reputable source. Parasites such as ringworm can be easily removed as said above. Some even suggest deep freezing whilst fresh will disable the fungi. Using UV lighting to remove affected portions of the meat is also handy but all of said precautions do not affect spores. As for bacteria and viruses, they are hardly compatible to survive in us.

An extra precaution I take is using rice wine (roughly 70% alcohol) mixed with wasabi. I'll marinate thinly sliced cuts of salmon in the solution for roughly 10 seconds -> dip them in soy sauce to rinse that alcohol and wasabi taste off -> rinse with water. This should leave your fish with an extremely mild sensation of rice wine (which can be quite pleasant), almost no trace of wasabi and some remnants of soy sauce.
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-3 # sarahmissbonita 2010-06-08 19:46
if your soooooooooo not going with raw fish but still want fish and are too lazy to cook fish.....try smoked fish....salmon or mackarel... :) be creative...
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-2 # adrre 2010-04-26 10:07
crazy!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
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-4 # MegaMaz 2010-04-11 01:31
Quoting :
This sounds so easy! But I wonder where I can get Wasabi and Shari rice..?

you can get it at a Japanese or health food market
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-3 # Emily 2010-03-19 12:08
Quoting :
whats the differance between actual raw fish and the fish u use for this? how do you prepare the fish, or cook it? 


All fish has parasites which is why you need to not eat it raw...unless it's labeled "sushi grade". With sushi grade fish, it is placed on a backlighted table where the visible parasites are manually pulled out. Sick, I know, but the process is very precise and the fish has to be approved to be sushi grade so we don't get sick.

However, you are more than welcome to use cooked fish. Sushi is entirely customizable to the consumer.

Roundworms are the most "common" risk with raw fish, although that is still rare. Freezing fish overnight will kill these parasites and if quickly frozen, will retain its fresh flavor. The freezing process does NOT kill bacteria as a previous poster said. Most bacteria doesn't care how cold it is and some bacteria, such as psychrotrophic bacteria, actually love the cold.
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-4 # Pear 2010-03-15 07:47
How do you know how to make a sushi first time?
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-1 # um 2010-03-13 23:05
Can we use something other then wasabi? because I don't like it
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-2 # marie 2010-02-14 20:54
if i bought tuna grade sushi, but frozen, how do i defrost it?
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+2 # Tasha 2010-01-05 17:14
Seriously people, it's not a moral sin to eat cooked fish on sushi. I for one prefer raw for its delicious cold fresh taste, but then its pretty expensive. Sometimes I just skip the fish and use vegetables and eggs XD
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-4 # Tasha 2010-01-05 17:09
Where to buy fish: buy frozen fish labeled as sushi grade fish. Probably find it at an Asian Market. Don't worry, even though it is frozen, it will be very fresh and delicious tasting.
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-1 # Guest 2009-11-30 01:17
Quoting wad:
but how to prepare the fish? you can't just go to safeway and buy some fish and eat it raw, right?


LOL, go to a reputable fishmonger buy the fish raw, if you have any concerns about hygeine freeze it thaw it then eat it. This kills bacteria as an alternative to cooking. DO NOT COOK it though for this type of sushi. Enjoy.
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-2 # Guest 2009-10-25 18:46
This recipe sounds delicious.
I love sushi!!
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+3 # Guest 2009-10-07 23:54
but how to prepare the fish? you can't just go to safeway and buy some fish and eat it raw, right?
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-2 # Guest 2009-09-30 17:02
you dont have to take offense to that. just like eating raw fish might NOT be in her culture.
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+3 # Guest 2009-08-13 16:34
This sounds so easy! But I wonder where I can get Wasabi and Shari rice..?
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-3 # Guest 2009-07-14 02:55
Good question about the vinegar; I'd be interested in knowing that too.
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-1 # Guest 2009-06-10 04:12

I will try!!!! ^^.
I love sushi!!!!
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-4 # Guest 2009-06-02 03:25

this and inside out sushi is amazing
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0 # Guest 2009-05-22 09:43

whats the differance between actual raw fish and the fish u use for this? how do you prepare the fish, or cook it? 
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0 # Guest 2009-05-16 02:47

Hi im a total fan of sushi i love sushy
 
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-7 # Guest 2009-05-07 16:19

WILDLOS: your question is indeed stupid. If you cook the salmon you will be serving cooked salmon with rice...
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-2 # Guest 2009-04-28 03:46

some people actually like sashimi(raw fish) so its kind of inconsiderate of you to say ew because you might hurt someones feelings. someone like me, because it comes from my culture.
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+1 # Guest 2009-04-26 22:24

tuna sashimi rules! *highfives* :D
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+2 # Guest 2009-03-19 21:48

How much vinegar in the rice?
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-4 # Guest 2009-03-05 05:11

is that the place in henderson cause they hav the best in the world
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0 # Guest 2009-02-25 05:48

konichiwa
me luuuuuv sushi soooooo much its yummy :-D
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0 # Guest 2009-02-20 23:38

sushi generally has raw fish... but make sure it is sushina grade... the salmon in a river has parasites that salmon in the river does not have so make sure it is the right kind or you'll be in lots of trouble
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0 # Guest 2009-02-11 00:30

Hi all stupid question but i want to try and make some of these at home.Question is, Do you have to cook salmon to make sushi? Or do you eat it raw atop rife? Ive had it but i dont know the name and it looks like the salmon is raw but i want to make sure before i poison myself or others.lol Can someone please shed some light on this matter. :-[
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0 # Guest 2009-02-02 18:39

shoyu is good on sushi.
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0 # Guest 2009-02-02 18:39

raw fish? ew
but sushi is awesome! mi fav is th las vegas roll.
(california roll fried)
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-2 # Guest 2009-02-02 18:36

u like sashimi? i thought it wzz RAW chunks of fish? isnt it bad 4 u to eat raw stuff lik tht? <=?
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0 # Guest 2009-02-02 18:35

i had sushi th othr night it wzz really good! it wzz at this place called Matsu Sushi. :-P
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0 # Guest 2008-12-22 05:24

No. 1, if I take time to make sushi, i'm gonna make it right, No. 2, that american sushi sounds disgusting!!  Blah! Trust me not all of us eat that kind of stuff!
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0 # Guest 2008-12-14 09:59

its easy, you make a rice ball, then put the fish on top of the ball, then thats it, dip it in soy sauce then u can eat it.
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0 # Guest 2008-12-04 17:06

From wikipedia on sushi:
Nigiri-zushi (握り寿司, lit. hand-formed sushi).
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0 # Guest 2008-11-18 17:59

Racist people, dont use the N word in your sushi
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0 # Guest 2008-11-07 16:04

Don't forget to eat a healthy portion of pickled ginger with any raw fish you consume. That is how people get sick. The pickled ginger will keep parasites from living in you stomach/intesti nes. - Mom
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0 # Guest 2008-10-28 01:37

i am doin an ip on sushi=-O
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0 # Guest 2008-10-28 01:36

i am dong a ip onsushi=-O
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0 # Guest 2008-10-02 04:32
My roommate insists that you are suposed to still cook the fish or at least put some lemon juice on it to kill what ever germs could make you sick. also says something about vinegar in the rice.
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0 # Guest 2008-08-18 18:50
it worked really well.. thanks!
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0 # Guest 2008-08-11 13:31
ssssssssssssssu uuuuuuuuuuussss sssssshhhhhhhhh hhiiiiiiiiiiiii iiii
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0 # Guest 2008-07-28 10:38
wooow it looks great
i love sushi so much
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0 # Guest 2008-06-22 15:24
gigity
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+1 # Guest 2008-04-20 23:19
respect the roll, that's what I say. and the chef...
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-1 # Guest 2008-02-20 00:31
the wasabi has nothing to do with the fish sticking to the rice. its there for flavor, but most importantly it is there because wasabi has antibacterial properties.
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-1 # Guest 2008-01-31 15:01
i love your pic jleighb
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-1 # Guest 2008-01-31 14:55
you said it grrl!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!
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-2 # Guest 2007-10-21 00:55
i am happy to learn about the adhesion of the wasabi between the rice and salmon. just thinking about the salmon wlters my mouth. thanks for making the world better for the sushi fanatics... just a junior sushi lover, but the passion is as great as the wife i love and the three children we share.
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-2 # Guest 2007-08-17 17:38
Actually, that last question was a good one. You should use premium grade, medium grade rice, such as Nishiki brand, available at better groceries and definitely at Asian markets. It will often say specifically say 'excellent for sushi'. Great website, very educational.
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0 # Guest 2007-07-15 04:13
i love sushi and this is my favourite kind and i love maki nigiri and plain ol' sashimi. i am 14 and live in alberta
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-2 # Guest 2007-07-14 01:39
The ideal nigiri should not be packed so hard. You will never see a real sushi chef use a mat for nigiri.
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0 # Guest 2007-05-30 04:19
eew, no wonder usa is called fattest nation of the world. just kidding :)
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-1 # Guest 2007-05-30 01:09
American-Style Nigiri:

Dump sushi rice into square pan. Pound with a block of wood until it's 1 high. Turn pan upside down and slam HARD onto cutting board to release rice. Cut with serrated knife (the kind that never needs sharpening) into 1x 1 x2 pieces. Top with fake crab, lox & cream cheese, or chicken-fried steak.
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0 # Guest 2007-04-14 15:27
Sushi and i fell in love and i've been searching for the perfect way to make it... I believe i found it.
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0 # Guest 2007-03-19 02:09
I LOVE SUSHI KEEP SHARING WITH THE WORLD HOW TO MAKE IT
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0 # Guest 2007-03-19 02:09
I LOVE SUSHI KEEP SHARING WITH THE WORLD HOW TO MAKE IT
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0 # Guest 2007-03-19 02:09
I LOVE SUSHI KEEP SHARING WITH THE WORLD HOW TO MAKE IT
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0 # Guest 2007-03-19 02:09
I LOVE SUSHI KEEP SHARING WITH THE WORLD HOW TO MAKE IT
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0 # Guest 2007-03-19 02:08
I LOVE SUSHI KEEP SHARING WITH THE WORLD HOW TO MAKE IT
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-1 # Guest 2007-03-16 13:07
great idea!
I promise to put one up soon enough
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-1 # Guest 2007-03-15 04:20
can you please make step by step insrtuctions. i'm hopeless.
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-1 # Guest 2007-03-05 19:22
th e same girl here--- this one is my favorite
thanks again it turned out great
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-1 # Guest 2007-02-21 01:42
Extremely helpful! Not a fan of Salmon, but I'll definately be making Nigiri!
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-1 # Guest 2007-02-08 23:08
cool
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