Nigiri or nigiri sushi is a popular Japanese sushi. Shrimp nigiri is one of the easiest nigiri recipes that you can make at home with shrimp and sushi rice.
What is Nigiri?
Nigiri sushi is highly prized in Japanese recipes and well loved all around the world.
They are hand-formed sushi and called Nigiri-zushi in Japanese.
According to my Japanese cookbook, they can be traced back to the Edo period in Japan when it was sold and eaten at food stalls just fast food today.
If you love sushi, I’m sure you have seen or tried them. They are mostly made with a slice of raw fish on top of sushi rice.
Some nigiri is made with cooked fish or other ingredients, for examples: eel, shrimp or Japanese rolled ommelette or tamagoyaki.
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In this recipe, I am going to teach you how to make shrimp nigiri, with cooked shrimp and sushi rice.
Here are the list of ingredients:
- Japanese short-grain rice
- Japanese rice vinegar
- Salt and sugar
How to Make Nigiri?
To make nigiri, first you make the Japanese vinegared sushi rice.
Next, prepare the shrimp by boiling and cooking the shrimp.
Slice the underside of the shrimp and spread them open.
Finally, assemble the sushi rice into barrel shape and press the sushi rice to the shrimp to form nigiri sushi.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Difference Between Nigiri Sushi and Maki Sushi?
Nigiri sushi isn’t rolled like maki sushi.
Maki sushi is rolled with toasted seaweed into a sushi roll and then cut into pieces before serving.
What’s the Difference Between Nigiri and Sashimi
Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy consisting of fresh raw fish sliced into thin pieces.
They are served raw with soy sauce and grated wasabi.
Nigiri consists of sushi rice and sliced raw fish.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
Each shrimp nigiri is only 12 calories per piece.
What to Serve with this Recipe?
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
- 1/2 portion of Sushi Rice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Japanese rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon wasabi
- Soy sauce
- Gari (Japanese pickled ginger)
Adapted from Japanese Dishes by Mayuko Matsumura.
Amount Per Serving Calories 12Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 11mgSodium 58mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g