Salmon Nigiri


Make sushi at home? Of course you can. Yes, even you!

Salmon Nigiri
Yes, this recipe is intended for thinly-sliced sushi-grade salmon. But you can also top the vinegar-seasoned rice with large cooked, tail-on shrimp or thin slices of ripe avocado. Get the recipe:Salmon Nigiri. Photo: Daniel Agee
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 (serving size: 4 pieces)

Making sushi at home is easier than you think, and a lot less expensive than ordering at a restaurant. This recipe for Nigiri—the style of sushi with hand-molded ovals of rice on the bottom with fish on top)—requires no special equipment, no precarious rolling, and no brittle sheets of seaweed. The sticky rice holds together well and is easy to work with but, to avoid cooked rice that's too sticky, rinse uncooked rice under running water to remove excess surface starch. If the cooked rice is still too sticky to form balls, dip your hands in a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. Serve with miso soup, a seaweed salad, steamed edamame, and sake. In lieu of salmon, try topping the rice with grilled shiitake mushroom caps, or slices of mango.


  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup uncooked short-grain rice

  • ¾ pounds sushi-grade salmon, thinly sliced

  • Wasabi paste

  • Soy sauce


  1. Stir vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl until dissolved.

  2. Thoroughly rinse rice with running water and then cook according to package directions.

  3. Spread rice in a large glass baking dish, drizzle with vinegar mixture, and then gently fold in to incorporate.

  4. Form rice mixture into 16 (3-by-1-inch) pieces, and then top with salmon slices and wasabi (to taste). Serve with soy sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
6g Fat
44g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 593mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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