Over the years we’ve done countless Sushi Workshop classes both at Tanpopo Noodle Shop and cooking stores and coops around town. This recipe has always been a mainstay of those classes, and for good reason. Once plated, they look amazing and are deceptively simple to make.
They are also great finger or party food. Something you can make ahead time and bring along to your next social gathering. I assure you, they will disappear in a hurry!
Be sure to use high quality smoked salmon, and don’t wrap them too tightly. Enjoy! If you make them, please share your photos on our Facebook Page.
Smoked Salmon Mari Sushi
- Hangiri (if you have)
- cheese-cloth or plastic wrap
- 1 cup uncooked sushi rice
- 15-20 small slices cold-smoked salmon 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch
- 1/4 cup sushi vinegar
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- Heat vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small pot over low heat. Heat until sugar and salt are dissolved. Set it aside to cool. This will keep in the refrigerator for several months.
- Wash the rice in a bowl with cold water. Change water multiple times until the water is moderately clear. This helps remove unnecessary starch from the rice. Drain the water completely. Put the washed rice in a rice cooker with one cup of water. Let it rests for at least 15 minutes (up to three hours). Cook rice according to the rice cooker.
- When the rice is done, remove it immediately into a shallow bowl (Hangiri wooden vessel if you have one). Sprinkle ¼ cup of sushi vinegar to the rice and gently mix it with a rice spatula. Use a hand fan to help cool the rice. Once the rice is cooled to room temperature, divide it into 15-20 balls. Each ball should be “a-bite-size”.
Making Mari Sushi
- On a clean counter surface or on a cutting board, place a piece of damped cheesecloth (plastic wrap works great), approximately 8 by 8 inches. On the center of the cheesecloth, place a piece of cold-smoked salmon then the rice ball.
- Pull four corners of the cheesecloth and gently twisting it. Again, gently squeeze out all the air (imagine yourself making ricotta cheese and draining it on cheesecloth).
- Unwrap the cheesecloth and face the rice ball up. Garnish the Mari sushi with thinly sliced lemon. Serve with homemade pickled ginger and your favorite soy sauce.