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Smoked Salmon Maru Sushi

Smoked Salmon Mari Sushi

These adorable and delightful sushi balls will make everyone happy.  First, the sushi rice is formed into a ball-shape and topped with smoked salmon and lemon. 
Best part? You do not need to be a professional sushi chef to get the best result! They great to serve at parties and can be made ahead of time.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword japanese food, rice, smoked salmon, sushi, vinegar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 17 sushi balls
Calories 47kcal
Author Benjamin and Koshiki
Cost $12.00


  • 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

sushi vinegar

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt


Sushi vinegar

  • 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.  
    Mari Sushi Ingredients

Sushi Rice

  • 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”.  
    Mari Sushi Rice

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.
    Mari Sushi Making
  • 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).
    Mari Sushi Making 2
  • 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.  
    Mari Sushi Making 2


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Serving: 1sushi ball | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg