Feb 24

FM’s Quick & Easy Chirashi Sushi

in Japanese, Main Course, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type, Rice & Noodles

** This week we’re getting ready for Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girl’s Day, March 3rd) next week!

Another traditional menu item eaten for Hinamatsuri is Chirashi Sushi (“Scattered Sushi”).  I shared my friend Noriko’s recipe for Chirashi Sushi at the beginning of this month that is killer delicious.  As an alternative, I thought that I’d share a quick recipe for chirashi sushi if you can’t find some of the ingredients used in Noriko’s recipe, or you are shorter on time.

Chirashi Sushi Closeup

This recipe involves making sushi rice and then arranging different ingredients on top.  One of the things I love about chirashi sushi is the chance it gives you to get creative in your presentation—it can be a real kid pleaser!

Squirrel Likes Chirashi Sushi

Making this chirashi sushi consists of three steps: 1) making seasoned rice vinegar; 2) making sushi rice with the seasoned rice vinegar; 3) assembling the chirashi sushi.  See? EASY!  As far as toppings go, you can use whatever suits your fancy.  This time around I made mine by spreading my sushi rice on a platter so that it was about 2/3-inch thick.  Then I sprinkled kinshi tamago (shredded egg crêpes) evenly over the top.

Put kinshi tamago on top of sushi rice

Then I arranged blanched green beans, thinly sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced carrots cut into little flowers, cooked shrimp tossed in a bit of the leftover seasoned vinegar, and a bit of beni shoga (pickled ginger cut into thin strips).

Toppings for chirashi sushi

If you want to make carrot flowers, you can use my tutorial on how to carve a carrot blossom, or you can just use a tiny flower shaped cutter (I used a tiny Wilton fondant cutter) to cut the slices of carrot.

Making carrot blossoms

The finished dish is bright and colorful and delicious too.  Use toppings that you and your family love and it will be a hit!

Chirashi Sushi

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FM’s Quick & Easy Chirashi Sushi

Makes 3 – 5 servings

2 cups warm, freshly prepared steamed Japanese rice
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Kinshi tamago (shredded egg crêpes) or sweetened scrambled eggs
Assorted toppings: Cooked shrimp, green beans/snow peas, thinly sliced carrots, thinly sliced cucumber, nori (dried seaweed) cut into strips, beni shoga (pickled ginger cut into thin strips), ikura (salmon roe), etc.

1. Make the seasoned vinegar for the rice: Combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan.  Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and warm, stirring, until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

2. Make the sushi rice: Put the warm rice in a wide shallow bowl (not metal because it will affect the taste).  Drizzle in about a tablespoon of the seasoned vinegar, and gently fold it into the rice.  Steadily add the remaining seasoned vinegar a few drops at a time.  Towards the end, taste the rice occasionally, and stop when you reach a flavor that you like.  Cover the rice with plastic wrap until you are ready to use it (sushi rice keeps at a cool room temperature for up to 12 hours–do not refrigerate or freeze it as this will make it tough and crusty).

3. Assemble the chirashi sushi: Spread the sushi rice on a plate so that it is about 2/3-inch thick.  Sprinkle kinshi tamago (or scrambled eggs) evenly over the top.  Arrange the rest of the toppings randomly or in a pattern.  Serve.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Ed Schenk February 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Beautiful dish. Great creativity without relying on raw fish. I couldn’t tell if the little girl liked it or not?


Waverly February 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm

This is right up my alley – easy sushi. I know I will love it, and I think the children might even go for it. I can’t wait to make it.
Thank you!


Fried Wontons For You February 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Chirashi is one of my favorite things in the world to eat. It’s a great healthy filling meal. Yours look fabulous!


Debi (Table Talk) February 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

What a great way to enjoy the flavors of sushi without the rolling!
My husband could use some of those child friendly chopsticks…(my kids do a better job than him!)


[email protected] February 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

On my list to make soon if the snow storm does not make it impossible to go to the Asian store to stock on ingredients! Will be a great way to introduce sushis to my children!


Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella February 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Ooh I love dishes like this-that look spectacular but are quick to make. Love those pics of your girl with it too :D


penny aka jeroxie February 25, 2010 at 3:21 am

beautifully presented and delicious. I love that flower cutter.


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 25, 2010 at 8:52 am

That is so cute! haha… I love your daughters squishy face too! She’s a doll!!


sugar plum February 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Delightful n deliciously picture perfect as ever!!!!!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm

So pretty… I have the exact same flower-shaped cutters for fondant :) Never thought to use them for veggies, though. Love this!


jenjenk February 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm

thank you for calling it Girl’s Day. This whole “children’s day” nonsense is BALONEY!!! And boy’s day still gets to keep their day???

this looks GREAT! hungry!


the lacquer spoon February 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Beautiful! Edible spring to come!!


DianasaurDishes February 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Love Chirashi Sushi! I haven’t made it for my husband yet, I think he’ll like it because usually when I make sushi at home I use nori (which he’s not a fan of). I’ll let you know when I try it!


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