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Nigiri Sushi with Sardines

Nigiri sushi is mostly known as a ball of rice with a slice salmon on top, but it can be varied. In this recipe the rice is topped with Norwegian sardines and chives.

Cooking time30-40 min
Difficulty levelMedium



  • Mix sugar, salt and rice vinegar in a small pan, and gently bring to a boil while stirring. The rice marinade is ready when the sugar and salt has dissolved.

  • Cool the marinade before use.

  • Prepare the rice according to the recipe sushi rice, or follow the instructions on the package.

  • Transfer the rice into a wide dish and gently fold in some of the marinade. Make sure the rice doesn’t get too moist, so add a little at a time.

  • Set the rice to cool in room temperature.

  • Remove the sardines from the oil and let drain on a paper towel.

  • Mix water with a little rice vinegar, and lightly moist your hands to prevent the rice from sticking.

  • Take approx. 1 tbsp of sushi rice, and use your hand to gently make an oval ball shaped like a grain of rice.

  • Spread a little wasabi on a ball of rice and place a sardine over. Carefully press along the sides and on top so the sardine and rice holds together.

  • Sprinkle chopped chives over.

Serve the sushi with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.