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Sushi Canapés – RecipeTin Japan

Sushi Canapés are the only type of sushi, and they’re a reasonably finger meals. Just by placing your selection of sushi toppings on rolled rice, you’ll be able to create a surprising crowd-pleaser. I can assure you that everybody will likely be very impressed with how fairly (and engaging, after all) they’re.


Hero shot of Sushi Canapés.

It isn’t very simple to make nigiri sushi correctly. Equally, it’s good to apply a little bit of approach to make neat and tidy Sushi Rolls (Noroimaki) with the fillings within the centre. However you’ll be able to simply make Sushi Canapés with none bother in any respect.

The great thing about right now’s Sushi Canapés is that it seems as when you went by a lot bother making them and fantastically plating them. However in actual fact it doesn’t require a lot effort in any respect.

Rolling rice on nori sheets with out fillings is straightforward. The sliced rice rolls don’t need to look neat as a result of they are going to be coated by toppings.

Showing how to eat Sushi Canapés - dipping the rice in soy sauce.

You have to a really small quantity of topping per piece, and you may be inventive with the form of toppings you placed on the rice. Something that may go along with sushi rice is okay for a topping to embellish this easy sushi. The mixture of toppings is countless.

What’s in My Sushi Canapés

Ingredients for rice rolls to make Sushi Canapés.

  • Yakinori (roasted nori sheets)
  • Sushi rice

In contrast to my recipes Sushi Rolls (Noroimaki) and Take Away Sushi Rolls, you’ll use a full-size nori sheet to make the rolled rice.

For every roll of rice, I used about 150g/5.3oz of sushi rice. Should you use extra/much less rice, you’ll make bigger/smaller canapé bases.


Ingredients for toppings of Sushi Canapés.

(From prime clockwise)

  • Salmon sashimi, thinly sliced
  • Seared tuna sashimi, thinly sliced
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Cooked prawns
  • Scallop sashimi, halved horizontally
  • Chopped takanazuke (within the center)


  • Ikura (salmon roe)
  • Leaves of sprout pea shoots for garnish (forgot to incorporate within the photograph, sorry)

I purchased a small tray of salmon sashimi and seared tuna sashimi from the fish store. I had frozen scallops that may be eaten uncooked after defrosting. My prawns had been medium measurement, so I halved them.

Takanazuke (photograph under) is the pickled Japanese mustard greens that I launched to you within the submit Fried Rice with Pickled Mustard Greens (Takana Chāhan).

Chopped Takanazuke (Japanese pickled mustard greens).

You don’t have to have all of them, and you need to use different toppings. I listed different topping options within the final part of this submit. You could be thinking about utilizing a few of these as an alternative of the toppings above.

Easy methods to Make Sushi Canapés

Since you can also make the rice rolls forward of time, I divided the steps into two sections. See the video.

Rice Rolls

Step-by-step photo of how to make rice rolls and cut thin rice discs.

  1. Place a sheet of cling wrap on a workbench and place a nori sheet on it.
  2. Unfold rice on a sheet of nori, leaving about 4cm/1½” border on the facet furthest from you.
  3. Ranging from the tip of the nori sheet closest to you, roll the rice with nori tightly to the tip.
  4. Wrap the rice roll within the cling wrap and twist each ends to safe the perimeters of the rice roll. Depart it for 5-10 minutes for the rice and nori to mix.
  5. Unwrap the cling wrap and slice the rice roll into skinny discs.
  6. Place the rice items on a big serving plate, evenly spaced out.

As you’ll be able to see within the photograph above and the video, not like customary sushi rolls, the rice is sparsely unfold, so that you don’t refill your abdomen.

You may make rice rolls 1 day earlier, though the rice turns into barely onerous. My suggestion is to go away the rice rolls in cling wrap with out slicing, and maintain them within the fridge.


Step-by-step photo of making Sushi Canapés.

In no specific order till you place ikura on a few of them.

  1. Place one set of prawns on every rice base. It seems higher when you place the tail on prime.
  2. Place one piece of scallop sashimi on every rice base.
  3. Place one piece of seared tuna on every rice base, folding the slice in order that the tuna simply covers the rice base.
  4. Place one piece of salmon on every rice base in the identical manner because the tuna.
  5. Place about 5 slices of cucumber on every rice base.
  6. Taking a small quantity of takanazuke at a time, squeeze the liquid out of it, then make a small ball. Place it on every rice base.
  7. Put a number of ikura (salmon roe) on prime of the salmon and cucumber. Put leaves of pea shoots on the scallops.
  8. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi to dip in.

I discover it simpler to place the identical toppings on without delay, scattering as evenly as attainable. You can even cluster the identical toppings collectively if you’d like, however I feel scattering them seems beautiful on a spherical plate. If the serving plate is sq. or rectangle, you’ll be able to group the identical toppings collectively and line them up neatly.

Three Sushi Canapés - Tuna, Cucumbers, and Prawn toppings.

Extra Toppings and Mixtures

As talked about earlier, you need to use virtually something that’s used for nigiri sushi and sushi rolls. The next will not be the entire record, however it’s possible you’ll not have bother getting these components.


  • All kinds of sashimi slices, e.g., kingfish, tuna, snapper.
  • Cured mackerel per my recipe Shime Saba.
  • Kingfish Tataki (may be tuna, yellow tail/horse mackerel).
  • Negi toro (minced tuna) as in my submit Negi Toro Don.
  • Smoked salmon.
  • Teriyaki Rooster, minimize into small items.
  • Sautéed pork minimize into small items.
  • Grilled eel as in Unadon (Grilled Eel on Rice Bowl), minimize into small items.
  • Roast beef, minimize into skinny small items.
  • Blanched asparagus, just a few brief sticks per serving.
  • Avocado diced or sliced.
  • Takuan (pickled daikon), julienned.
  • Simmered Shiitake Mushrooms, entire if very small, or quartered.

Sushi Canapés with different toppings.

If utilizing sashimi slices, you’ll be able to both slice them thinner than customary sashimi and fold them to placed on the rice roll or slice them thick and halve the items to make them sq..

Topping combos

You can even put two toppings collectively.

  • Avocado and salmon/smoked salmon
  • Cucumber and prawns/tuna/salmon
  • Cream cheese and smoked salmon
  • Canned tuna with avocado as in my submit Take Away Sushi Rolls.
  • Julienned perilla and umeboshi (pickled plum)

You is probably not acquainted with the mix of perilla leaves and umeboshi, however most conventional sushi outlets make sushi rolls with them as fillings. It’s a refreshing sushi piece.


Three Sushi Canapés - Scallop, Salmon, and Takanazuke toppings.

By including a small garnish on prime of the primary topping, you’ll be able to adorn the dish to be extra vibrant.

  • Ikura (salmon roe)
  • Tobiko (flying fish roe)
  • Micro greens
  • Sprout pea shoots (solely the leaves)
  • Sesame seeds (black and/or white)

I served Sushi Canapés on a few events lately. It actually wowed folks at one look, then all of the sushi items disappeared rapidly. On each events, folks requested if I made it myself. What a praise!

Zoomed-in photo of Sushi Canapés.

You may need struggled to make regular sushi rolls neatly because the filling must be within the centre of the roll with the suitable stability of rice and the filling. However Sushi Canapés are really easy to make with extra tolerance for errors. Even when the rice rolls are barely uneven, it doesn’t matter as a result of the rice rolls are hidden beneath the toppings!

Sushi Canapés are an ideal finger meals and ideal for upcoming festive gatherings.


Watch How To Make It

Sushi Canapés

Time to relaxation rice rolls in cling wrap

10 minutes


Sushi Canapés are the only type of sushi, and a reasonably finger meals. By merely placing your selection of sushi toppings on rolled rice, you’ll be able to create a surprising crowd-pleaser. I can assure you that everybody will likely be very impressed with how fairly (and engaging, after all) they’re.

The directions are lengthy with many notes, however it’s truly very simple to make. See the video.

Whole Time doesn’t embody time to cook dinner rice and make sushi rice.

Remember to see the part ‘MEAL IDEAS’ under the recipe card! It offers you an inventory of dishes that I’ve already posted and this recipe that may make up an entire meal. I hope it’s of assist to you.

Recipe Kind:




Key phrase:

canapé concepts, canapé recipe, simple sushi recipe, sushi recipe

Serves: 28 items

Writer: Yumiko

Elements (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

  • 2
    (roasted seaweed, full measurement)
  • 300g/0.7lb
    sushi rice
    (notice 1)


  • 5
    (medium, cooked and peeled)
  • 5
    salmon sashimi
    (notice 2)
  • 5
    seared tuna
    (notice 2)
  • 2
    scallops for sashimi
    (notice 3)
  • 25g/0.9oz
    thinly sliced cucumber
    (notice 4)
  • 2
    finely chopped (notice 5)


  • Ikura
    (salmon roe)
  • Sprout pea shoots
    (leaves solely)


Making Rice Rolls

  1. Lower cling wrap right into a sq. (must be bigger than the nori sheet) and place it on a workbench, then place a sheet of yakinori on it within the centre, shiny facet down. The longer facet of the nori sheet must be horizontally positioned.

  2. Unfold half of the sushi rice on the yakinori overlaying your entire sheet, leaving 4cm/1½” border on the facet furthest from you (notice 6).

  3. Maintain the sting of the cling wrap nearer to you with each fingers and elevate the sting of the nori sheet with rice, then make a slim fold alongside the facet line. Firmly press down over the cling wrap (notice 7).

  4. Put the cling wrap again to the place it was. Utilizing each fingers, begin rolling the rice with nori from the folded edge, shifting away from you till the tip. Just be sure you roll the rice firmly however not too tightly.

  5. Transfer the rice roll again near you and wrap the rice roll with the cling wrap. Twist each ends of the cling wrap to safe the tip of the rice roll and go away it for 5-10 minutes (notice 8).

  6. Repeat for the second rice roll.

Making Canapé Base

  1. Discover the tip of the cling wrap and fold it or mark it in order that you’ll know the place to start out unwrapping the roll.

  2. Lower the twisted a part of the cling wrap on each ends of the roll (notice 9), then take away the cling wrap.

  3. Place the rice roll horizontally on a reducing board. Fold a pair items of moist kitchen paper (notice 10).

  4. Pat each ends of the rice roll with the facet of a knife to flatten the ends and make them tidy.

  5. Ranging from one finish of the roll, slice the roll into 1.5cm/⅝” thick discs. Each time earlier than you slice the rice roll, wipe your knife with the moist kitchen paper and take away the rice glued on it.

  6. You need to get 14 discs if the thickness of your slices is actual, as a result of the usual size of the nori sheet is 21cm/8¼” (notice 11).

  7. Place the rice items on a serving plate, evenly spaced out.

Toppings (in no specific order)

  1. Lower the prawns in half within the center. Place a set of two prawn items on every canapé base, with the tail on prime.

  2. Halve every scallop horizontally so that you just get 4 skinny spherical scallop items. Place a bit on every canapé base.

  3. Place a bit of tuna on every canapé base and do the identical for the salmon piece (notice 12).

  4. Take a number of cucumber slices per canapé base, randomly unfold them to suit to the diameter of the canapé base, then put them on.

  5. Taking ½ tablespoon of takanazuke per canapé base and squeeze it to get the liquid out. Make a ball form and put it on the bottom. Press all the way down to cowl the floor of the canapé base.

Garnish and Serving

  1. Put a number of salmon roe on prime of salmon and cucumber items.

  2. Put leaves of pea shoots on scallops.

  3. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi in a small plate to dip in.

Recipe Notes

1. Please check with Temakizushi (Hand Rolled Sushi) for easy methods to make sushi rice.

2. I purchased a sashimi pack from Harris Farm Markets. They didn’t have tuna sashimi however had seared tuna as an alternative.

3. I used sashimi high quality frozen scallops by thawing them in a specific technique to maintain good flavours. You will discover this thawing technique in my submit Scallop Terrine. My scallops had been 3-3.5cm/1⅛-1⅜” in diameter and a couple of.5cm/1″ thick.

4. I used a mandolin slicer to make 1.3mm thick slices. It doesn’t need to be the identical thickness as my cucumber slices, as they are going to be piled up as a topping.
You simply want an satisfactory quantity of cucumbers per canapé. I feel 5g per canapé is satisfactory, however you’ll be able to put a bit extra when you like.

5. Takanazuke is the pickled Japanese mustard greens that I launched to you within the submit Fried Rice with Pickled Mustard Greens (Takana Chāhan).

6. The rice won’t cowl the nori sheet utterly. You will note black nori exhibiting right here and there, and that’s fairly alright.

7. I fold it over the cling wrap in order that rice grains don’t follow your fingers.

8. Leaving the roll within the cling wrap permits the rice and nori to mix.

9. Belief me, will probably be extraordinarily tough to take away the cling wrap with out reducing each ends off.

10. Use moist kitchen papers to wipe your knife each time you narrow the rice roll.

11. It doesn’t matter when you solely get 13 or 12 discs. You may get 15 or 16 in case your slice is a bit thinner, and that’s OK too.

12. Sashimi slices are often in an oblong form. Fold them in order that the sashimi piece properly sits on the canapé base.

13. You may make the rice rolls forward of time, though the rice turns into barely onerous. Full the directions for Making Rice Rolls and maintain the rolls within the fridge.


Meal Concepts

A typical Japanese meal consists of a major dish, a few facet dishes, a soup and rice. I attempt to provide you with a mix of dishes with a wide range of flavours, colors, textures, and make-ahead dishes.

Since Christmas is just one month away and Sushi Canapés is an ideal dish for it, I made a decision to choose some finger meals which can be fairly and can impress your visitors.

Strawberry Shortcake is a dessert, however it’s a ‘should have’ cake for Christmas in Japan. So, I believed ‘why not?’.

Suggested finger foods for festive seasons.

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