Here is how you can make Inari Sushi.
Ingredients (for 10 pieces)
- Sushi rice … 225g
- Aburaage (Fried tofu pouch) … 5 pieces
- Toasted white sesame seeds … 1/2 tablespoon
- (A)Water … 200ml
- (A)Sugar … 3 tablespoon
- (A)Salt … 1 pinch
- (A)Soy sauce … 3 tablespoon
- (A)Mirin … 1 tablespoon
How to make Inari Sushi
Here are the steps for making Inari sushi.
1. Prepare aburaage
Boil aburaage for 5 minutes to remove oil.
2. Drain aburaage
After removing oil, squeeze each aburaage to drain the water.
3. Cut aburaage
Cut aburaage in half.
4. Simmer aburaage
Put all the ingredients (A) in a pot and bring it to a boil. Place the drained aburaage in it and simmer for about 5 minutes.
5. Prepare sushi rice
To prepare sushi rice, drizzle sushi vinegar evenly on top of cooked rice (You can make sushi vinegar by mixing 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt (not included in the list of ingredients)). Gently fold the rice repeatedly with a rice spatula without smashing grains. Add toasted white sesame seeds to the sushi rice.
6. Make aburaage pockets
Gently open an aburaage to make a pocket. Make sure to open the bottom corners to make a nice square shape.
7. Make small sushi rice balls
Grab about 70g of sushi rice and lightly make it into a small oval shape.
8. Fill aburaage pocket with sushi rice
Put the small sushi rice ball inside the aburaage pocket.
9. Staff sushi rice
Staff the sushi rice by pushing it lightly with your finger.
10. Adjust the shape
Fold the end of aburaage pockets and close it. Adjust the shape by making a nice rectangle shape. You can now enjoy the beautifully looking inari sushi!
Enjoy the variations!
Inari sushi is prepared differently in the Kanto area (Tokyo), Kansai area (Osaka) and Tohoku area (Sendai). We shared with you the most basic Kanto-style inari sushi recipe, but feel free to arrange it by adding cooked slices of shiitake mushrooms, carrots, or burdock roots to sushi rice. You can also mix it with red pickled ginger or stir-fried pork if you like stronger flavor. Be creative and enjoy different flavors of your choice.