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Seasonal sushi

17 November 2011

This makes three different types of vegetarian sushi with a Christmas twist of cranberry sauce and seasoning, a great canapé for your gathering.

Seasonal sushi
Seasonal sushi

Preparation time

20 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes




Special equipment: sushi rolling mat

For the sushi:

  • 250g sushi rice
  • 4 sheets nori
  • 4 tsp cranberry sauce
  • 1 avocado, peeled and cut into thin slivers
  • 4 tbsp hazelnuts, roasted and chopped
  • ¼ piece of cucumber, chopped into thin slivers
  • 1 tsp horseradish (optional for a bit of a kick)

For the dipping sauce:

  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp mixed spice


1. Put the sushi rice into a sauce pan and cook according to instructions on the packet. This should take approximately 20 minutes.

2. Cool the rice down by thinly spreading it out onto a tray lined with baking parchment. Cover with another piece then leave it on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Once this has been done divide the sushi rice into five portions to make the fotomaki, uramaki and nigiri sushi.

3. Toast the nori sheets on each side briefly with a pair of kitchen tongs over a low open flame (or place under a grill).

4. To make the fotomaki (rolls with nori outside): Cover two of the sheets with the cooled rice. Now go to step 6.

5. To make the uramaki (inside out rolls – rice outside): Cover two of the sheets with the cooled rice then place a rolling mat on top of it. Carefully turn the sushi over onto the mat so that the rice is face down. If the rice is very sticky you may need to line the mat with cling film first. Now go to step 6.

6. Across the top of each, spread a layer of cranberry sauce then a layer of avocado, hazelnuts and finally a layer of cucumber. Add a small touch of horseradish if using. Using a sushi mat roll up the sushi into a long sausage shape. Wrap it up in cling film and put it in the fridge to set for about 1 hour.

7. To make the nigiri (round rice balls): Put a tablespoon of cooked rice into the palm of your hand and flatten it out. Now put a little bit of cranberry sauce, nuts and a pinch of horseradish into the centre. Using your hands work the side of the rice up into a ball shape. Continue with the rest of the rice and place in the fridge for later.

8. To make the dipping sauce: liquidise the cranberry sauce, rice wine vinegar and mixed spiced together. Season to taste and put into a small dipping bowl.

9. When the sushi is set chop each of the rolls into four pieces. Serve the sushi on a small plate containing one of each kind.

Our thanks to The Vegetarian Society for providing this recipe. Click here for more vegetarian Christmas recipes.


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