How to make Chirashi Sushi (Chirashizushi)

24 Jan

Have you wondered if you can’t make sushi at home? Yes, you can. There are chirashi type, roll type, and pressed type of sushi. Edomaezushi like this is not usually made at home.

Today, I’ll share with you how to make chirashizushi, thanks to Chika’s collaboration, as always. (Chika is my good friend and she helps me write most of the food posts.) Chirashizushi is chirashi + sushi but we call it chirashizushi (s tuns z) for easier pronunciation. There are many Japanese words that sound like this. For example, Wakarizurai 分かりづらい(=hard to understand) is originally from wakaru 分かる(understand) tsurai つらい(difficult), however, tsurai has become zurai . Just a piece of information for some Japanese learners. :p So here we go!

There are several kind of sushi in Japan, and they are very regional. Here is a sample of Chirashizushi that we can easily make at home.

step 1: First off, here is a recipe for sushi rice. But before that, please wash rice (3 cups) and set it in a rice cooker with appropriate amount of water (less than normal for sushi rice) added. You need to wait 30-60 minutes with rice being soaked in water, before you start cooking it. You’d better start cooking rice and then get down to the followings. I’d also take time to reconstitute dried shiitake mushrooms (at step 4), so I’d do it first.

2: How to make sushi rice (3 cups of rice)
-vinegar (6tbs)
-sugar (5tbs)
-salt (1tsp)

3: Put the above ingredients into a heat-resistant container and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes and mix it well. (This is when your microwave oven has 500-600W, if it’s more powerful, under 1 minute maybe fine. Or you can make it warm in a pot, but do not make it boil!) Then wait for the rice to be cooked, and meanwhile you are going to cut vegetables.

Ingredients for 2-3 people
-egg (3)
-carrot (half)
-fried bean curd (1)
-dried shiitake mushroom (3)
-chikuwa (=fish sausage) (2)

***You can substitute more carrot or shiitake for fried bean curd or chikuwa, if you can’t find them in your area.)

4: Reconstitute dried shiitake mushrooms in 1 cup of water. Keep this soup, don’t throw it away! That’s the reason you have to use “dried” shiitake, not the fresh one. 😉

5: Cut the shiitake mushrooms, carrot, fried bean curd, and chikuwa into small pieces.
The prepare the following ingredients.

-Shiitake soup, taken out of dried shiitake mushrooms (2/3 cup, which is about 120mm)
-soy sauce (2tbs)
-sugar (1tbs)
-mirin, or sweet cooking rice wine (1tbs)
-sake (1tbs)

6: Put all the ingredients above into a pot…

and keep simmering until you see no soup.

7: As for the 3 eggs, beat them, mix the following ingredients and make scrambled egg.
-sugar (2tbs)
-salt (2/3 tsp)
-dashi or water (2tbs)

8: The rice is cooked by this time. 🙂 Put the “step 2” ingredients into the cooked rice and mix well. Do it while the rice is still hot.

9: Then add the vegetables

and mix the whole thing well. It’s tasty if you add some while sesame seeds, but only if you like. 🙂

10: Place it on a dish and spread the scrambled egg. This time, Chika added radish sprouts to make it look more colorful, but you can also put thinly sliced laver or pickled ginger. To make it even more gorgeous, you can add boiled shrimp or sashimi on the top.

You can actually make various kind of sushi at home, if only you know how to make sushi rice. I hope to release another sushi post (probably pressed sushi) some of these days. 😀 Enjoy your chirashizushi!


8 Responses to “How to make Chirashi Sushi (Chirashizushi)”

  1. Princess Pinkie January 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Amazing tutorial! It looks delicious so I am definitely trying this out!

    • kirin January 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Thank you. ^ ^ Please give it a try. Some rice cookers have a scale mark for sushi rice. Because you'll add vinegar and etc. to make sushi rice, you need to prepare rice with less water. 😉

  2. Sus January 25, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Can I remove chikuwa from the recipe or is it really required? I'm not sure if my local grocery has it..

    • kirin January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Yes, you can ignore chikuwa, as mentioned in the post. 😉

  3. winnie January 25, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Hi Kirin,

    thank you for sharing this wonderful information.
    Look so delicious that I am so hungry now!!
    Chirashizushi look similar like Fried rice.

    Yes, please post the Pressed Sushi next time!! 🙂 yummy!!!

    • kirin January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Winnie,

      This one is easier than the one you experienced in the event, because you don't have to cut egg thinly. 😉 Oh, I feel hungry too. I have to go to bed before I reach out for something. ^ ^;;;

  4. Alberto January 29, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Hey, this recipe is pretty similar to a recipe we already cook in Spain: rice with mushroom.

    Thanks for sharing 😀

    • kirin January 30, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      Oh I really wish to go to Spain this year. I think I will love your food. ^ ^

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