Recipe: How To Make Kyoto Style Temari Sushi


Sushi may be thought of as hard to make at home, but this temari sushi recipe will amaze you with its simplicity. Temari sushi is ball-shaped sushi named after the traditional thread ball toy that it gets its namesake from. Make delicious and simple temari sushi right at home that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


5 slices Sashimi Grade Fish or your choice of topping

½ tsp Wasabi

1 tbsp Soy Sauce


  1. Once the rice is cooked moisten the inside of a hangiri sushi barrel or a large bowl to prevent the rice from sticking. The rice needs to be freshly cooked and hot when preparing sushi rice.  
  2. Place cooked rice in a hangiri sushi barrel or a large bowl and add the sushi seasoned vinegar. Gently mix the vinegar into the rice using a rice paddle until the vinegar is well incorporated. Let the sushi rice cool down to room temperature. Cover the sushi rice with a moisten tea towel to prevent the rice from drying.
  3. Place a sheet of cling film flat on the hand and lay a piece of sliced topping of your choice on top. Add a small portion of wasabi onto the topping then place 30g of sushi rice over it.
  4. Gather the cling film together, twist and close the film tightly to form an evenly shaped ball.
  5. Take the temari sushi out of the cling film and serve with soy sauce.  You can also garnish the temari sushi if preferred.

*topping suggestion: sashimi grade fish, boiled prawns, smoked salmon, roast chicken, roast beef, ham, salami, vegetables, cheese, etc

*garnish suggestion: dill, shiso, basil, chives, lemon, cress, grated ginger, radish, cucumber, avocado carrot, okra, salad leaves, etc

Watch our easy to follow video for clear instructions.