Sushi Balls

In the past few years I have learned to like Sushi. However, I will not eat the raw fish, octopus or eel kind of sushi. I will only eat the sushi that consist of veggies, crab meat or shrimp. Tempura means fried, so anything that says tempura is really good. No raw stuff! Smoked is still raw to me so none of that either. You just have to acquire a taste for it.

I do not have a way to make sushi rolls. It takes some special skills and utensils to get it right. But you can have sushi other ways. I have had a sushi bowl before where all the items are layered in a bowl. Taste the same as the roll. 

The other night I was in the mood for sushi, so I came up with my own little experiment and made Sushi Balls. 

-First I cooked some sticky rice using an individual size microwavable rice pack. 

-I turned over the rice into a glass bowl and mixed in a teaspoon of rice vinegar. 
This is important to get that flavor going. 
-Then I cut up some cucumbers and imitation crab meat into small pieces and mixed it into the rice. 
The rice is very sticky and hard to handle. It will stick to your hands like super glue and can get frustrating
-I took some small snack sized seaweed and dipped it into some water to make it soft and flexible.

-With a spoon, I scooped some rice mixture on each piece of seaweed wrap and formed it into balls. 
-I topped each sushi ball with a dollop of cream cheese and spicy mayo. (Hot sauce and mayo). 

These little fishy bites are delicious and taste just like the fancy sushi rolls you can get at the Japanese restaurant. 

If you have never had sushi before, head up to your local Chinese or Japanese Sushi bar and give it a try. It’s ok to ask questions and find out how it’s made and what's in it. They will let you watch them make your sushi roll. After several attempts to eat sushi, I just couldn’t do it until I came across a very nice waitress that explained it all to me. Once I knew what I was actually putting in my mouth, I was ok with it and have learned to like it.

UPDATE:  A friend just told me that you can dip your fingers or utensils in the rice vinegar and it will not stick! Thanks GF!


  1. I love the post:)
    Have a nice day, dear!

  2. These look delicious! When I order sushi, I prefer a sesame seed costing to seaweed and that would work for this too. Thanks for the idea😀

  3. You are a good cook...but I have to pass. My grandkids eat that sushi stuff lots...not for me. I think if seafood have the least bit of transparency , it's just not as done as I would like it. LOL So I never order it . The acquired taste I had experience with was when I was young...learning to like olives. :) Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
    p.s. do you know how to make crab cakes...I would dearly love some of those.

  4. You do have a way of making food sound good and look 'pretty'. You are a food artist methinks. I have never eaten sushi as I know of. I thought it was all 'raw fish'. I will have to look into this one!

    Love from the banks of the Catawba

  5. It certainly looks good and you make it sound good but it is just not something I can eat. : )

  6. Those sound delicious! I'm a HUGE fan of sushi, and I've been lamenting about not eating raw fish whilst pregnant. I think these could fit the bill though! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. You are one clever lady; I LOVE sushi!!

  8. Yummy! :) I also love your header image! How cute and creative.

  9. I don't eat any flesh of an animal, so no sushi for me. Daisy really likes it though

  10. I love sushi... raw as well as some of the cooked. Shrimp, eel... but I don't care for the kani/cooked "crab". I do love your recipe and preparation ideas! Thanks for posting at Fiesta Friday!!!

  11. I can't do sushi, but I have a son who loves it! When he lived in town we would take him to his favorite Japanese restaurant on his birthday - I tried something wrapped in seaweed and the fishy taste of the seaweed was too much to bear haha I guess you really do have to acquire a taste for it.

  12. I am not a very huge fan of sushi, but whenever I am offered to eat some, I always say ‘yes’.😁 These sound so tasty! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  13. I’m not a fan of sushi either. I’ve only tried it once and it did not go down well. That could have been due to the amount of sake I had before the meal.
    It really looks good. I did a feature story for a magazine recently on Gas Station Sushi and the dishes were works of art.

  14. I'm not a seafood person and to my knowledge, I've never eaten crab. Bill loved all sea foods. I've tried one bite of sushi on a cruise once and didn't care for it. When I was growing up, my mother made salmon patties and I LOVED them...very thin and with a little catsup .....but I've never found anyone else that made them like she did so I don't eat those anymore.
    Your food pics are always so pretty.