Heart Shaped Sushi For Valentine's Day

Heart Shaped Sushi For Valentine's Day

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Let’s celebrate love in a Japanese way with these seriously cute heart shaped sushi rolls. These heart shaped sushi rolls, filled with yours and your loved ones favourite sushi fillings, are a fantastically unique way to show your feelings. Definitely more exciting than another box of chocolates or bunch of flowers, right? Enjoy this romantic meal for lunch or dinner.


nori seaweed
sushi vinegar (1 tbsp per 250g cooked rice)
soy sauce
wasabi paste
sushi ginger (optional)
raw tuna or salmon (optional)
tobiko fish roe egg (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)

How To Prepare

  1. Before we make maki sushi, we need to prepare the sushi rice that will be used. You can follow our online rice recipe, or brown sticky rice recipe to find out how to make perfect sticky Japanese rice and then how to add sushi vinegar to turn that into sushi rice.
    If you really don’t want to spend too much time with rice preparation, you can try our microwaveable rice. Just mix one packet of cooked rice with 4 tablespoons of sushi rice vinegar.

  2. Begin by slicing your avocado and fish into long, thin strips. Try and keep the thickness of both ingredients to less than 2cm.

  3. Grab a single sheet of nori seaweed and cut it in half before spreading cooked rice on it. Flip it over, so the rice is facing down, then place your avocado slices and fish on the nori seaweed so that all the nori is covered.

  4. Now for the fun bit. Grab the front edge of the nori and begin rolling it over to create the round shaped roll. Make sure that the avocado and fish don’t fall out the ends of the roll. Spread your tobiko fish eggs or sesame over the rice to season it, and then lay a sheet of plastic film over the sushi roll.

  5. Using the sushi rolling mat, compress your roll so that it is tight and solid. Then start pushing the side of the sushi roll furthest away from you down with the mat so that it starts spreading out. Our goal is to create a teardrop shape with the sushi roll which will become one half of the heart piece.

  6. Once you are happy with the completed shape, put aside the rolling mat and slice the sushi roll into 6-8 equally sized pieces. It can be easier to leave the plastic film on when slicing. Then carefully peel away the plastic and press two half heart pieces together to create one whole heart piece.
    Then simply present the finished sushi on a beautiful plate and then serve to the love of your life.

Tips and Information

- It is a good idea to have a bowl of water next to you when you are making makizushi to keep your fingers wet so the rice doesn’t stick to them. It is also a good idea to keep the knife wet when you cut it to guarantee a clean cut.

- You may be wondering how Japanese people celebrate Valentine’s Day? It is customary for women to present chocolates to the special someone or someones in their lives, as well as smaller chocolate gifts to their friends, colleagues and bosses. Exactly one month later, on the 14th March, is a holiday called 'White Day', when the men have to return the gesture with chocolates to their loved ones, family, and friends.

- Use cling film to wrap the sushi rolling mat before you roll the sushi so that the rice will not stick to the mat. This makes it much easier to handle the sticky rice.