Japanese salmon & avocado rice

This dish contains the goodness of sushi but saves you the painstaking rolling and shaping Related posts: Fun facts about sushi and Japanese food Salmon Oshizushi (Smoked Salmon Sushi) Bon Bon Vegie sushi Caterpillar Sushi Roll Burger Replacing white rice with brown rice or other whole grains may reduce diabetes risk


Sumeshi, also known as sushi-meshi, is the Japanese term for the sushi rice. Sumeshi is used in sushi, giving it a light but distinct flavor. Related posts: Rice with Chicken and Bunashimeji Mushrooms Lucky Hoppin John Asparagus Rice Inarizushi (Inari sushi) Halloween Sushi

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The dish is filling without being too rich.  The beans are earthy with a bit of natural smokiness, which pairs beautifully with rice.  I like to saute peppered bacon and a mixture of chopped vegetables to add to the peas and rice, for added color and flavor. Related posts: Asparagus Rice Sumeshi Takikomi Gohan Rice with Chicken and Bunashimeji Mushrooms Mango sushi roll

Rice with Chicken and Bunashimeji Mushrooms

This very easy and simple recipe uses non-Japanese ingredients such as butter, and chicken stock instead of dashi, resulting in a richly flavored rice dish that is a little like Spanish arroz con pollo. However, sakeand soy sauce give it a uniquely Japanese flavor. This literally takes only 15 minutes to put together, and teh rice cooker does the rest. Related posts: Asparagus Rice Ice Tray Sushi Inarizushi (Inari sushi) Sumeshi Lucky Hoppin John

Asparagus Rice

Asparagus is not an original Japanese vegetable, but is widely used for western cuisine, as well as for modern recipes such as this. If you have a donabe, use it rather than a rice cooker, as the flavor will be better, and you can bring the donabe to the table. A small quantity of butter added at the end gives an added richness and goes well with the asparagus. Related posts: Rice with Chicken and Bunashimeji Mushrooms Lucky Hoppin John Sumeshi California maki Inarizushi (Inari Continue reading →


While it is hard to get the hang of at first, you will find that the traditional triangular shape is a natural fit for your hands. Alternately, you can buy an onigiri press at your local Asian grocery store, which makes perfectly formed onigiri. Related posts: Lucky Hoppin John Takikomi Gohan Salmon Oshizushi (Smoked Salmon Sushi) Japanese pickled ginger Vegetarian Nori Rolls

Takikomi Gohan

There are many ways to mix ingredients into rice. Two of the most common forms are Takikomi-gohan, where the ingredients are cooked in the rice, and Maze-gohan, where the ingredients are added after the rice is cooked. This traditional recipe can be used with either plain rice or sticky (often labeled sweet, or mochi) rice. Related posts: Inarizushi (Inari sushi) Rice with Chicken and Bunashimeji Mushrooms Salmon Oshizushi (Smoked Salmon Sushi) Onigiri Lucky Hoppin John