Chirashi Sushi Bowl (aka Superfood Bowl)

Chirashi Sushi Bowl (aka Superfood Bowl)
Healthy Minimal Recipe For Chirashi Sushi With Fish And Rice
Healthy Minimal Recipe For Chirashi Sushi With Fish And Rice

A Chirashi sushi bowl recipe (often Chirashizushi in Japanese restaurants) is my second healthy eating meal for January. This recipe is so easy to customize that it’s great for families with picky eaters. Rice topped with beautifully arranged ingredients make a delicious and colorful dish for company or a perfect one bowl meal for movie night at home.

There are a few theories behind the origin of Chirashi, the seasoned rice dish with delectable ingredients scattered over the top. The word itself means to scatter. Some say it was during the 1600’s when Japanese people were ordered to live frugal lives including plain rice. To hide their seafood and vegetables the people would put them at the bottom of their bowl, hiding them from enforcement officials with a heap of plain rice. Once the diner had a safe or private place to eat, they would turn their bowl upside down and secretly enjoy their luxurious dinner. The less exciting but very practical theory is that Chirashi was created to use up the less attractive pieces of fish leftover from making sashimi and ngiri. Restaurant versions favor raw fish but home cooks often use bits of cooked seafood.

So with that bit of history, you can see how versatile this dish is! This easy sushi dish is a fantastic way to use up leftover bits of cooked or raw seafood and vegetables from the week.

How to make your own chirashi sushi
How to make your own chirashi sushi

In a true Japanese Chirashi, the ingredients are all prepared separately with their own marinade or seasoning. This can make the dish quite time consuming but my version is simplified with a dressing to lightly pour over the artfully arranged ingredients once they have adorned the rice. I have included the cucumber salad, seasoned mushrooms and Japanese omelet recipes because they are easy and add much to the variety of flavours.

Traditional Sushi Ingredients For An Easy One Bowl Meal
Traditional Sushi Ingredients For An Easy One Bowl Meal

Traditional toppings include seaweed, cucumber, raw or cooked fish, crab, octopus or prawns, tobiko, egg (japanese omelet), seasoned mushrooms, shiso or microgreens, shredded or finely sliced carrot and daikon, edamame, lotus root and more. You can go crazy and use it all or just choose your favourite few. Get creative and add really anything at all, just slice it small or thin and arrange it attractively.

Please don’t be daunted by all the ingredients, I’ve included a long list so you can choose your favourites, I don’t expect anyone to use all of them. Start cooking your rice and you can make the toppings while it cooks or make the toppings ahead of time. Assembling a Chirashi bowl is just like assembling a salad. Go all out with luxury or keep it minimal and just choose 2 veggies, 1 or 2 proteins and a garnish and you’ve got a healthy and delicious dish. Happy, healthy eating my friends! Kanpai!

PS. If you like this recipe, you might also like my Tuna Nicoise Salad recipe or the Mexican Tuna Ceviche recipe and if you’re looking for some delicious, healthy muffin or shake recipes, check out The Nourished Blonde’s recipe section.

Healthy Chirashi Sushi Bowl With Seafood And Vegetables
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Chirashi Sushi Bowl (Chirashizushi)

A delicious and beautiful dish full of superfoods and easy to customize for picky eaters. This healthy bowl is also a fun way to use up small amounts of leftover seafood and vegetables and very easy to make. Traditionally made with white sushi rice but for a healthy alternative, substitute short grain brown rice. To take it up a notch, you can add the sweet rice vinegar seasoning to the rice but this is optional. This is also easily made vegetarian by omitting the seafood and utilizing the edamame or omelet for protein.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main, Seafood, Vegetarian
Cuisine Asian, canadian, Japanese
Keyword Bowl, Chirashi, Easy, Easy Recipe, Healthy, Rice, Sushi, Sustainable Seafood
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sabrina Currie

Ingredients

Chirashi Sushi Toppings And Garnishes

  • Cooked and shelled edamame beans, wakame or nori seaweed, thinly sliced, shredded or julienne carrot and daikon (Japanese radish), thinly sliced sushi grade raw seafood or bits of cooked seafood
  • Seasoned mushrooms, cucumber and omelet (recipes below)
  • Garnishes: Wasabi, pickled ginger, shiso leaves or microgreens, sliced scallions, sesame seeds, tobiko, lotus root, edible flowers such as shiso or thyme flowers (the Japanese love a beautiful dish!)

Seasoned Sushi Rice

  • 1.5 c Short grain white or brown rice, cooked according to package.
  • 3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Cucumber Salad

  • 1 c Cucumbers, sliced very thin in rounds
  • 1/4 c Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sugar

Sweet Seasoned Shiitake Mushrooms

  • 1 c Shiitake Mushroom, sliced 1/4"
  • 2 tbsp Mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine) or 1 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil

Japanese Omelet

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • pinch Salt

Chirashi Sushi Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Mirin or 2 tsp each sugar and water
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Green Tea or water

Instructions

Seasoned Sushi Rice

  1. Once you've cooked your rice, mix vinegar, sugar and salt together and sprinkle over rice. Stir gently and leave to cool until ready to serve. *Note, seasoning the rice is optional. Also, if you have kombu seaweed, you can add a chunk to the rice while it cooks to add more authentic Japanese flavour.

Cucumber Salad

  1. Combine sliced cucumber, vinegar and sugar and let sit until ready to use, up to 4 hours. Drain cucumber before adding to dish.

    Recipe for lightly dressed Japanese Cucumber Salad

Sweet Seasoned Shiitake Mushrooms

  1. Toss all ingredients with mushrooms and add to a small non-stick pan. Cook gently on medium low until the liquid is almost evaporated. Let cool, then use for topping dish.

Japanese Omelet

  1. Beat eggs well with sugar and salt. Preheat a large pan on medium, oil very lightly and then pour in eggs to make a paper thin omelet. Once cooked through (only about 1 minute), cool slightly, roll onto a plate and once it is room temperature, slice it into julienne (thin) strips.

    Recipe to make a Japanese Omelet

Chirashi Sushi Dressing

  1. Mix all ingredients together and lightly spoon over arranged Chirashi bowls.

    Recipe for easy rolled Japanese omelet

Assembly

  1. Fill the bottom half of your bowl with 1 cup of rice. Then artfully arrange your chosen ingredients on top and gently spoon a few teaspoons of dressing over any unseasoned toppings and enjoy. Serve with additional soy sauce for dipping if desired. Kanpai!

    Healthy Vegetables Seafood And Brown Rice Chirashi Sushi Bowl
Chirashi Sushi Bowl Healthy Minimal Superfood Recipe
Chirashi Sushi Bowl Healthy Minimal Superfood Recipe


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22 thoughts on “Chirashi Sushi Bowl (aka Superfood Bowl)”

    • I hope you try making it, it’s really easy and (I think) just as good as restaurant versions. Thanks for reading along 🙂

  • 5 stars
    We love all Japanese dishes, and this bowl looks so nourishing and satisfying, as well as easy and versatile. I just want to dig in, so I’m pinning for later. Thanks, Sabrina!

  • 5 stars
    Love this post Sabrina! Chirashi bowl is one of my favourite lunches out, but I’ve never made one at home. I recently had one at a local oceanwise fish take out and was a bit disappointed as it appeared most of the fish was scraps instead of the nice slices of sashimi. Then, as I thought of it more I realized that the whole purpose of the bowl was to get rid of scraps. Your post reinforces that!

    • Haha, yep except those “scraps” still need to be fresh and tasty. Give it a go, you won’t regret this one! Happy New Year Bernice!

  • 5 stars
    I love a good chirashi bowl…and this is a great way to introduce people to the dish and how to make it! And that’s an interesting tidbit about the “scraps” because Japanese restaurants definitely don’t charge you “scrap” prices for chirashi bowls!

  • 5 stars
    Sabrina, this bowl is absolutely stunning! Love the presentation and the colour combinations! I enjoy recipes like this that allow you to pick and choose your toppings. I don’t usually eat raw seafood so I’m glad I can customize this bowl with cooked seafood!

  • Sushi is not an indian thing thus to make it was very difficult for me but this article realy helped making it and keeping just the right blend with utmost precision thank you for sharing it I will surely recommend it as the culture it comes from keeps due care that it doesnt looses its significance.

    • Thank you for the kind words Supriya! I am glad this helped walk you through all the steps. This is truly one of my favourite Japanese dishes.

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