Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Avocado, Cucumber and Shrimp Chirashi Sushi Recipe

Hello Everyone,

Today I have something pretty different for you, since it's not my usual kimono post. Instead, I have a fairly easy and yummy recipe that my husband and I had accidentally discovering while making sushi, and which now became one of our favorite recipes. Of course, I've only been talking about this recipe to anyone who's willing to listen for I don't know... 6 month now? I even converted Hong to it, and she made it at home several times now! Well I figured it's time to share the greatness!

Just to give you an idea, these are the rice vinegars that I have at my house at the moment. The left one (Mizkan Sushi Seasoning) is the most expensive and "hard to get" one because it's not sold at my base Commissary, so I have to buy it at the Japan Centre in London. It is also my favorite, so I use it for sushi rice only. The other two I can buy at the Commissary, so I use them for shrimp. Of course, I can also make sushi rice vinegar from scratch, but I'm lazy.

Also, I want to point out that I HATE avocado and this is petty much the only dish when I can eat it fresh. When combined with other ingredients, the taste is not overpowering but very nice, so do give it a chance if you also hate avocado. It's good for you!

You will need: 
- 1.5 cups uncooked sushi rice.
- 1 avocado.
- 1 Lb shrimp.
- 1 cucumber ( or 2 small ones)
- 1 bottle of Sushi rice vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar.

Step 1: Make sushi rice.
This is pretty important, as I've tried this dish with regular white rice and it just doesn't taste the same. To make sushi rice, just follow the recipe in your sushi making book, if you have one. If not, this is how I make it:

- 1.5 cup sushi rice, washed.
- 2 cups water.
- Either use a rice cooker, or cook it on stove top for about 20 minutes on low (reduce heat after the water boiled).
- Put your rice into big dish. (Don't worry if you don't have a "proper" wooden dish for sushi, I don't have one either. The one below is actually a wooden salad dish that I bought at TKMaxx. Don't even worry if you don't have a big wooden salad dish, at this point you can use anything. One time I used a roasting pan for cooling the rice down... Yes, it's not "proper", but I see no reason to buy a new dish if you're not going to make sushi rice that often. After I figured out that I do make sushi rice fairly often, I bought me a better dish, but until then use what you have!)
- Pour 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar over your rice, gently turn it over with wooden spoon, fan it like crazy with a fan (you know, one of those you can buy at any Asian festival. Magazines work too when in a bind), turn it over again, fan like crazy again, repeat until the rice cooled down to room temperature (I have to say, that this amount probably overseasons the rice, but I found that it doesn't really matter because at the end it tastes very good anyway. When I actually make sushi rice for actual sushi, I follow the recipe in my book).

Step 2: Cook shrimp.
I buy the UNCOOKED bagged shrimp at the Commissary, I think about 20-22 count to LB, but you can buy whichever one you want as long as it's uncooked. If it's peeled, even better. If it's frozen, de-freeze it first or it won't taste that great.

- Boil 1Qt of water + 1 cup of seasoned rice vinegar (I don't even bother with measurements, I pour however much water I think I'll need and dump anywhere from half a bottle to whole bottle if I have a lot of water. As long as it smells strongly of vinegar I'm good with the water to vinegar proportions).
- Put shrimp in the water.
- Immediately take the pot off, cover and let stand for 3 minutes.
- Drain shrimp, let it cool. 

Step 3: Cut avocado. 

Step 4: Peel and cut shrimp.

Step 5. Cut cucumber. 

Step 6. Enjoy!
Couple scoops of rice, arrange shrimp, cucumber and avocado on top, sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds if you want, and you get some epic yumminess! 

That amount usually lasts me for 3-4 meals when I'm alone, but with my husband we get 3 meals out of it. I keep all the ingredients in the separate containers and just add however much needed once I'm ready to eat. Remember, you can adjust the amounts of ingredients to suit your fancy.

Let me know if you try making it, I would love to know what you think :)

~ Lyuba


  1. this looks so good and easy, even i can do it. thanks! of but i think i'll add some pre-cut nori on the side. kind of like a make-your-own sushi kind of thing.

    1. Oh I totally didn't think of that! I bet sprinkling it with nori will work too :) i