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Shrimp and Rice Balls

This impressive hors d'oeuvre is inspired by deconstructed sushi.

  • Yield: Makes 24

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2000


  • 1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared wasabi
  • 12 small or medium shrimp (32 per pound), peeled, cooked, and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 0.9-ounce package nori sheets
  • 1 1/2 ounces salmon roe
  • Soy sauce for dipping (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring the rice, salt, and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot, and cook until rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the reserved vinegar mixture. Cover the rice with a damp towel, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and wasabi; set aside.
  3. Slice each shrimp in half crosswise, and cover pieces with a damp towel, or refrigerate until ready to use. Place sesame seeds in a small bowl. Cut nori into 24 1 3/4-inch triangles. Fill another small bowl with water, and set it on your work surface. Dampening your hands frequently with the water, roll the cooled rice mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip the bottom of each rice ball into the sesame seeds, and set it on a nori triangle. Top with a small dab of wasabi mayonnaise, just enough to adhere the shrimp to the rice mixture. Place 1 shrimp half, cut side down, on each rice ball, and top with 1/4 teaspoon of salmon roe. Serve with soy sauce, if desired.

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