Easy Japanese Recipes

Scallop Sushi ほたての握り寿司

Scallop Sushi with Spicy Mayo and Yuzu Flavor Tobiko | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Our family loves sushi.  Among many different kinds of sushi, one of our children’s favorites is Scallop Sushi.  Not only do scallops taste good, but the best part is that farmed scallops are considered sustainable/eco-friendly choice.

Scallop Sushi with Spicy Mayo and Yuzu Flavor Tobiko | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

When the scallop sashimi is really good quality, the flesh is slightly firm but tender, and the flavor is sweet with a clean finish.

My online sashimi store, Fish for Sushi, sells pre-butterflied scallops to make the preparation very easy.  These scallops are very good quality; they are farmed in Mutsu Bay in Japan where the culture of scallops is prosperous.

Fish for Sushi Scallop

One of the reasons why I started my online sashimi store is that I wanted to share high quality sashimi/sushi-grade fish with other sushi/sashimi lovers (shipped anywhere in the contiguous U.S.).

Scallop Sushi with Spicy Mayo and Yuzu Flavor Tobiko | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

To enjoy scallop sushi at home, all you need to do is to defrost the scallop, make sushi rice, and make nigiri sushi topped with the scallop.  How easy is that!  These will make a great appetizer for your next party.  Enjoy! :)

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Scallop Sushi Recipe
Prep time
Total time
Serves: Makes 2 scallop sushi
Tezu (vinegared hand-dipping water)
Toppings (optional)
  1. Cut off the muscle from scallops.
    Scallop Sushi 1
  2. Butterfly the scallops.
    Scallop Sushi 2
  3. Moisten your hands with tezu (vinegar dipping hand) and pick up a tablespoon-sized ball of sushi rice. Gently squeeze the rice in your right hand to form a rectangular block with rounded edges and slides. Apply some pressure to the rice while forming it into a sturdy base for the scallops.
  4. Garnish each formed piece of rice with a small bit of wasabi (if you like) and top it off with a scallop. Add tobiko and spicy mayo to each piece of scallop and decorate with chive.
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Easy Dinner Ideas, Healthy Recipes, One Dish Meals, Quick & Easy, Rice & Donburi, Seafood, Sushi

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  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen February 16, 2014, 11:19 am

    I love scallops and you make it look so easy! So simple and beautiful.

  • donna mikasa February 16, 2014, 11:34 am

    I have never eaten raw scallops but I can imagine the flavor from farmed ones! Yum!

    • Nami February 18, 2014, 8:32 am

      Donna, it’s really amazing and hope you get to try good scallop one day! :)

  • John@Kitchen Riffs February 16, 2014, 12:05 pm

    I love any and all scallop recipes! This looks wonderful, and the price of scallops at your online store is quite reasonable. Great photos — thanks.

  • mimi February 16, 2014, 12:24 pm

    This is almost too pretty to eat!

  • Jeannie Tay February 16, 2014, 4:51 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious! Scallops are one of my favorite seafood too although I have not tried eating scallops fresh!

  • Choc Chip Uru February 16, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Your scallops look delicate and delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • A_Boleyn February 16, 2014, 6:22 pm

    So very pretty. I would like a couple right now even though I’m still stuffed from supper. :) This is why I’ll never get tired of eating sushi. There’s always another amazing kind to try.

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker February 16, 2014, 7:12 pm

    I am amazed you can make food this simple look so tasty! Seafood owns my heart especially in sushi

  • Monet February 16, 2014, 8:56 pm

    Beautiful. I love scallops too. Thank you for sharing such a delicious sushi recipe, my friend! I hope you have a happy start to your week!

  • Bam's Kitchen February 16, 2014, 9:40 pm

    Nami-san, I hope you are having a blast on your little mini holiday with the kids. I have never been a huge fan of scallops sushimi style, I think it is that whole texture thing, but your presentation is stunning. Have fun with the family. Take Care, BAM

  • The Ninja Baker February 16, 2014, 10:28 pm

    ほたては地球に優しいことは初めて。。。良いニュース真にどうもありがとう <3 ほたては大好きでこれから気にしないでもっと食べると思います。


  • Riitta February 17, 2014, 1:09 am

    Oh my, these look too good to be eaten! Almost. ;-) Scallop-sashimi is my absolute favourite, but I´ve never tried to make it at home.

  • Medeja February 17, 2014, 1:35 am

    I love sushi.. have no idea how to make it. And this cute scallop sushi just makes me hungry :)

  • Muna Kenny February 17, 2014, 3:11 am

    I love scallop but never had it raw, a new thing to try :) … The first pic is just so cute!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 17, 2014, 3:49 am

    If I made this my husband would be incredibly proud. :) Looks wonderful, Nami.

  • Maggie February 17, 2014, 5:10 am

    I remember having a sushi dish similar to the idea of this one, very fancy and very delicious! I like the idea to put some spicy on the scallop to bring out the flavor.
    Never tried to cook this one at home, cause I think I need some really fresh scallop to cook it right. But you have a nice store, so there’s no problem! :)

  • Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania February 17, 2014, 5:14 am

    Nami, good to see that you have really made good use of your culinary talent. Your online store has great products. I wished I could taste some of them! The scallop sushi looks divine and you presented it in a very tempting manner. I am a big sushi fan!

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen February 17, 2014, 6:17 am

    I’ve never tried scallop sushi before and this just looks really good. I bet I live in the US so I can order from you :)

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 17, 2014, 10:38 am

    Scallop sushi? Wow that looks so unbelievable!!

  • Vicki Bensinger February 17, 2014, 10:40 am

    I’m a huge fan of scallops but no one else is in my house. I like this recipe a lot and is quite simple to prepare. Great tutorial as always Nami. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Rosa February 17, 2014, 10:43 am

    Very pretty and surely delicious!



  • sonia February 17, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Hey Nami, This sushi post is looking so good and Amazing! After seeing your pictures we have started eating Japanese food more. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I’ve bookmarked this special recipe of yours and would love to give it a shot soon. The cakes in the last post are looking gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing your well prepared and presented posts. Shall look forward to your next post.
    Have a wonderful week ahead. Take care.
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia!!!

  • Gintare @Gourmantine February 17, 2014, 1:52 pm

    My hubs would die over this sushi. Scallops are the holy grail of food for us, so delicate and perfect with everything, Gorgeous photos :)

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today February 17, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I am having a big dilemma here Nami. I love the way it sounds, it has to be delicious, but Tomasz is allergic on scallops. Should I make it just for myself? Maybe I could wait when he’s away ;)

  • Belinda @zomppa February 17, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I fit in perfectly with your family! I love this!!

  • Baby Sumo February 17, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Scallops are my favorite things ever to eat and I especially love those from Japan! Would definitely love to have this.

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking February 17, 2014, 6:29 pm

    You know I don’t eat scallops but you made it so delicious and appealing with those “just grab me” pictures! On the other hand my hubby likes them as well as Alex! Really makes a great appetizer!

  • Yelena February 17, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Our family loves sushi also!! Big time-)) I don’t have a skills to make them myself, we always ordering. Any way, you are so talented! Looks very tasty-)

  • Mich Piece of Cake February 18, 2014, 12:23 am

    The scallops look so fresh!

  • Fran @ G'day Souffle' February 18, 2014, 1:19 am

    Nami, these look so cute- they look like little eggs. I’ll have to try these sometime!

  • Ramona February 18, 2014, 3:25 am

    Looks beautiful. I am so impressed with your online store too. Wishing you so much success in all you do. :)

  • Kelly February 18, 2014, 4:09 am

    This looks beautiful Nami! I love scallops and you make everything look so pretty :)

  • Melanie February 18, 2014, 5:54 am

    How do you make “yuzu-flavored tobiko”?

    • Nami February 18, 2014, 8:34 am

      Hi Melanie! I get it from a Japanese supermarket. Instead of orange color, it’s yellow. There is also wasabi-flavored tobiko which is light green color tobiko. :) Not quite sure how they make it…

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 18, 2014, 8:11 am

    this looks so delicate and goood.

  • nipponnin February 18, 2014, 11:14 am

    ホタテ好きなんて、味がこえてるお子さんですね。 やっぱりそこは料理上手なお母さんがいるからだね。うちの娘は海の幸はたいていだめですよ。息子もしっかり煮てない貝類は苦手な方。ということは私はまだまだなのかしら?悩む。 美味しいものを食べられるお子さんたちとご主人は幸せですね。

  • Daniela February 18, 2014, 1:32 pm

    I love scallops but have never tried them in a sushi.
    This looks so delicate and light. A fantastic idea, Nami!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness February 18, 2014, 2:01 pm

    Oh… scallop sushi! Must be so delicious! They are beautifully presented with the spicy mayo and yuzu-masago. Can’t wait to try!

  • Charles February 18, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Hi Nami! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to try this… well, maybe in Japan one day. Chances of finding fresh scallops here are pretty low, lol. This is “salmon country”, but I’d be curious as to what it might be like. When they’re cooked I find scallops a bit difficult to decide whether I like them or not (I still haven’t decided), but I guess the raw flavour must be very delicate and smooth.

  • Juliana February 18, 2014, 4:53 pm

    I love scallops, but somehow I did not acquire the taste for raw ones…yours sure look great…you even made me feel that I should give this a try hehehe!
    Have a great week Nami :D

  • Raymund February 19, 2014, 11:02 am

    Actually I love sushi but I never tried the scallop ones, I usually love this cooked. I should try this next time I visit a Japanese restaurant.

  • Lynna February 19, 2014, 10:02 pm

    I love sushi. And, I love scallops. However, for some reason, I never eat scallop sushi whenever I actually eat sushi! I will definitely try the next time. :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 20, 2014, 10:38 am

    First time I ever made sushi with a friend we had gotten huge scallops, there were so incredible. Love your presentation and toppings.

  • Sandra February 20, 2014, 1:11 pm

    I bought sushi for my husband today and he really liked it. He’s very careful with the wasabi that comes with it. The first time he had it he said it felt like is brain was on fire! I told him about how you make sushi often and that you are a pro at it.

  • mjskit February 21, 2014, 7:12 pm

    What beautiful scallops and of course your sushi is always awesome! It’s interesting, when we go out for sushi, we never get scallop. I need to change that so I can see if I like scallop sushi or not. As everything you prepare, it shure looks delicious!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef February 22, 2014, 6:12 am

    Never seen any scallop on sushi before in Indonesia,
    sounds a great idea,
    btw, isn’t it a little bit chewy like raw squid ???

  • Fern @ To Food with Love February 25, 2014, 1:09 am

    Ooh…hotate nigiri is my favourite! I can never get enough of those…so yummy. Usually it’s seared with a blowtorch and there’s some sweet sauce brushed over it.
    These look divine, Nami!
    Love the new look on your website too! Very user friendly :)

  • Minnie@thelady8home February 26, 2014, 8:28 am

    If you ever open a restaurant, I will have the first dib at the table :D Ahhhhmazing!

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks February 26, 2014, 11:48 am

    Scallops are by far my favorite type of seafood, Nami! This looks so good and refreshing. And pretty too!