Scallop Sushi ほたての握り寿司

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  • Tender and sweet Scallop Sushi! These butterflied scallops are placed on top of sushi rice and garnished with spicy mayo and yuzu tobiko.

    Scallop Sushi with Spicy Mayo and Yuzu Flavor Tobiko on a plate.

    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 on a plate.

    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 on a Shiso.

    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 on a plate.

    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
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Servings: 2 scallop sushi
    Author: Nami
    Tezu (vinegared hand-dipping water):
    Toppings (optional):
    • 2 tsp yuzu-flavored tobiko (See Notes)
    • 2 tsp Spicy Mayo (See Notes for homemade recipe)
    • 2 chives
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

    2. Cut off the muscle from scallops.
      Scallop Sushi 1
    3. Butterfly the scallops.
      Scallop Sushi 2
    4. 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.
    5. 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 Notes

    Sushi-grade scallops: or buy pre-butterflied scallop from Fish for Sushi.

    Yuzu-flavored tobiko: or buy masago from Fish for Sushi.

    Spicy Mayo: Homemade recipe, click here.



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