Inari Sushi served on the wooden board, along with the pickled ginger.

Inari Sushi

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: abura age, sushi, tofu pocket
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Inari Sushi
Author: Nami

Made of vinegared rice tucked inside little deep-fried tofu pockets, Inari Sushi is easily one of the easiest sushi to make at home. 




  1. Prepare sushi rice ahead of time and keep it at lukewarm/room temperature.

    Inari Sushi 1
  2. Gather all the ingredients.

    Inari Sushi Ingredients
  3. Add sesame seeds to the sushi rice and mix together.

    Inari Sushi 2
  4. Carefully open the Inari-Age pocket (it's very thin, so it's easy to break or tear). Make sure you can see the bottom of the pocket as you need to stuff the sushi rice all the way.

    Inari Sushi 3
  5. Moisten hands with the liquid from Inari-Age. Take a small handful of rice and make a small rice ball. Do not make it too big otherwise, it won't fit in Inari-Age.

    Inari Sushi 4
  6. Wrap each rice ball with shiso and a piece of nori and stuff the rice ball into the Inari-Age. Close the Inari-Age and place open-end down on a plate.

    Inari Sushi 5
  7. Another method is to keep the bag open on top. Wrap each rice ball with a piece of nori and stuff the rice ball into the Inari-Age. Then place shiso on top.
    Inari Sushi 6
  8. Tuck in the edge of Inari-Age inside the pocket so you will have a nice smooth round edge. You can decorate the top as you like.

    Inari Sushi 7
  9. Serve with sushi ginger.
    Inari Sushi |

Recipe Notes

Inari-age (deep-fried tofu pouch): Homemade recipe, click here.


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.