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Uni Nigiri Cubes

Posted By Allison On February 23, 2012 @ 5:14 pm In Nigiri Recipes | 7 Comments

uni rice cube

When I first tried uni, at a little sushi restaurant in Honolulu [1] in the summer of 2008, I was not a fan. Something about the texture, the saltiness, and how exotic it seems just put me off. For the next three years, I was convinced that I just plain didn’t like uni.

In spring of 2011, I was at a fellow food blogger’s house [2], filming some sustainable sushi videos for a friend [3] with a couple of other friends of mine [4] who are also food bloggers [5]. Among the types of seafood we had to work with was some fresh golden uni.

Since this was my first time meeting Rachael [4] and Greg [2], and at the time I had only met Cathy [5] and Martin [3] once… I sure as heck wasn’t about to admit that I, a sushi blogger, didn’t like uni. Especially since everyone else was raving about it so much.

So I tried the uni temarizushi [6] that Rachael made… and they were actually pretty good. Then I ventured to try the fresh uni straight from the tray… suffice to say that since then, I’ve become a full-on uni lover.

Lucky for me, uni is pretty sustainable, not to mention good for you as well (and also an aphrodisiac… oh la la! ~_^)

If you want to know more about uni, why not listen to the uni episode [7] of my Miso Hungry Podcast?


A few weeks ago, Rachael gave me a cool little kitchen toy called a Rice Cube [8]. (Disclaimer: I got this as a gift, and Rice Cube also donated several Rice Cubes for us to give away on our podcast [9].) So when I bought a tray of uni for the uni episode [7], I wanted to find a way to use the rice cube with it.

I tried compressing the uni into a cube with the rice… but that just looked ugly (though still delicious). So instead I made a cube with the sushi rice, laid a lobe of uni over it, then sprinkled it with paprika and topped it with a sliver of green onion. I actually liked this better than normal nigiri, because not only was it ridiculously easy to make, the ratio of rice to uni was also perfect.

If you want a Rice Cube for yourself, you can buy one through their campaign to fight childhood obesity on IndieGoGo [10] at a discount and have the proceeds go towards fighting childhood obesity. OR… you can head over to the Tako Episode [9] of my podcast, where we’re giving away three of them!

uni rice cube

  • 2 cups sumeshi [13]
  • 1 tray uni
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 stalks of green onion, white part discarded
Cooking Directions
  1. Use a Rice Cube [8] to form the sumeshi into squares (or use your hands, dampened with water, to form the sumeshi into balls. Or you can use plastic wrap [6], or a small mold)
  2. Top your cube or ball of rice with one lobe of uni (or two if they’re small).
  3. Sprinkle with a little paprika, and top with a sliver of green onion.
  4. Enjoy!

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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These values are only estimates based on the individual ingredients, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.

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URLs in this post:

[1] a little sushi restaurant in Honolulu: http://sushiday.com/archives/2008/09/30/mitchs-fish-market-honolulu-hawaii/

[2] a fellow food blogger’s house: http://www.sippitysup.com/

[3] a friend: http://www.ilovebluesea.com/

[4] couple of other friends of mine: http://www.lafujimama.com/

[5] food bloggers: http://www.showfoodchef.com/

[6] temarizushi: http://www.lafujimama.com/2010/10/temarizushi-ball-shaped-sushi/

[7] uni episode: http://misofy.com/podcast/episode-5-were-going-to-uni-versity-155

[8] Rice Cube: http://www.ricecube.us/

[9] give away on our podcast: http://misofy.com/podcast/episode-7-tako-time-200

[10] IndieGoGo: http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Rice-Cube

[11] Recipe: #recipe

[12] Nutrition Info: #nutrition-data

[13] sumeshi: http://sushiday.com/archives/2006/10/21/sumeshi/