Ham Nigiri


I know Easter was over a week ago so most of you probably don’t have any ham left, but if you do this is a great way to use it! (Or you could go out and buy some right now! :D) This is a simple version of nigiri, and doesn’t go bad nearly as quickly as fish does, plus it’s a great option for kids or those who prefer to avoid fish! You can eat this like normal sushi with wasabi and shoyu, but a really yummy alternative is to dip it in deli style horseradish mustard. I am OBSESSED with this mustard… I first tried it on some of the delicious steak Son’s dad makes (he’s an amazing cook!), and have since become obsessed with it… I put it on steak, ham, those little English muffin pizzas with chicken apple meatballs on top… mmmmmm so good! 😀

I would also like to offer my thoughts and prayers to the victims and everyone involved in the Virginia Tech shootings. This is such a horrible tragedy, and I really hope that none of you were victims! It’s sobering to realize that everyone is vulnerable, since we tend to think of school and college campuses as safe havens for learning. I’m just thankful that we haven’t had any incidents like this at the university I attend, and hopefully we won’t see any other incidents like this anytime soon!

Please be safe my friends and readers, and enjoy your sushi!

Makes about 5-6 pieces.

  • 1 cup sumeshi
  • 1 large slice of honey baked ham (if you still have leftover Easter ham, this is a great way to use it!)
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Using either your hands or a rice mold, form the rice into 5 or 6 small oblong balls.
  3. Cut the ham into 1.5″ x 2.5″ pieces.
  4. Place the piece of ham on top of the rice ball. You may place a small dab of wasabi on the underside of the ham if you wish.
  5. Serve with shoyu, wasabi, and ginger if desired. Something I really liked was dipping it in deli style mustard with horseradish. Yum!

Serving Size: 1 piece

  • Calories: 41
  • Fat: -g, 0% DV
  • Saturated Fat: 0g, 0% DV
  • Cholesterol: 1mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium: 219mg 9% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates: 9g, 3% DV
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g, 1% DV
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 1g, 2% DV
  • Vitamin A: 0%
  • Vitamin C: 0%
  • Calcium: 0%
  • Iron: 0%
  • Magnesium: 0%
  • Potassium: 0%

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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15 thoughts on “Ham Nigiri”

  1. hecttor alejandro molina aramburo -

    felicidades por su restaurante ojal siga creciendo y teniendo mucho exit; hoy yo y mi novia creremos empesar nuestro negocio, si pudiran mandarme algun comentario de como lograr tanto exito se los agrareceremos nustra uvicacion es culiacan sinaloa Mexico…
    att. alejandro y berenice de susu°shi….

  2. Amy -

    Haha what a great idea! We still have oodles of ham leftover and I’ve been trying to think of ways to use it up (tonight I made a ham and cheese quiche). But this looks like it is pretty tasty…I’ll have to try it before the ham goes bad. Of course, I think that stuff is salty enough it keeps for a good 20 years or so. Ooh or maybe your fried rice inari with ham fried rice….

    So many possibilities…

    Thanks for the ideas!

  3. Yvo -

    Mmm… I also made a soup with ham and someone stumbled on my blog and was like “Perfect, I’ve been searching for ham recipes- sooo much ham leftover from Easter!” Nice. I’m ham-averse (I got sick on bad ham maybe 5 years ago now, and have characteristically avoided it for 5 years, though I’m not completely pork-averse). Still, interesting combination… you’re proving ANYTHING can be sushi =D

  4. Allison -

    Amy – Hehe ooooh, ham in the fried rice inari sounds good too! Have fun eating up your ham!

    Yvo – Mmmm ham soup sounds good too!! So many possibilities! It’s too bad you don’t like ham anymore. 🙁 Hehe of course anything can be sushi! 😀

  5. Allison -

    Oh, and by the way, are any of you really fluent in Spanish? I have absolutely no idea what that first comment says… for all I know it could be spam! 🙁 Could someone translate it for me so I can either respond appropriately to it or delete it? Thanks!

  6. Mike -

    This is an absolute sin… why would you desecrate such history and tradition with an atrocity like this? Americans are so good at destroying other peoples cultures.

  7. Allison -

    I’m sorry that you feel that way. 🙁 I have a feeling that the Japanese won’t be much worse off by this, so you won’t have to worry about going to Japan and finding “atrocities” like this. Just trying to make sushi more accessible to the general public. 🙂

  8. Samantha -

    I can’t claim to understand the entire Spanish comment but it seems to be congratulating you on your restaurant. He says that him and his girlfriend just started their own business and that they would like you to give them advice on being successful. Considering that you apparently are only doing this for a hobby and do not run a sushi restaurant (not to mention the comment was from April of 2007) I think its okay if you just let it be lost in translation forever.

  9. sushisushi.co.uk -

    I think people should try and push the boundaries with sushi and try something new. I love fusion food and if this can get people to eventually try traditional sushi I say it’s all good!

  10. Utah Sushi Roll -

    Great idea for leftovers. I always thought sushi was pretty traditional, but the more I research it the more I find you can really be creative with the ingredients. Great site. Thanks!