Enjoying Nigiri Sushi

Nigiri sushi is one of the more popular and elegant types of sushi currently being enjoyed around the world today. This particular sushi consists of a mound of rice, formed by hand, with a piece of raw fish on top. In some cases, toasted seaweed, known as nori, is also used. The raw fish placed on top of the mound of rice is known as sashimi. Sashimi may be eaten alone. When this is the case, then the food is actually referred to as sashimi sushi, and not as nigiri.

Nigiri sushi, also called sushi nigiri, is also different from maki. Maki sushi is the sushi recipe most people think of, especially in America, when they think of sushi recipes. Sushi maki, frequently seen in a sushi restaurant, is rolled sushi, usually containing various fillings, such as cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado. Nigiri, on the other hand, is the real deal and is not Americanized at all. While many people might not find this authentic Japanese sushi as tasty as the Americanized versions, one good piece of information is that original version's calories tend to be quite low. After all, there are not many calories in less than a cup of rice and certainly not in a very healthy piece of raw fish.

There are things that can be done to add a little spice or just an extra kick of flavor to nigiri sushi. Some people merely dip it in soy sauce. Others, however, might use wasabi and/or ginger to bring the dish to life. In some cases, the wasabi is mixed into the soy sauce to make a spicy and salty mixture that many find quite appealing. White sauce is also frequently used as a dipping sauce for nigiri, though it is not low calorie and is far from being authentic.

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