Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

These sushi poppers are tasty and do not require an expert to prepare. Young children would find these fun to make.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large shallow dish, spread rice and sprinkle with seasoned rice vinegar and sesame seeds.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, toss gently to combine, (DO NOT STIR or rice will clump).
  3. Keep rice covered with a damp cloth if not using immediately.
  4. Using wet fingers, place a rounded teaspoonful of rice in the palm of your hand and roll into a ball.
  5. Make an indentation in the center with your finger.
  6. Place your choice of desired filling in the indentation.
  7. In small bowls, make up a combination of fillings that you enjoy.
  8. Dip fingers into water and pack rice firmly around filling to make a small ball.
  9. Repeat with remaining rice and your choice of filling.
  10. Sprinkle each popper with toasted sesame seeds and a dot of wasabi paste and place on a platter.
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature until ready to serve.


Most Helpful

These were very good, however I think I prefer traditional sushi. I missed the seaweed, and found rolling the traditional sushi easier than making these poppers. The flavor was very good though, and it was a nice change.

Julie F September 07, 2009

I can't tell you how happy I was to find this recipe! I was even happier after I made & sampled them. I kept it really simple the first time, using only cucumber & cream cheese as my filling. I just used rice and vinegar for the rice portion (no sesame seeds to be found, but I really wanted to try these). I first formed them exactly as directed, but they didn't look very pretty & they kind of fell apart. Sooo, I tried using my small Pampered Chef scooper (the one I use for cookie dough). I scooped up some rice and then pressed it into the scoop firmly to pack it tight. Next, I put my finger into the center to make a hole for the filling. I cut all of the cucumbers into small pieces before I started and topped with a small portion of cream cheese so they were ready to go when needed. Then I put the cucumber in & filled in the top with a little more rice mixture & popped them out onto a plate. Really simple, quick & absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try them again with some different fillings & sesame seeds. A wonderful answer to my sushi cravings at a fraction of the cost of going to a restaurant or buying them in the grocery store! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!!!

Cookin'ontheFly June 10, 2009

I'm so, so happy that I have this recipe!! This was easy to assemble. I used smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber and avacado. These are so good!! Thanks for sharing! I'm making again tonight!!

simplemom March 24, 2009

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