Kosher Sushi Varieties
Most people are not aware that there are, in fact, many different types of kosher sushi. This is a list of some of the most popular types of kosher sushi eaten around the world.
Nigirizushi (which means “hand-formed sushi” in Japanese) is one of the most common types of sushi. It is formed from an oval-shaped mound of sushi rice made by pressing the rice between the chef’s hands. Some wasabi may be added, and then the rice is topped with fish or seafood, like salmon, tuna or shrimp.
Sometimes a nigirizushi will be wrapped around its perimeter with a piece of seaweed , or nori, which can then be filled with soft toppings, such as fish eggs or corn and mayonnaise. This type of nigirzushi is called gunkanmaki (“warship roll” in Japanese).
Another very popular kind of sushi is makizushi (“rolled sushi”). Makizushi is made of fish or vegetables on top of rice on top of a nori, which is then rolled into a cylinder of about 1.5 inches and sliced into disc-shaped parts. California rolls are a popular type of makizushi. This type of sushi also comes in smaller and larger sizes, called hosomaki (“thin rolls”) and futomaki (“thick rolls”), respectively.
The ‘reverse makizushi’ is called uramaki (“inside-out rolls”), because the sushi rice is on the outside of the roll, with the nori covering the filling inside the rice.
Inarizushi (“stuffed sushi”) is another kind of sushi made using tofu. It is one of the simplest sushis, made only of fried tofu stuffed with sushi rice.
Sometimes sushi is not even prepared in rolls! Chirashizushi (“scattered sushi”) is made by mixing sushi rice with fish, vegetables and condiments in a bowl.
If you’ve read the article on the History of Sushi, then you know that the oldest kind of sushi is called narezushi (“matured fish”). This ancient form of sushi is still made today, where the fish are cleaned, stuffed with salt and stored in a wooden barrel for six months.
There are so many different kinds of sushi, you’re bound to find one you love!