How To: Christmas Sushi

Christmas Sushi Balls

Christmas Temari Sushi Balls. Delicious, festive and fun Temari Sushi! Great for a holiday gathering, potluck or for yourself to celebrate the Christmas season! Serves well as an appetizer, side dish or snack!

I cannot believe that Christmas is just around the corner! Although the holidays will be slightly different for many of us this year, it does not mean we can’t celebrate! So that is why I’m sharing these really fun and unique Christmas Sushi Balls!

I’m sharing three variations of my Temarizushi: tuna mayo rice, fried tofu with rice, and smoked salmon with rice, pomegranate and mayo. All three are so delicious especially the latter as the mayonnaise and pomegranate seeds really compliment the saltiness of the smoked salmon.

Snowman Christmas sushi ball

But my favourite is the tuna mayo with rice! I’m a big tuna fan and when it’s mixed with mayonnaise and rice, it’s very satisfying. The fried tofu ball is also delicious and works well as a vegan Temari sushi.

Christmas sushi balls on Kitchen Stuff Plus Holiday Serving Plate

Where can I find some of these ingredients?

Most of these ingredients for my Christmas Temari sushi recipe can be found at Western grocers except for the fried tofu pockets. Fried tofu pockets are usually found at a Korean grocer like H-Mart or a Japanese one.

Fried tofu pockets

About Kitchen Stuff Plus

For this Christmas Temari sushi recipe, I’ve partnered with Kitchen Stuff Plus! They were kind enough to gift me with some incredible kitchen tools I could use for this recipe! I also used their amazing quick and easy Click & Collect service.

Click & Collect is awesome because you can order your items online at your preferred store location. Then when your items have been gathered and are ready for pick up, you will receive a confirmation via email. Then you can visit your store’s curbside pickup spot and provide your order details to pay for your items! It’s that easy!

pretzels in a Kitchen Stuff Plus cereal bowl

It is a fantastic service especially for the upcoming holidays when you’re looking for gifts and you want to save on time! Kitchen Stuff Plus is my go-to destination for Christmas presents, especially for those who spend more time in the kitchen.

Throughout this blog post, you’ll get to see all the amazing kitchen tools and utensils that I received for my collaboration with them!

For more information, visit: Kitchen Stuff Plus!

pomegranate seeds in Kitchen Stuff Plus glass mixing bowl

For this recipe

You will need the following ingredients for my Christmas Temari sushi ball:

Sushi Rice:

  • 320 ml uncooked sushi rice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Tuna Mayo Sushi Ball (Snowman)

  • 160 grams canned tuna
  • 2 tbsp Japanese mayo
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2-inch peeled carrot, sliced into tiny wedges for the nose
  • Black sesame seeds, as needed

Smoked Salmon Sushi Ball (Christmas Ornament)

  • 150 grams Smoked salmon
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Japanese mayo

Tofu Rice Sushi Ball (Elf)

  • 4 pretzels, sliced in half
  • 4 fried tofu pockets
  • Black sesame seeds, as needed
  • 1/2-inch peeled carrot, sliced to create nose and mouth

How to make Temari Sushi

Cook your sushi rice according to package instructions or rice cooker settings.

Once it is cooked, transfer rice to a mixing bowl. Season the rice with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly.

preparing sushi rice

Tuna Mayo Sushi Ball (Snowman)

In a small mixing bowl, mix canned tuna, Japanese mayo, and sugar.

tuna, Japanese mayo, & sugar mixture

In another small bowl, place cling film over top. Scoop about 3 tbsp of levelled sushi rice into it.

rice in cling film

Twist the ends of the cling film until it forms a ball. Flatten the ball into a pancake. Open your cling film, add about 1 tsp of the tuna mayo mixture into the middle. Add 1 tbsp more of the sushi rice to cover the tuna mixture.

tuna mixture in rice

Twist the ends of the cling film and mold into a ball, ensuring the rice covers the tuna completely.

rice ball in cling film

Decorate the sushi ball with black sesame seeds for the eyes and mouth and a tiny carrot wedge for the nose.

Snowman sushi ball

Repeat this process until you have 3 more.

Smoked Salmon Sushi Ball (Christmas Ornament)

In a small bowl, place cling film over top. Then add 3 tbsp of levelled sushi rice into the cling film. Twist up the ends of the cling film to mold into a ball. Remove the rice ball from the cling film and set aside.

rice ball in cling film

Into the same cling film, overlap two pieces of smoked salmon. Place your rice ball back into the smoked salmon.

ball of rice on salmon

Twist the ends of the cling film upwards and mold the smoked salmon over the rice ball.

salmon sushi ball in cling film

Transfer the ball onto a plate with the smooth side facing up. Squeeze a dollop of Japanese mayo onto the middle of the ball. Decorate with pomegranate seeds.

ornament sushi ball

Repeat this process until you have 3 more.

Tofu Rice Sushi Ball (Elf)

Lay cling film over your bowl. Add 3 tbsp of levelled sushi rice. Twist the ends of the cling film up and mold it into a ball.

rice ball in cling film

Transfer the rice ball onto plate. Open the fried tofu pocket and place it over the rice ball like a hat. Decorate the ball with halved pretzels for big ears, two black sesame seeds for the eyes and a tiny carrot piece cut in the shape of a smiling mouth.

elf tofu rice sushi ball

Repeat this process until you have 3 more.

Give it a try!

Well, I hope you give my Christmas Temari Sushi Balls recipe a try! It always excites me when you guys make my recipes and I hope this is one you try.

If you enjoyed my Christmas Temari style sushi, please share it with your family and friends or on social media! Take a picture if you have made my recipe and tag me on Instagram @ChristieAtHome in your feed or stories so I can share your creation in my stories with credits to you!

Take care,


Christie is the creator of the Asian recipe blog, "Christie at Home". She enjoys sharing pan-Asian recipes that you can make from home. She has a passion for cultural food, travel and photography. Check out her related recipes that she created for KSP for "Vegan Coffee Coconut Jelly" or her "Christmas Temari Sushi Balls". Follow her on Instagram or on "Pinterest"