Western Style Temarizushi (Ball Shaped Sushi) with Cured Ham and Cheese

Western Style Temarizushi (Ball Shaped Sushi) with Cured Ham and Cheese

These are western-style temarizushi (ball shaped sushi) that you can eat like a salad. The texture of the sweet onion is fun, and the combination of cured ham and cream cheese is very satisfying!

Ingredients: 12 temarizushi

Uncooked white rice
1 rice cooker cup (180 ml)
◆ Vinegar
1 1/2 a tablespoons
◆ Sugar
1 teaspoon
◆ Salt
1/4 teaspoon
Sweet onion
Cured ham (e.g. proscuitto)
6 slices
Cream cheese
50 g
Toppings of your choice:
Cherry tomatoes
2 to 3
a small amount
Coarsely ground black pepper
a small amount
Olive oil
a small amount


1. Rinse the rice and soak in the cooking water for at least 30 minutes. Use just a little less water than usual, to cook rice that's a bit on the dry side.
2. Combine the ◆ ingredients and microwave for 20 seconds at 500 W. Mix together well until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
3. Finely chop the sweet onion and put in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes. Drain, then wrap in paper towels and dry well.
4. Cut the ham slices into half, and the cream cheese into 1-2 cm dice.
5. if you're using toppings: Take the stem ends off the cherry tomatoes and cut into wedges. Slice the cucumber thinly.
6. Put the freshly cooked rice in a bowl, add the sushi vinegar and onion and mix in using a cutting motion. Let cool.
7. Spread out a sheet of plastic wrap, and layer on the ham, cheese and sushi rice in that order.
8. Twist the plastic wrap to make a little ball (temarizushi). Make 12 of these.
9. Line the temarizushi on a serving plate. Optionally top with tomato and cucumber, sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
10. The ham is salty so these are good just as-is, but you can dip them in salt or soy sauce to taste when eating.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to think up a spring-inspired sushi recipe. Sashimi can be expensive if you buy several varieties, and it doesn't keep either, so I tried using cured ham that can be stored in the refrigerator. The result is a salad-like, spring themed sushi!