For Your Tailgate Party : Chirashi

Posted: Sep 16 2014

Football season has begun, and with it the time-honored tradition of the tailgate party. Tailgating revolves around great food—even sushi (think Chirashi) has become a fan favorite, offering a delicious and healthy alternative to standard tailgate fare. 

In Japanese, the word “Chirashi” means scattered, and is presented in a bowl of seasoned rice with slices of raw fish like bigeye , yellowfin , Otoro and Chutoro tuna, salmon , massago (roe) , butterfly shrimp , scallop and octopus , other toppers including tamagoyaki (a light, sweet Japanese folded omelet) and plenty of wasabi to go around.

The key to a great Chirashi bowl is balance. sashimi , tamagoyaki , fish roe over its bed of sushi rice, garnished with a variety of raw veggies and sliced lemon (for those who like a touch of zest)—a well-executed Chirashi presentation is so pleasing, its Instagram following is already legendary.

Luckily, in addition to being visually beautiful, Chirashi is easy to prepare. In case you’ve never prepared a Chirashi bowl or platter before, has included a a recipe here to help you plan and prepare for your next tailgate party.


Chirashi Sushi Ingredients (Yield: 2 bowls)

  • 1 ½ cups Japanese short grain rice
  • Water (check the appropriate water amount for your rice cooker)
  • 1/3 cup sushi seasonings (or make your own)
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seed (optional)

Suggested Chirashi Toppings: 



Cook the rice and let it stand for 10 minutes. Add to a bowl with the sushi vinegar and mix well. Add the sesame seeds (and rice seasoning – remoeve) if desired, and mix thoroughly. Spread rice in the bottom of a bowl or platter, and add your choice of Chirashi toppings on the top. Place a blob of wasabi on the side, and garnish with lemon.

  1. Bluefin Chutoro 最高級中トロ
  2. Bluefin Otoro 最高級大トロ
  3. Salmon Sashimi 鮭 (9 oz)


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