Whether you’re in need of a dessert or snack, this Fruit Sushi Rice is the perfect sweet treat for any time of day.
Cook rice according to package directions. Using rubber spatula, gently stir in coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. Let cool completely.
On work surface, lay 11- x 10-inch rectangle of plastic wrap. Spread about 1 cup of rice into 9- x 8-inch rectangle in center of plastic wrap, pressing with fingertips to form thin, even layer. (If rice is too sticky, dip your fingertips in bowl of water.)
Starting 1 inch from one short edge, lay pieces of fruit over rice in straight line. Using plastic wrap as a guide, roll edge closest to you over the filling as tightly as possible; continue rolling to form roll. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining rice and fruit.
Remove plastic wrap; slice each roll into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lime zest.
Alternatively, make free-form sushi by rolling and shaping 2 tbsp rice into balls, triangles or squares. Stuff piece of fruit into center or top with fruit. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lime zest.
Change up the fruit depending on the seasons. Try mango, peaches, cantaloupe, pineapple, or star fruit.
For a fun presentation, serve fruit sushi with shaved melon to resemble wasabi and pickled ginger, and melted chocolate or fudge sauce to resemble soy sauce for dipping.
If you think sushi can only be made with fish and veggies, you are missing out! This Fruit Sushi recipe puts a sweet and fruity twist on a Japanese classic. Perfect as a dessert, as a sweet snack throughout the day, or even as breakfast, these fruity rolls are tasty and family-friendly. Get the kids in on the fun of rolling them up before enjoying a nutritious treat.
Recipe tip: when working with sticky rice, keep a bowl of water nearby for dipping your fingers. This helps keep the rice from sticking to your skin while you prepare your roll.
The great thing about these fruity sushi rolls is that they can be made with your favorite fruit, or whatever fruit is in season. Enjoy the flavors of each season by using the fruits that grow during that time. For Fall flavors, make rolls with apples, pears, and/or apricots. For winter flavors, use persimmon, papaya, or kiwi. As spring arrives, have fun with cantaloupes, peaches, and honeydew. And for a cool and sweet summer treat, make these simple rolls with strawberries, pineapple, and banana.
Whatever your favorite fruits are or what’s available at your local grocer, these fruity sushi rolls are guaranteed to be delicious! And if you find yourself loving the fruit and rice combo, try these Jasmine Rice & Quinoa Breakfast Bowls with Tropical Fruit and this Mango Sticky Rice.
For a more traditional version of sushi for lunch or dinner, Start with our beginner’s guide to making sushi and try our Sushi from Authentic Grains with Avocado & Tuna, or these Veggie Rolls with Sushi Rice for a vegetarian option.