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Sushi Christmas tree

Recipe may contain gluten, peanuts, milk, fish and shellfish.

Loaded with two kinds of salmon and plenty of creamy Kewpie mayonnaise, this Japanese-inspired finger food Christmas tree doesn’t need any gifts stashed underneath – it’s a gift in itself!

11 Ingredients


  • 645g (3 cups) sushi rice

  • 185ml (3/4 cup) sushi seasoning

  • 6 nori sheets

  • 80g (1/2 cup) sesame seeds, toasted

  • 1/2 cup chopped continental parsley

  • Kewpie mayonnaise

  • 300g (2 pieces) hot smoked salmon, skin removed, flaked

  • 1 lemon

  • Salmon roe, to decorate

  • Soy sauce, to serve

  • Wasabi, to serve

7 Method Steps


  • Step 1

    Cook rice

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    (645g (3 cups) sushi rice) following packet directions. Drizzle with sushi seasoning (185ml (3/4 cup) sushi seasoning). Use a large metal spoon to combine. Set aside to cool completely.


  • Step 2

    Cover surface of bamboo sushi mat with plastic wrap. Place 1 nori sheet on a chopping board. Use wet hands to spread 1½ cups rice in an even layer over nori, covering completely. Combine sesame seeds (80g (1/2 cup) sesame seeds, toasted) and parsley (1/2 cup chopped continental parsley) in a bowl. Sprinkle 2 tbs evenly over surface of rice.

  • Step 3

    Place mat on top of rice. Use the chopping board to invert so sushi mat is underneath. Squeeze a line of mayonnaise (Kewpie mayonnaise) across nori, leaving a 3cm gap at edge closest to you. Arrange salmon (300g (2 pieces) hot smoked salmon, skin removed, flaked) beside mayonnaise.

  • Step 4

    Use mat to roll rice and nori firmly around filling. Wrap sushi roll in plastic wrap to make a firm log. Place roll in the fridge while you make the remaining rolls.

  • Step 5

    Use a sharp knife to trim roll ends, leaving plastic wrap around roll. Cut each roll into six slices. Remove and discard plastic.

  • Step 6

    Arrange 11 pieces of sushi on a platter. Top with another 9 pieces, then 7, then 5, then 3 and 1 on top to create a tree shape.

  • Step 7

    Cut 1 large piece of rind from the lemon (1 lemon). Remove pith. Use a 5cm star pastry cutter to cut out a star. Use a toothpick to secure to the top of the sushi tree. Decorate with salmon roe (Salmon roe, to decorate). Serve with soy sauce (Soy sauce, to serve) and wasabi (Wasabi, to serve) for dipping.
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Recipe Notes

Short on time? Use your favourite kind of bought sushi to whip up this starter in a flash.

Nutritional Information

Per serving

  • 118

  • 494 kj

  • 4g

  • 0.7g

  • 0.5g

  • 4.2g

  • 15.8g

All quantities above are averages

Image by Vanessa Levis

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