Nigiri sushi is mostly known as a ball of rice with a slice salmon on top, but it can be varied. In this recipe the rice is topped with Norwegian sardines and chives.
Mix sugar, salt and rice vinegar in a small pan, and gently bring to a boil while stirring. The rice marinade is ready when the sugar and salt has dissolved.
Cool the marinade before use.
Prepare the rice according to the recipe sushi rice, or follow the instructions on the package.
Transfer the rice into a wide dish and gently fold in some of the marinade. Make sure the rice doesn’t get too moist, so add a little at a time.
Set the rice to cool in room temperature.
Remove the sardines from the oil and let drain on a paper towel.
Mix water with a little rice vinegar, and lightly moist your hands to prevent the rice from sticking.
Take approx. 1 tbsp of sushi rice, and use your hand to gently make an oval ball shaped like a grain of rice.
Spread a little wasabi on a ball of rice and place a sardine over. Carefully press along the sides and on top so the sardine and rice holds together.
Sprinkle chopped chives over.
Serve the sushi with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.