Inarizushi (Sushi Pockets)

Vinegared rice is served in a pocket of abura-age or sweetened deep-fried tofu. Inari is the fox god of the Japanese indigenous Shinto religion, and because foxes are traditionally believed to like abura-age, he lends his name to this sushi.


Serves: 4

  • 720g sushi rice
  • 10 thin slices of fried bean curd

[ A ]

  • 350ml dashi
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin


  1. Cut the fried bean curd into halves, and carefully open them out like pouches. Boil them in water for 2-3 mins.
  2. Mix A. Drain the bean curd and pour A into the pan, cover with a lid and bring it to the boil. Once boiled, lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes until most of the sauce has evaporated.
  3. Holding the pouches open gently, fill them with sushi rice. Close the opening and ease the pouch into a pillow shape.