Onigirazu is the sushi equivalent of a sandwich; they make a great, flavoursome and filling lunch and can be made in advance.

Ingredients for the marinated tofu

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 280g (10oz) extra firm tofu, sliced into 6 pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil

Ingredients for the sushi rice

  • 150g sushi rice
  • 600ml (5 cups) water
  • 1 tbsp mirin

Ingredients for the pickled cabbage

  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 red cabbage, finely sliced

Ingredients for assembly

  • 6 nori sheets
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 carrot, shredded

To serve

  • 1
    For the marinated tofu, mix the maple syrup, miso, soy sauce, ginger, water and chilli together and pour over the tofu pieces. Mix thoroughly and leave to marinate for 1 hour.
  • 2
    Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the tofu for 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy.
  • 3
    For the sushi rice, add the rice and water to a saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer for 20 minutes, whilst stirring occasionally, until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Mix in the mirin, before spreading the rice onto a tray to cool.
  • 4
    For the pickled cabbage, add the vinegar, water, sugar and fennel seeds to a pan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the red cabbage. Then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • 5
    To assemble the onigirazu, split the rice into 12 equal portions. Lay a sheet of nori on the worktop, shiny side down, with a corner facing you. Add one portion of the rice to the centre of the nori sheet and flatten down into approximately an 8cm square, with a flat side of the square facing you.
  • 6
    Layer the avocado, tofu, carrot and pickled cabbage onto the rice and then top with another 8cm square of rice.
  • 7
    Brush the nori sheet with water and fold the corners one by one over the top of the rice, to mimic an envelope. Gently press down on the onigirazu to flatten it slightly.
  • 8
    Repeat this with the remaining ingredients. Then place the six onigirazu in the fridge to chill for 1 hour, before slicing in half to serve.
  • 9
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