Japanese-style bento box

Japanese-style bento box

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins plus cooling


Serves 1
This Asian-inspired lunchbox with mackerel sushi, edamame beans and fresh fruit will keep you going all afternoon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal619
  • fat20g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre6g
  • protein25g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 100g fresh edamame in the pods (or frozen soya beans)
  • handful of a favourite fruit, such as fresh pineapple, blueberries or strawberries

For the sushi

  • 100g sushi rice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 sheet nori
  • 1 smoked mackerel fillet, about 75g, flaked
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • pea-sized blob wasabi (optional)



    The Japanese answer to horseradish, wasabi is related to watercress and grows in a similar way,…

  • ¼ red pepper, thinly sliced lengthways, about 6 slices


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the edamame for 3-4 mins (or 1-2 mins if using frozen soya beans) until tender. Drain, sprinkle with salt and set aside.

  2. Rinse the rice well in cold water until the water runs clear. Put the rice in a heavy-based pan with a tight-fitting lid and cover with 200ml water. Bring just to the boil, then put on the lid, turn the heat to its lowest point and cook for 15-20 mins, until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and leave with the lid on for another 10 mins.

  3. Spoon the cooked rice into a wide bowl and leave to cool a little. Stir together the rice vinegar, sugar and a small pinch of salt, until the sugar and salt dissolve. Mix this into the cooled rice. Lay the nori sheet on a sushi rolling mat or sheet of cling film. With damp hands, spread the rice over two-thirds of the nori sheet.

  4. Mix the smoked mackerel, mayonnaise and spring onions, season well with black pepper. Spread a line of wasabi down the middle of the rice, if using, and layer on the red pepper pieces, then the fish mixture. Roll the sushi up, starting from the end covered with rice. Dampen the uncovered end to help it stick. Slice into about 6 x 3cm thick pieces.

  5. Pop the sushi rolls into a bento box or lunchbox, adding the edamame and fruit to the other compartments.

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10th Jun, 2014
I love it!!! I cant wait till I go home and try to make it!!! the only thing I disliked (which is why I only gave 4 stars) was how long or how do I do the fillet??? do I just season it and put it in the sushi???
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