Deconstructed Sushi – Sushi Salad In a Jar

Want to punch-up your lunch? Perk-up your energy? Are sandwiches getting tiresome? Sounds like you’re a good candidate for our happening recipe, Dynamite Shrimp Sushi Jars.

sushi in a jar

Sushi in a Jar | Deconstructed Sushi in Mason Jar

Viewing the finished product, through the glass, is like peering in a kaleidoscope. Its various sizes and shapes – slices, dices, matchsticks, and strips – are that visually appealing. Rich in protein, high in fiber and packed with vitamins from nutritious veggies, Deconstructed Shrimp Sushi Jars are more than just pretty; they offer a healthy, portion controlled lunch.

Unscrew the jar lid, inhale the first whiff of aromatic contents. Does it whet your appetite? Pour the contents into a bowl and mix with dressing, which is the bottom layer.

Please – no rushing. Savor its delectable flavors, one bite at a time. Now, is this your idea of a bon appétit lunch, or what?

Deconstructed shrimp sushi jar lunch will keep your stomach satisfied through the long afternoon and your bank account happy. And, you gotta admit, it’s definitely different from a peanut butter sandwich.

sushi in a jar
sushi in a jar

Our recipe for Shrimp Sushi Jars is fantastically easy to put together and every bite as delicious, as the constructed sushi rolls from a fine dining, a Japanese restaurant.

The sushi aka sticky rice is the only element that must be cooked. Although the recipe calls for packaged seaweed salad, if you’re feeling culinarily creative, make your own. Recipes are plentiful on the Internet or in Asian cookbooks.

You may have challenges in locating packaged seaweed salad. Explore local Asian markets, or there is a Costco near you, they carry it. (Shhh! Don’t tell, but we overheard that even Japanese restaurants frequent Costco for seaweed!)

sushi in a jar

Don’t give up if you absolutely can’t locate seaweed salad, substitute wakame, meaning ‘sesame seaweed’. If you’re a newbie to Asian cooking, you may not be familiar with Nori, which is edible, dried sheets of seaweed.

Not only are jar meals simple to make, they can be customized to fit your personal taste. For example, Dynamite Shrimp Sushi Jars practically beg for avocado, which is one of my favorites.
sushi in a jar

Final Thoughts:

When all that’s left of your lunch is a delicious memory, don’t fret. There are a gazillion combinations of jar lunches, with your name on them.

Mason jar mania is spreading like gourmet mustard!

sushi in a jar

Shrimp Sushi In Jars

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Recipe by: Calleigh |
Category: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Japanese

Want to punch-up your lunch? Sushi in a Jar is easy to put together, store, and carry around. With a little bit of prep and layering, you can easily have your own sushi in a jar.

sushi in a jar


450.12 kcal
  1. 1 lb cooked shrimp (or drained crab meat, tuna)
  2. 1 cup cucumber (diced/spiraled)
  3. 1 cup sliced red cabbage
  4. 1 cup mango ( thinly strips)
  5. 1 cup carrot (matchsticks)
  6. 1 package seaweed salad (optional - get it from Asian store)
  7. 1 sheet Seaweeds/Nori (cut into thin strips)
    For Sushi Rice:
  1. 2 cups cooked sushi rice (or sticky rice)
  2. 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  3. 2 tbsp sugar
    Sushi Base Sauce:
  1. 1/8 cup rice vinegar
  2. 1/4 cup Ponzu soy sauce (Available at Asian store)
  3. 2 tbsp brown sugar (or honey)
  4. 1 tbsp onions (diced)
  5. 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
    For Garnish:
  1. sesame seeds


  1. Cook the sticky rice according to package directions. Once cooked, add the rice vinegar and sugar.
  2. Once cooked, add sugar and rice vinegar. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange the ingredients and layer in this particular order: 2 tbsp of Sushi Base sauce, Shrimp (or drained crab meat), cucumber, seaweed salad, cabbage, carrots, mango sticky rice, nori (seaweed) strips and sesame seeds.
  4. Store the jar in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just dump into a bowl when ready to eat.


Recipe Adapted from: Girl on Bloor

Nutrition Facts

Shrimp Sushi In Jars


Amount Per Serving
Calories 450.12 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.26 g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.95 g 4.8%
Trans Fat 0.05 g
Cholesterol 319.03 mg 106.3%
Sodium 1471.6 mg 61.3%
Total Carbohydrate 64.44 g 21.5%
Dietary Fiber 3.24 g 13%
Sugars 27.99 g
Protein 38.86 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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51 thoughts on “Deconstructed Sushi – Sushi Salad In a Jar”

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  2. That Sushi jar looks so delicious and tempting. my daughters is a huge fun of Japanese food especially sushi. So this is definitely perfect to them.

  3. Idea! Wow, never thought that this can actually be done like that. It is indeed wayyy healthier and more appetising than a peanut butter sandwich~ I’m gonna try it one day and hope that it will not spoil when I bring it out with me!

  4. That is a mouth watering good eats! I love it and I can finish 2 glasses I guess lol

    Pammy –

  5. So, you just might be talking to someone who is OBSESSED with sushi!! I LOVED this idea!!! I don’t know how I didn’t come up with this!!!

    LOVED this post!

  6. OMG! I saw the title and instantly got excited. I’m no foodie but something about eating deconstructed dishes is so … rebelling and freeing. ^.^

  7. This looks pretty yummy. I’ve never tried eating salad out of a jar before. Your salad combination sounds amazing!

  8. Im sold! I pinned this to my Asian Foodie Creation board because I love sushi! Sushi deconstructed in a bowl? Love this and will be trying!

  9. I love the idea of the deconstructed sushi in a jar and your picture are so pretty too! My husband is in love with Japanese food, I think I need to try this out I am sure he is going to love it!

  10. I’m allergic to sushi but all my girlfriends will love it! Though your pictures make me feel hungry. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll pass it to my girlfriends and they are going to love it!

  11. I’ve never had this before but it sounds like something I would love! I’m such a sushi fanatic but would love to try it a different way.

  12. Oh i love this food concept! It def looks a lot heartier than a regular sushi roll, plus you can get a lot more in a bite. Totally digging this creative version of sushi!

  13. This looks gorgeous! I’ve book marked this post, it’s firmly on my to try list! Thank you for such a great post 🙂

  14. This is amazing , I can’t believe it never cross my mind to do. This should be more known. Lunch for Saturday this is a must.

  15. Why is this not more known. I can not wait to try this out. Sushi is a favorite at our house, Lunch for Saturday this is a must.

  16. Yay! I now can make sushi that does not look lopsided! This sushi in a jar is a great idea! I can even enjoy my sushi any place I want!

  17. I’ve recently altered my diet toward a more healthy slant and this recipe is right up my alley! I’ve eliminated all meats except fish so the fact this includes shrimp is a huge plus!! And I agree, mason jars are hot right now so I may as well jmp on the bandwagon. 🙂

  18. Oh wow! Sushi is one of my favorite foods we eat a lot of it here but I’ve never even thought to make these deconstructed sushi jars but what a great idea for a work lunch!

  19. I love the idea of a deconstructed jar of salad and what a healthy way to get your greens. It is so beautifully presented as well but then again I should not be surprised as your photography is always beautiful! x

  20. I’ve actually never seen this done before, so thanks for the great little idea here that is filled with ingenuity! This is one that I’ll be bookmarking and making sure I try out at a later date. I love sushi, so this is right up my alley!

  21. My goodness! This looks like a jar of goodness. I love sushi and am constantly looking for ways to make some easy and vegetarian variants for myself. I’ll definitely give this one a try, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  22. Woah! I have Japanese family and I NEVER knew this! I didn’t know you can do sushi in a jar. I am learning something new every day!

  23. Just love this and it is really practical and yummy! I picked up a taste for all types of Japanese food when I spend some time living in Japan and so much of what they have is tasty and healthy. This is really great to take for lunch. Lovely post.

  24. I’m not a fan of sushi at all! But my other half is so no doubt he’ll be trying this out! If you’re into this sort of thing then I’m sure it’ll be delicious

  25. I remember the time I went to an all you can eat asian place here in Slovenia. That was the first time I ever tried sushi and I absolutely hated the taste. But the idea of sushi salad in a jar seems appealing.. I’d remove the fish, but I think it would taste awesome

  26. THis is absolutely my kind of lunch – I would take this over a peanut butter jelly sandwich any day! All my favorite flavors packed into one jar and I did NOT know even Japanese restaurants purchase their seaweed salad from Costco!

  27. This looks so tasty! Seaweed Salad is such a flavor pop and I love how you have everything stacked. You’re right, this is not your average PB&J – hands down delicious!

  28. Haha ok I belive I already told you once before that I prefer the origin sushi…but I find this quite fun! I can imagine myself having this for lunch at work and everybody would be “What is that??” and I would just say causuallh “Dont you know? Its sushi in jar!”.
    The jar thing is really popular isnt it?

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