Romantic Red Rice Heart Shaped Sushi

Beet Heart Sushi 2

These little heart shaped sushi bites will make everyones heart beat. They are naturally coloured with beets, but they taste just like regular sushi. They look cute and are very delicious.

I have always been a big fan of sushi. I personally love the taste of the nori sheets and I think it is just a lot of fun to make. This time I wanted to do something different from the regular sushi. I had seen some pictures of heart shaped sushi online and I really wanted to try to make it too. But the pictures I saw where all white rice hearts and I thought it would be a fun idea to try to colour the rice naturally with the beautiful red colour of a beet. I am very happy with the result and can’t wait to share this recipe with you.


  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 nori sheet
  • Vegetables that you want to add in your sushi(I used carrot, cucumber,celery and red bell pepper.

Other things needed:

  • Cardboard
  • 1 chopstick
  • Elastic bands
  • Plastic foil
  • Bamboo mat


I would start by creating the mold that will make your sushi into a heart shape. Take your cardboard and cut it 10 x 36 cm. Fold the cardboard in half, which means you have 5 cm on both sides of the fold. You will use this mold later in the recipe.

Beet Heart Sushi 5

Start by cooking your rice as you normally would. While the rice is cooking, take off the skin of the beet and cut them in pieces. If you would like to add some beet in your sushi, it’s best to cut thin, long strips. Place the beet in a cooking pot and add some water, just enough to cover the beets. Cook the beets till they are nice and soft. When the rice is well cooked you can drain the rice. I saved the water to use as ricemilk, but you can trough it away if you prefer. Leave the rice in the pan and when the beets are nice and soft, you can add the water from the beets in the pan with rice. Now mix the beet water into the rice, until all the rice is coloured red. If the rice didn’t absorb all of the beet water, then drain it.

Cut the vegetables that you want to put into your sushi into long thin strips. Take your bamboo mat and place a piece plastic foil on top. On top of the foil place your nori sheet. Put the rice all on top of the nori sheet, except 2 cm at the top. This part will be used to keep the sushi together. Place your vegetables near the edge of the nori sheet and start rolling from bottom to top. When you are almost at the top, take some water and put it on the top part of the nori sheet where you didn’t put any rice. Roll further and make sure that the sushi stays well in place.

Beet Heart Sushi 4

Beet Heart Sushi 3

Place your sushi roll into the cardboard that you made earlier. Place a chopstick onto your sushiroll and keep it in place with elastic bands. Leave the roll there for about 10-15 min. Take the roll out of the cardboard mold and lay it on a cuttingboard. Take a very sharp knife and cut your sushi carefully into slices. If they don’t come out as heart shapes, don’t freak out right away like I did. You can carefully try to shape them into a heart with your fingers.

Beet Heart Sushi 1

Beet Heart Sushi 6

I hope you all have a lovely day!

keep dreaming

6 thoughts on “Romantic Red Rice Heart Shaped Sushi

    1. Awe that’s so sweet of you. I am very happy with my camera, the Canon 700D. Most of the time I just use the automatic mode, but I really want to learn some more techniques so I can make more creative pictures.

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