bento box

Bento Box 2
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Bento box is a safe, fun and delicious recipe to get kids into the kitchen. Our signature bento box contains tuna sushi pieces, fruity dessert sushi and crunchy edamame beans. We love making this recipe in our colourful kids cooking incursions – book one for your ELC or school here.

🍴 Serves: 4
🕒 Prep: 40 mins     Cook: 20 mins


  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 tablespoon sushi rice vinegar
  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1 tin tuna in springwater
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (omit to make egg-free)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1/2 bag frozen edamame
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari to make gluten-free)


  1. Rinse rice and cook using the absorption method
  2. Soak frozen edamame in hot water (or microwave for 1 minute)
  3. Transfer cooked rice into a bowl and stir in sushi rice vinegar
  4. Allow rice to cool (you can speed the cooling process by covering a tray with foil and spreading rice over it to cool)

    Prepare Edamame

  5. Drain edamame
  6. Pop beans out of the shell

    Make Tuna and Veg Sushi

  7. Cut each nori sheet in half
  8. Place 1 nori piece, shiny-side down, on a bamboo mat or non-stick baking paper. Ensure longest side of the nori sheet is at the top of the mat or baking paper
  9. Fill a small dish with water
  10. Dip fingertips in water and thinly spread 3 tablespoons of rice onto nori sheet, over the bottom two-thirds of nori
  11. Drain tuna and mix with mayonnaise
  12. Spread 1 tablespoon of tuna mix along the bottom edge of nori (about 2cms in from the edge)
  13. Cut vegetables into 1cm thick strips
  14. Arrange vegetable sticks, lengthways, on top of tuna
  15. Gently lift the end of the mat closest to you and roll over ingredients to secure
  16. Slightly wet the top edge of the nori piece
  17. Continue rolling to make a complete roll
  18. Roll mat back and forth a few times to make a round, firm shape
  19. Use a sharp knife to cut in half or into 2cm pieces
  20. Serve with soy sauce

    Make Dessert Sushi

  21. Peel and cut banana into 8 round pieces
  22. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut and roll the banana pieces in them
  23. Slice strawberries
  24. Top banana with one slice of strawberry each


Personalise this recipe to your taste. Feel free to change up the fillings or toppings in any of these recipes

If you have leftover rice, mould rice boats with wet hands and top with fruits


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