This recipe for Fruit Sushi (Frushi) is a fun and delicious snack or dessert made with lightly sweetened coconut rice and fruit – no special kitchen tools are needed to make it!

Move over raw fish, this fruit sushi is a a unique treat that kids and adults alike will love. It’s perfect for parties, snack time, or even tucked into school lunchboxes. This dish also makes a great sweet finish to a sushi bowl meal!

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Chopsticks picking up a piece of fruit sushi.
I’ve got a really fun recipe for you today – fruit sushi (also known as frushi)! Your kids will go crazy for this sweet sushi, and who are we kidding, the adults will love it too. It makes a great snack or dessert and you can use whatever fruit is in season.

Do your kids eat sushi? I have one child who likes California rolls, the other two won’t touch sushi. They like the concept, but not the actual flavors. When they saw this fruit sushi, they couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. In fact, they all crowded around while I was taking these pictures, waiting for me to give them the ok to pounce!

Sweet coconut rice topped with fresh fruit for frushi.

How do you make fruit sushi?

Have you ever made sushi at home before? This was my first time and it was really quite easy. The first step is to get yourself some sushi rice – regular rice won’t work. The sushi rice needs to be rinsed well and then soaked for about 30 minutes. The rice cooks like any other rice, after it comes off the heat is when you add some sugar and coconut milk for flavor. The warm rice gets shaped into ovals and topped with fruit.

Fruit sushi topped with raspberry, orange and kiwi.

I used slices of mandarin oranges, kiwi and raspberries here because that’s what my kids like, but you could definitely change it up. Sliced strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or melon would be great. If your fruit doesn’t readily stick to the rice you can brush the tops of the rice balls with a little honey to act as glue. This frushi needs to chill for at least an hour before you serve it so that it has time to firm up, so plan accordingly.

Chopsticks going to pick up a piece of dessert sushi.

This fruit sushi would be great for a birthday party or even for a lunchbox. I’m putting it on our regular snack rotation with other favorite like healthy blueberry muffins and homemade ranch dip. Since it can be made in advance and with the fruit that’s already in the fridge. I think next time I’ll try strawberries and melon, or maybe mango, or peaches…really the possibilities are endless!

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Fruit Sushi (Frushi)

AuthorSara Welch
Fruit Sushi (Frushi) is a fun and delicious snack or dessert, no special kitchen tools needed to make it!
This fruit sushi combines coconut rice and seasonal fruit to make a fun treat that's perfect for dessert or a snack. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Serves 12


  • 1 cup uncooked sushi rice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 thin slices of kiwi
  • 12 mandarin oranges
  • 6 raspberries cut in half
  • honey to use as glue optional


  • Rinse rice until the water runs clean. Let the rice soak in a bowl of clean water for 30 minutes. Bring 1 and 1/4 cups water and rice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until water is almost absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 15 minutes.
  • Place rice in a large bowl. Add sugar, coconut milk, and salt, stirring gently until well combined. Cover and let stand 20 minutes.
  • Lightly coat hands with cooking spray. Divide rice mixture into 12 equal portions, shaping each into a ball (about 2 tablespoons of rice). Lightly press each rice ball into an oval between palms; place ovals on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Top each rice oval with one kiwi slice, one mandarin orange and one raspberry slice. If the fruit doesn't readily stick to the rice you can brush the tops of the rice ovals with honey first. Cover and chill frushi for at least one hour, up to 8 hours.


Little Helpers: The kids can help form the rice balls and decorate the tops with fruit.
Make Ahead: This recipe is best made at least 1 hour in advance so that the rice has time to chill which will make it hold together better.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 44.9mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Wow this is super cute and fun! I’d totally do this for an adult party. The colors came out so vibrant too!

    1. Thanks, my girls couldn’t get over how fun they were, they keep asking me to make more. Good thing I bought a big bag of sushi rice!

  2. So pretty! I love the combination of fruit and sushi! We go to a little place called Sushitown in downtown Portland, and they make a lovely little mango-based roll that I often have to top off my meal. Yours are so easy to put together though – I’d be much more likely to make these at home. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. A mango roll sounds amazing, if I’m ever in Portland I’ll have to check it out. You can definitely put mango on these frushi, it would be great!

  3. What a fun idea! I used to love making “sweet rice” as a child. This sounds really yummy!

    1. Thanks Krista, it hasn’t convinced my pickier girls to eat real fish based sushi but at least it’s kind of a step in the right direction 🙂

  4. This is SO fun! I need to make this with my niece and nephew! They would love it!

  5. This is one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen! Sushi doesn’t agree with me but fruit and rice does! I cannot WAIT to recovered enough to make these for my daughter! xoxoxo

  6. Wow, yum! I would love this! I just started eating sushi recently. Not a fan of raw fish, just the veggie rolls, and the fruit would be a hit with me too! Thanks for sharing, great pics!


    1. I am not really into the huge slabs of raw fish either, I like smaller pieces cut up inside rolls though. This is definitely a good choice for people who don’t love raw fish.

  7. These are so cute!! My daughter loves sushi so I may have a hard time passing this off, but I really love the concept!

  8. How fun! This is such a great idea! My kids totally do that too, crowding around while I’m trying to take pictures asking when they can eat whatever I’ve made! Poor kids – always having to wait for their food! 🙂

    1. I know, the life of food blogger kids :). Lately I’ve been trying to make at least one extra portion of whatever I’m taking pictures of so that they can eat while I work.

  9. What a fun recipe! My 4 year old is typically not a big fan of sushi night in our house, but he would love these!

  10. What a fun snack to make with the kids. Love the idea of using rice balls just like sushi. Yum. A perfect snack.

  11. This is such an adorable snack! I love that you actually used rice too and not some weird banana thing that people always do 😉

    1. Thanks Rebecca, it’s the real deal sushi rice and all! Although the concept is definitely not authentic 🙂