You’ve probably heard of the popular potluck dish called sushi bake. This is a recipe that was inspired by sushi. It’s basically a California roll deconstructed, layered in a casserole. The mixture becomes warm and creamy, and then you scoop the mixture into crisp sheets of seaweed. You can top it with avocado and cucumber. It’s so good. You’ll love it if you like California rolls. It’s creamy, savory and super satisfying.
What Is a Sushi Bake?
Chef developed sushi bake as an alternative to traditional sushi rolls, layering and baking all the delicious flavors for a comforting and warm casserole.
It’s the same as most casseroles. This is a dish that can be enjoyed with family and friends. Scooping, sharing and assembling is more fun than rolling a lot of rolls. There are endless options for sushi bakes, so there is something out there for everyone.
How to Make Sushi Baked
- Make sushi rice. If you want to take your sushi to the next level, add sugar, vinegar and salt to make sushi rice.
- Spread : Spread the sushi rice in a dish that can be baked and sprinkle some Furikake.
- Mix In the bowl, combine some crab shredded with Kewpie Mayo and cream cheese. Spread it over the rice layer. Sprinkle a little more furikake.
- Bake the sushi: Place the sushi in the oven until it begins to brown, bubble and heat through.
- Enjoy : Remove the dish from the oven, and drizzle extra kewpie and sriracha if you wish. Enjoy scooped onto roasted seaweed snack with avocado and cucumber.
- Sushi Rice– Koshihikari are the two standard varieties of sushi rice that can be found in supermarkets and online. This is a sticky, short rice. This rice is great for sushi bakes and cooks beautifully.
- Crab and seafood You can choose between imitation crab, which is actually fish (not crab! Canned crab or fresh crab are all options. As the crab will be baked, I would suggest going with what is easiest. I prefer imitation or canned crab. You can use any type of seafood you like – such as salmon, tuna or prawns if you don’t care for crab.
- Kewpie Mayo and Cream Cheese– The cream cheese is melted and creamy when mixed with crab. It’s so delicious and addictive. Kewpie Mayo is a rich, sweet and tangy mayo that’s enhanced by the rice vinegar.
- Furikake If you’ve never heard of Furikake before, it is a rice seasoning. It’s a mixture of sesame seeds, seaweed, and other tasty bits sprinkled on top of bowls of plain rice. Furikake is super addictive and delicious on anything: rice, noodles or pasta, popcorn or eggs. Furikake can be found in Asian groceries or online.
How to Serve Sushi?
Eat sushi bakes like little tacos, using the roasted seaweed snack as the tortilla and the sushi bake as the filling. Scoop a little sushi bake on top of the roasted seaweed snacks and then pop it into your mouth.
You can put a warm dish of sushi bake on the table, and each person can take a little bit and wrap it up in seaweed before eating it. You can also cut it into pre-portioned pieces that you can move easily onto roasted seaweed.
What Type of Seaweed Should I Buy?
The best seaweed for sushi bake is roasted Korean laver snacks. In the snack section, you’ll find them in foil packets. You can buy them in Asian grocery shops, and online. Roasted seaweed snacks look slightly different from the usual seaweed used in sushi. They are more translucent and have a looser weave. You can use regular toasted strips of seaweed, but I prefer the crunchy crunch that roasted seaweed provides.
Sushi Bake Variations
There are many variations of sushi bake! Try these:
- Miso Salmon: Use the same amount of salmon canned, drained in place of crab. Add 1-2 tablespoons of miso.
- Tuna Salad – Use the same amount of tuna instead of crab. Add some scallions sliced.
- Spicy: Mix 1-2 tablespoons sriracha in the crab mixture and drizzle an additional drizzle of sriracha on top when eating.
- Cheesy — add an additional layer of shredded cheese to the top before baking.
Spicy Salmon Roll Sushi Bake
Prepare the rice as follows to make a spicy Salmon Roll Sushi Bake. To make the topping, mix 1 lb of cooked salmon flaked with 1 cup of kewpie Mayo and 2 tbsp Sriracha. Spread the salmon mixture over the rice, top with furikake, and bake according to the instructions below. Enjoy with warm seaweed!
Crock Pot Sushi Bake
One reader had a great question about how to make sushi in a Crockpot so that they could take it with them to a party and keep it warm. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. The key to making sushi in a Crockpot is to use it as a warmer after you have already baked the dish. How to do it?
- To make sushi rice, mix cooked short grain rice, vinegar, sugar and salt.
- Spread out the sushi rice in the slow cooker insert. Top with furikake.
- Combine your toppings of choice with Kewpie Mayo and cream cheese, and spread over the rice. Furikake is a great way to finish.
- In the crockpot insert, bake the sushi rice at 350degF. This is a lower heat than normal because the crockpot insert cannot be heated to high temperatures.
- Once the top of the insert is bubbling and brown, and the entire pot is heated (about 20 minutes), place the insert in the crockpot and heat on low.
- Turn it down to low until you are ready to serve. Top with additional mayo and Sriracha if you like. Serve with roasted seaweed snack to scoop it up.
What to Serve with Sushi Bake
If you want to add some extras try these:
- Tamagoyaki Because who doesn’t like sweet and savory rolled eggs
- Miso soup is a must-have for any Japanese meal!
- A little salad would make a wonderful side dish. The dressing is addictive and Japanese.
- Tempura prawns in chili mayo spicy, creamy and addictive
- Japanese cheesecake super fluffy and jiggly for dessert
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