Sushi bakes are starting to gain some popularity, especially on social media. It makes sense because many people want to enjoy sushi without spending tons of money or leaving the house. Luckily, this little recipe hack can give you both.
While you can make sushi rolls at home, it can get frustrating trying to keep the sushi roll intact. You don’t have to worry about that with a sushi bake because there’s no rolling needed! Layering ingredients is something everyone can do, which makes this an easy recipe for people who might not be the best at cooking.
Let’s dive in to see what a sushi bake is and how you can easily make it at home in your kitchen!
What Is a Sushi Bake?
A sushi bake is simply a sushi roll broken down into layers. Rather than rolling everything in a seaweed sheet, you’ll be layering each ingredient in a casserole pan. After you layer your ingredients, throw the dish in the oven, and then you can eat it. It’s like a sushi casserole! It can make a delicious appetizer, lunch, or dinner.
There are several variations of meat that you can use for filling options, but here is the most common way to make it.
Sushi Bake Recipe
- 4 cups of cooked sushi rice
- 3 tbsp of rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of salt
- 16 ounces of crab meat (or 8 ounces of crab and 8 ounces of shrimp)
- ¼ cup of cream cheese
- ¼ cup of mayonnaise
- 1 ½ tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 tsp of sesame oil
- 1 tbsp of sriracha
- 1 tbsp of lime juice
- ¼ cup of chopped green onions
- ½ cup of cut-up roasted seaweed
- ½ cup of sesame seeds
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of sugar
Spicy Mayo Topping
- ½ cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp of chili paste
- 1 tbsp of sriracha
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- ¼ tsp of sesame oil
- ½ tsp of sugar
- If you haven’t already, cook your sushi rice by following the instructions on the package.
- Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl and heat it in a microwave until the sugar and salt melt. Mix it one more time.
- Combine the rice vinegar mixture with the cooked sushi rice. Put this aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, lime juice, and green onions. Put this aside.
- Create your Furikake by combining roasted seaweed, sesame seeds, salt, and sugar. Put this aside.
- Create your spicy mayo topping by mixing mayonnaise, chili paste, sriracha, lemon juice, sesame oil, and sugar. Put this aside.
- Preheat your oven to 425º. Find a casserole dish that is about 9 in x 9 in. The size depends on how thick you want your sushi bake.
- Begin assembling your tasty sushi bake by pouring your sushi rice into the casserole dish, pressing it down, and evenly distributing it.
- Sprinkle an even layer of Furikake on top of the rice layer.
- Plop an even layer of your meat mixture on top of the Furikake.
- After your oven finishes preheating, put your casserole dish into the oven and cook your sushi bake until it starts turning brown on top. It will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Watch it to ensure it doesn’t turn into burnt sushi.
- Take your sushi bake out of the oven and drizzle your spicy mayo on top. If you want it extra spicy, you can also add some drizzles of sriracha. If you have extra Furikake, sprinkle it on top too.
- Enjoy! You can scoop it out of the casserole dish to eat it as is or eat it with nori (seaweed sheets).
Tips & Tricks When Making a Sushi Bake
Here are some things to keep in mind when making your sushi bake.
- If you don’t like buying crab meat or cooking it, or if you’re allergic to it, you can substitute it for imitation crab. It will taste similar to crab, but it contains finely chopped white fish that manufacturers turn into a paste, then sticks.
- Cooked salmon is another delicious option to use for the fish filling. The sushi bake will taste just like a salmon roll from your local sushi restaurant.
- If your sushi bake isn’t getting crispy enough, you can put your oven on the broiler setting for a few minutes. Doing this should crisp up the top faster.
- Before cooking your rice, you should rinse it to wash away any extra starch. The rice will turn into a starchy rice block if you don’t, making it very dense.
- Don’t leave the sushi bake out too long, as it can spoil due to the fish.
Sushi Bake Nutrition Information
Nutrition information will vary based on the ingredients you use, but here is a general idea of the nutrition facts for one serving.
- About 232 calories
- About 34.4 grams of carbohydrates
- About 6.6 grams of protein
- About 6.8 grams of fat and 1.4 grams of saturated fat
- About 18 milligrams of cholesterol
- About 419 grams of sodium
- About 75 milligrams of potassium, 132 milligrams of calcium, and 3 milligrams of iron
Sushi bakes are rather healthy, as crab meat is low-fat and has 16.45 grams of stomach-filling protein per serving. If you decide to eat your sushi bake with nori, you’ll get a healthy 2.4 micrograms of B12 vitamins. There’s also evidence that seaweed, in general, can do the following:
- Can decrease your risk of heart disease
- Provide you with antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals
- Can decrease your risk of diabetes
- Help with weight loss by suppressing hunger
Concluding Thoughts about this Sushi Bake Recipe
Next time you throw a party or just crave sushi, try this sushi bake recipe out! Adjust the filling to your preferences and try out different ingredients, such as avocado, to shake the recipe up. The process of making this dish is easy and doesn’t take up a lot of your time. Moreover, your stomach and taste buds will thank you for making it!
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