Sushi Bake is a new exciting way to eat your favorite Japanese dish. It is a deconstructed sushi roll, baked on a tray like a casserole.
This delicious dish is simple, fast and great for family meal or potluck parties. You do not need to be an expert to make it, all you need is a baking tray, mixing bowl and a spatula.
Ingredients (tips and substitute)
Like any sushi, this dish is very versatile. You can almost use any ingredients you want. For this recipe, I used the following:
- Sushi rice - you can buy this Japanese rice in most groceries and Asian stores. Follow the packaging instruction for the ratio of rice to water, rinse it three to five times. If the water remains cloudy, keep washing and rinsing until the water is clear.
- Rice wince vinegar and sesame oil - it is important to add these seasonings to the sushi rice. Once you add it to the rice, it may look too wet. Keep on stirring and the rice will dry out as it cools.
- Salmon - season the salmon with salt and pepper then bake it for 8-10 minutes at 200°C or 392°F. Shred the salmon using two forks.
- Imitation crab meat - it is less expensive and more accessible than the real crab meat. I got mine for $3.50 AUD for ½ kilo in the seafood section of the grocery store.
- Cream cheese - I use 1 block of Philadelphia cream cheese, I feel like you cannot go wrong with this ingredient if you are making sushi.
- Kewpie mayonnaise - a special Japanese mayo, thicker and creamier.
- Sriracha sauce - It adds a little bit spice and gives bright orange color to the sushi.
- Furikake seasoning - a combination of chopped seaweed and sesame seed meant to be sprinkled on Japanese food.
- Avocado - I thought of adding some green would give more color to this meal. I happen to have avocados on my kitchen counter so I included them.
- Roasted Seaweeds - it's a thin crispy seaweed or nori sheet, that holds the sushi together.
Let's start making it
Start by washing, rinsing and cooking the rice, follow the instruction on the rice packaging or scroll up for the tips on how to cook the sushi rice. Once cooked, transfer on a baking tray, season it with rice wine vinegar and sesame seed oil. Finding the right balance is the best way to make sushi bake.
Season the salmon with salt and pepper, put a teaspoon of olive oil to avoid it from sticking on the tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 200°C or 392°F. Using two forks, shred it and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Combine it with baked salmon, crab meat, mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce. Place the mixture on top of the cooked rice. Bake 15 minutes at 180°C or 356°F. You want the top to be lightly brown.
How to Store?
The sushi rice can be made ahead, pour the seasonings into the rice, stir and put inside the fridge overnight.
Once it is baked, allow it to cool completely, cover with aluminum foil and put inside the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to Serve Sushi Bake?
It's very easy to serve this mouth-watering deconstructed sushi on a baking tray. Just do not forget to serve the roasted seaweeds as this will hold the sushi together. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the sushi and put it on top of the nori sheet, wrap and eat!
If you don't have an oven or don't like carrying hot food for a potluck party, then you don't really have to bake it. Although, as the title of the dish itself, bake it to experience a different kind of sushi. Serve it hot or cold, it's completely up to you!
As I mentioned earlier, you can choose other ingredients for this recipe. To make it a vegetarian dish, replace the salmon and imitation crab meat with shitake mushrooms, cucumber, carrots, spinach or tofu. Instead of using regular mayonnaise or kewpie mayo, use spicy vegan mayo and soy sauce.
Sushi Bake Recipe
- 2 cups sushi rice
- 3 cups water
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 280 g salmon 2 portions
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup imitation crab meat shredded
- 250 g cream cheese 1 block, softened at room temperature
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
- roasted seaweeds
- 2 small avocado sliced
- sriracha sauce
- kewpie mayonnaise
- furikake seasoning
- Wash and rinse the sushi rice for 3-5 times until the water is clear. Cook in a rice cooker, follow the packing instruction. Once the rice is cook, season with rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. It may look wet so keep stirring, it will dry out when it cools. Transfer in a baking tray and set aside.
- On a baking tray, place the salmon and season with salt and pepper. Put a little bit of olive oil so it won't stick on the tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 200°C or 392°F. Once cooked, shred the salmon using a fork and set aside.
- Using an electric hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy.
- In a large bowl, combine the salmon, imitation crab meat, cream cheese mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. Mix until well combined. Put on top of the cooked sushi rice and spread evenly. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C or 356°F until the top is lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven, arrange the sliced avocado, drizzle sriracha sauce and kewpie mayonnaise on top and sprinkle some furikake seasoning.
- To serve, scoop a tablespoon of sushi bake, place it on top of a roasted seaweed, wrap and eat! Enjoy!
How many cups of cooked rice do you use? I'm using medium grain rice and instructions are slightly different and yields different amount.
Jenalyn Rose Forbes says
The measurement of the rice does not really matter you can put based on your preference do not overthink the measurements cook with your heart
Look, I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients and it still turned out so good! Can’t imagine how good it would have been if I made it the way it was intended! Didn’t have cream cheese or crab, so I used extra salmon and a mix of yogurt and kewpie mayo. I also added some fresh ginger and a bit of wasabi to the salmon mixture. 10/10 will absolutely make this again!
I've also always used sour cream.
Shannon B says
I've been excitedly looking for the ingredients to make this and today was successful! So good! Leftovers will be sushi-ritos for lunch tomorrow. Ty so much for this recipe
I make this for a lot of parties and potlucks and it is always a hit. Thanks for a great easy recipe
hi. may i know if any substitute for furikake? i'm trying to find it here in our place but no luck. thanks
Look at your local World Market if you have one. That's where I found it and kewpie mayo.
Magkano kaya ang size nyan?
Can we add other cheese po ba aside sa cream cheese? What's the best cheese po that goes with the cream cheese?
Audrey Pastones says
I use sour cream
Hi! May I know the approx size of your serving/baking tray for this recipe?
How would you got about using soft shell crab in this recipe?
VICTOR TABAO says
Salamat po mam at nakita at napanood namin kung papaano gumawa ng bake sushi sa tulong ng website nyo.nakakatakam.
What is the recommended serving size per person?
Shannon B says
I used a 9x12 roughly and it was perfect.
Thanks for sharing your recipe. It was so easy to follow even for a person with amateur kitchen skills! Family loved it!
Hi po, how long you can keep the mixture? Pwede rin po ba ito i-freeze? Thank you!
Noami Mulingbayan says
If sushi rice is not available in your area(province,) what is the best substitute. Tnx
After cleaning the rice, you can let the Uncooked rice steep in water first for 30 minutes then throw away the water. Put the regular amount of water you need For the rice then cook
Heather Earle says
Any short grain rice. Just make sure you rinse it until the water comes clear.
Irma A Gulinao says
Hi po. How do you reheat this sushi bake, oven pa din?
Hi Jen! Is the 672kcal the entire tray or per serving? Thanks!
Hi! May I know the size of your baking tray per serving of 6,12 and 18?
hello, just wanted to confirm is it 2 US standard cup of uncooked rice?
Babylyn Templomuevo says
Salamat po.. Kasi natuwa po ako dahil f pa ako nakakatikim ng ganitong food ngayon alam ko na po dahil sa inyong website.. More power po..
Hi Jen, How long will it last from the day you made it? Thank you 😊 I'm planning to sell it sana para mailagay ko ung kelan ang best before date 😊
Jenalyn Rose Forbes says
2-3 days shelf-life