Last time, I decided to dive into the world of sushi. Rolling those little bites of joy felt like rediscovering an old strength. But one thing leads to another, and soon enough, I found myself intrigued by this fantastic sushi bake recipe. It’s like a fusion of flavors and a return to my culinary comfort zone (baking). If you’re into sushi and haven’t tried sushi bake yet, you’re in for a treat!
Sushi bake is a delightful twist on traditional sushi. Instead of the usual bite-sized rolls,it is a casserole-style dish where layers of seasoned sushi rice, fish (salmon or tuna), shrimp, and various toppings are baked together. It’s then baked until the top is golden and bubbly, creating a fusion of textures and flavors.
There are multiple variations of the sushi bake recipes, creating different tastes and dietary preferences. Some recipes include ingredients like spicy mayo, furikake, crab sticks, avocado, tofu, chicken, and even unconventional elements like mango or cream cheese.
Mimi Qui Reyes, a renowned Filipino celebrity nail artist, is the owner of the dish. And of course, it became especially popular in the Philippines, where it quickly became a favorite potluck dish and party food. The dish offers the familiar taste of sushi but in a more convenient and shareable form, making it perfect for gatherings and events.
Here is how to make sushi bake:
Simple Sushi Bake
- 3 cups short-grain rice or you can use any rice
- 1.5 lb imitation crab shredded
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sriracha optional
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 avocado sliced
- Nori strips for garnish
- 1/4 cup green onions chopped, for garnish
- 2 tbsp Sesame seeds for garnish
- 1 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
- While the rice is still hot, gently fold in a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a large bowl, combine the shredded imitation crab, mayonnaise, soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha (if using). Mix well until everything is evenly coated.
- In a baking dish, spread half of the rice as the base layer.
- Add the crab mixture (from step 4) on top, spreading it evenly. Add the remaining rice as the top layer. Arrange sliced avocados on top and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
- Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden and slightly crispy.
- Cut the sushi bake into squares, similar to how you would cut a lasagna. Serve with nori sheets on the side for that authentic sushi experience.
- Miso Soup: A classic Japanese soup made with fermented soybean paste.
- Edamame: Steamed young soybeans sprinkled with sea salt.
- Salad like seaweed salad or cucumber salad
- Sliced avocado can add a buttery texture and a mild flavor that pairs well with the other elements of sushi bake.
- Soy sauce and wasabi