This Sushi Bake Casserole features layers of seasoned sushi rice, a flavourful blend of seafood and mayo-cream cheese sauce with a touch of umami spices.
This makes a great appetizer to bring to a potluck without spending tons of money. You may also want to try these appetizer recipes dynamite spring rolls, pork spring rolls and siomai. Perfect for fun gatherings!
What is Sushi Bake?
Sushi Bake is believed to have originated in the Philippines, as a new spin on classic sushi flavors. It is a fusion dish that takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese sushi. And adapts it into casserole-style dish.
It starts with a layer of seasoned sushi rice, then a mixture of cooked seafood with creamy sauce and finished with various toppings to add extra flavours.
This sushi bake recipe is a convenient and a shareable way to enjoy the flavours without the need of precise rolling.
- Sushi Rice: use short-grain sushi rice for the base. This rice is stickier and more suitable for rolling or layering.
- Seafood: common choices include imitation crab meat, cooked crab meat, salmon, tuna, or shrimp. Making sure the meat is cooked and seasoned to your liking.
- Creamy Sauce: made from cream cheese and kewpie mayo. You can find kewpie mayo in any grocery store, international isle or asian store.
- Furikake: this adds more flavour to the dish.
- Toppings: you can top your baked sushi with avocado, green onions or mango. And a touch with sriracha sauce to complete.
- Roasted Seaweed Snacks: you will find them in any grocery store or asian store.
- Rice Vinegar, Sugar and Salt: to season sushi rice.
How to make it
Step 1. Make the sushi rice. Once rice is cooked, stir in rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix until everything is incorporated.
Step 2. Prepare seafood. In a bowl, shred imitation crab meat. Add cream cheese and kewpie mayo mix until well combined.
Step 3. Assemble. Start layering seasoned sushi rice in an oven safe dish. Sprinkle some furikake seasonings, add the creamy imitation crab, then sprinkle with furikake seasonings.
Step 4. Bake. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F.
Step 5. Serve. Drizzle with sriracha and kewpie mayo. Top with avocado slices and enjoy!
How to serve
Sushi Bake is typically served family-style, where guests can scoop out portions and then eaten in seaweed sheets. Allowing them to create their own sushi rolls.
Use short-grain sushi rice or jasmine rice works great as well.
Absolutely! You can use salmon to make Salmon Sushi Bake. Make sure to cook salmon first and season to your liking.
Yes, this recipe is easy to customize. You can be creative like adding mango or green onions for toppings.
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Sushi Bake Casserole
- 9x9 Pan or Casserole Dish
- 1½ cup sushi rice uncooked (about 3 cups of cooked rice)
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 10 oz imitation crab
- ½ cup Kewpie mayo
- ¼ cup cream cheese
- ¼ cup furikake
- roasted seaweed snacks for servings
- avocado for toppings
- sriracha for extra spicy
- Cook the rice according to package instructions. If you have a rice cooker, that works perfectly. Otherwise, you can cook it on the stovetop.
- Once cooked, transfer the rice to a bowl, add rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix everything until incorporated. Set it aside.
- In a separate bowl, shred imitation crab meat, add cream cheese and kewpie mayo. Mix until well combined.
- To assemble, start with a layer of seasoned sushi rice in an oven-safe dish. Use a spatula to flatten the rice. Sprinkle half of furikake seasonings. Top it with a mixture of crab meat. Then sprinkle the rest of furikake seasonings.
- Bake in a preheated 350℉ oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Drizzle with kewpie mayo and sriracha.
- Garnish with sliced avocado. Scoop and wrap with seaweed sheets. Serve and enjoy!
- To cook sushi rice, start by rinsing the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. And cook according to packaging instruction. You can cook them using rice cooker or in stove-top.