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Easy Sushi Bake

This Easy Sushi Bake is full of flavor and delicious, consisting of creamy crab topping, crunchy shrimp tempura, and spicy mayo. It’s the perfect recipe to make homemade sushi easily at home while still enjoying all the elements you love about sushi.

If you enjoy this recipe, you should also try our Shrimp Tempura California Roll and crispy Shrimp Tempura.

Recipe Details

This recipe is incredibly tasty and a great way to make sushi at home. A Sushi Bake is essentially a deconstructed sushi roll, containing all the elements you enjoy: tangy sushi rice, seasoned crab filling, and spicy mayo to top it off.

  • TASTE: Tangy, rich, umami, and spicy, this Sushi Bake has all the best flavors. The sweet Japanese mayonnaise is amazing.
  • TEXTURE: The crunchy cucumber, crisp shrimp tempura, and thick cream cheese provide great texture in every bite of this dish. It’s incredibly addictive.
  • TIME: It only takes 35 minutes to make.
  • EASE: This recipe is made in a baking dish, making it easier to serve to larger groups. It’s super simple and a fantastic way to enjoy sushi at home.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for Sushi Bake: spicy mayo, cream cheese, unagi sauce, cucumber, rice vinegar, sriracha, Japanese mayo, sushi rice, tempura shrimp, rice seasoning, and imitation crab.

Ingredient Notes

  • Sushi rice– This is short-grain rice. The starch in the cooked rice holds the bake together.
  • Rice vinegar- This is used in the sushi rice to give it a tangy flavor.
  • Shrimp tempura- You can follow this recipe to make your own. Or you can buy it premade from Costco to save time
  • Imitation crab flakes– This ingredient has the best texture for a sushi bake, flakey and full of crab flavor.
  • Cream cheese– Use full-fat for extra creaminess.
  • Unagi sauce- Also known as eel sauce, this thickened soy sauce has a sweet and savory flavor that is amazing with sushi.
  • Japanese mayonnaise-Sweet, tangy, and custardy, this kewpie mayo is not like American mayo. It gives the dish authentic flavor and texture.
  • Rice seasoning- This mixture of seaweed and sesame seeds adds great flavor.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  • Make your own Japanese mayo- If you can’t find any Japanese mayonnaise, then make your own by whisking together 3 tablespoons of regular mayo with 1 1/2 tsp. rice vinegar and 1/3 tsp. sugar until combined.
  • Substitute the cucumber- Try this recipe with other crunchy vegetables, like carrots or radish. You can also use other types of cucumber, like English or Persian, or add avocado.
  • Use another protein- Besides crab and shrimp, this can be made with salmon, ahi tuna, or yellowtail. You can also substitute spicy crab or spicy tuna.
  • Add sesame oil- This ingredient adds the perfect flavor to sushi. Its nutty, earthy flavor is potent, so just a little goes a long way.

How to Make Sushi Bake

  • Clean the rice. To make the sushi rice, first clean the rice by placing it in a fine-mesh sieve. Then run it under cold water for about a minute, making sure to mix it around with a spoon.
  • Cook the rice. Now place the rice in a rice cooker with the water and turn it on. Once it’s done cooking, transfer it to a 13×9-inch rimmed baking sheet that has been buttered (to avoid sticking).
  • Cool. Pour the seasoned rice vinegar over the hot rice and fold it in gently with a rice paddle to avoid mashing it. Then set it aside to cool.
Steps to make Sushi Bake: clean and cook the rice, then combine it with rice vinegar on a baking sheet.
  • Make the crab mixture. In a bowl, add the finely chopped imitation crab, chopped shrimp tempura, Japanese mayo, softened cream cheese, and Sriracha. Mix everything together until well combined.

Pro Tip: Soften the cream cheese so that it’s easier to mix with the other ingredients. Cold cream cheese will not mix smoothly. Just leave it on the counter until it’s soft.

Steps to make Sushi Bake: combine the imitation crab, shrimp tempura, Japanese mayo, cream cheese, and sriracha in a bowl.
  • Assemble the sushi bake. Evenly spread and compress the cooled sushi rice into the baking sheet. Then sprinkle the top with furikake. Next, spread the crab mixture over the rice.
  • Broil. Place the sushi bake in the oven and boil for 4 minutes.
  • Make the spicy mayo. Now add the Japanese mayo to the Sriracha and stir.
  • Garnish the sushi bake. When the sushi bake is done, drizzle it with the spicy mayo, unagi, and garnish it with chopped cucumber, furikake, and green onion (optional).
Steps to make Sushi Bake: layer the sushi rice, furikake, and shrimp mixture, then broil it and top with spicy mayo and unagi sauce.

Recipe Tips

  • Wash the rice- Before cooking the rice, you want to make sure to thoroughly wash it to remove surface starch, which can cause the rice to become gummy as it cooks.
  • Add the rice vinegar to hot rice- When rice is hot, it is better able to absorb the vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar then breaks down the starch inside the rice, making it even more absorbent and fluffy when cooked.
  • Compress the rice once cooled. After the rice has cooled, the grains will hold their shape better. Compressing it into the baking sheet helps the sushi bake hold together once cooked.

FAQs

What is sushi bake made of?

A sushi bake is basically a deconstructed California roll in a casserole dish. It’s layers of rice, imitation crab meat, and sauces like unagi and spicy mayo. You can add other seafood, sauces, and vegetables to change up the flavor and texture. There are lots of variations.

Is sushi bake supposed to be eaten cold?

Sushi bake can be eaten cold or warm from the oven. Either way, it’s delicious!

Sushi Bake missing a piece.

Serving Suggestions

This Sushi Bake is a versatile dish that combines tangy, spicy, and sweet flavors. It tastes great with salads, sushi rolls, and other Asian-inspired dishes.

  • Sushi: Serve this Sushi Bake alongside a Salmon Skin Roll, Dynamite Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll, or California Roll Sushi Bowl.
  • Salads: Pair this dish with a Spinach Salad, Cabbage Cucumber Salad, Salmon Potato Salad, or Broccoli Salad With Bacon and Cheese.
  • Rice: Serve it with Wild Rice, Wild Brown Rice, Pork Fried Rice, or Hibachi Fried Rice.
  • Asian-inspired dishes: Enjoy this recipe along with Mongolian Beef, Grilled Honey Soy Salmon (VIDEO), 30-Minute Shrimp Chow Mein, or Teriyaki Chicken Wings.

Make This Recipe in Advance

Make ahead: You can prepare the sushi rice in advance and keep it covered on the counter for a few hours before you make this sushi bake.

Storing: Store the Sushi Bake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 3 days. Then reheat it in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.

Freeze: This dish is best served fresh, so freezing is not advised. The mayo, shrimp tempura, and cream cheese will lose their texture when they thaw.

More Yummy Sushi!

  • Shrimp Tempura Roll Recipe
  • Dynamite Roll
  • Salmon Skin Roll
  • Volcano Roll

Full Recipe Instructions

Sushi Bake in a casserole dish.

Easy Sushi Bake

This Easy Sushi Bake is made with creamy crab filling, spicy mayo, and tangy sweet rice. You’ll love how easy and delicious it is.

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Course:
Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine:
Asian, Japanese
Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

20 minutes

Total Time:

35 minutes

Servings:
6
Calories:

434
kcal
Author:
Dina

Ingredients

For the Rice





  • 2 cups dry Calrose Sushi Rice




  • 2 cups water




  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar Marukan

Crab mixture





  • 16 oz imitation crab chopped into small pieces




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10 cooked tempura shrimp, chopped (I get mine premade from Costco)

  • 1/2 cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 3 tablespoon furikake
  • Toppings

    • 1/2 cup Spicy mayo
    • 1-2 Tbsp Furikake
    • 1/4 cup Unagi

    Instructions

    • Start by making the sushi rice. To clean the rice, put the dry Calrose Sushi Rice into a fine-mesh sieve and rinse it under cold water for about 1 minute, mixing the rice around with a spoon.
    • Place the rice in a rice cooker, add the water, and turn it on. Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet. Pour 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar over the rice and fold it in using a rice paddle, being gentle with the rice. Set it aside and let it cool.
      Steps to make Sushi Bake: clean and cook the rice, then combine it with rice vinegar on a baking sheet.
    • For the crab mixture: In a bowl, place the chopped imitation crab, chopped tempura shrimp, Japanese mayonnaise, softened cream cheese, and 1 Tbsp sriracha.
    • Mix everything together until well combined.
      Steps to make Sushi Bake: combine the imitation crab, shrimp tempura, Japanese mayo, cream cheese, and sriracha in a bowl.
    • Evenly spread and compress the cooled sushi rice into the baking sheet. Then add 3 Tbsp furikake of your choice over the rice.
    • Spread the spicy crab mixture over the rice and broil for 4 minutes in the oven.
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    • Once the sushi bake is done, drizzle some spicy mayonnaise and Ungai on top. Then garnish with chopped cucumber, furikake, and green onion (optional).
      Steps to make Sushi Bake: layer the sushi rice, furikake, and shrimp mixture, then broil it and top with spicy mayo and unagi sauce.

    Notes

    How To Store Sushi Bake

    Store the Sushi Bake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 3 days. Then reheat it in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.

    Nutrition


    Calories:
    434
    kcal

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