Last Updated on 20th July 2022 by Pauline Loughlin
What if sushi were cooked? That’s the question posed by sushi bake, which takes all the ingredients you’re used to seeing in a sushi dish and puts them in a baking pan in the oven to give them a wonderfully crispy, baked texture. At that point, it’s no longer traditional sushi, which is typically made of raw ingredients.
Another way to look at sushi bake is to consider it a sushi roll that’s been taken apart, deconstructed, and baked. It’s like a lovely casserole when you turn it into a bake, and I’ll show you how to make a sushi bake.
How Long to Bake Sushi Bake?
Creating a raw sushi spread can take a long time even though you’re not cooking any of the food, because presentation is really important. It’s one of the key components of a good sushi dish. Will sushi bake take a long time to prepare as well?
To put everything together will take around 15 minutes, though it may take longer if this is your first time and you have trouble locating some of the ingredients. However, it’s not a long prep time you’re dealing with here. The big time is around 20 minutes, especially if you follow the recipe I’ll give you below on how to make bake sushi.
How to Make Sushi Bake
Now that you know what is sushi bake, let’s talk about how to put something together and make this delightful casserole type dish.
We’re going to combine this into a few separate parts, breaking down the recipe so that it’s a little easier to manage.
- 1 1/2 cups of dry sushi rice
- 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- 8 ounces of crab or imitation crab, chopped small
- 2 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon of furikake
- 1/4 cup of Japanese mayonnaise
- 2 nori sheets, crumbled small
- 1 tablespoon of sriracha
- Toasted sesame seeds to garnish
- 1/2 cup of Japanese mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of sriracha
- Run the rice through a fine mesh sieve under running cold water and mix it around to clean it.
- Put your cleaned rice into the rice cooker and add two cups of water. Cook the rice, and while it is cooking you can prepare a baking sheet by buttering it. Then, once the rice is cooked, you can pour it into the baking sheet.
- Pour 1/4 cup of the rice vinegar over your cooked rice and use a spoon to fold it into the rice. Try not to mash the rice as you do this. Rest your baking pan of rice to the side while you prepare everything else.
- You’ll make the crab mixture by putting the crab into a bowl with 2 ounces of softened cream cheese, a tablespoon of sriracha, and a 1/4 cup of Japanese mayonnaise.
- Mix all of these ingredients together, and then add a tablespoon of furikake to your race and then pour the crab mixture over top of the rice. Spread it evenly to prepare it for baking.
- Preheat your oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your sushi bake for 10 minutes.
- As the sushi dish is baking, you can prepare the spicy mayonnaise. Mix together 1/4 cup of Japanese mayonnaise and two tablespoons of sriracha.
- When the sushi bake comes out of the oven, pour your spicy mayonnaise mixture over top.
How to Make Salmon Sushi Bake
What if you want to make this dish with salmon? That’s a great addition to sushi bake, and I’ll show you how to add that.
You will want to use a skinless salmon filet for this, as that gives you the best flavor and texture for the dish. You can cut the salmon filet into small pieces and mix it into the crab mixture when you’re making that.
It can bake with everything else at the same time for the same amount of time. Just to make sure the salmon is all the way cooked, though, you’ll want to increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the cooking time to 15 minutes rather than 10 minutes.
This will give you a fully cooked salmon in your sushi bake. Other than those small adjustments, there’s no other changes you need to make to the recipe I’ve given you above when you’re preparing salmon sushi bake.
How to Reheat Sushi Bake
Reheated food sometimes doesn’t taste as good as when you first made it. If you want your sushi bake to taste great even when reheated, you should reheat it in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and put as much of the salmon bake as you want to eat onto a baking sheet. You can cut it into small squares for individual servings. Allow it to warm up for about 5 minutes and serve immediately.
It can also be heated in the microwave, but that can change the texture and taste slightly. Another good way to cook sushi bake if it’s not too thick and tall is to warm it in a frying pan on the stove top. Simply heat up a skillet without adding any oil or butter to it. Once the skillet is hot, you can add your sushi bake and warm for about a minute or two on medium high heat. For thicker sushi bake, lower the heat to medium or medium low and warm for an additional minute or two as needed.
Dry frying/pan frying like this gives you a decent texture for the sushi bake and doesn’t rob it of its taste or nutrients. I recommend either this method or baking if you’re reheating the sushi bake, as long as you have time for it. If you’re in a rush, microwaving works OK, but it’s not my preferred method.
Sushi bake is a wonderful variation on the traditional sushi dish, and I hope you’ll give it a try when you have the opportunity.