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Crab Sushi Bake Bites: Simplified Sushi Recipe

Chef Naoms is in the house today! Comin’ at you with the crab sushi bake bites recipe that 95% percent of you voted “OMG, YES PLEASE” on my IG stories when I asked if you wanted it. Speaking of IG, did you know that I have a highlight called “👩🏽‍🍳 naoms” that features snippets of a bunch of recipes I’ve made?

Sushi Bake Bites

I love cooking and baking at home because frequent Postmates and Uber Eats is not in my spending budget, so why not make food that’s delicious, right? When you’re craving sushi at home, but can’t or don’t want to make an actual roll, this baked sushi recipe is the perfect alternative. The best thing – it’s super easy to make once you have all of the ingredients!

What is sushi bake?

Basically, sushi bake or (baked sushi) is a deconstructed version of the famous Japanese cuisine. Sushi normally comes in rolls where ingredients are wrapped in sushi rice and nori, also known as roasted seaweed, and eaten uncooked. But when you make baked sushi, you layer the ingredients instead of making a roll, and pop them in the oven for a hot meal.

Baked Sushi Recipe

Sushi bake is usually made with crab or salmon as the main ingredient, but you can always switch it up with your favorite seafood or leave it out for a vegetarian option. While most people make sushi bake in a large baking pan, I love using a cupcake pan to make them into crab sushi bake bites.

What ingredients do I need for crab sushi bake?

To make this baked sushi recipe, you’ll need: sushi rice, creamy crab topping, roasted seaweed, sriracha, and furikake. 

Sushi rice is made from combining cooked rice with a vinegar/sugar/salt mixture while it’s still hot. To make good sushi rice, here are a few tips:

Sushi Bake

  1. Wash your rice. There’s a lot of starch on rice so washing and rinsing before you cook it helps to prevent it from clumping or having a gummy texture.
  2. Cook your rice in a rice cooker. This is the easiest way to get your rice perfectly cooked! Set it and forget it instead of worrying about it on the stove.
  3. Short-grain Japanese white rice is the best for making sushi rice. But any kind of short-grain or medium-grain rice like Calrose rice works too.

For the sushi bake creamy crab topping, you’ll need cucumber, green onion, imitation crab, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sriracha, and salt to taste. This is where you can also add or substitute cooked real crab or salmon or leave it out altogether.

Sushi Bake Sriracha

If you’re wondering about the last two ingredients on the list, sriracha is a hot sauce made from a smooth paste of chili peppers. You might be familiar with the famous Huy Fong brand that features a rooster on the bottle with a green top, but as you can see from the picture, I love to get mine from Sprouts Farmers Market.

Furikake is a Japanese condiment that is usually sprinkled on rice. It’s made of chopped nori, sesame seeds, and sometimes dried fish. You can use this to kick your white rice up a notch anytime.

Where to buy sushi ingredients

Where can I find crab sushi bake ingredients?

Where to buy sushi ingredients will depend on where you live. If you live somewhere that has Asian markets, these ingredients should be easy to find. A big plus for where to buy sushi ingredients is if your area has a Japanese market – you’ll definitely find everything you need there.

But if you don’t have any Asian markets where you live, big grocery stores with an international section are probably your best bet on where to buy sushi ingredients for this baked sushi recipe.

Baked Sushi

Equipment for baked sushi

Luckily, you don’t need too many things to prep the crab sushi bake. You’ll just need the following things:

  • Knife for chopping ingredients
  • 2 large bowls – one to make sushi rice, one to make creamy crab topping
  • Spatula or mixing spoon
  • Baking pan or cupcake pan if you want to make bites

Crab Sushi Bake bites

Now that you have everything you need, who’s ready to make this baked sushi recipe? Let me know how you like it if you do! And while you’re here, don’t forget to check out some of my dessert recipes like the Delicious Pumpkin Crunch with a Secret Ingredient or Easy OREO Cheesecake bites.

Baked Sushi Recipe bites

Crab Sushi Bake Recipe

Ingredients

  • Roasted seaweed (nori)
  • Sushi rice
  • Creamy topping
  • Furikake to sprinkle on top
  • Extra sriracha

Sushi rice ingredients:

4 cups cooked rice
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Creamy crab topping ingredients:

1/2 cucumber diced
Green onion minced
2 cups imitation crab
Optional: 4oz cooked real crab or salmon
4oz cream cheese
60g mayonnaise
2 tbsp sriracha
Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Make the sushi rice. Start by mixing the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Add the mixture to the rice after it’s cooked but while it’s still hot.
  2. Make the creamy crab topping by combining cucumber, green onion, imitation crab, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sriracha, and salt in a large bowl and mixing it together.
  3. Preheat the oven to 390° F.
  4. Layer roasted seaweed, rice, and the creamy crab topping on a baking pan or in cupcake pans if you want bite sized sushi bake.
  5. Drizzle more sriracha (as much or as little as you want) and furikake on top.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

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