How to Make Perfect Sushi Bake at Home: a Step-By-Step Guide?
Sushi bake is a popular dish that has gained immense popularity in recent times. If you are looking to try something new or are hosting a party. Baked sushi is a good-to-go option that will make your taste buds content with the food you ate. If it’s for a party, guests are going to love it. It is a baked sushi casserole that is made with sushi rice, imitation crab meat, and various toppings. This dish is perfect for parties or even for a family dinner. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make a perfect sushi bake at home.
- 3 cups sushi rice
- 3 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup fir kaki rice seasoning
- 1 pound imitation crab meat
- 1/2 pound sous vide cooked salmon (optional)
- 4-5 chopped spring onions
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Firakaki seasoning to taste
- Nori wrapper
- Sesame seeds
- Sushi sauce and sriracha for drizzling
- Cucumber and avocado for serving (optional)
Greater Detail of the Special Ingredients:
- Sushi rice: Sushi rice is short-grain rice that is stickier than regular rice, making it perfect for sushi. It is important to rinse the rice before cooking to remove excess starch.
- Fir kaki rice seasoning: This Japanese seasoning adds flavor to sushi rice. It is made with dried bonito flakes, salt, sugar, and soy sauce.
- Sous vide cooked salmon: This is an optional ingredient that can be added to imitation crab meat. Sous vide cooking is a method of cooking food in a vacuum-sealed bag at a low temperature for an extended period. This results in tender and juicy fish that is perfect for sushi bake.
- Imitation crab- Imitation crab is made from surimi, which is minced fish flesh — often pollock — that has been deboned and washed, then combined with other ingredients, heated, and formed into crab-like cuts. Real crab is significantly higher in several nutrients compared to imitation crab.
Let us jump into the recipe-
- Rinse the sushi rice in cold water until the water runs clear: Sushi rice needs to be washed thoroughly to remove the excess starch. Rinse the rice in cold water by placing it in a strainer and running water over it until the water runs clear.
- Add the rice and water to a rice cooker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions: Cooking sushi rice in a rice cooker is the easiest and most efficient way to get perfect results. Follow the instructions on your rice cooker to cook the rice.
- Mix the rice vinegar and fir kaki rice seasoning in a small bowl: The vinegar and seasoning mixture will add flavor to the rice and give it a slightly tangy taste. You can find fir kaki rice seasoning at most Asian grocery stores.
- Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Mix well and let it cool: After the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and add the vinegar mixture while the rice is still warm. Mix the rice well and let it cool to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F: Preheat your oven to 450°F so that it will be ready to bake the sushi bake.
- In a separate bowl, mix the imitation crab meat, sous vide cooked salmon (if using), chopped spring onions, and mayonnaise: The topping mixture is what gives the sushi bake its unique flavor. Mix the imitation crab meat, sous vide cooked salmon (if using), chopped spring onions, and mayonnaise in a separate bowl until well combined.
- Add firakaki seasoning to the cooled sushi rice according to your taste: You can add firakaki seasoning to the cooled sushi rice according to your taste preference. Firakaki seasoning is a blend of spices that includes sesame seeds, seaweed, salt, and sugar.
- Transfer the seasoned sushi rice to a casserole dish and flatten it properly: Transfer the seasoned sushi rice to a casserole dish and flatten it properly to create a solid base for the topping mixture.
- Spread the imitation crab topping mixture on top of the rice and spread it out evenly: Spread the imitation crab topping mixture on top of the rice and spread it out evenly to ensure that it cooks evenly.
- Top the dish with some chopped spring onions, jalapenos (optional), sesame seeds, sushi sauce, and sriracha: Top the dish with some chopped spring onions, jalapenos (optional), sesame seeds, sushi sauce, and sriracha to add flavor and texture to the sushi bake.
- Bake the dish in the preheated oven for 20 minutes: Bake the sushi bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is cooked through.
- Cut the nori wrapper into square pieces while the sushi bake is baking: While the sushi bake is baking, cut the nori wrapper into square pieces so that they are ready to use once the sushi bake is done.
- Once the sushi bake is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes: Once the sushi bake is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Take a nori wrapper and add cucumber for crunch or avocado (if using). Top it with the sushi bake and then it is ready to serve: Take a nori wrapper and add cucumber or avocado (if using). Top it with the sushi bake and then it is ready to serve.
Enjoy your delicious homemade sushi bake!