A deconstructed California sushi roll that is layered and baked in a casserole. Enjoy this as a meal or serve as an interactive appetizer!
Sushi bake is a creative alternative to a classic sushi roll! The flavours and ingredients are similar but layered and baked into a casserole. Roasted seaweed sheets become a vehicle for a spoonful of the casserole mixture! You can enjoy sushi bake as a meal or serve it as an interactive appetizer. Consider the sushi bake a bit like a taco with the seaweed snack being the tortilla and the sushi bake being the filling! Typically you just put a dish of warm sushi bake in the center of the table and everyone can scoop a bit onto their plate, wrap it in seaweed, and eat it.
- 1 cup rice, dry
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons furikake, divided*
- 8 ounces crab*
- 4 ounces (½ cup) light cream cheese
- ¼ cup (60g) light mayonnaise
- ½ cucumber, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 4 packages roasted seaweed snacks*
* see ingredient notes below for details and alternatives
- Preheat your oven to 425°F
- Cook the rice according to the package directions (note: 1 cup of dry rice will cook up to approximately 2 cups of cooked rice).
- Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt and microwave for 15 seconds so that the sugar dissolves. Combine the vinegar mixture with the cooked rice.
- Spread the rice into a casserole dish in an even layer. Top with one tablespoon of the furikake.
- Melt the cream cheese in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and combine with the crab meat and mayonnaise.
- Spread the crab mixture overtop of the rice in an even layer. Top with the other tablespoon of furikake.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly.
- You can either top the warm casserole with the cucumber and avocado or serve the cucumber and avocado on the side and each person can add their own cucumber and avocado after layering a spoonful of the sushi bake into a roasted seaweed snack!
- Furikake: Furikake is a mixture of dry ingredients that is typically used as seasoning for rice. I purchased it at an Asian Supermarket in Saskatoon but you can also make a homemade version by combining roasted sesame seeds, crushed seaweed snacks, and salt!
- Crab: you can go with either imitation crab, canned crab, or fresh crab. I used canned crab from Charlie's Seafood Market in Saskatoon. You can also use canned salmon or tuna as an alternative fish option!
- Roasted Seaweed Snacks: you can find these snack-sized seaweed sheets in the international isle at most grocery stores!
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