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Aloha fellow food enthusiasts! If you're craving something different and are an absolute sushi lover, then you're in the right place. Today, I'm sharing my beloved sushi bake recipe Hawaii, a deconstructed version of sushi inspired by the Hawaiian love for all things delicious. Imagine the comforting warmth of a casserole combined with the delightful flavors of your favorite sushi rolls. Sounds tempting, right? Dive in, and let's make magic in the kitchen.

Side view of sushi bake piece on a plate with chopsticks, ready to be enjoyed.

Sushi Bake Recipe Hawaii Inspired

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 27-32 minutes
Servings: 10

Flat lay of all sushi bake ingredients, neatly arranged on a marble countertop.
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Ingredients sushi rice:

  • 1 ½ cup sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Ingredients Sushi Bake:

  • 6 oz salmon 
  • 6 oz imitation crab
  • 2 packs of snack nori sheets (1 pack contains 10 sheets)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 scallion
  • 4 tbsp yummy sauce (also known as yum yum sauce)
  • 3 tbsp unagi sauce
  • 1 tbsp furikake
  • ½ tbsp black sesame seeds
  • ¼ tbsp salt

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hand rinsing sushi rice under cold tap water, clear water in bowl after multiple rinses.

Wash the sushi rice in cold water at least 5 times, or until the water runs clear. Then let it soak in cold water for 10 minutes.

Golden-baked salmon fillet after being cooked.

Bake the salmon in the preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, let it cool for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can cook the salmon in an air fryer for about 12-15 minutes.

Drain the soaking water from the sushi rice. In a pot over high heat, add the sushi rice and 2 cups of clean water. Bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for 14 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Hand-shredded pieces of imitation crab on a white bowl.

Shred the imitation crab and cut it into smaller chunks.

Bowl containing shredded salmon and imitation crab mix.

When the cooked salmon has cooled, shred it and place it in a bowl along with the shredded imitation crab.

Bowl of salmon and crab mixture being seasoned with sauce

Add half of the yummy sauce and the salt to the bowl. Mix until well combined.

Top view of sushi rice being spread in a glass casserole dish, with sprinklings of vinegar and sugar.

In a 9x13 casserole dish, spread the cooked sushi rice evenly. Sprinkle rice vinegar and granulated sugar over the rice and mix it in. Press the rice down into the casserole dish.

Casserole dish with sushi rice now covered with neatly laid out nori sheets.

Cover the rice with 10 nori sheets.

Salmon and crab mix spread over nori sheets in a casserole dish.

Spread the shredded salmon and imitation crab mixture over the nori sheets and press it down.

Casserole dish with sushi bake taken out of the oven, golden on top.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, then roast for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes.

Close-up of sushi bake topped with sauces
Close-up of sushi bake topped with sauces
Close-up of sushi bake topped with sauces and seasonings
Close-up of sushi bake topped with sauces and seasoning
Close-up of sushi bake topped with sauces, seasonings and scallions
Close-up of sushi bake topped with sauces, seasonings, scallions, and avocado slices.

Add toppings to your sushi bake. Drizzle unagi sauce and the remaining yummy sauce. Sprinkle furikake, black sesame seeds, sliced scallions, and avocado.

Plated sushi bake piece on a white plate, showcasing the layered inside.

Cut into 10 pieces and serve on top of a nori sheet.

Key Takeaways from Our Sushi Bake Recipe Hawaii inspired:

  • Deconstructed California Roll: This dish is a creative spin on the traditional California roll. While the original California roll boasts layers of rice, avocado, cucumber, and crab, neatly rolled inside a nori sheet, this sushi bake is a sprawling spread of these ingredients with added zest. The deconstructed form makes it super convenient for scooping, serving, and sharing – no more worrying about your sushi falling apart! It's the perfect centerpiece for family gatherings where everyone can dig in and enjoy.
  • Easy Meal Prep: While traditional sushi might seem intimidating to make, this sushi bake is straightforward. After preparing, simply layer the ingredients in a casserole dish, bake, and you're done! Plus, if you're not serving it immediately, it keeps really well. Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate. When you're ready to serve, you can reheat it or even enjoy it cold - the flavors meld beautifully either way.
  • Flexibility: One of the joys of cooking is making a dish your own. The sushi bake is no exception. While the base ingredients provide a delightful harmony of flavors, you can experiment and jazz it up. Want to introduce a spicy kick? Drizzle some spicy mayo. Craving creaminess? Dotted chunks of cream cheese can elevate the texture and flavor. With sushi bake, you’re the artist and the dish is your canvas. So, go ahead and play with different flavors and textures to suit your palate.
Finished sushi bake in a casserole dish, beautifully browned top with visible layers.

Pro Tips for the Perfect Sushi Bake:

  • Rice Varieties: When it comes to sushi – be it traditional or our trendy sushi bake – rice plays a pivotal role. Always opt for short-grain rice or Japanese rice. These grains are starchier, which translates to that signature sticky and slightly chewy texture that sushi aficionados love. While jasmine rice may be aromatic and perfect for dishes like Thai curries, it lacks the stickiness essential for a sushi bake. Its long grains just don't bind together the way short grains do, which might lead to a crumbly sushi casserole.
  • Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil: These two ingredients are often termed the 'magic duo' in Asian cooking. A slight drizzle of soy sauce introduces a salty depth, while a drop or two of sesame oil adds a nutty aroma, together elevating the umami flavor of the dish. Just be cautious – these are potent, so a little goes a long way.
  • Sushi Casserole Toppings: This is where you can truly let your creativity shine! A sushi bake is like a blank canvas, waiting for you to add your colorful culinary strokes. Creamy avocado slices introduce a buttery contrast, fish roe offers a delightful pop and briny taste, and chopped green onions give a fresh, sharp bite. The toppings not only add layers of flavors but also introduce a visual feast, making your dish look as appealing as it tastes.
  • Store-bought vs. Homemade: In our fast-paced world, it's tempting to grab a pre-made sushi bake from the local grocery store. While they might satiate your cravings, nothing beats the fresh and robust flavors of a homemade dish. Making it from scratch gives you control over the quality of ingredients, their proportions, and most importantly, the love and care infused in the cooking process. Trust me, with a bit of practice and the right ingredients, whipping up a sushi bake at home is a breeze, and the reward – a flavor-packed dish – is absolutely worth the effort.
Side view of sushi bake piece on a plate ready to be enjoyed.

FAQs: A Deep Dive into Sushi Bake:

1. Can I use regular mayonnaise instead of Japanese mayo?

Absolutely! But Kewpie mayonnaise (Japanese mayo) does have a richer, slightly tangier taste due to its unique ingredients like egg yolks and rice vinegar.

2. What’s the difference between imitation crab meat and real crab meat?

Imitation crab meat is typically made of fish and other ingredients to mimic the taste of crab. Real crab meat, on the other hand, is the real deal. Both are delicious, but if you want an authentic experience, go for the fresh crab.

3. Can I use a rice cooker instead of the stovetop method for the sushi rice?

Certainly! Just follow the package directions on your rice cooker and you're good to go. Ensure the rice is at room temperature before layering.

4. How long can I store sushi bake in an airtight container?

Stored properly, sushi bake can last 2-3 days in the fridge. But considering its amazing flavor, I doubt it'll last that long!

5. Can I add other toppings to my sushi bake?

Of course! The sushi bake casserole can be topped with anything from sour cream to sesame seeds, or even a dash of sesame oil. Just make sure to add the toppings after baking.

Closer view of sushi bake in the casserole dish highlighting the layered texture.

Sushi Bake Hawaii: An Experience, Not Just a Dish!

Ever since this sushi bake trend took over social media, my family, friends, and even I have been hooked. I mean, it’s essentially layers of sushi rice, your chosen fillings, and all the goodness of traditional sushi, but in casserole form. It’s brilliant! Whether you're hosting a family dinner or just craving some sushi, this sushi bake recipe is a great way to enjoy a deconstructed sushi roll without the fuss.

Remember, while it's delightful to follow recipes, sometimes the best dishes come from experimenting. So, don't be afraid to add or tweak ingredients based on your preference. Perhaps you want more sesame seeds, a dash of spicy mayo, or even some cream cheese to make it richer. The only thing holding you back is your imagination.

So, for all my fellow sushi enthusiasts, give this sushi bake casserole a try and enjoy the burst of delicious flavors. And hey, if you're ever in Hawaii, don't forget to try the local delicacies like spam musubi, but for now, this sushi bake is sure to transport you to a Hawaiian paradise.

Yield: 10

Sushi Bake Recipe

A mouthwatering photograph of a single sushi bake slice on a plate, ready to be savored.

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Sushi rice

  • 1 ½ cup sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Sushi Bake

  • 6 oz salmon
  • 6 oz imitation crab
  • 2 packs of snack nori sheets (1 pack contains 10 sheets)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 scallion
  • 4 tbsp yummy sauce (also known as yum yum sauce)
  • 3 tbsp unagi sauce
  • 1 tbsp furikake
  • ½ tbsp black sesame seeds
  • ¼ tbsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the sushi rice in cold water at least 5 times, or until the water runs clear. Then let it soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
  3. Bake the salmon in the preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Afterward, let it cool for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can cook the salmon in an air fryer for about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Drain the soaking water from the sushi rice. In a pot over high heat, add the sushi rice and 2 cups of clean water. Bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for 14 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
  6. Shred the imitation crab and cut it into smaller chunks.
  7. When the cooked salmon has cooled, shred it and place it in a bowl along with the shredded imitation crab.
  8. Add half of the yummy sauce and the salt to the bowl. Mix until well combined.
  9. In a 9x13 casserole dish, spread the cooked sushi rice evenly. Sprinkle rice vinegar and granulated sugar over the rice and mix it in. Press the rice down into the casserole dish.
  10. Cover the rice with 10 nori sheets.
  11. Spread the shredded salmon and imitation crab mixture over the nori sheets and press it down.
  12. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, then roast for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes.
  13. Add toppings to your sushi bake. Drizzle unagi sauce and the remaining yummy sauce.
  14. Sprinkle furikake, black sesame seeds, sliced scallions, and avocado.
  15. Cut into 10 pieces and serve on top of a nori sheet.

Conclusion: sushi bake recipe hawaii

To wrap it up, the sushi bake recipe Hawaii style offers a unique twist on traditional sushi. It's more than just food; it's an experience. From the layers of rice, delectable fillings, to the golden brown topping, every bite is a culinary adventure. Until next time, happy baking and bon appétit!

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