Sushi Bake is one of the latest gastronomic trends to pop up during the community quarantine period. It is basically a deconstructed version of the original Japanese rolled sushi; a quick and easy way to make in a large batch.
Hand making sushi rolls requires special skills to do, but this sushi bake recipe takes the hard work and time out of rolling each piece individually. With sushi bake, all you have to do is scoop a portion of it and wrap it in a small sheet of roasted seaweed, and then eat; making it a great option for larger parties or gatherings.
The basic ingredients you need to make this dish is sushi rice (or short/medium-grained rice), Japanese mayonnaise, cream cheese, sriracha for heat, ebiko (shrimp roe), Furikake, and your choice of seafood from salmon, to kani (imitation crab sticks), to tuna, or even unagi (eel). Furikake is a mixture of dry ingredients that is used as seasoning and sprinkled on top of cooked rice, fish, and vegetables. Since the sushi bake wave hit, it’s relatively easy to find Furikake in stores, online, or from small local businesses. If you can’t seem to find Furikake, then you can easily make it at home with roasted sesame seeds, Korean roasted seaweed flakes, salt, and sugar.
Being a person who doesn’t immediately hop on the trendy bandwagon, here is my take on it four months later. For the sushi bake that I will be sharing tonight, I decided to add a little twist to it since this month is all about cooking with or showing off the colour blue. I threw in some dried butterfly pea flowers into the rice cooker to give the sushi rice a blue (almost violet) hue. Thus, my Magic Salmon Sushi Bake!
I sourced my salmon, Furikake bonito, ebiko (shrimp roe), and roasted nori sheets from seabites.ph. They basically have all the sushi bake needs including mirin and Japanese mayonnaise that you can get as a kit. I just happen to have the latter already in my pantry as well as the other ingredients to support my dish. Bottom line, go and support small local businesses especially during this pandemic!
PREP TIME 30 MINS | COOKING TIME 40-55 MINS | SERVES 6-8
For the sushi rice
- 2 cups white sushi-grade rice (short or medium-grained rice will also do)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp loose dried butterfly pea flowers
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp light brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
For the creamy topping
- 100g cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup Japanese mayonnaise, plus extra
- 1/2 cup sriracha, plus extra
- 1 tbsp Furikake bonito
For the topping
- 500g sashimi-grade salmon, sliced
- Ebiko (shrimp roe)
- Furikake bonito
- Korean roasted nori sheets
- Sushi Rice: Rinse the rice with cold water to wash away the excess starch, until the water runs clear, and then drain. Soak the rice in 2 cups of its cooking water for about 20-30 minutes. This is said to give the rice extra time to moisten and cook more evenly. Place it into your rice cooker and let it work its magic.
- Once done, set aside to cool down slightly. Remove the butterfly pea flowers and then season the rice with the red wine vinegar, salt, and sugar. Mix well and set aside until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 200C (400F or gas mark 6).
- Creamy Topping: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, Japanese mayonnaise, sriracha, and the Furikake bonito. Optional: dice some of the salmon slices and then add them into the bowl too. Mix well and then set aside.
- Magic Salmon Sushi Bake: In a heat-proof rectangular baking dish, spread the sushi rice evenly then lightly press down. Sprinkle a thin layer of the Furikake bonito on top of rice until fully covered.
- Spread the creamy topping on top of the rice, and top with the sliced salmon. Top with more Furikake bonito, ebiko, extra Japanese mayonnaise, and extra sriracha.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top just starts to brown and bubble.
- Scoop and serve immediately with a sheet of roasted nori. Enjoy!
- How do I store sushi bake?
If you happen to have leftovers it is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- How long does sushi bake last?
About 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- How can I reheat my leftover sushi bake?
You can easily reheat your sushi bake in the microwave or oven until heated through.
– Ally xx