If you’re a sushi lover, get ready to be blown away by the incredible flavors and textures of this easy-to-make Salmon Sushi Bake. This recipe takes all the deliciousness of sushi and transforms it into a convenient and satisfying casserole. With tender and flaky salmon, creamy mayo, imitation crab meat, and seasoned sushi rice, this dish is a sushi lover’s dream come true.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This Salmon Sushi Bake is perfect for those who want to enjoy the flavors of their favorite sushi rolls without the hassle of rolling them up. It’s incredibly easy to make with simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover rice and seafood.
- Easy and delicious: This crowd-pleasing dish is a hit at any gathering.
- Perfect for parties: Impress your guests with this unique twist on sushi.
- Way less work: Skip the rolling and enjoy all the sushi flavors in casserole form.
If you’re a fan of salmon, be sure to try our Low-Carb Sushi Bowl with Smoked Salmon or the flavorful Salmon Buddha Bowl.
To make this Salmon Sushi Bake, you’ll need:
- Sushi Rice: Short-grain rice that becomes sticky when cooked, perfect for sushi.
- Salmon: Fresh salmon is best, but you can also use thawed frozen salmon.
- Imitation Crab Meat: A budget-friendly alternative to real crab meat.
- Rice Vinegar: Milder and sweeter than other vinegars, it complements the dish.
- Soy Sauce: Use low-sodium soy sauce, coconut aminos, or tamari.
- Sriracha: Add a bit of spice, or skip it for a milder flavor.
- Japanese Mayo: Creamier and richer than regular mayo, it’s perfect for this recipe.
- Furikake: A Japanese seasoning with a delicious umami flavor.
How to Make Salmon Sushi Bake
Let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on how to make this delicious Salmon Sushi Bake:
Step 1: Cook and season rice. Follow the package directions for sushi rice. Once cooked, let it cool for 10 minutes, then season with rice vinegar, salt, and sugar. Mix gently and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the salmon mixture. In a large bowl, mix diced salmon, imitation crab, Japanese mayo, soy sauce, and sriracha (if desired).
Step 3: Assemble the casserole. Transfer the seasoned rice into a prepared casserole dish and press it down into a single layer. Sprinkle furikake evenly over the rice. Add the salmon mixture on top and spread it evenly, pressing lightly.
Step 4: Bake. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and bake the casserole for 17 to 20 minutes.
Step 5: Serve! Let the casserole cool slightly, then drizzle with sriracha mayo and sprinkle with scallions. Cut into squares and serve with your favorite toppings.
Serving Suggestions and Toppings
While this Salmon Sushi Bake is delicious on its own, you can elevate it with some tasty toppings. Here are a few ideas to try:
- Avocado Slices: Add healthy fats and creamy texture with fresh avocado.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the top for added crunch and nutty flavor.
- Spicy Sriracha Mayo: Mix mayo, Sriracha, and soy sauce for a delicious and spicy dipping sauce.
- Eel Sauce: A sweet and savory sauce often served with eel, it adds another layer of flavor.
- Scallions or Spring Onions: Sprinkle them on top for a zesty freshness.
My favorite way to enjoy Salmon Sushi Bake is to cut it into small squares or rectangles and place them on nori squares (roasted seaweed sheets). Add your favorite toppings and enjoy it like a little taco. You can also use seaweed snacks instead of nori.
Storage and Freezing Tips
This Salmon Sushi Bake is best served fresh out of the oven. However, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply microwave for a few seconds or reheat in the oven for a few minutes when ready to enjoy.
To freeze, allow the casserole to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the oven.
More Tips for Success
- Look for “sushi rice,” “Japanese rice,” or “short grain rice” on the label.
- Rinse the rice thoroughly under cold water.
- If you have a rice cooker, feel free to use it to cook the sushi rice.
- Seaweed snacks can be used instead of nori sheets.
- If you don’t have sriracha, swap it for sambal oelek or your favorite hot sauce.
- You can use all salmon and skip the crab if desired.
This Salmon Sushi Bake offers a unique and delicious twist on traditional sushi rolls. With its easy preparation and remarkable flavors, it’s the perfect dish for sushi lovers and those looking to impress their guests. Whether you serve it at a party or enjoy it as a quick meal, you’re in for a treat.
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