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The Ultimate Sushi Bake

The Ultimate Sushi Bake

Make this easy Sushi Bake recipe, a.k.a sushi casserole, for your next party or meal. No rolling required and it’s ready to rock in less than 30 minutes.

Use Kani to make it a deconstructed California roll or swap in salmon to make a salmon sushi baked recipe.

Similar Seafood Recipes to check out: Kani Salad, Temaki Sushi, Tuna Roll and  Crunchy Spicy Tuna Rolls.

Sushi Casserole cut into individual slices.

Sushi Casserole

As with typical casseroles, a sushi bake casserole is highly customizable and is easy to throw together for family and friends. 

Layers of sushi rice, Kani, and seasonings are baked together to create a warm and creamy dish to serve alongside roasted seaweed and/or your favorite sushi toppings.

Crab Sushi Bake

As mentioned, the most popular version is made with Kani, which is a “imitation crab”. You can certainly sub in canned crab meat or real crab meat if fake crab isn’t your thing. Make a batch of baked crab legs and use the meat here.

Ingredients to make a sushi bake.

Ingredients

Here are the “must-have” ingredients to make baked sushi. The full list of ingredients is listed in the recipe card below.

Mixing bowl with kani, cream cheese, mayo and green onions.

Optional Topping Ideas

  • Cucumber Slices
  • Avocado Slices
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Wasabi
  • Microgreens

Seaweed casserole topped with avocado and cucumbers.

Sauces

This baked sushi recipe can stand on its own, no extra sauce needed. But, who doesn’t love some sauce?

  • Soy Sauce
  • Eel Sauce
  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Masago Sauce
  • Spicy Mayo (Mayo + Sriracha, to taste)

How to Make Sushi Bake

It’s all about layering, once you have a batch of sushi rice prepared. The rice goes down first followed by a sprinkle of your selected seasoning. Spread the Kani mix on the rice followed byPanko and one last sprinkle of seasoning and then bake. That’s it!

side by side photos showing how to make a sushi casserole.

Serving Ideas

There are no limits as to how you grub down on sushi bake. From digging in directly with a fork to eating with cucumber slices, there’s no wrong way.

The best way to eat, in our opinion, is to serve with roasted seaweed squares. You’re essentially creating a little sushi taco!

These individual sized seaweed squares are sold everywhere and allow for the perfect bit. Look for them in the International aisle of your grocery store or online.

Kani casserole with a portion missing.

Variations

Salmon Sushi Baked Recipe

To make a salmon sushi bake recipe, just swap out the Kani with 1 pound of cooked and flaked salmon.

Spicy

Drizzle it with Sriracha or spicy mayo after baking, or add a tablespoon or Sriracha to the cream cheese mixture.

Vegetarian

Replace the Kani with your favorite veggie or tofu. Diced cucumbers or matchstick carrots would work well.

Expert Tips

  • Sushi bake is best consumed the same day as prepared, however, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • To cut down on prep time, you can make the sushi rice a day in advance and refrigerate until you’re ready to make.
  • We use a 9×13 baking dish, as we prefer a minimal rice layer, but you can use a 8×8 baking dish for a thicker rice layer.
  • The Panko layer isn’t required but it adds a ton of crunch to the dish.

Baked sushi recipe in a white casserole dish.

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Baked Sushi Recipe

Baked sushi recipe in a white casserole dish.

Sushi Bake

Make this easy Sushi Bake recipe, a.k.a sushi casserole, for your next party or meal. No rolling required and it's ready to rock in less than 30 minutes. Use Kani to make it a deconstructed California roll or swap in salmon to make a salmon sushi baked recipe. Make sure to check out: Kani Salad.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rolling: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Kani Recipes, Sushi Recipes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $15

Ingredients

  • ½ Batch sushi rice (*Note 1)
  • 8 oz imitation crab, chopped (*Note 2)
  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Panko (*Note 3)
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • 2-4 Tbsp furikake or shichimi togarashi (*Note 4)

OPTIONAL FOR SERVING

  • dried nori sheets
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced 
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Instructions
 

Sushi Rice (Stovetop or Rice Cooker):

  • Make a batch of sushi rice before proceeding to the next step.

Sushi Bake:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, mix the crab, cream cheese, mayo and green onions until smooth. Set aside.
    8 oz imitation crab, chopped
    ½ cup cream cheese, softened
    ½ cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • Evenly press 3 cups of sushi rice to the bottom of a casserole dish (*Note 5) and top with half of the furikake or shichimi togarashi.
    ½ Batch sushi rice
  • Evenly spread the crab mix onto the rice and sprinkle with the Panko and remaining furikake or shichimi togarashi
    2-4 Tbsp furikake or shichimi togarashi
    ½ cup Panko
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through out.
  • Serve with avocado, cucumber slices and seaweed sheets.
    dried nori sheets
    1 cucumber, thinly sliced
    1 avocado, thinly sliced 

Notes

Note 1 - Short grain sushi rice is the key to great sushi! You cannot substitute long grain rice or another short grain rice. You can find sushi rice in the international aisle of most grocery stores. 
Note 2 - You can also use canned or fresh crab meat.
Note 3 - Feel free to omit if you don't have or don't care for extra crunch.
Note 4 - If using furikake go with 4 Tbsp, if using shichimi togarashi use 2 Tbsp.
Nutritional information is estimates and does not include any seasoning or optional serving ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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