Salmon Sushi Bake

January 27, 2024

Sushi Bakes were trending way back in the summer of 2020 and I just dug through my photo archives to find when I first made it, which was back in December of 2021. It occasionally makes an appearance in my kitchen and every time I make it, I think, I need to make this more.
What is Sushi Bake? 
    Sushi Bake-a shareable casserole with layer of sushi rice topped with cooked fish, mayo and soy sauce. 
Lucky for me, I find myself with leftover salmon often so I can make an iteration of sushi bake with the leftover fish. It's a wonderful way to give new life to leftovers (and if you keep cooked rice in your freezer like me, it can come together pretty quickly). 

Salmon Sushi Bake adapted from The Kitchn and Tasting Table
1.5 cups of sushi rice, rinsed
1.75 cups of water
Sushi rice seasoning or 3 tbs of rice vinegar + 1 tbs sugar + 1 tsp salt

2 tbs mirin
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sake
1 tbs sugar

8 oz salmon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbs sriracha
1 tsp sesame oil

Cooking spray

2 scallions, sliced
avocado, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Bring water and rinsed sushi rice into a medium pot, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to low and cook until water has absorbed and rice is tender, about 12-15 minutes. 
3. Bake salmon in oven on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10-12 minutes or until flaky. Remove from oven and increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. 
4. While salmon and rice are cooking, combine mirin, soy sauce, sake and sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat to a simmer. Lower the heat and let reduce until thickened for about 3-5 minutes. Set aside. 
4. Remove salmon skin from cooked salmon (if it is skinned) and flake fish into a bowl. Combine with mayonnaise, sriracha and sesame oil. Season with salt if needed. 
5. Combine cooked rice with 1 tbs sushi seasoning (or to taste if using) or mix rice with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. 
6. In a 9x11 (or smaller) baking pan sprayed with cooking spray, press rice mixture into bottom of pan. Then top rice with seasoned salmon. Spoon soy sauce mixture across the salmon layer. Sprinkle furikake on top. 
7. Bake for 15 minutes until edges have browned. Let cool for 10 minutes. 
8. Top with scallions and avocado. 
9. Spoon sushi bake into nori sheet to eat. 
10. Enjoy! 

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