Easy Sushi Bake

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If your family loves sushi but you don’t always have the budget for restaurant-made sushi, I have an easy and super yummy dish for you to try! This easy sushi bake combines all of our favorite sushi flavors in one dish. The best part is, you don’t have to roll it!

What makes this easy? Well, we buy frozen sticky rice which is ready in just five minutes in the microwave. You can make your own, but we find that using store-bought is fast and ensures that it always comes out perfectly.

When my family is craving sushi, instead of spending nearly $100 at our local sushi restaurant, I make this easy sushi bake for around $20. It’s become one of my family’s most requested dishes.

avocado, imitation crab and cucumber with seaweed
slice of sushi bake on a plate with chop sticks

What size baking dish should I use?

I have made this easy sushi bake in a variety of sized baking dishes. If you use a more narrow dish, the rice layer will be thicker. If you use a larger dish, it will be thinner. I used a rectangle baking dish for the purpose of shooting the photos for this recipe.

What if I can’t find the large seaweed sheets?

Our local grocery store sells a package of nori (seaweed sheets) that are the perfect size for this sushi bake. They also sell them on Amazon. If you are unable to find them, you can buy the individual packages and line up the smaller squares to cover the rice.

Any important tips to share?

If I can give you one tip, it’s not to chop the avocado until right before you are ready to serve it. Avocados brown fairly quickly, so in order to make it look as fresh as possible, hold off as long as you can.

slice of sushi bake a plate
plate with chopsticks and a cutting board

Had to share a funny story about this easy sushi bake. I actually made it a number of times before I decided to take photos of it to share. Every single time, it tasted delicious but looked horrible. No matter what I did, it would fall apart as soon as I sliced it into individual pieces.

On the day I decided to take photos, I was standing in my kitchen, talking to my 16-year-old and trying to figure out how I was going to cut it without making it look awful (because while it doesn’t matter what it looks like when I make it for my family, I wanted to make sure that it looked good in photos for you.

I’m throwing out all of these random ideas when my daughter asked me why I don’t just use parchment paper like I do when I make fudge or brownies. That way, I can use the parchment paper to pull the sushi bake out of the pan in one piece.

I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of that. I spent the next ten minutes, walking around the house and thanking the lord that he gave me such a smart child. She just stood in the kitchen and shook her head. But she saved the day. So thank you, Lucia.

sushi bake on a plate with soy sauce and chop sticks
plate with chopsticks

I hope that you will try our version of this easy sushi bake. If you want to switch up the flavor, you can change the toppings to your liking.

If you love this recipe, don’t forget to let me know in the comment section below. We want to make sure that we are providing recipes that you love, so all feedback is welcome!

Now let’s get to the recipe!

ingredients on a black counter top
first set of steps to make easy sushi bake
final steps to make sushi bake

I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you to make it a bit easier to make this easy sushi bake.

  1. Cook the frozen sticky rice according to the box. Preheat the oven to 450º.
  2. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Place the rice in the baking dish and flatten it so it’s leveled.
  3. Add one sheet of nori to the top.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients (except the topping ingredients). 
  5. Add the mixture on top of the nori and flatten it so it’s leveled.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Add a column of cucumbers.
  8. Add a column of imitation crab.
  9. Chop the avocado and add a column of chopped avocado.
  10. Sprinkle chopped seaweed on top.
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Easy Sushi Bake


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 45 servings 1x

Description

Love sushi but don’t always have the budget for restaurant-made sushi? This easy sushi bake is for you. Serve a family of 4 for around $20.


Ingredients

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  • 1 package of frozen Sticky Rice
  • 2 sheets of nori (sushi seaweed)
  • 8oz imitation crab meat, chopped
  • ¾ cup English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 1 Haas avocado
  • ¼ cup cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup imitation crab, chopped
  • 1 sheet nori, chopped
  • Soy sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

If you make this easy sushi bake, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you take a picture or share it on social media, don’t forget to tag us! Don’t forget to check out all of our other easy family-friendly recipes.

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Love sushi but don't always have the budget for restaurant-made sushi? This easy sushi bake is for you. Serve a family of 4 for around $20.
Love sushi but don't always have the budget for restaurant-made sushi? This easy sushi bake is for you. Serve a family of 4 for around $20.

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  1. This looks like so much fun to make and eat. Well done to your daughter for the baking paper hack!

  2. I didn’t know Amazon sold the sheets. You can truly find almost anything on that website. The sushi bake sounds fab!

  3. What a delicious looking sushi mix and one which can be made in no time at all. Will be making this soon as I get the ingredients

  4. Oh nice! For a moment there, I thought that was avocado! Sushi costs 100 dollars at your stores? Damn….that’s very expensive.

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  5. Rolling individual sushi is so time consuming and slow! I have never thought of making one large sushi in a tray. What a great idea.

  6. What a great idea! This looks so delicious and refreshing. It’s a lot cheaper to make at home and it’s fun to make with the family too. Will definitely be trying this 😀

  7. I’m not a sushi fan, but you gave me an idea for Mother’s Day for my sushi loving mother!

  8. This looks so yummy. And I like that we can get it from Amazon as well. Thank you for sharing!

  9. I’m crazy for sushi bake! Thanks for making this very easy to prepare! Beautiful and delicious!

  10. Sushi is so healthy and this would be great to make at home. It’s true that we do not have the luxury of always going to a restaurant. Thank you for this.

  11. I love a good California roll. We don’t eat sushi a bunch but when we do I buy it from the grocery store. They make it fresh daily. But I am going to have to make this dish for my son and I. Can you leave the mayo out?

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      I haven’t tried it without the mayo, but if you do, please let me know how it turns out! You may need to substitute it with something else or just add more cream cheese.

  12. The whole family loves sushi as well! I’d like to learn this recipe and serve a different kind of meal for a change 🙂

  13. I love myself some delicious sushi, and not gonna lie a sushi bake seems like such an interesting idea. But then again it’s sushi so it can never fail!

  14. My husband LOVES sushi! I can’t wait to make this for him as a surprise. What a great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  15. I live in a family of sushi lovers. We usually get sushi from restaurants, but this homemade version looks even better

  16. My daughters and I looooove sushi!!! This looks like such a lovely dish and nice and easy to make which helps.

  17. My kids would love this! They are all about their sushi. I am a fan that this is so easy to make!

  18. What a unique idea! Definitely going to try this. Wondering if I can make this with black or red rice seeing as I follow a low carb diet?

  19. You had me at 20 sushi versus 100. I agree it does get expensive trying to feed everyone with extensive pallets. Thank you for sharing this hack on making quality sushi at home.