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Sushi Pizza: the Japanese-inspired recipe for a tasty fusion food

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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Ingredients
sushi rice, cooked and seasoned
2 cups
nori
2 sheets
salmon, thinly sliced
90 g (3 oz)
cucumber, sliced
avocado, sliced
scallions, sliced
soy sauce for serving

Sushi is no longer something you can only enjoy at a fancy restaurant. These days, sushi has become a popular dish that people make at home themselves. Of course, this means there’s a lot more experimentation that goes on, which leads us to this brand-new fusion food—sushi pizza!

It’s an easy, less fiddly, recipe than traditionally hand-rolled sushi. In fact, it’s a great way to make sushi for a crowd. Grab a few classic sushi ingredients like sushi rice, nori seaweed sheets, and salmon. Each bite is packed with rich umami (thanks to the nori sheets!) and great texture from the crispy sushi rice.

Make this sushi pizza at your next gathering, and your guests will come back for more! Serve with your favorite sushi garnishes like wasabi and soy sauce and enjoy!

What Is Sushi Pizza?

Sushi pizza is not Japanese but rather a Japanese-inspired dish coming all the way from Canada. It was invented by Kaoru Ohsada, a Japanese Seafood Restaurant chef.

The sushi is made in the form of a big sheet with crispy, slightly chewy sushi rice and topped with avocado, salmon, and cucumber. It’s served in slices which resembles pizza.

Sushi Pizza Ingredients

Sushi Rice – don’t use normal white rice; look for Japanese short-grained rice.

Avocado – use a ripe, firm avocado

Cucumber – this adds texture, but you can omit it if you want

Nori (seaweed) – this ingredient is vital for the sushi pizza!

Sesame Seeds: You can use either white or black sesame seeds. We used both in this recipe.

Salmon (or Other Fish Like Tuna): we used smoked salmon, but if you prefer to eat them raw, make sure you purchase one that is sashimi grade. Alternatively, you can use grilled, or canned salmon and tuna.

Cucumber: Cucumber goes so well with sushi because it’s refreshing and also adds a pleasant crunch. We used small baby cucumbers for this recipe.

How To Make Sushi Rice From Scratch

To make your own sushi rice, start with rinsing. Rinse the rice until it runs clean, then add it together with the water in a medium-sized saucepan.

Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes. Cool somewhat and then combine with the rice vinegar. Allow to dry.

How To Make Sushi Pizza

Start by slicing all your toppings thinly and set them aside. Brush the narrow side of the nori sheet with water. Place another sheet on top and press with fingers to stick them together.

Spread the cooked sushi rice on top. Add the cucumber, avocado, and fish on one side and roll like a regular sushi roll. Cover “pizza crust” with sliced salmon, decorate with cucumbers, avocado and scallions. Serve with soy sauce.

Sushi Pizza Topping Ideas

Serve the sushi pizza with typical sushi add-ons. Sprinkle it with toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, wasabi, pickled gingers, or Japanese (Kewpie) mayonnaise.

Tips

For a vegetarian option, omit the salmon, and use carrot, mushrooms, and fresh spinach instead.

Other delicious filling ideas: cooked shrimp tempura, shredded carrot, cooked chicken, tofu, tuna.

How To Store Sushi Pizza

Store leftovers in the fridge for 2 days.

Instructions

Slice the salmon into small pieces.

Slice the avocado and cucumber into thin slices.

Brush one (a bit narrower) side of the nori sheet with water. Place another sheet on top and press with fingers to stick them together.

Spread cooked sushi rice on top all the way through.

To make “pizza crust rim” place thinly sliced cucumber, avocado and fish on one side and roll like a regular sushi roll.

Cover “pizza crust” with sliced salmon, decorate with cucumbers, avocado and scallions.

Slice and serve with soy sauce.

Notes

If you can’t find sushi rice, you can also use white medium-grain rice.

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