Tacos are an iconic Mexican dish with ingredients wrapped in a tortilla, a flat dough-based wrap made from mashed corn. People commonly eat tacos by adding salsa sauce on grilled meat and finely chopped vegetables. Inspired by the taco, this recipe applies the spirit of the taco to a Japanese classic, sushi.
Baked Sushi Tacos
Sushi has become a symbolic Japanese food known widely around the world. Sushi rolls, conveyor belt sushi restaurants and high-class sushi bars have become popular in many places. Sushi tacos calls for a different method of preparation than the traditional sushi, but all the same, it will be the center of attention at any potluck party!
Japanese food culture in Hawaii, introduced by Japanese immigrants, has evolved with locally available ingredients. Sushi tacos might adopted the idea of Japanese gomoku sushi and chirashi-zushi (vinegared rice mixed with various ingredients). Hand-rolling the rice with seaweed makes sushi tacos an easy to eat finger food. Also, lightly roasted kanikama (crab-flavored fish paste) or crab sticks and mayonnaise give it a smoky aroma. Give this new twist on the traditional sushi a try!
- 1.76 oz Crab stick
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 oz Shibazuke
- 1 tbsp Tobiko
- 6.3 oz Steamed rice
- as needed Avocado
- as needed Cucumber
- as needed Takuan (pickled radish)
- as needed Nori seaweed (for hand-rolling)
Chop the shibazuke finely and mix with rice.
※Shibazuke = vegetables pickled in salt with red shiso leaves
Combine crab stick and mayonnaise.
Place the rice mixed with shizakizuke on a heatproof plate, and cover the rice with the crab stick mixed with mayonnaise.
Using an oven, broil the surface of the crab sticks.
Top with tobiko and decorate with toppings of your choice.
(In this recipe we use takuan, cucumber, and avocado)
Wrap with a quartered piece of nori seaweed, enjoy taco-style!
- When broiling the crabstick, if the rice is visible, the rice will burn and become hard. The rice should be covered with the crabstick completely so that it is not visible.
- Eating with soy sauce or wasabi is also good.
- You can use any kind of pickled vegetables you like.