Baked Sushi Cups are a delightful twist on traditional sushi, featuring a combination of sushi rice, fresh ingredients, and a crispy baked exterior. These bite-sized treats are not only delicious but also visually appealing, making them a perfect addition to any gathering or as a fun snack.
To make Baked Sushi Cups, you’ll need sushi rice, nori sheets (seaweed), your choice of sushi fillings (such as cooked shrimp, crab sticks, avocado, cucumber, or any other ingredients you prefer), and a few additional ingredients for the sauce and topping.
Start by preparing the sushi rice according to the package instructions. Once the rice is cooked, let it cool slightly before working with it. While the rice is cooling, preheat your oven to around 375°F (190°C).
To assemble the sushi cups, line a muffin tin with squares of nori sheets. Press the nori sheets firmly into the bottom and sides of each muffin cup to create a cup-like shape.
Next, fill each nori cup with a layer of sushi rice, pressing it gently to form a compact base. Leave some space at the top for the fillings.
Now it’s time to add your desired sushi fillings. You can be creative here and mix and match ingredients based on your preferences. Arrange the fillings on top of the rice in each cup, creating a colorful and flavorful combination.
In a small bowl, mix together a sauce of your choice, such as soy sauce, mayonnaise, and a touch of sriracha or chili sauce for a spicy kick. Drizzle a small amount of the sauce over each sushi cup.
Finally, sprinkle some sesame seeds or chopped green onions on top of the sushi cups for added flavor and visual appeal.
Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the nori sheets become crispy and the fillings are heated through.
Once baked, remove the sushi cups from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Carefully remove the cups from the muffin tin and arrange them on a serving platter.
Serve the Baked Sushi Cups as a fun and unique appetizer or snack. They can be enjoyed on their own or with additional soy sauce or wasabi for dipping. The combination of the crispy nori, flavorful sushi rice, and tasty fillings will surely delight your taste buds. Enjoy the convenience and deliciousness of these bite-sized baked sushi cups!