Baked Salmon Sushi Cups

🍣 Ready for a sushi twist? Try my Baked Salmon Sushi Cups! These little bites are packed with spicy salmon, teriyaki sauce, and sushi rice, all wrapped in crispy nori. Perfect for parties or a fun family dinner. Let’s make sushi night a breeze! 🎉
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Hey there, sushi lovers! 👋 I’m super excited to share my latest creation with you all—Baked Salmon Sushi Cups! 🍣 These little bites of joy are perfect for any sushi fan looking to try something fun and easy at home. They’re packed with spicy salmon goodness, teriyaki sauce, and wrapped in crispy nori. Trust me, once you try these, you’ll be hooked! So, roll up your sleeves, and let’s dive into making some delicious sushi cups together!

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What you’ll need to make Baked Salmon Sushi Cups

Serves: 4

  • 1 lb. (450g) salmon, skin removed
  • 3 tbsp. spicy mayonnaise, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 3 large nori sheets
  • 8 oz. (225g) cooked sushi rice
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  • green onion, finely sliced, for garnish

Let’s dive into the key ingredients for our Baked Salmon Sushi Cups! 🐟 Fresh salmon is the star, bringing rich, savory flavors. We mix it with spicy mayo for a creamy kick and teriyaki sauce for that sweet-savory balance.

The nori sheets hold everything together, giving that classic sushi vibe, while sushi rice adds the perfect texture. 🍣 Finally, a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a garnish of green onion make these cups both tasty and beautiful. 🌟

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What you’ll need to do

Let’s make these super fun and delicious Baked Salmon Sushi Cups. They’re easy to whip up and perfect for sharing. Ready? Let’s dive in!

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 15 mins

1| Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Get it nice and toasty for our sushi cups.

2| Prep the Salmon: Cut your salmon into small, bite-sized pieces and toss them into a medium bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of spicy mayo and 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce. Mix it all up until the salmon is well-coated. Pop the bowl into the fridge to chill while we get the rest ready.

3| Nori Sheets: Grab your nori sheets and cut them into 12 large squares, about 3×3 inches (7.5×7.5cm). If you have any extra pieces, set them aside for now.

4| Assemble the Cups:

  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of cooked sushi rice onto each nori square, leaving a little border around the edges.
  • Place each nori sheet over a muffin tin compartment and press down with a spoon or your hands to form a cup shape. It’s like making little sushi bowls!

5| Fill ’em Up: Take the salmon mixture out of the fridge and add a spoonful into each rice-lined nori cup.

6| Bake: Place the muffin tray in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Your kitchen is going to smell amazing!

7| Cool Down: Once baked, let the cups cool in the muffin tin for about 15 minutes. This helps them hold their shape.

8| Finishing Touches: Carefully lift each cup out of the tin. Drizzle with some extra spicy mayo, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and top with finely sliced green onion.

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And there you have it! Delicious, bite-sized Baked Salmon Sushi Cups. Enjoy!

Some possible substitution and improvisation ideas for the recipe

Here are some substitution and improvisation ideas to make the Baked Salmon Sushi Cups even more versatile and customizable:

Substitution Ideas

1| Salmon: If you’re not a fan of salmon or want to try something different, you can use tuna, shrimp, or even cooked chicken. For a vegetarian option, try tofu or avocado.

2| Spicy Mayonnaise: If you don’t have spicy mayo on hand, you can easily make it by mixing regular mayonnaise with sriracha or your favorite hot sauce. Alternatively, use plain mayo or a yogurt-based dressing for a milder taste.

3| Teriyaki Sauce: Soy sauce, tamari (for a gluten-free option), or hoisin sauce can be used as substitutes. You can also make a quick teriyaki sauce at home using soy sauce, honey, and a bit of ginger.

4| Nori Sheets: If you can’t find nori sheets, you can use lettuce leaves or rice paper for a different texture and flavor.

5| Sushi Rice: Any short-grain rice works well, or you can use quinoa or cauliflower rice for a healthier twist.

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Improvisation Ideas

1| Add Veggies: Incorporate thinly sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, or carrots into the sushi cups for added crunch and color.

2| Different Garnishes: Switch up the garnishes by adding pickled ginger, wasabi, or radish sprouts. A drizzle of eel sauce or ponzu can also add a new flavor dimension.

3| Spice Level: Adjust the spice level by adding more or less sriracha to the spicy mayo, or add a dash of chili flakes or hot sauce.

4| Texture Play: For extra texture, consider adding a sprinkle of tempura flakes or crushed nuts on top before baking.

5|Fusion Flavors: Experiment with fusion flavors by adding a touch of curry powder to the rice, using BBQ sauce instead of teriyaki, or adding a hint of lime and cilantro for a fresh twist.

These substitutions and improvisations can help tailor the recipe to your taste preferences or dietary needs, ensuring everyone can enjoy these delicious Baked Salmon Sushi Cups!

Some useful tips for the recipe

Here are some useful tips to ensure your Baked Salmon Sushi Cups turn out perfectly:

1| Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh, high-quality salmon and nori sheets make a big difference in flavor and texture. Fresh ingredients will ensure the best taste for your sushi cups.

2| Cook Sushi Rice Properly: Sushi rice should be cooked until it’s sticky but not mushy. Rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch, and follow the cooking instructions for perfect sushi rice.

3| Keep the Nori Dry: When cutting and handling the nori sheets, make sure they stay dry to prevent them from becoming too soft and difficult to handle.

4| Don’t Overfill: Avoid overfilling the nori cups with too much rice or salmon mixture. This can make them difficult to shape and may cause them to fall apart.

5| Press Firmly but Gently: When pressing the nori sheets into the muffin tin, press firmly enough to form a cup shape but gently to avoid tearing the nori.

6| Chill the Salmon Mixture: Letting the salmon mixture chill in the fridge helps the flavors meld together and makes it easier to handle when filling the nori cups.

7| Let Them Cool: Allow the sushi cups to cool in the muffin tin for about 15 minutes after baking. This helps them set and hold their shape when you remove them.

8| Garnish Just Before Serving: Add the spicy mayo drizzle, sesame seeds, and green onion just before serving to keep the garnishes fresh and vibrant.

9| Experiment with Flavors: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sauces and garnishes to find your favorite combination. Sushi is versatile and can be customized to suit your taste.

10| Serve Immediately: For the best taste and texture, serve the sushi cups immediately after cooling and garnishing. If you need to store them, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within a day.

These tips will help you create delicious, beautiful Baked Salmon Sushi Cups that are sure to impress your guests!

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Some serving suggestions

Here are some serving suggestions to make your Baked Salmon Sushi Cups even more delightful:

1| With Soy Sauce: Serve your sushi cups with a side of soy sauce for dipping. You can also offer tamari for a gluten-free option.

2| Pickled Ginger and Wasabi: Add some traditional sushi accompaniments like pickled ginger and a small dab of wasabi to enhance the flavors.

3| Edamame: Pair the sushi cups with a bowl of steamed edamame sprinkled with sea salt for a healthy and tasty side.

4| Miso Soup: Serve a warm bowl of miso soup alongside your sushi cups to create a more complete Japanese-inspired meal.

5| Salad: A light, refreshing salad with mixed greens, cucumber, and a sesame-ginger dressing complements the flavors of the sushi cups nicely. Roasted Root Veg Salad with Feta

6| Sake or Green Tea: Offer a traditional beverage like sake for an authentic experience, or serve with hot or iced green tea for a refreshing drink option.

7| Tempura Vegetables: Add some crispy tempura vegetables as a crunchy side dish to complement the soft texture of the sushi cups.

8| Seaweed Salad: A seaweed salad with sesame oil and seeds is a great way to add more of that delicious umami flavor to your meal.

9| Fruit Platter: Finish off with a platter of fresh fruits like sliced mango, pineapple, and kiwi for a sweet, refreshing end to your meal.

10| Chopsticks and Presentation: Serve the sushi cups on a beautiful platter, and offer chopsticks to your guests for an authentic touch. Garnish with extra green onion and sesame seeds for a polished look.

These serving suggestions will not only complement the flavors of your Baked Salmon Sushi Cups but also elevate the overall dining experience!

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Some storage suggestions

Here are some storage suggestions to help you keep your Baked Salmon Sushi Cups fresh and delicious:

Cool Completely: Before storing, make sure your sushi cups are completely cool. This helps prevent condensation and keeps them from getting soggy.

Airtight Container: Place the cooled sushi cups in an airtight container. This will help maintain their freshness and prevent any odors from the fridge affecting their taste.

Separate Layers: If you need to stack the sushi cups, place a layer of parchment or wax paper between them to keep them from sticking together.

Refrigeration: Store the sushi cups in the refrigerator. They should be consumed within 1-2 days for the best taste and texture. The nori may become a bit soft over time, but they will still be delicious.

Garnishes: If possible, add garnishes like sesame seeds and green onions just before serving to keep them fresh and vibrant. Store any extra spicy mayo in a separate container in the fridge.

Reheating: While sushi cups are best enjoyed fresh, if you need to reheat them, do so gently. Place them in a preheated oven at a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) for about 5-10 minutes to warm them up without drying them out.

Freezing (Not Recommended): Freezing is generally not recommended for sushi cups, as the rice and nori can become unpleasantly textured when thawed. However, if you must freeze them, wrap each cup individually in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat gently as mentioned above.

By following these storage tips, you can ensure that your Baked Salmon Sushi Cups remain as tasty and enjoyable as when they were first made!

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And there you have it, folks! 🎉 Baked Salmon Sushi Cups that are sure to impress your friends and family. I hope you had as much fun making these as I did. They’re perfect for parties, family dinners, or just when you’re craving something special. Don’t forget to share your sushi cup creations with me—I’d love to see them! Until next time, happy cooking and enjoy every bite! 🍣👨‍🍳

Baked Salmon Sushi Cups

Hey sushi fans! 🎋 Dive into these Baked Salmon Sushi Cups. They’re filled with delicious salmon, spicy mayo, and teriyaki goodness, all baked to perfection. Easy to make, fun to eat, and a total crowd-pleaser. Get your chopsticks ready! 🍣🥢

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 45 mins Difficulty: Advanced Cooking Temp: 400  °F Servings: 4 Estimated Cost: 20 Calories: 317



  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Step 2:

    Cut the salmon into small pieces and place into a medium bowl. Add the spicy mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce and stir until well combined. Cover the bowl and place the bowl into the refrigerator. 

  3. Step 3:

    Cut the nori sheets into 12 large squares, approximately 3x3 inches (7.5x7.5cm) each. Set aside any extra pieces.

  4. Step 4:

    Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cooked sushi rice onto each sheet of nori, leaving a 1⁄4 inch border around the edges.

  5. Step 5:

    Place each nori sheet on top of a muffin tin compartment and use a spoon or your hands to press down the sheets to form a cup shape. Then add a spoonful of the salmon mixture into each rice-lined nori cup.

  6. Step 6:

    Place the muffin tray into the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

  7. Step 7:

    Remove from the oven and allow the cups to cool for about 15 minutes in the muffin tins to help them retain their shape.

  8. Step 8:

    Carefully remove each cup from the tin by lifting the corners of the seaweed.

  9. Step 9:

    Garnish with a drizzle of additional spicy mayonnaise, sesame seeds and green onion before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 317kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%
Total Carbohydrate 21g8%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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