How to Make Bite-Sized Sushi Appetizers Three Ways

Sushi is a regular occurrence in our house. At least once a month. However, as sushi can get expensive, we do not go out but make it ourselves. In this blog I will share how you too can make these adorably delicious bite sized Sushi appetizer. Topped with avocado, soy sauce and siracha mayo, these deliciously baked appetizers are a total game changer.

bite-sized sushi appetizer on a plate

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Cost breakdown for this recipe

Sushi is a staple in our house. Typically, we have it at least once a month. While on vacation this summer, we completely splurged at a Sushi restaurant and also had a fantastic Hibachi experience.

In a vastly different cost way, making these was far less expensive than typical sushi. However, much more laborious as each had to be artfully created instead of making a roll with many pieces.

Below is the cost breakdown for this recipe, ingredients sourced from the local ALDI, with the seaweed wrappers coming from COSTCO as they were not found anywhere else.

Salmon $3.00
Crab $2.75
Shrimp $7.99
2 Avocado $1.60
3 cups Rice $1.00
Seaweed Wrappers $5.00

The cost to make this meal was $21.34
This made a total of 48 Bite-Sized Sushi Appetizers with salmon, crab and shrimp. Additionally, the leftover rice was also made into fried rice and was then an added dish at dinner.
Each Sushi Appetizer then cost $0.44.

The salmon that was not used in the appetizers was also eaten with the fried rice.

bowls of fish with bottle of soy sauce

These seaweed NORI snack wraps were used to make this Sushi Appetizer.
If you have never tried Sushi, starting with these NORI snack wraps is a great start as they are nutty, salty and so delicious.
Our three boys LOVE bringing them in their lunch and have gotten so many friends converted to loving them also.

Kimnori Organic Seaweed Snacks Seasalt 24/0.14 Oz (0.21 Lbs)
Organic
0.14 oz
$9.32

In this house, we make sushi. Often. Below is a recipe for Crab and Salmon sushi and how to make it yourself at home. Truly, making sushi at home can save so much money and also learn a new skill.

Sushi can be transformed with a variety of flavors. Salmon, shrimp, crab, lobster, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese and more help to blend flavors.

There are also many times that using Panko breadcrumbs, rolling the roll in an egg wash, and then into Panko, then deep frying help to make a delicious fried roll. There are so many varieties of Sushi rolls to make and delving deep into the deliciousness of making it from scratch is a fun experience.

Additionally, here is a recipe for Eel sauce for Sushi, to be drizzled over your finished rolls.
This Eel sauce is salty and so delicious that you will be soon finding many ways to use the sauce.
No eels were harmed in the making of Eel sauce. Promise.

Here is an additional recipe for Crab Sushi.
Delicious and simple, paired with cucumber and cream cheese, Crab Sushi is divine and quite simple to make.

Bite Sized Sushi Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients

Salmon Fillet
8 oz Crab
12 oz Shrimp
2 Avocado
3 cups Rice
Soy Sauce
Seaweed Wraps
Mini muffin tin

ingredients for bite-sized sushi appetizers

Directions

1. The most important part of making sushi is to first rinse the rice. Measure and then add the rice to a pot and then add water and swish the pot gently. Then, using a strainer, strain out the water and then repeat at least twice.

2. Place the pot on the stove and set the temp to medium and bring the rice to a slow boil. Then, cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

cooking rinsed rice on stove

3. While the rice is cooking, prep the other ingredients and then set them on a cutting board.

sliced salmon on cutting board

4. To cook the salmon, place a cast iron or similar heavy bottomed pan on the stove and heat to medium-high. Then place 2/3 of the raw salmon skin-side up and sear until mostly cooked. Then, use a spatula and flip the salmon over to finish cooking.

cooling salmon in cast iron pot on stove

5. As for the shrimp, buying de-veined with shell-on is the cheapest and BEST way to not only save money but to also have the best flavor.
When buying shell-on shrimp, just open the package and then pour out the shrimp into a medium bowl and fill to just over the shrimp with water and let sit for an hour. Once the shrimps are thawed, while keeping them in the water to rinse, peel the shrimp skins off then place them into a bowl aside.

shrimp in bowl

6. Cut open the crab package and then set them aside.

crab and other ingredients for sushi appetizers

7. On a cutting board, dice the shrimp and then place them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, then set aside.

add soy sauce to diced raw shrimp

8. On a cutting board, dice the crab and then place them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, then set aside.

add soy sauce to diced crab in bowl

9. On a cutting board, dice a third of the raw salmon and then place them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, then set aside. The rest of the salmon will be cooked.

10. Cut sushi seaweed wraps to 2 inches by 2 inch and then place them on a cutting board.

seaweed wrappers cut and on cutting board

11. Using a small scoop, measure and then add a scoop of rice onto each wrap.

add cooked rice to seaweed wrappers for sushi appetizer

12. Pick up the seaweed wrappers and place each of them into mini cupcake, making sure to press the rice down into the base of the muffin tin.

place seaweed wrappers with rice in mini cupcake tin

13. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
14. Top the rice with the diced salmon, crab or shrimp.

15. Bake the Bite-Sized Sushi Appetizers for 15-25 minutes or until the tops are browned and the fish is fully cooked.

bake sushi appetizer in oven

16. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and then let the Sushi appetizers rest for 5 minutes before serving.

let sushi appetizer rest after baking

17. Top with avocado slices, soy sauce, Siracha Mayo or any other sauces you desire and then enjoy!
~Monica

top with avocado and any desired sauce for sushi appetizer

Bite-Sized Sushi Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients for Bite-Sized Sushi Appetizer

Salmon Fillet
8 oz Crab
12 oz Shrimp
2 Avocado
3 cups Rice
Soy Sauce
Seaweed Wraps
Mini muffin tin

Directions for DIY Sushi Appetizer

1. The most important part of making sushi is to first rinse the rice. Measure and then add the rice to a pot and then add water and swish the pot gently. Then, using a strainer, strain out the water and then repeat at least twice.
2. Place the pot on the stove and set the temp to medium and bring the rice to a slow boil. Then, cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. While the rice is cooking, prep the other ingredients and then set them on a cutting board.
4. To cook the salmon, place a cast iron or similar heavy bottomed pan on the stove and heat to medium-high. Then place the salmon skin-side up and sear until mostly cooked. Then, use a spatula and flip the salmon over to finish cooking.
5. As for the shrimp, buying de-veined with shell-on is the cheapest and BEST way to not only save money but to also have the best flavor.
When buying shell-on shrimp, just open the package and then pour out the shrimp into a medium bowl and fill to just over the shrimp with water and let sit for an hour. Once the shrimps are thawed, while keeping them in the water to rinse, peel the shrimp skins off then place them into a bowl aside.
6. Cut open the crab package and then set them aside.
7. On a cutting board, dice the shrimp and then place them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, then set aside.
8. On a cutting board, dice the crab and then place them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, then set aside.
9. On a cutting board, dice a third of the raw salmon and then place them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, then set aside.
10. Cut sushi seaweed wraps to 2 inches by 2 inch and then place them on a cutting board.
11. Using a small scoop, measure and then add a scoop of rice onto each wrap.
12. Pick up the seaweed wrappers and place each of them into mini cupcake, making sure to press the rice down into the base of the muffin tin.
13. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
14. Top the rice with the diced salmon, crab or shrimp.
15. Bake the Bite-Sized Sushi Appetizers for 15-25 minutes or until the tops are browned and the fish is fully cooked.
16. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and then let the Sushi appetizers rest for 5 minutes before serving.
17. Top with avocado slices, soy sauce, Siracha Mayo or any other sauces you desire and then enjoy!
~Monica

sushi appetizers made with shrimp, crab and salmon

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