You all know how much we enjoy sushi, and even though Joel and I found making sushi at home to be extremely easy, we opt for a slightly easier version every now and then. Like these sushi bowls. It’s the most ingenious idea ever and SO easy! Gather up all your favorite sushi fixin’s, pile it in a bowl and voilà– sushi bowl awesomeness! We used cucumbers, imitation crab meat, avocado, shelled edamame and our favorite spicy sauce- the mayo/sriracha sauce; and BOY did we love this! If you’re searching for a quick, delicious weeknight dinner, I highly suggest making these; for one thing, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than going out for sushi and it’s ready in no time! Perfect!

Sushi Bowls

1⅓ cups rice, rinsed well
1⅓ cups water
3 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into sticks
imitation crab meat (as much as you like), cut into sticks
1 avocado, sliced and cut into chunks
shelled, steamed edamame (as much as you like; you can find pre-shelled edamame in the freezer section of most grocery stores)
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2-1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce, depending on how spicy you like it

soy sauce and wasabi for serving

Rinse the rice. Place the rice and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

Combine the rice vinegar and sugar in a separate small bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds, until the sugar dissolves. Transfer the rice into a large bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Fold and cut thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool. Do not refrigerate.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and sriracha; set aside.

Pile the rice, cucumber, crab meat, avocado and edamame in individual bowls and top with sesame seeds, soy sauce/wasabi (if desired) and sriracha mixture. Serves 4.

Recipe source: adapted from The Way the Cookie Crumbles



  1. This looks great! There was a place in Gainesville called Rolls ‘n Bowls when I was in college that made sushi rolls or bowls. I loved it because you could easily customize it.


    Comment by Duchess of Fork — October 25, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

  2. Yum! I’ve been craving sushi, and I have an extra packet of imitation crab in the fridge. Totally need to make these soon!


    amy Reply:

    Thanks for a great recipe, Bridget!


    Comment by Bridget — October 25, 2011 @ 2:13 PM

  3. Hi Amy,
    So glad I found your website. Lots of awesome recipes I can’t wait to try!
    I have a question about the Espresso Cookies recipe you published a few days ago. Where can I find instant espresso powder? I’ve tried to find it for other recipes, and haven’t had any luck. Do you have a source?


    amy Reply:

    Thank you! I’m so happy you like my site! I’ve always been able to find espresso powder at my local grocery stores, but if you can’t find it, feel free to use regular coffee powder (instant). It works just as well!


    Comment by Shar — October 25, 2011 @ 3:46 PM

  4. Amy, that looks fantastic — all the sushi “taste,” in no time! You come up with the best fish ideas — one of my readers was interested in your fish curry recipe; hope he stopped in! Will tell him about this recipe, too. 🙂


    amy Reply:

    You’re so sweet, Kimby! 🙂


    Comment by Kimby — October 25, 2011 @ 4:27 PM

  5. Hi Amy,
    I’m so glad I found your site! I’m definitely trying this recipe out since sushi is so expensive here in Italy. You could also add some seasoned seaweed strips to this. They’re usually in the Asian section of most grocery stores in a jar type of can. They’re pre-cut into little strips and seasoned too. I think they would be delicious in this! Can’t wait to try your recipes. The cookies and cream popcorn is lookin really tasty right about now!


    amy Reply:

    I’m so glad you found me! The original recipe calls for seaweed but I chose to leave it out this time- I’ll have to try it though!


    Comment by Anna — November 18, 2011 @ 7:57 PM

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