Sushi. I put them in the category of the stuff I prefer buying – alongside with puff pastry – just because I don’t feel like it’s worth it to make it yourself. I mean, if you want to make a sushi dinner for 2 you spend at least 1 hour to roll everything (and I can’t imagine if there are more than two people) for a result often not as good-looking and tasty as good sushi made by an expert. So I scratched it off my list of things I like to do at home. However, every time I ordered sushi in London I was annoyed because they would never have my favorite maki flavour: salmon-avocado-cream cheese.
And then, my friend Aurélie told me about the sushi burger craze. Strangely, it did not appeal to me at all but I found the shape of it very interesting and I thought it would make a beautiful cake. While searching on Google I came across the great sushi cake Piment Oiseau. I wanted to make it right away. I, who had never managed to do make a proper sushi rice, managed to make this right on my first attempt, just by following the instructions! Once the basics mastered, I put in this sushi cake everything that I love: I swapped the mayo for some cream cheese, and added chives. In short, I made a giant version of my dream sushi.
Once the rice is cooked, it takes only 15 minutes to make. It is super easy to take out of the tin, you can cut slices easily, the result is just amazing! And as more taste is to die, I completely changed my mind about home-made sushi (but I will stick to this cake version). It’s totally the discovery of the year for me, I want that everyday… Put your bamboo rolling mat away and try out this sushi cake. Follow the guide in video!
Inspired by Piment Oiseau and Now I'm a Cook
Prep time: 15mn
Cook time: 25mn
Serves 6-7 / Makes 1 cake of 18cm
For the sushi rice
- 360g sushi rice
- 50cl of water
- 12cl rice vinegar
- 6 tablespoons of sugar (about 95g)
- 3 teaspoons salt
For the filling
- 1 sheet of nori seaweed
- 400g fresh salmon steaks*
- 2 avocados
- 300g cream cheese (I used Philadephia[/ i])
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 10 strands of fresh chives
- black sesame seeds
- some sprouts of your choice
Prepare sushi rice
- Put the salmon steaks in freezer to make the cutting easier.
- Put the rice in a colander and rinse under cold water until the water runs out clear. Then let it soak in cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse the rice one last time and then put it in a saucepan with 50cl of water and bring to a boil.
- Once the water boils, hold on medium heat, stirring for 2 minutes, then cover and cook on low heat for 12 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the rice from sticking. Let it rest 10 minutes off heat, with the lid on.
- Meanwhile, heat the rice vinegar in the microwave and add the sugar and salt. Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Transfer the warm rice in a bowl and add the vinegar. Mix gently with a wooden spoon and let cool to room temperature ([i]do not put it in the fridge).
Prepare the filling
- While the rice is cooling down, remove the salmon from the freezer and cut into small cubes, then put them in a bowl and add the olive oil (you can add salt and pepper but I do not find it necessary - but I mean, who has ever seen a sushi master add salt and pepper?). Mix and set aside in the fridge.
- Cut the avocados into thin slices.
Proceed to assemble the sushi cake
- Prepare a bowl of cold water on your countertop. Cut a circle in the nori sheet of the size of your ring.
- Put your ring on a serving dish and place the nori disc at the bottom. Pour half the rice over and press a little using wet hands. Cover with half of the cream cheese, half of the avocado slices and then half the salmon. Press down well with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
- Repeat with remaining rice, cream cheese, avocado and salmon. Sprinkle with chopped chives and black sesame seeds. Arrange the sprouts in the center.
- Take off the ring and serve cool with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce.
Quick note before you start your sushi cake:
- *Of course, you can use frozen raw salmon steaks but be careful as many salmon steak are pre-cooked before freezing (you can tell right away as the steaks would have lost their salmon-pink color to become slightly paler). Also, thaw the steaks slowly in the refrigerator, do not use the microwave!
- Like for all raw fish dishes: it is not recommended for pregnant women and young children and we must be careful to keep the fish to room temperature for the shortest time possible.