Fellow sushi lovers, there are a few new kids on the block, and they aren’t big on tradition. I’m talking wild sushi creations!
There’s just something about traditional Japanese sushi that me and my friends can’t get enough of! We love casual dinners at our local sushi spot. The conversation is always lively. We always make it a point to order numerous different rolls, so everyone tastes and enjoys (hopefully) something new on the sushi platter. It’s a fun way for all of us to chow down on our favorite eats.
Every once in a while there’s a food fusion that catches my attention. I’m about to show you some culinary creations that are making a name for themselves in the food industry. Even if you consider yourself a sushi traditionalist, I still think they're worth the mention. I have a huge appreciation for the classic sushi roll. However, some of these wild sushi creations look too good not to try for sushi night! These yummy finds are breaking all the rules!
First, let’s get you up to speed. I know there was once a time when I had no idea what Japanese sushi really was. I mean, I knew it included raw fish, but there’s so much more to it. Here’s a quick review of sushi basics:
Sushi: "cold rice dressed with vinegar, formed into any of various shapes, and garnished especially with bits of raw seafood or vegetables."
Sushi comes in many different forms and flavors! It can be completely raw or fried, but there are a few major components you can expect to find in just about any sushi. They include:
- Nori (black seaweed, commonly used as a wrapper)
- Roe (fish eggs)
- Vegetables (avocado and cucumber are popular)
- Protein (octopus, shrimp, tuna, salmon, eel and crab are all popular)
Now that we’ve gone over sushi basics, let’s get to the fun stuff!
Donut Kill My Vibe
Via Cool Material
When you think of donuts, you probably picture a sweet creation made of fried dough, topped with a shiny glaze or sugary icing and sprinkles. It’s a classic breakfast treat and a big family favorite in my household. Well, as much as I love sweet treats and consider myself a donut connoisseur, I never imagined these would exist!
Introducing the sushi donut! Created by Instagram foodie, @sobeautifullyreal, this sushi donut was made using a donut mold, sticky rice, and other sushi staples. Traditionally, sushi consists of a meat or animal product (protein). However, Sam is a vegan so for the meat consuming sushi lover, one could use roe in place of the black sesame and add salmon or another fish.
No, these won’t fix your sweet tooth, but they definitely look great and are a fun way to enjoy sushi now!
I’ve never encountered a burrito I didn’t like. I’m sure there are a few out there, but consider me lucky! I’m about 99% sure these wouldn’t break my winning streak!
This lovely concoction is the “wasabi aioli ahi tuna and salmon burrito.” It’s made with masago (roe or fish eggs), cucumber, mango, sushi nori (seaweed), and lotus chips. You can get your hands on this burrito at New York’s Pokéworks. They’re a hot Hawaiian spot that specializes in “[...] build-your-own poké bowls, poké burritos and poké salads with a variety of proteins, sauces and toppings to choose from."
Next up on the menu, I give you the Tempura Shrimp Sushi Burrito! This flavorful creation can be found at California’s one-of-a-kind Wrap N’ Roll Sushi Burrito. It’s a tasty combination of imitation crab, cucumber, shredded cabbage, green onion, guacamole, and their special aioli (sauce) rolled up into a burrito casing of red tempura flakes.
This has me ready to gear up for some fun in the Californian sun just to have a taste!
I'll Have a Burger
Via The Feast
You didn’t think I’d leave out this fresh sushi twist on the classic American burger did you? Yes, you can now indulge in a sushi burger from Red Eye Grill in New York City! You’ll only find it on their secret menu. This juicy original has 2 buns made from either white or black sushi rice, and the middle fixings include, spicy tuna, yuzu aioli (the drizzled sauce), watermelon radish, and seaweed salad. Talk about mouthwatering!
Via All Day
Ain’t no party like a pizza party!
I don’t know a single person that doesn’t enjoy a good ‘ole slice of pizza pie! It might not be your favorite, but it’s a simple meal that most people can stomach.
Now this pizza inspired masterpiece might take the cake! Chef, Sam Murphy (@sobeautifullyreal), does it again with this pizza themed sushi creation. She really outdid herself this time. If you’re wondering, the recipe is:
- Black sesame
- Teriyaki tofu
- Rice (for the crust)
I think her easy sushi recipe is simple enough for even a sushi newbie to try at home!
Via A Side of Sweet
Food blogger, Kelly Egan, created her own take on sushi pizza! It’s a health conscious substitute to traditional sushi cuisine. "Two of my favorite foods - sushi and pizza - come together in the form of sushi pizza! This fun and healthy recipe doesn't require any rolling."
TAco 'Bout Awesome
Last stop, Los Angeles, California for these tempting tacos!
California’s Norigami eatery gets their name from nori and origami. No wonder their tacos are so popular! This is the “Firecracker” taco made of homemade spicy tuna, sambal obleck (sauce), green onion, shrimp tempura, eel sauce, and microgreens.
Last but not least, this is a fun recipe to try at home! Especially, it you want to give sushi making a go, but your rolling skills aren’t up to par.
Created by blogger Paola at Cravings in Amsterdam, the inspiration for this recipe was...
"Gimme sushi any day and I am a happy woman! Okay, so this is not really a taco, but it’s a fun way to serve sushi. If your rolling skills are not very good or you don’t have the patience for it, this is an easier way to serve it. You will just need a 9 cm mold to make the round nori sheets. To the salmon poke, I added a bit of chili oil and a sprinkle of togarashi for some heat."
This fun-loving recipe contains most of the major components found in a traditional sushi roll, except the rice patty is folded taco-style, for a hand-eating friendly meal!
If you’re craving sushi by the end of this post, I’ll consider my job done! Seriously, even if some of these fun sushi creations aren’t your thing, I totally recommend hitting up your local sushi joint. It’s one of my favorite meals, and a fun cultural experience! Comment with your favorite sushi roll and share any memorable sushi experiences. I’d love to read about them!
**Featured image via @sobeautifullyreal