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67% would make again

Easy Sushi Sandwiches

by Betsy Carter


for 8 servings

  • ¼ cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 mL) rice vinegar
  • 4 cups (920 g) short grain rice, cooked, hot
  • 8 sheets nori, divided
  • ½ lb (225 g) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¾ cup (95 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (30 g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) ice water
  • canola oil, for frying
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 avocado, sliced, divided
  • 6 oz (170 g) imitation crab, 1 can
  • 1 english cucumber, thinly sliced, divided
  • ½ cup (60 g) whipped cream cheese
  • 4 oz (115 g) smoked salmon, 1 package

To Serve

  • teriyaki sauce
  • spicy mayonnaise
  • soy sauce


  1. In a bowl, add the sugar, salt, and vinegar, and stir to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Transfer the rice onto a serving bowl and pour the vinegar mixture over the rice.
  3. Using a spatula fold in the vinegar into the rice. Have another person fan the rice while mixing to get it down to room temperature.
  4. Lay 4 sheets of nori onto two sheet pans. Spread half the rice mixture onto the nori on one sheet pan in an even layer. Repeat with the remaining sheet pan.
  5. Refrigerate uncovered for 30 minutes to an hour.
  6. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and egg until smooth.
  7. Slowly add the ice water in a steady stream whisking until just mixed.
  8. Dip the shrimp in the batter until fully coated.
  9. Heat a large pot of oil to 350˚F (180˚C).
  10. Add shrimp to the pot and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a wire rack to drain. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
  11. Once cool, season the shrimp with salt to taste.
  12. Remove the sheet pans with rice from the refrigerator. Place the first sheet of nori and rice onto a cutting board.
  13. Mentally divide the rice sheet into fourths. On one fourth, place a layer of cucumber, a layer of avocado, and top with the crab.
  14. On another fourth, place the sliced avocado and top with the shrimp tempura.
  15. On another fourth, spread a layer of the cream cheese, then top with smoked salmon and a layer of avocado.
  16. On the last fourth add a layer of cucumber and avocado.
  17. Gently invert the other sheet tray with rice onto the sheet tray with toppings, so that the edges are even.
  18. Cut the sushi into 16 even squares.
  19. Serve with teriyaki sauce, spicy mayonnaise, and soy sauce.
  20. Enjoy!