Inspired by a classic sushi recipe, these crispy rice bites are made with authentic sushi rice and topped with a mixture of crab, avocado and spicy sriracha mayo.
Cook rice according to package directions. Stir in vinegar, sesame oil, salt and sugar. Spread rice on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let cool completely. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or until well chilled.
Using wet hands, press 2 tbsp chilled rice into 2-inch round cookie cutter; transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining rice (you should have 24 rounds).
Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. In batches, cook rice rounds for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy, adding oil to pan as needed. Transfer to paper towel-lined tray.
In bowl, stir together crab, mayonnaise, sriracha and sesame oil; refrigerate until ready to use. In small bowl, mash together avocado, lemon juice and salt; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
To serve, top each crispy rice round with 1/2 tbsp spicy crab mixture and 1 tsp mashed avocado. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi.
Alternatively, press rice into 2-inch square cutter, or use 2 tbsp to shape into ball, then press and flatten into a round. Repeat with remaining rice.
While not technically considered sushi, these crispy rice bites have taken inspiration from the classic Japanese finger food. Starting with the rice base, this recipe is made using classic Sushi Rice from Authentic Grains, however, it is mixed with rice wine vinegar, salt, sugar and sesame oil for a twist.
Instead of rolling, this rice is pressed, and we’ve taken it a step further by pan-searing it in vegetable oil for a crispy and savory finish!
The topping is also inspired by classic spicy crab rolls using crab meat, creamy avocado and of course a homemade spicy sriracha mayo to drizzle on top. For that delicious crunch make sure to sprinkle with sesame seeds and for a true sushi-like touch pair with pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi paste.
With your crispy rice base, you can customize the toppings however you’d like depending on your tastes and preferences.
For an impressive spread of different crispy rice toppings, pair this recipe with another seafood-inspired version — Crispy Rice Canapes with Seared Tuna. Or, try a light and fresh recipe like this Crispy Rice with Shrimp Ceviche made with zesty flavors and fresh vegetables.