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27 Easy Cooked Sushi Recipes

If you avoid sushi because you don’t like raw fish, have no fear, cooked sushi is here! These flavorful cooked sushi recipes are for you.

When most people think of sushi, they tend to think of the raw fish on rice variety. But the truth is, there are many different kinds of sushi! Some of them are cooked, while others use raw fish.

Whether you want to learn how to make some sushi yourself or just searching for what to order, these twenty-seven cooked sushi recipes will help you!

Let’s dive right in.

recipes for cooked sushi

Types of Sushi

There are six core types of sushi.

  • Sashimi. Sashimi is a light dish made of rectangular slices of raw fish. It’s a great way to enjoy fresh fish that’s in season.
  • Nigiri. This sushi looks simple, but there’s much-hidden technique. A molded piece of sushi rice is covered with a slice of raw or cooked fish.
  • Chirashi. Think of this like sashimi in a bowl. It’s served with a few different garnishes the chef can use to give you a little surprise in the middle of your meal.
  • Maki. When most people think of sushi, maki is what they think of. It’s that traditional roll shape with rice on the outside and the filling on the inside.
  • Uramaki. This is the reverse of maki sushi, putting the filling on the outside and the rice on the inside.
  • Temaki. And finally, we have temaki. This is almost like a savory ice cream cone! The nori (seaweed) forms a cone holding rice, fish, and vegetables.

What Are Some Sushi Rolls That Are Cooked?

When it comes to cooked sushi, you can find many different kinds. Nigiri, maki, uramaki, and temaki can all have cooked varieties.

Teriyaki chicken, fried fish, eel, egg, and even vegetables are all ingredients you can enjoy on cooked sushi. Thankfully, these are also super simple to make at home!

Best Cooked Sushi Recipes

Jump into making sushi at home with the internet’s best-cooked recipes. The idea of making sushi can feel pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to! Grab your sushi mat and some seaweed sheets!

Follow along with any of these twenty-seven recipes to achieve sushi greatness. Let’s roll!

1. Vegan Sushi Rolls

vegan sushi rolls


Sushi is one of those meals that take to being vegan with ease. That’s why I love this recipe for vegan maki rolls. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients without the stress of cooking with fish.

This recipe calls for bell peppers, creamy avocado, and cucumber as fillings. But you can use any fillers that you want! I recommend including avocado for a dose of healthy, creamy fats.

Have some extra avocados? Use them before they go bad with this avocado wrap with cucumbers!

2. California Rolls

california rolls


Here’s another maki roll that’s so tasty you’ll never want to buy takeout again. This type of sushi is called a California roll. The spicy mayo, imitation crab, and avocado are the perfect comforting blend.

The sesame seeds on the outside give every piece of sushi a tasty crunch. This is a great place to start in the world of homemade sushi. It’s a super easy recipe with no challenging twists or turns.

These simple lettuce salad recipes would make a perfect side for your rolls!

3. Vegan Sushi Cake

vegan sushi cake


This is the recipe you reach for when you want something wild. This vegan sushi cake is bright and beautiful. Every layer has a new color or flavor for you to enjoy.

Bring this cake if you’re heading to a sushi lover’s party. They’ll be blown away by this unique showstopper! Best of all, it’s nice and simple to pull together, you’ll need to break out your rice cooker.

4. Crunchy Roll Sushi

crunchy roll sushi


The one thing that can make sushi even better is a little bit of crunch. I’m a massive fan of the crunchy coating outside this sushi roll. It’s fantastic with mayonnaise drizzled on top!

While the recipe has recommended fillings, you can use this method any way you want. Make your favorite sushi roll a bit more enjoyable with a layer of tasty crunch.

You’ll need sheets of nori and a bamboo mat for this one!

5. Vegan Tofu Sushi

vegan tofu sushi


Many vegan sushi recipes use avocado as the core ingredient, leaving it at that to avoid raw seafood. But this sushi roll recipe takes the taste and texture one step further. The secret ingredient? Tofu!

The key is marinating the tofu for these homemade sushi rolls, which has a delicious flavor. Without this, it will look too bland to excite your tastebuds.

Pro tip: try freezing and defrosting it a couple of times to help give the tofu a meaty texture.

This tofu recipe would be a great back to school meal to keep you full.

6. Spicy Tuna Roll

spicy tuna roll


The spicy tuna roll is a staple of the homemade sushi game and great for a sushi party. This is a great place to start if you want to know how to make your own sushi!

This is a super simple maki roll you can knock together in no time. Whip this up ahead of time and keep it fresh in the fridge. Bring it along to your next potluck or picnic for a crowd-pleasing treat!

If you love the kick of spicy tuna you’ll love this spicy tuna wrap with veggies.

7. Spicy Crab Roll

spicy crab roll


If you prefer crab meat over tuna, here’s a recipe that will have your tastebuds singing. This sushi looks as impressive as it tastes.

The black sesame seeds contrast with the reddish crab stick in the middle.

The result is a gorgeous spicy crab roll that will happily take center stage on any table. Serve with a healthy dose of spicy mayonnaise, sushi vinegar, and sesame-spiked soy sauce.

8. Sushi Cupcakes

sushi cupcakes


Love the idea of the sushi cake but don’t want to make the whole thing? These sushi cupcakes deliver color and flavor without using up a year’s supply of sushi rice or needing a rolling mat.

While these look sweet, these cupcakes are savory. They’re great for a simple, easy kids’ birthday party lunch if you are doing a sushi bar.

The kids will love the vibrant “cakes,” and you can avoid the sugar-high regular cupcakes would promise!

9. Tuna Sushi Burrito

tuna sushi burrito


Searching for a great appetizer for your next party? These tuna sushi burritos are a unique and delicious way to bring your guests’ appetites roaring to life.

Whip these up the night before and leave them sitting in the fridge to save yourself time. The foil around the rolls will stop the rice from drying out. That way, you get perfect sushi without the stress.

This sushi recipe would make a great healthy school lunch idea.

10. No Rice Maki Roll

no rice maki roll


Going keto doesn’t have to mean going without sushi. This rice-less sushi has all the great flavors you love without the carbs to bring you down. The sesame seeds on top add the perfect finishing touch.

This maki roll also includes smoked salmon. In other words, it’s a super rich and delicious sushi roll that even the pickiest eater will enjoy.

11. Galaxy Sushi Bowl

galaxy sushi roll


Make sushi fun for your kids with this super cute galaxy sushi bowl. Food coloring goes a long way to making a healthy dish like sushi attractive to the little ones.

Creating this dish is almost like making tacos. Your rice is the tortilla. Then the rest of the vegetables are your tasty toppings. Let the kids assemble their perfect bowl. No pickiness here!

12. Smoked Salmon Oshi Sushi

smoked salmon oshi sushi


Think of this recipe as a nigiri-style sushi recipe with delicious smoked salmon. This recipe uses flame-seared salmon. It’s extra smoky and simple to make at home with a blowtorch.

Brush with soy sauce and a dash of chili oil to sell it. These refined little pieces of sushi are perfect for impressing guests at your next dinner party.

13. Vegetable Sushi

vegetable sushi


Give your vegetable sushi recipe an upgrade. This platter ignores the stereotype of boring single-vegetable vegetarian sushi. Instead, each piece is packed with as much flavor and color as possible.

This is a gorgeous centerpiece to serve at your next lunch or brunch gathering. All the colors and textures keep things interesting without overwhelming your guests.

14. Fried Shrimp Tempura Roll

fried shrimp tempura roll


We’ve talked about adding panko to the outside of your sushi roll. But what if you took that one step further? This fried shrimp tempura roll uses a light tempura mixture to add that exterior crunch.

This sushi roll looks insanely impressive. But it’s super easy to make! You don’t need a heap of time, either. The key is to prepare your sushi roll the day before, then fry it right before you serve it.

15. Crispy Fried Tuna Rice Balls

crispy fried tuna roll


Speaking of fancy party appetizers… this is an easy meal that will blow your guests away. These are the ultimate holiday hangover treat to help soak up any leftover champagne.

Stick a toothpick in each ball to serve these up as appetizers. Are you looking for a heftier meal? You can serve up a bowl of these to enjoy with your favorite sushi condiments.

16. Inarizushi



This is a sushi variety we didn’t touch on at the top of the list. It’s not as well-known as the others, but it is delicious. It’s inarizushi! That’s a soy pocket full of sushi rice, vegetables, and fish.

The earthy soy pocket helps these sushi pieces feel super filling. Hunting for a great meal prep recipe? This one is easy to knock together in the morning and will fill you up for the day.

17. Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls

sweet potato sushi roll


Have you ever tried sweet potato sushi rolls? They’re sweet, earthy, and have an excellent mouthfeel. The little piece of beet in the middle of each piece adds a bit of welcome brightness.

This is a fantastic way to use leftover sweet potato. Give your old root vegetables new life with a healthy, simple recipe that everyone in your family will love.

18. Dragon Roll

dragon roll


A dragon roll is a personal favorite. First of all, it looks fantastic. Second of all, it tastes even better than it looks! I think the best way to enjoy this roll is slathered in Japanese mayonnaise.

While this recipe uses avocado as the core ingredient, you can use anything. Think of a dragon roll as both a maki and uramaki roll. The filling is on the inside and the outside.

Talk about luxury!

19. Baked Salmon Sushi Bowl

baked salmon sushi bowl


Deconstruct your favorite cooked sushi roll for a delightful dinner! This baked salmon sushi bowl looks just as good as it tastes. It’s so filling and great as a meal prep lunch box or dinner.

Make sure to season your rice! Rice bowls often have great toppings, but the rice is overlooked. A drizzle of sesame oil and some sesame seeds go a long way.

20. Sushi Bake Casserole

sushi bake casserole


Love the flavor of sushi but don’t want to fuss with making the rolls? This delicious cooked sushi casserole is the answer! It takes only minutes to assemble, but this is a taste you’ll crave forever.

Change out the salmon for teriyaki chicken or even katsu chicken to keep things interesting. This is a versatile dish you can make to suit yourself and your family’s tastes.

21. Smoked Salmon Philadelphia Rolls

somked salmon philadelphia


Next up, we have a Japanese-American fusion dish at home on dinner tables across the U.S. Smoked salmon Philadelphia rolls pair smoked salmon and cream cheese. They’re peas in a pod!

These go great with a cucumber salad on the side. Serve these up in summer for a refreshing lunchtime treat.

22. Boston Roll

boston roll


We’re skipping across states from Philadelphia to Boston. This roll is bright and delicious, with plenty of healthy vegetables. The cooked shrimp is the real hero of this tasty sushi roll.

Try experimenting with different kinds of roe on the outside of the roll. You can make amazing appetizers with all the different colors!

23. Shrimp Sushi Bowl

shrimp sushi bowl


Take that Boston roll and turn it into a bowl with this simple recipe. This is a fantastic recipe to break out in the middle of the week.

This is the place to go when you’re tired and need something simple. Every bite is creamy and rich, but the bowl is packed with fresh nutrients.

24. Chicken Sushi

chicken sushi


Chicken sushi is one of those things that can polarize a family. Some love it; some hate it. But with this recipe, I guarantee that everyone will be on board.

It’s a super-filling recipe you can make ahead of time. So, it’s excellent for lunchtime meal prep!

25. Chicken Katsu Sushi Burger

chicken katsu sushi burger


Next up is a unique dish to break out at your next dinner party. Sushi rice buns and a chicken katsu patty are one heck of a combination! And let me tell you, it tastes fantastic.

This burger is a texture and flavor bomb. It’s worth the extra time and effort to make it unique. 

26. Taco Beef Sushi

taco beef sushi


Speaking of unique recipes, this taco beef sushi is crazy good! This is like a taco bowl wrapped in nori, and the taste makes my soul sing. I know. The combination might sound crazy.

But the rich taco beef filling is the perfect foil for the light and bright sushi rice. Give it a try!

27. Teriyaki Salmon

teriyaki salmon


Our final recipe celebrates a classic sushi recipe kids have been enjoying for centuries. This hand roll is delicious and easy to eat without any extra equipment. It’s portable and ideal for a picnic lunch.

Try using this method with any meat or vegetables of your choice. Make sure to pick something with a little crunch to give the hand-roll structure.

So, which recipes have made it onto your sushi bucket list? Let me know what your go-to sushi dish is in the comments below!

shrimp tempura roll

27 Easy Cooked Sushi Recipes

Yield: 8-16 sushi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Making your own sushi is easier than you think. Enjoy one of these cooked sushi recipes for healthy and delicious meal.


  • 1. Vegan Sushi Rolls
  • 2. California Rolls
  • 3. Vegan Sushi Cake
  • 4. Crunchy Roll Sushi
  • 5. Vegan Tofu Sushi
  • 6. Spicy Tuna Roll
  • 7. Spicy Crab Roll
  • 8. Sushi Cupcakes
  • 9. Tuna Sushi Burrito
  • 10. No Rice Maki Roll
  • 11. Galaxy Sushi Bowl
  • 12. Smoked Salmon Oshi Sushi
  • 13. Vegetable Sushi
  • 14. Fried Shrimp Tempura Roll
  • 15. Crispy Fried Tuna Rice Balls
  • 16. Inarizushi
  • 17. Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls
  • 18. Dragon Roll
  • 19. Baked Salmon Sushi Bowl
  • 20. Sushi Bake Casserole
  • 21. Smoked Salmon Philadelphia Rolls
  • 22. Boston Roll
  • 23. Shrimp Sushi Bowl
  • 24. Chicken Sushi
  • 25. Chicken Katsu Sushi Burger
  • 26. Taco Beef Sushi
  • 27. Teriyaki Salmon


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