Crispy sushi rice with spicy salmon! These delicious bites of crunchy rice are the perfect appetizers to serve as part of your dinner. This recipe was made in partnership with the USA Rice Federation, but all opinions are my own.
I’ve been trying to spice up our weeknight dinners whenever possible to keep things fun for us. Sometimes I find that we rotate between the same few foods, so I always like to experiment with new things.
I’ve had crispy rice on my mind for too long, and decided to give it a go at home! It’s topped with avocado, cooked salmon (we aren’t huge fans of raw fish), and a simple homemade spicy mayo.
The U.S-grown rice is so simple to make, and can be topped with your choice of fish and toppings. It’s so flavorful, super crunchy, and a perfect dish to serve as part of dinner.
Rice is such a huge staple in more than half of the world’s diets. There are so many varieties, including long grain, short grain, wild, brown and white to name a few. It’s a great source of carbohydrates (= energy), fiber, antioxidants, and even protein!
Rice packs in more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, folic acid and B vitamins. It’s also naturally free of sodium, cholesterol and gluten. Purchasing rice grown in the USA helps support local growers, while also reducing your food miles.
It’s a great boost of energy and whole-grains, and is shelf-stable, affordable, and can be used in SO many recipes.
What you’ll need to make homemade crispy rice
For the crispy rice:
- U.S-grown short grain rice
- Rice vinegar
- Salmon, cooked or raw. If using raw fish, make sure you purchased from a reputable source!
- A simple spicy mayo made of mayonnaise, sriracha and a little lemon juice
Short grain rice is best when making sushi or crispy rice, especially if you don’t have access to sushi rice. When cooked, it has a soft and stickier texture than other varieties of rice. Short grain rice is grown in Arkansas and California, and is ideal for dishes with creamy consistency, sweet dishes, and Asian dishes.
How to prepare crispy rice
- Prepare your rice as instructed on package
- Season it with salt and rice vinegar
- Let it cool, or refrigerate it for 30 minutes
- Flatten out 1 tbsp worth of rice and pan fry both sides in avocado oil until golden brown
- Top it with avocado and spicy salmon!
This dish is SO delicious, and I can’t wait for you guys to try it!
Thank you to the USA Rice Federation for sponsoring this post. I love working with brands I truly love and believe in.