Easy Sushi Rice Topped with Crab


 Sushi rice topped with crab is a popular Japanese dish that combines two of the country's most beloved ingredients: sushi rice and crab meat. The dish typically consists of vinegared sushi rice that is shaped into small balls or pressed into a rectangular shape, then topped with fresh, sweet crab meat.

Easy  Sushi Rice Topped with Crab


Crab meat can be prepared in various ways, such as steamed, boiled, or grilled, and may be seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, or other Japanese seasonings to enhance its flavor. Some variations of the dish also include additional toppings, such as avocado, cucumber, or tobiko (flying fish roe), to add texture and flavor.

Sushi rice topped with crab is often served as an appetizer or as part of a sushi platter and is typically enjoyed with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger on the side. It is a delicious and visually appealing dish that is sure to satisfy sushi and seafood lovers alike.

Tips and Variations:


Use high-quality sushi rice and fresh crab meat for the best flavor and texture.

Make sure to properly season the sushi rice with vinegar, sugar, and salt to achieve the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors.

Use a sushi press or mold to shape the rice into uniform shapes for a more professional-looking presentation.

Experiment with different toppings and seasonings to create your own unique variation of the dish.


Easy  Sushi Rice Topped with Crab

Substitute crab meat with other types of seafood, such as shrimp, scallops, or salmon.

Add a layer of thinly sliced avocado or cucumber on top of the crab meat for extra texture and flavor.

Use different types of crab meat, such as king crab or snow crab, for a different flavor and texture.

Top the sushi rice with spicy mayo, eel sauce, or other Japanese condiments for a twist on the traditional preparation.

Mix the crab meat with mayonnaise, green onion, and other seasonings to make a crab salad and serve it on top of the sushi rice.

Wrap the sushi rice and crab meat in nori seaweed sheets to make a hand roll instead of a traditional sushi piece.


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. fresh crab meat
  • Soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger for serving

Easy  Sushi Rice Topped with Crab


Rinse the sushi rice until the water is clear in cold water. Drain the rice and let it sit in a colander for 30 minutes to remove excess water.

In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.

In a small saucepan, heat the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt over low heat, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve.

After adding the vinegar mixture and adding the cooked rice to a big bowl, gently swirl the rice to coat it with the vinegar mixture. Let the rice cool to room temperature.

Divide the sushi rice into equal portions and shape each portion into a ball or rectangular shape.

Top each portion of rice with fresh crab meat.

Serve the sushi rice topped with crab with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger on the side.

As an appetizer, this dish serves 4, or as a main dish, it serves 2. You can adjust the quantities based on your desired serving size. You can also customize the recipe by adding additional toppings or seasonings as desired.