6 Ways To Use Up Your Leftover Sushi That Will Make You Feel Like A Master Chef

leftover sushi

Leftover sushi is a common problem.

You’ve just spent all that time carefully constructing a beautiful roll, and then you have to figure out what to do with it when you’re finished eating.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to use up your leftover rolls—and quite possibly none of them will involve throwing them away.

How to store leftover sushi

A good rule of thumb is to keep your sushi in the fridge and use it within two days.

Thinner cuts of sushi, such as sashimi and maki rolls, will dry out if kept for more than a day or two.

The best way to store leftover rice-based sushi (such as nigiri or inari) is to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap so that they don’t become soggy from their own moisture.

If you’re not going to eat your sushi right away, it’s best to keep it in the fridge until you’re ready for it.

To avoid contaminating other foods with raw fish juices or rice vinegar, use a separate plate or container just for your sushi and cover it tightly with plastic wrap.

6 ideas for leftover sushi

Make ramen with it

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If you have leftover sushi rice, don’t toss it out.

You can use it to make ramen!

Sushi rice is a great substitute for ramen noodles.

It has the same texture and flavor, but without all the added carbs from wheat flour.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to eat more vegetables—and less meat and dairy—in your diet, try making a spicy tuna or miso ramen bowl with this versatile ingredient instead of regular noodles.

You can also swap out the salmon in any recipe that calls for fish broth by using leftover sushi-grade salmon chunks instead (or even raw tuna).

This will add an extra umami kick that’s sure to please your taste buds as well as your body!

If you don’t have any leftover sushi rice, you can make your own.

All you need is 1 cup of sushi vinegar (it’s sold at most Asian supermarkets), 2 cups of water and 2 cups of short-grain white rice.

Combine the ingredients in a pot over medium heat and bring them to a boil before reducing the heat to low.

Let them simmer for about 10 minutes before removing from the heat and allowing them to cool down for about 15 minutes more.

Make sushi burritos

If you have leftover sashimi or sushi, make sushi burritos! All you need is a tortilla wrap and some fillings.

For the fillings, use whatever leftover fish and vegetables you’ve got on hand—but be sure to keep them cold.

To roll up your burrito: take about 2/3 of the tortilla wrap and place it horizontally in front of yourself.

Spread desired amount of filling down the center (I recommend making sure there’s less at either end).

Roll up tightly from left to right, then seal with a toothpick before slicing in half to serve.

Sushi burritos are a great way to save money and eat healthy at the same time.

All you need is some leftover sashimi or sushi rice, along with whatever fillings you have on hand.

For the fillings, use whatever leftover fish and vegetables you’ve got on hand—but be sure to keep them cold.

To roll up your burrito: take about 2/3 of the tortilla wrap and place it horizontally in front of yourself.

Spread desired amount of filling down the center (I recommend making sure there’s less at either end).

Roll up tightly from left to right, then seal with a toothpick before slicing in half to serve sushi burritos are a great way to save money and eat healthy at the same time.

All you need is some leftover sashimi or sushi rice, along with whatever fillings you have on hand.

For the fillings, use whatever leftover fish and vegetables you’ve got on hand—but be sure to keep them cold to roll up your burrito: take about 2/3 of the tortilla wrap and place it horizontally in front of yourself.

Spread desired amount of filling down the center (I recommend making sure there’s less at either end).

Roll up tightly from left to right, then seal with a toothpick before slicing in half to serve.

Make a sushi salad

If you have leftover rice from sushi or teriyaki, you can make a quick and easy salad by mixing it with cucumber, seaweed and avocado.

Slices of cooked chicken or shrimp are also delicious additions—just add some soy sauce and wasabi (or use a little prepared dressing) to taste.

Add a few slices of pickled ginger for extra zing and sprinkle on some sesame seeds for garnish.

If you’re in a hurry, grab some leftover rice and mix it up with some chopped veggies.

You can also add edamame (green soybeans), tofu or chicken if you have some handy.

If you like spicy foods, try adding a dash of hot sauce to the mix; if not, just use soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.

If you want to add a little something extra, try adding some fresh spinach or other greens to the mix.

You can also add some chopped scallions or cilantro for added flavor.

For an Asian twist, use sushi rice instead of plain white rice.

Make a deconstructed sushi bowl

If you have leftover sushi rice, you can make a deconstructed version of your favorite sushi rolls.

Mix the leftover rice with some soy sauce and wasabi, then add some avocado, cucumber and pickled ginger for a delicious bowl of goodness.

If you don’t have any leftover rice to work with, use your imagination! Use whatever type of grain or pasta seems like it would go well with the other ingredients in this dish—maybe red quinoa? Or brown rice noodles? You could even turn it into an oatmeal-type breakfast by adding milk or water and heating it up on the stovetop until cooked through.

Put toppings on top of cooked eggs

This one is pretty self-explanatory…

but not necessarily easy (unless you’re already used to cracking eggs over things).

Just crack open an egg over medium-low heat in butter or olive oil until cooked through; then top with whatever ingredients from your leftover sushi toppings bin would taste good in an egg: fish sauce, sriracha sauce, seaweed salad…

Make fried rolls with it

If you have leftover sushi rice, the best way to use it is in fried rolls.

The process is very similar to making fresh sushi rolls: prepare sushi fillings and make your own sushi rice.

You can also use store-bought nori sheets or nori pouches if you’re short on time and don’t feel like making your own soy sauce (or if you’re out of it).

Once your filling mixture is complete, follow these steps for frying:

  • Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking (if using frozen shrimp, add them now).
  • If using thawed shrimp or fish cakes, add them after hot oil has been reached so they don’t get soggy.)
  • Dip each piece of sushi in tempura batter mix until evenly coated and set aside while continuing with other pieces.
  • Use chopsticks or tongs to carefully place battered pieces into the hot oil one at a time; do not crowd pan! Fry until golden brown on one side then flip over for approximately 30 seconds longer—this will depend on how thickly coated each piece was with tempura batter mix!

Use it to top fish tacos or slaw

If you’ve got leftover sushi, try topping it with fish tacos or slaw.

The crunchy cabbage makes for a great contrast to the sashimi-style fish, and the avocado adds creaminess.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try adding some sriracha to your slaw for an extra kick!

If you’re feeling like eating something crunchy but don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, try topping your leftover sushi with some peanuts and cucumber.

This tasty combination can be eaten as is or wrapped in nori sheets for a more traditional take on sushi.

If you’re looking for something sweet, try topping your leftover sushi with fruit.

Raspberry and grapefruit are especially good options.

And if you want to add some saltiness back into the mix, consider sprinkling some sea salt over top of your fruit slices before eating them! If you’re feeling adventurous but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, try making a roll out of whatever ingredients you have left over.

Conclusion

While sushi is a delicious treat, it can be expensive to buy if you’re not careful.

Luckily, there are many creative ways to use leftover sushi that will save you money and taste great! If you want to learn more about how to use leftovers from your favorite rolls or nigiri pieces, just keep reading.

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