The crispy rice trend has been floating around my social media timelines for awhile and this version with spicy crab is the one recipe you need in your life! One day, I finally decided that it was time to cave. I had seen people create their own versions online with spicy salmon. It was so nice to see people create their own versions of this recipe. Instead of using sashimi grade salmon, I modified the recipe to use what was accessible to me. What I love about this recipe is that it captures all the flavours of sushi rolls but introduces new textures from the crispy rice. If sushi had a younger, more laid back sibling, this crispy rice would be it.
Crispy Rice Inspiration & Development
This recipe is my own variation of Nobu’s Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice. At the time, I didn’t have any sashimi grade fish on hand so I decided to be resourceful and use what was already in my kitchen – and BOY am I glad I did! I had a couple cans of crab meat in my pantry and thought this would be the perfect substitute. I understand that real crab can be pricey and I’m all about accessible cooking so if canned crab isn’t an option, you can always use imitation crab – just make sure to finely shred it.
If you’re not the best at making homemade sushi, this may just be the recipe for you! This has a similar flavour profile of the classic spicy crab roll but the texture of the crispy rice takes it to a new level. Even my dad, who isn’t a huge fan of seafood nor sushi, really enjoyed these. He told me they were excellent!
Where to Find Ingredients for Spicy Crab Mixture
If you’re unaware I create cooking videos on TikTok. On a whim, I felt that I should film my own version of the famous crispy rice. To my surprise, this recipe blew up on my TikTok profile! I was so happy and grateful which is why I decided to create a written version.
Upon reading comments, many people were asking about what kewpie mayo is and where to find it. Kewpie Mayo originates from Japan. In my opinion, it has a more pleasing and creamier flavour profile than western mayo which is why I prefer it. It is available at most Asian grocery stores but you can also purchase it on Amazon!