Sushi bowls for kids are an easy, healthy dinner. You only need to cook one ingredient - rice! Kids can build their own bowls with salmon, avocado, cucumber and seaweed.
These 4-ingredient sushi bowls for kids are regularly requested by, well, my kids. This dinner is something of a unicorn because both kids love it, it's healthy and it's super easy to make.
How often do all three of these things describe dinner? Practically never.
So you can see why I love these sushi bowls. And I think you'll love them too, not only for their simplicity but because everyone at the table can personalize their own bowl.
Rice: My kids like plain old white rice in their sushi bowls, but you can use any type of rice you like: regular white rice, Calrose, sushi rice, or brown rice. Skip to the rice section below for cooking instructions for all types of rice. P.S. Frozen rice found at most grocery stores makes this dinner even easier!
Salmon: You can use leftover cooked salmon, lox, or smoked salmon.
Avocado: My favorite part of the bowl! We could all use a helpful reminder of how to cut an avocado.
Seaweed: I buy two packages of seaweed snacks and my kids crumble the seaweed on top of their bowls. You can also use sheets of nori cut into pieces, but nori isn't quite as salty and flavorful.
Toppings: Soy sauce, rice vinegar and furikake seasoning are easy, flavorful toppings
How to Cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker
You can make rice using your favorite method, whether it's stovetop, rice cooker or Instant Pot. I almost always use my Instant Pot because it's so convenient.
Sushi Rice: To make sushi rice, use short-grain Japanese rice or Calrose rice and season the rice with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. This recipe from Amy + Jacky has detailed instructions for Instant Pot Sushi Rice.
White Rice: Use a 1:1 ratio, combining 1 cup white rice and 1 cup water. Use the "rice" setting or cook white rice for 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release.
Brown Rice: I like to combine 1 cup brown rice and 1 ¼ cups water and cook it for 22 minutes on high pressure. This makes fairly soft brown rice. For chewier rice, use a 1:1 ratio of brown rice and water and cook for 15 to 18 minutes on high pressure, with a natural release.
Brown Rice and Quinoa: This blend of brown rice and quinoa is a healthy option for sushi bowls.
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