A tasty alternative for people who crave but cannot eat regular sushi (such as pregnant women)

Our food columnist for The Leipzig Glocal gives a yummy alternative for those who cannot eat sushi, for instance pregnant women.
Sushi Bowl, photo and recipe by A. Köpping

Sushi Bowl

By Alexandra Athanasopoulou Köpping

So I love sushi. I am also pregnant and therefore cannot eat any raw meat or fish. Unfortunately, for me sushi is the only thing I have really been craving for all this time. So much that my beloved husband suggested that we eat fruit sushi. After having analyzed my craving for sushi, I realized that it wasn’t necessarily the raw fish that I was missing but the taste of the rice, the wasabi and the soya sauce. So I came up with a dish that would satisfy my need for sushi-based dishes. I realized afterwards that this recipe is quite flexible and can be used as a base for many different meals. The dish consists of a base of rice with sesame seeds and different toppings.

So today’s recipe is a sushi bowl. I am not giving quantities here because that is one of the advantages of this recipe. It’s really up to your individual taste and needs!

For the rice base:

Sushi rice (you can use normal rice as well)

Sesame seeds



Egg, flour and breadcrumbs (if you have Japanese panko style breadcrumbs, it’s even better)






Soya sauce



How to make it:

Well, it is relatively simple. You need to cook your rice according to the package instructions. Once the rice is ready, let it cool and then add the sesame seeds (you can use black or white sesame seeds, or even both).

Once you have done that, take your egg, break it and beat it in a small bowl. In another bowl put the flour, and in a third one put the breadcrumbs. Take the shrimp and dip them in the egg, then in the flour, then in the egg again, and finally add the breadcrumbs. Once you have all your shrimp ready, you can deep-fry them in some vegetable oil. It will not take long, about two minutes per side. Put your shrimp on the side.

Cut the cucumber, avocado and surimi into bits.

Take your mayonnaise and your wasabi sauce and mix them together. The proportion I use it two table spoons of mayonnaise for one tea spoon of wasabi. But it is really up to your personal preference. You can’t really do anything wrong here.

Finally, you can put everything together. So put your rice in a bowl and add your toppings (shrimp, surimi, avocado, cucumber and nori). Finally, serve with soya sauce and the wasabi mayonnaise.

You can rearrange your rice bowl with different ingredients, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, leftover meat, etc.

The shrimp can also be served on their own with the wasabi mayonnaise as a nice finger food.

Enjoy your meal! Next time I will write about the best places to eat ice cream in Leipzig.

"Good food makes good people". In her column, Alexandra will present the culinary diversity that exists in Leipzig by discovering new and exciting places to eat. She will also present the family recipes from people who live in Leipzig, as a way to show the cultural diversity that exists in this city.

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