We Tried the Viral Crispy Rice Sushi Waffles and We’re Obsessed

Updated: May 02, 2024

Why is everyone suddenly putting rice in their waffle maker? We made the popular sushi waffle and now we know.

I used to think my waffle iron was just for… waffles. You know, the morning, Belgian kind of waffles. But over the past few years, my vision of what the appliance can do has expanded, with a bunch of surprising waffle-iron recipes. The most surprising, however, is a savory recipe for crispy rice sushi waffles that can be the basis for a delicious and healthy dinner with salmon, avocado and cucumber. Try this recipe, and your waffle maker might just start getting used more for dinner than breakfast.

What Are Sushi Waffles and How Did They Get So Popular?

The popular sushi waffles are a sort of take on a sushi bowl, but instead of fresh, soft rice, the rice is cooked a second time in a waffle iron, converting it into a tasty, crispy vehicle for fish, veggies and sauce. Most credit TikTok food influence Tor Minell for kicking off the viral trend with her video of making sushi waffles which had more than 14 million views. A few days later, she followed up with another video explaining the steps for how to make your own sushi waffle.

@victoriaminell SALMON CRISPY RICE WAFFLE with smashed avocado & cucumber. #sushi #recipe ♬ Flowers – Miley Cyrus

How to Make Crispy Rice Sushi Waffles

This is a recipe that’s very flexible and customizable. I prefer to broil my salmon, but you can also bake the salmon, or prepare it however you feel comfortable. The original recipe calls for the salmon to be marinated in something called kecap manis, which is a sweet Indonesian soy sauce available at most Asian markets. If you prefer something else, go for it!

I used about 2 tablespoons each of regular soy sauce, brown sugar and rice wine vinegar. For the toppings, the original calls for an avocado-lime paste and slices of cucumber, but experimentation is encouraged with your favorite veggies. The same goes for the hot sauce and Japanese mayonnaise—I used a spicy sriracha mayo and it was great.  The recipe below makes four sushi waffles.


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1.5 pounds salmon
  • Soy sauce or kecap manis
  • Brown sugar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • 3 avocados
  • 1 lime
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce
  • Japanese mayonnaise or sriracha mayo
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pickled ginger


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Step 1: Marinate the salmon

In a large resealable plastic bag, marinate the salmon with about 2 tablespoons each of soy sauce, brown sugar and rice wine vinegar—or use any other favorite salmon marinade. The original viral recipe calls for the salmon to be marinated in a sweet Indonesian soy sauce called kecap manis. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally a few hours.

Step 2: Prepare the rice

In a rice cooker, or on the stove, cook the rice. When the rice is finished, add in several splashes (about two tablespoons each) of rice wine vinegar and sesame oil.

Step 3: Cook the salmon

Place salmon skin-side up on a foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer to broiler and broil until salmon is cooked through and the skin is bubbling and lightly crisped, about 7-8 minutes. Take out of the oven, remove skin and flake the fish with a fork. If you’re looking for more salmon recipes, then learn how to make miso salmon.

Step 4: Add the rice to the waffle maker

Heat the waffle maker on its highest heat, and grease with oil or cooking spray. Pack the rice into waffle maker and let cook for about 8 minutes or until crispy and golden.

Step 5: Prepare the toppings

Mash the avocados together with the lime juice into a paste. Slice the cucumbers.

Step 6: Assemble the sushi waffle

Once the waffle is crisp and ready, place it on a plate. Smear the top with your avocado paste, and then add a layer of sliced cucumbers. Add the flaked salmon. Finally, top with your choices of hot sauce, soy sauce, mayonnaise, or all of the above. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve with pickled ginger and a lime slice. While you’re at it, learn how to make crispy rice.

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