Here's What's Really On TikTok's Sushi Pizza

Sushi and pizza are typically not two foods that really go together. Thus, when you hear "sushi pizza" is trending on TikTok, you may envision a regular pizza topped with raw fish, or a sushi roll drizzled with marinara sauce and mozzarella, both equally repulsive in concept. However, that's not exactly what sushi pizza is — the reality is actually pretty inventive, and could be a new favorite for sushi lovers. Editor Katie Mather from In The Know tested her culinary chops by creating the recipe shared by Holistic Foodie on her blog.

The good thing is, you don't have to worry about crafting a yeasted dough and waiting for it to rise. The base of sushi pizza is actually just sushi rice. You prepare it the same way you would if you were making sushi, adding in vinegar and sugar, and then allowing it to cool down. Then, the crucial step that turns it from regular rice to a faux pizza base — you can make either a few smaller patties (for mini pizzas) or one large patty out of the rice, and pan-fry it until it's golden brown and ready for your toppings. It's important to note that sushi rice is key to this. If you use regular rice, the base will likely just fall to pieces. Thanks to the high amounts of starch and moisture, as Home Kitchen Talk explains, sushi rice is known for being sticky, which is what helps your patty stay intact.

What toppings should you add to your crispy rice base?

Now that you have the base of your pizza, it's time for the toppings — and, as with sushi, there are a lot of variations that can be used. Many recipes, such as the one Mather followed from Holistic Foodie, use canned tuna as the protein option. Some users on TikTok went with raw tuna, more closely mimicking what you would actually find in a sushi roll. However, when choosing your protein-packed topping, make sure you are buying sushi-grade fish for safety reasons if you are opting to add raw fish to your sushi pizza (via Serious Eats).

As for the sauce, there's no marinara in sight. Instead, most users create a sauce from ingredients that would typically be found on or accompanying a sushi roll, with wasabi aioli being one of the most popular choices. As for your additional toppings, it all depends on what you like on your sushi rolls. Some suggestions could include cucumbers, sesame seeds, seaweed, green onions, avocado, or just about anything you can think of that would pair well with sushi. Drizzle with some type of aioli or spicy sauce for a bit of flair, if you'd like.

Making the patty may take some practice to ensure you get one perfectly intact golden disc for your toppings, but other than that, creating sushi pizza is far easier than learning how to create a professional-looking sushi roll, to the delight of sushi lovers everywhere.