You’ve probably seen the viral posts by now of people chomping on beautiful sushi donuts, a hybrid of the two most wonderful foods in the world. The problem is, unless you live in a major city you most likely won’t find these delicacies anywhere near you. I solved that issue by creating my own sushi donut recipe.

Sushi donuts are actually super simple to make, but you’ll need a special donut pan to get a nice, uniform shape. These pans can also be used for baking your own homemade donuts, so it’s a good investment if you’re into making sweet treats.

It’s extremely important to use sushi rice (as opposed to jasmine, basmati, etc.) because it has a sticky consistency that will keep your donuts intact while decorating and eating them. I used a rice cooker to make my rice because it’s super simple and delivers great results, but if you don’t have a rice cooker, you can just use a stove-top method.

The best part about making sushi donuts is coming up with your own delicious decorative toppings and patterns. I used avocado “frosting,” pickled ginger, smoked salmon, and rice seasoning, but black sesame seeds, strips of seaweed, or other fresh fish would also make amazing additions. If you’re using raw fish, just make sure to buy sushi-grade. Lower grades of fish are not meant to be eaten raw.

You'll be tempted to keep them all for yourself, but I promise they're worth sharing. Invite a few friends over to share your sushi donuts with, and you’re sure to have the trendiest kitchen in your ‘hood. 

Sushi Donuts

  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:1 hr 30 mins
  • Servings:6
  • Easy


  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • Pickled ginger
  • Smoked salmon
  • Rice seasoning
sushi, vegetable, salmon, seafood, fish
Leah Valenti
  • Step 1

    Cook your sushi rice.

  • Step 2

    Add salt, sugar, and rice vinegar to the cooked rice. Stir until the ingredients are integrated throughout the rice.

  • Step 3

    Spoon the rice into you doughnut pan. Pack the rice in tight so that it sticks together.

  • Step 4

    Place a cutting board or other flat surface over your doughnut pan. Rub the cutting board to help the doughnuts stick to the board. Flip it over quickly, and pat the top of the doughnut pan to loosen the rice from the molds. Slowly lift the pan. The donuts should stick to the cutting board.

  • Step 5

    Mash your avocado half until smooth. Spoon it into a pastry bag.

  • Step 6

    Now’s the fun part! Decorate your sushi donuts with your choice of toppings (avocado, pickled ginger, smoked salmon, rice seasoning, etc.)

  • Step 7

    Instagram your beautiful creations and enjoy by hand or with a knife and fork.

    rice, vegetable, sushi, salmon, seafood, fish
    Leah Valenti