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Mini Baked Chipotle Salmon Sushi Cups. Smoky, slightly spicy, chipotle roasted salmon. Baked until crispy and set over mini cups of steamed rice with candied ginger and my go-to creamy chipotle mayo. These colorful and fresh salmon sushi cups might look fancy, but they’re simple to make, even yummier to eat, plus pretty fun too. We love these sushi cups!

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Well, aren’t these cute, different, and fun?! So sushi cups, yes, I know, I’ve said before, if there’s one thing I’m not making at home, it’s sushi. I do think sushi is something you’re best to go out for, BUT, these are different. Totally no-fuss and so easy!

By now we’re all familiar with the salmon bowls I often make. They’ve really become a go-to easy dinner that I can prepare any time. Our favorite variation is either the chipotle salmon bowl or the honey ginger salmon bowl. I make both so often.

If I’m not making a salmon bowl, then it’s for sure salmon tacos. However, sometimes I’ll get the urge to switch things up and do something new and different. The weather last week was so dark and dreary, I wanted to make something fun. Something new to me and exciting. I’ve had this idea written in my notebook for I swear an entire year. So I finally decided to give the “TikTok trend” a try. I was pretty hesitant, as I find most TikTok food trends to be kind of weird, but I ended up loving these! I of course put my own flavors into these, but this is such a fun idea.

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Here are the details

You need salmon, of course. Then nori sheets (seaweed), cooked rice, candied ginger, mayo, tamari/soy, chipotle in adobo, and olive oil.

Start with the salmon. I toss mine with mayo, then chipotle chilies in adobo, tamari (you can use soy sauce too, or coconut aminos is also great), and black pepper. It’s a simple seasoning blend, but the chipotle adds so much flavor. You really don’t need much else other than something salty and peppery.

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Next is assembly. Grab the nori sheets. If you’re using the large ones, cut them each into 4 squares, then top them with mounds of steamed rice. I like to use sushi rice or jasmine rice. Then press/fit the nori sheets topped with rice into the cupcake molds. If you’re having trouble with the rice sticking to your hands, wet your hands with water and the process will be much easier.

You can use one to two nori sheets, I usually use two per cup.

Don’t stress about making the cup perfect, they’ll all bake up the same in the oven.

Layer the rice with a slice or two of candied sushi-style ginger, then spoon over the seasoned salmon. Before baking I drizzle the cups with oil, either olive oil or sesame. Then bake until the salmon is just cooked, about ten minutes.

Broil at the end to get everything crispy and perfect.

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For the creamy chipotle mayo

I mix cream cheese with mayo and chipotle. The cream cheese is the secret and something I’ll often pair with salmon (see these yummy tacos) or use within my Mexican inspired recipes. Cream cheese always makes a delicious sauce! Don’t skip it!

To serve, top with chunks of avocado, then lots of mayo and some green onions. Finish with toasted black and white sesame seeds and tamari on the side for dipping!

So much happening, but easy to throw together any night of the week. And the leftovers are perfect for lunch the following day!

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Looking for other salmon recipes? Here are a few…

Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa

Parchment Baked Roasted Red Pepper Salmon

Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

Easy Chipotle Salmon Burgers

Lastly, if you make these Baked Chipotle Salmon Sushi Cups, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Baked Chipotle Salmon Sushi Cups

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 12 cups
Calories Per Serving: 217 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Chipotle Mayo


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly oil a cupcake tin.
    2. In a bowl, toss the salmon with the mayo, chipotle in adobo, and tamari. Season with pepper.
    3. Arrange the nori sheets on a cutting board. Add 3 tablespoons of rice to each, then gently fold and fit into the prepared cupcake molds. If the rice is sticking to your fingers, just wet your hands. Lay 1 to 2 pieces of ginger over the rice, then spoon the salmon chunks evenly over the ginger. Drizzle the tops with olive oil.
    4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the salmon is cooked to your liking. During the last minute of cooking, switch the oven broil. Broil 1-2 minutes, until crisping. Use a butter knife to lift the cups up, then serve as desired. I do avocado, spicy mayo, green onions, and sesame seeds. Place the tamari on the side for dipping.
    5. To make the mayo, melt the cream cheese in the microwave for 20-25 seconds. Whisk in all remaining ingredients.
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  1. 5 stars
    These were an absolute hit! Wow, flavor profile was amazing and the chipotle was perfect. Honestly, amazing job. My boyfriend sent pictures to everyone raving about dinner. We make your recipes 2-3 times a week and adore them all but this REALLY HIT.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind message Sarah and making so many recipes:) I love to hear that this was enjoyed and appreciate you making it! xT

    1. 5 stars
      Nowhere near the same recipe, but HBH’s version absolutely rocked. Can you even read? Please get a life and stop with this phony drama. It’s getting so damn old. You look like a petty, whining fool.

    2. 5 stars
      Oh, now that’s a HELL of a reach, considering there are multiple versions of similar recipes literally everywhere on the internet. And yeah, these aren’t even the same. Nice try, but huge fail. Find a hobby, because this ain’t it. 🙄

    3. Utterly ridiculous, Elizabeth. There are so many similar versions of various recipes, by multiple people, everywhere you look. This is a massive nothingburger. Give it a rest.

    4. Utterly ridiculous, Elizabeth. There are so many similar versions of various recipes, by multiple people, everywhere you look. This is a massive nothingburger. Give it a rest.

    5. Nobody owns a specific recipe in the blogosphere, therefore they can’t be “stolen”. These two aren’t even the same. Knock it off.

    6. Hungry Happens published their version in November which was a month after TikTok star Victoria Minell posted her version on TikTok. It went viral (6.5 million views) and landed her an appearance on GMA. And I doubt it’s the first time someone made this recipe. There are many versions out there. And this is HBH’s version. I’m glad Tiegan posted it because I would not have seen it otherwise. I’m trying it out tonight!

      1. Hats off to you, Tracy for being sensible. There are SO MANY versions of SO MANY recipes everywhere online. This tired old “stealing recipes” narrative is incredibly juvenile.

        I’m happy about Tieghan’s version too. I tried three other similar versions before, but HBH has, by far, the best one.

    1. Hi Karen,
      So sorry, I do not have that info available! Please let me know if I can help in any other way! xx

  2. 5 stars
    Gorgeous in every way! Yet another hit, Tieghan, thankyou. And please just ignore those who bother wasting their time moaning about sort of ginger/ the name…unbelievable that people have nothing better to do with their lives – they should be grateful to have such an abundance of brilliant free content. Am so glad that most of us in the world are not miserable!!

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      Happy Saturday!! I love to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, I appreciate you making it and your kind message:) xT

      1. 5 stars
        We made this tonight! It was easy and fun to make together. So good! We followed it pretty closely and it came out perfect. Thankfully we have leftovers for tomorrow

        1. Thanks so much Catherine!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear the dish was a hit! xT

  3. 5 stars
    These were fantastic – thanks for all the great recipe inspiration. It’s long overdue to start pre-approving the comments before publishing, though.

    1. Thanks so much for making this recipe Martin, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! Have a great weekend! xx

  4. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING! Thank you Tieghan for always coming up with the best recipes! I didn’t add the chipotle, but everything else was stellar. Also, word to the wise, 2 nori sheets as the recipe calls for. Missed that detail and they kinda fell apart but when I’m craving sushi without the $ tag, this is the closest bet! Thanks again!!

    1. Hey Victoria,
      Fantastic!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you making it! Have a great weekend! xx

  5. 5 stars
    Really looking forward to trying this as a pregnant person that can’t eat raw fish but still craving sushi. This looks awesome!

  6. All these negative comments! Calm down, everyone. This is a free recipe website with a lot of great content. She called it “sushi ginger” because if you click on the embedded link (which I’m sure your quick-to-lash-out self did not), that’s the name of the brand! If you have a problem with that, write the manufacturer. My point is, have a little grace for people. If you’re so offended by this innocent recipe content, move on. I’m Asian, and there are plenty of other things going on that I find offensive, such as discrimination, sexism, racism, and hate crimes. This stuff is innocent and meant to bring joy to our tables and stomachs. Cheer up a little!

    1. They’re a small but persistent cult, Sally. They do this on every post, using multiple fake names. These are not people remotely interested in food, cooking, or recipe/political “correctness” they are just here to bash HBH, and express false outrage about anything and everything. They’re mentally ill, and until HBH starts putting some restrictions on this comment section (comment approval, and verified user accounts) it will never stop. I’m not sure why nothing has been done about it. It kind of ruins the experience for those of us who are legitimately here for the content, which is exactly their intent.

  7. Question: In the video you add an ingredient to the salmon I don’t see mentioned anywhere… its the last thing, after the tamari…guessing it’s rice vinegar but just wanted to check. I assume it’s not a super necessary ingredient and will be just as good without it, but maybe it just takes it up a notch, too!? 🙂

    1. Hi Jill,
      You can go ahead and follow this recipe as written, but if you wanted to add a little rice vinegar that would certainly work as well! I hope you love this recipe! xT

  8. Have not made it, but a question…do the seaweed cups crisp up in the oven when baked? If not I wonder if they can be pre-baked until crispy before adding the rest of the filling.

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Yes, they will have a slight crisp and then hold their shape nicely once being removed:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  9. This looks great and will def give it a try. Thanks for another great recipe, all of your recipes I’ve tried have been fantastic.

    Looking forward to all the food blogs and free recipes from Sarah, Ava, Sean and Izzy and their ilk, since they are so much more well informed about food

    1. Sarah, Ava, Sean, and Izzy (and their ilk) are all the same one or two deranged individuals using various phony names. You can set your watch by their regular, scheduled attacks. It’s really sad. They literally have no life outside of their seething, petty jealousy.

  10. Babe, sushi is raw fish, this ain’t it. The title is misleading and incorrect. And once again, you’re using PICKLED ginger not candied. Candied ginger is coated in a sugar crust and is hardened. You ask for constructive feedback but I never see you taking it.

    1. I think you’re confusing candied ginger with pickled ginger, and this is surprising considering how many Asian style recipes you use and take inspiration from a culture that has this as such a staple ingredient. I would definitely not recommend candied ginger in a savory recipe lol

    2. and then she calls it “sushi ginger” in the ingredients list. How can you use an ingredient so frequently and not know what it’s called/not be bothered to learn what it actually is? Even just tasting the ingredient it’s clearly not candied. Very strange from a food blogger and cookbook author with as huge a following as hers

    3. Google Sushi–Sushi is the vinegared rice that may include cooked or raw fish. Sashimi is raw fish.

      1. Either way this is NOT sushi and just yet another example of this blog misusing an Asian food term in a title for something it doesn’t actually represent. It’s very disrespectful and as an Asian person it hurts my feelings that they are reminded over and over what the correct pronunciation and descriptions of our I gradients are and they continue to ignore and make the same mistakes.

        1. Hi !
          So is is pickled ginger or candied ginger ?

          Pls clarify and update the recipe !
          It’s not the same taste at all !!
          Thanks 😊

          1. Hi Alexandra,
            The recipe calls for pickled, sushi ginger:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

        2. 5 stars
          Haha! Another outraged pseudo-Asian pretending to be offended by a recipe. How avant-garde.

          Can you tell us more about your “I gradients”?

          Your level of preoccupation with other people’s perceived mistakes is amusing considering your butchery of the English language.

          1. 5 stars
            The entire family loved these! I don’t think I broiled them long enough as the seaweed didn’t crisp up enough. I was afraid I would overcook the salmon. Recipe was yummy, I just need practice!

          2. Hi Debbie,
            Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and I appreciate you making it! xT

        3. As a Japanese person (for real) you pretending to be “an Asian person” (What type of Asian? From where?) and acting as if “Asians” are one collective group, and are so weak that we’d be offended by this, is laughable.

          Please, save your fake white tears. It’s embarrassing.

    4. Sushi is not ‘raw fish’. Sushi actually refers to the seasoned vinegar rice that the fish (or vegetables) sit on top of. Sushi restaurants all serve BAKED SUSHI as well on their menu. ☺️ Easy mistake we wont judge you for it, babe.

      1. Isn’t it hilarious how ignorant the people who perpetually target this site are? Week after week, day after day, they just keep making fools of themselves.

    5. That’s not constrictive feedback, though, “Sarah”. That’s just you being an uppity twat. Your arrogance is ridiculous, especially coming from someone who doesn’t even define sushi correctly. Maybe find something else to do? Being a know-it-all isn’t really your strong suit, since you actually know nothing.

    6. “Babe”, you came here to gloat and scold, and you made an ass of yourself by claiming sushi is “raw fish”, when it isn’t.

      Please go back to the sewer to regroup with the other cockroaches.

  11. How cute and fun!! Love it. My daughter is picky about food but she will definitely eat this!

  12. Candied ginger is not the same as pickled – know this has been called out to you many times before, and feedback is a gift!

    1. Yet here you are still yammering on about it. Has it ever occurred to you that your constant whining and badgering is why she keeps saying it? It triggers you and all your various phony screen names, and it’s amusing as hell to the rest of us to see your constant meltdowns. 😀

      1. Right? That’s exactly what I would do, just to trigger the nags. It drives them absolutely insane with rage that she doesn’t cave to their bullying and demands. I love her for it!

  13. 4 stars
    This looks amazing!! Is there another fish you would recommend for this instead of salmon? My husband isn’t a fan haha, thinking shrimp would be too big? Can’t wait to try!

    1. Hey Marissa,
      I think shrimp would be great, you could even cut them if needed! Otherwise, tuna would be yummy or a mild white fish like cod. I hope this helps! xx

      1. 5 stars
        These look amazing, can’t wait to try them. Every recipe of yours I made so far have been amazing! Keep up the good work! ❤️