Buri Bop Recipe (Mixed Rice & Yellowtail) Inspired by Iron Chef Morimoto

Buri Bop Recipe (Mixed Rice & Yellowtail) Inspired by Iron Chef Morimoto Riviera Seafood Club

Ready to try our take on Iron Chef Morimoto's Buri Bop? This dish is a delightful fusion of Korean, Japanese, and modern culinary techniques, featuring seared yellowtail and a medley of vibrant ingredients.

About Iron Chef Morimoto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is a world-renowned chef celebrated for his innovative approach to Japanese cuisine. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Morimoto trained in traditional sushi and kaiseki cuisine before moving to the United States. He gained fame as an Iron Chef on the Japanese TV show "Iron Chef" and its American counterpart, "Iron Chef America." Morimoto's culinary philosophy blends traditional Japanese ingredients with global flavors, earning him accolades and a loyal following worldwide.

About Morimoto Restaurants

Morimoto's restaurants span the globe, from New York to Tokyo and Dubai. Each establishment showcases his signature style of blending Japanese techniques with local ingredients and international flavors. Known for their impeccable service, stunning presentation, and exquisite dishes, Morimoto restaurants offer a dining experience that is both sophisticated and approachable. Highlights include Morimoto Napa and Morimoto NYC, each offering unique takes on classic Japanese dishes.


  • 200g Hamachi (yellowtail), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cooked short-grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-soy jus
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup marinated spinach
  • 1/4 cup pickled daikon and carrots
  • 1/4 cup marinated fennel head ferns
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 lime
  • Fresh shiso leaves, chopped
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Saffron threads
  • Finely shredded nori
  • Microgreens for garnish
  • Salt to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Start by thinly slicing the hamachi and marinating it in a mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil for 10 minutes. Cook the short-grain rice and keep it warm. Prepare the garlic-soy jus, marinated spinach, pickled daikon and carrots, and marinated fennel head ferns.

Step 2: Make the Bop

Heat a cast-iron bowl over high heat until very hot. Add a tablespoon of sesame oil and spread the cooked rice evenly across the bottom. Allow the rice to cook undisturbed for 5-7 minutes, or until it forms a crispy layer on the bottom.

Step 3: Assemble the Dish

Arrange the marinated hamachi slices on top of the rice, allowing them to sear slightly. Add the marinated spinach, pickled daikon and carrots, marinated fennel head ferns, avocado slices, diced tomatoes, and thinly sliced jalapeño to the bowl. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, saffron threads and chopped shiso leaves.

Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches

Create a small well in the center of the dish and gently place the egg yolk. Drizzle the garlic-soy jus over the top and garnish with finely shredded nori and microgreens. Serve immediately, mixing the ingredients together before eating to combine the flavors.


1. What is Hamachi?

Hamachi, also known as yellowtail or buri, is a type of fish commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It's known for its rich flavor and firm texture, making it perfect for sashimi and bop dishes.

2. Where can I buy sushi-grade Hamachi?

You can purchase high-quality sushi-grade Hamachi from our online store! We offer high quality, sushi-grade Hon-Hamachi from Japan and Kampachi from Panama!

3. Can I substitute another fish for Hamachi?

Yes, you can substitute other fish like tuna or salmon if you can't find hamachi. However, the flavor and texture will be slightly different.

4. How should I store leftover Buri Bop?

It's best to enjoy Buri Bop fresh. If you need to store it, cover it tightly and refrigerate for up to one day. Note that the texture may change slightly.

5. Is this dish spicy?

The dish has a slight kick from the jalapeño and smoked paprika. You can adjust the amount of these ingredients to control the spiciness.


We hope you enjoy making this Buri Bop inspired by Iron Chef Morimoto. It's a delightful dish that brings together fresh, vibrant flavors in a beautifully simple presentation. Don't forget to share this recipe with your friends and family, and let us know how your version turned out by tagging us on Instagram (@rivieraseafoodclub)!

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