Cheese Doodle Sushi

by Erin

What if I told you I swapped out the tempura coating on sushi for crushed cheese doodles? Because that’s exactly what I did for this cheese doodle sushi!

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I don’t like sushi, at least not the traditional type because I don’t like seafood in general. So why am I posting a recipe for sushi? Because this version has no seafood. After discovering tofu and even chicken sushi at a local establishment I have been converted. Scoff if you must, call it not real sushi, but it looks like sushi and I like it so there.

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To push you over the edge even further, I skipped the tempura coating and opted for crushed cheese balls instead. It’s National Cheese Doodle Day after all! After sharing a recipe for Cheetos Cookies last year I couldn’t just share any old cheese puff encrusted recipe. I even wrangled up a few friends to share their own recipes which you can find just before this recipe!

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I would be lying if I didn’t say I took a trip down memory lane and ate a bunch of the leftover cheese balls that I used in the recipe, letting the cheese dust slowly accumulate on my fingers, waiting until the last one before licking my fingers clean. Sorry if that grossed some of you out, but I know the rest of you totally get it! And this is also the reason I cannot have Cheetos in my house on a normal occasion.

But back to this recipe… I was actually slightly disappointed that the cheese flavor wasn’t more prominent but the color certainly was vibrant! Not to say that the crushed cheese balls didn’t add some tasty flavor, it just wasn’t the main component which might be for the best, allowing the other flavors to play a role as well!

This was my first time ever making sushi and I have to say it was much easier than I expected. We actually have a sushi board and serving set somewhere but haven’t found it yet since the move. But when I do I will be sure to make more! What are your favorite fillings and toppings? Would you give this version a shot? What about a breakfast sushi? Now scroll down for more cheesy recipes before grabbing this one!

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Check out more creatively cheesy recipes:

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One year ago: Cheetos Cookies

Four years ago: Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Five years ago: Creamy Skillet Brussels and Corn

Six years ago: Chicken-Quinoa Burgers with an Avocado-Yogurt Sauce

Seven years ago: Maple, Walnut, and Flaxseed Pancake Doughnuts

Eight years ago: Spicy Cheetos Crusted Chicken


Serves 2


2 cups cheese doodle puffs (I used cheese balls)

2 sheets nori (dried seaweed)

2 cups prepared sushi rice (medium grain white rice)

4 oz. extra firm tofu (I used a marinated baked version), cut into thin slices

1/4 of a medium cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks

1/4 of a red bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks

1 small carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks

2 green onions, green part only

1/2 of an avocado, thinly sliced

Spicy mayo, for serving


  1. Place the cheese doodles in a large sealed bag and crush with a rolling pin (or in a food processor).
  2. On a cutting board covered with wax paper (or a sushi mat), place 1 sheet of nori. Top with 1 cup of the rice, cover with another sheet of wax paper and using a rolling pin, flatten the rice to cover the nori.
  3. Peel back the top layer of wax paper and add half of the crushed cheese doodles. Add a new piece of wax paper to the top and gently press to stick to the rice. Flip the entire assembly over so the cheese layer is on the bottom. Peel off the top layer of wax paper.
  4. Starting at the edge closest to you, add half of the fillings in rows. Roll up tightly, using the wax paper to help. Repeat with remaining ingredients, then cut into 1-inch slices and serve topped with spicy mayo.

Source: Inspired by the internet

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Amy (Savory Moments) March 5, 2019 - 12:55 pm

What a fun and creative idea!! They look delicious, too!

Susan March 5, 2019 - 12:15 pm

Erin, it’s time for some education: the term “sushi” refers to vinegared rice. It has nothing to do with seafood. The raw fish often used in sushi is called sashimi. Traditional sushi rice has some rice vinegar added. It’s been a dozen years or so since I made sushi (can’t get my husband to eat it, even without the fish), so I don’t remember exactly how it’s done or how much vinegar to add. It is probably added while the rice is still hot.

That said, this recipe sounds quite good. I’ve seen a lot of sushi with something on the outside that looks like cheese doodles but isn’t. I think they would add an excellent flavor. How can one not lick ones fingers after cheese doodles??? :-)

spiffycookie March 5, 2019 - 1:31 pm

Thank you for the lesson I did not know that! I did come across a sushi recipe that called for vinegar in the rice but it wasn’t consistent in other recipes so I chose to ignore it. However I just double checked and I did in fact use vinegar in the rice buns for my sushi burger ( I shared awhile back! So hooray me for inadvertently getting it right at least once.

Camilla at Culinary Adventures March 5, 2019 - 10:39 am

This is definitely a FUN way to use cheese doodles. Thanks for hosting and pushing me to use these in a way that isn’t just eating them straight from the bag. Very creative.

spiffycookie March 5, 2019 - 10:47 am

Yay thanks so much for joining!

Christie March 5, 2019 - 9:40 am

Why do they only sell the cheese balls in the GYNORMOUS tob o’ cheese balls? I love those things. This looks so fun and delicious.

spiffycookie March 5, 2019 - 10:47 am

Bahaha it’s the truth because that’s exactly what I bought!

Wendy Klik March 5, 2019 - 8:46 am

I love this “spiffy” recipe Erin. Thanks so much for hosting.

spiffycookie March 5, 2019 - 9:20 am

Hehe thanks Wendy I am glad you joined me!


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