Cowfish Copycat “Taste Explosion” Roll

5 from 2 reviews


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 1/23 cups cooked sushi rice at room temperature
  • 5 pieces of nori
  • Cilantro Cashew Pesto –
  • 10 slices pepper jack cheese (you can also use shredded)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs


  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet
  2. Remove the bacon and place on several layers of paper towels to drain
  3. Pour most of the bacon fat out of the pan (don’t discard yet, you may need to add some in later)
  4. Add the ground beef, jalapenos, and a little salt to the same pan and brown
  5. If the ground beef gets dry and you need more oil, add back in some of the bacon fat
  6. When the ground beef is browned and cooked through, remove and place in a large mixing bowl
  7. Add the mayonnaise and sriracha to the ground beef mix, and crumble in the bacon
  8. Mix everything together and taste
  9. Add more salt if it needs it
  10. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  11. To assemble the rolls, start by wrapping saran wrap tightly around a bamboo mat about three times so the rice doesn’t stick
  12. Lay one piece of nori down on the mat and add about 1/2 cup of sushi rice on top of the nori
  13. Wet your hands and press the rice evenly across the nori, right up to the edges
  14. You might need to add an extra tablespoon or so of rice to make it an even layer with no nori showing through
  15. Now flip it over so the rice is facing the saran wrapped bamboo mat and the nori is facing up towards you
  16. Add about 1/2 cup of the ground beef mixture along the edge of the nori closest to you
  17. Now roll your sushi (you can look up a youtube video if you don’t know how to do this and that explains it super well. It’s easier than it sounds!!)
  18. Roll your rolls TIGHT! The tighter the better
  19. Slice your rolls in the size that you want (we sliced ours to be about 6 pieces per roll)
  20. Add the panko into a bowl or plate
  21. Roll the pieces through the panko so the edges are coated
  22. Place in a baking dish or baking sheet
  23. Top each roll with a little bit of pepper jack cheese
  24. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted
  25. Remove and top with cilantro pesto