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Tin Foil Home Special

Type of Cuisine: Japanese
Provided By: Elshae Tanimoto
From: Līhuʻe

This dish is inspired by my family’s favorite sushi place, Kintaro Japanese Restaurant. When a fire forced the closure of the restaurant, the Tanimotos’ still had a craving for this appetizer. We experimented with different vegetables, seafood, and sauces until we found something close to the Kintaro’s Tin Foil Special. Create your own unique “tin foil pan” to bake in and to serve – making for an easy cleanup!


1 filetahi or salmon
4-5 sticksimitation crab
¼sweet onion
½ containermushrooms
½ cupmayonnaise
1-3 tspsriracha - depending on how spicy you want it
1 tbspminced garlic
1 tspshoyu
1 slicelemon wedge


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut fish in cubes and imitation crab into smaller pieces
  3. Thinly slice onion, mushrooms, and zucchini
  4. Mix mayo, sriracha, garlic and shoyu
  5. Combine all ingredients in a pan or tin foil making sure everything is spread out thinly and covered in the spicy garlic mayo sauce
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown
  7. Broil for 3-5 minutes
  8. Squeeze lemon juice on top and enjoy

Recipe submitted by Elshae Tanimoto, Engineer at Kodani & Associates Engineers