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"Cooking with Lion" is a short initially released on iTunes, then later released on Cartoon Network's official Youtube channel.[1]


Steven and Lion host an educational online cooking show.


Lion and Steven Universe star on an educational video on their show, "Cooking with Lion". In this video, Steven, talking for the host, Lion, while creating the recipe himself as the assistant, guides the viewers step-by-step on how to create Snack Sushi which is, in Steven's words, "a great dish to make if you're going to have friends over who don't like the taste of raw fish," and in Lion's words, a great dish to have "if somebody has already eaten all of your tuna." Steven comments that Lion did eat a lot of tuna, threw it up all over Steven's shoes afterward, and how it was needed in the recipe, but regardless, he has found a secret replacement so the video can begin.

Steven visually demonstrates the steps into creating the recipe and talks as Lion by audibly giving the instructions. This continues until the recipe is finished. Steven tries one of the sushi himself until Lion pushes him aside for the recipe himself, leaving nothing left on the plate. The video then shows the ingredients and promotes their other recipes, Together Breakfast and Dog-Nuts, with Cookie Cat coming soon.



  • 1 avocado
  • Mayonnaise
  • hot sauce
  • Sushi rice
  • 2 sheets of Nori
  • 1 bag of smooth cheese puffs


Step 1 (The avocado slices)
Use a spoon to cut vertical slices into the avocado. Run the spoon along the inside of the skin and transfer the cut slices to a plate.
Step 2 (The mayonnaise and hot sauce combo)
In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise and chosen hot sauce and mix them together into its own taste.
Step 3 (The sushi rolls)
On a bamboo rolling mat, place a sheet of seaweed paper rough-side up and, using a paddle or spatula, spread the sushi rice onto the seaweed paper.
Step 4 (Lining the avocado slices)
Line up the avocado slices from earlier onto the sushi rice.
Step 5 (The secret ingredient)
Steven presents the secret ingredient he mentioned earlier: Cheese puffs. Same as step 4, line them up along the sushi rice with the avocado slices.
Step 6 (Rolling it up)
Use the bamboo mat to roll the sushi roll into a cylinder shape.
Step 7 (Cutting the slices)
Cut the roll into six equally sized pieces so it can be consumed in one bite easily.
Step 8 (The finishing touch)
Dip the mixed sauce from earlier onto the top of each piece of sushi and garnish the plate with its own independent sauce for artistry.






Instrumental Songs

  • TBA

Cultural References

  • The entire short is a reference to the channel "Cooking With Dog" from YouTube.[2]
  • A bottle resembling Huy Fong's Sriracha sauce, also known as "rooster sauce", is seen on the front table.
  • The Chee-Z ThangZ cheese puff snacks resemble real life snack food, Cheetos.


  • The end of the video advertises future instructions on making Cookie Cats, which Steven likely learned to make in response to the ice cream sandwich being discontinued in "Gem Glow". Steven is later shown in the series proper to have made his own in "The Future".


  • While Lion was watching Steven perform step 8, his bow was gone.


View the episode's transcript here.


Click to view the gallery for Cooking with Lion.



ve Episode List
Pilot Pilot
Season 1 A: Gem GlowLaser Light CannonCheeseburger BackpackTogether BreakfastFryboCat FingersBubble BuddiesSerious StevenTiger MillionaireSteven's LionArcade ManiaGiant WomanSo Many BirthdaysLars and the Cool KidsOnion TradeSteven the Sword FighterLion 2: The MovieBeach PartyRose's RoomCoach StevenJoking VictimSteven and the StevensMonster BuddiesAn Indirect KissMirror Gem/Ocean Gem

B: House GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessRose's ScabbardOpen BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe Return/Jail Break

Season 2 Full DisclosureJoy RideSay UncleLove LettersReformedSworn to the SwordRising Tides, Crashing SkiesKeeping It TogetherWe Need to TalkChille TidCry for HelpKeystone MotelOnion FriendHistorical FrictionFriend ShipNightmare HospitalSadie's SongCatch and ReleaseWhen It RainsBack to the BarnToo FarThe AnswerSteven's BirthdayIt Could've Been Great/Message ReceivedLog Date 7 15 2
Season 3 Super Watermelon Island/Gem DrillSame Old WorldBarn MatesHit the DiamondSteven FloatsDrop Beat DadMr. GregToo Short to RideThe New LarsBeach City DriftRestaurant WarsKiki's Pizza Delivery ServiceMonster ReunionAlone at SeaGreg the BabysitterGem HuntCrack the WhipSteven vs. AmethystBismuthBetaEarthlingsBack to the MoonBubbled
Season 4 Kindergarten KidKnow Your FusionBuddy's BookMindful EducationFuture Boy ZoltronLast One Out of Beach CityOnion GangGem HarvestThree Gems and a BabySteven's DreamAdventures in Light DistortionGem HeistThe ZooThat Will Be AllThe New Crystal GemsStorm in the RoomRocknaldoTiger PhilanthropistRoom for RubyLion 4: Alternate EndingDoug OutThe Good LarsAre You My Dad?I Am My Mom
Season 5 Stuck TogetherThe TrialOff ColorsLars' HeadDewey WinsGemcationRaising the BarnBack to the KindergartenSadie KillerKevin PartyLars of the StarsJungle MoonYour Mother and MineThe Big ShowPool HoppingLetters to LarsCan't Go BackA Single Pale RoseNow We're Only Falling ApartWhat's Your Problem?The QuestionMade of HonorReunitedLegs From Here to HomeworldFamiliarTogether AloneEscapismChange Your Mind
Film Steven Universe: The Movie
Steven Universe Future Little HomeschoolGuidanceRose BudsVolleyballBluebirdA Very Special EpisodeSnow DayWhy So Blue?Little GraduationPrickly PairIn DreamsBismuth CasualTogether ForeverGrowing PainsMr. UniverseFragmentsHomeworld BoundEverything's FineI Am My MonsterThe Future
Shorts Lion Loves to Fit in a BoxThe Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?We Are the Crystal GemsThe Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?UnboxingThe Classroom Gems: FusionCooking with LionGem KaraokeSteven ReactsVideo ChatSteven's Song Time