Soft shell crab roll


cooked-sushi-rice-on-half-a-sheet-of-noriStep 1: adding rice and masago

Spread out 160 grams of cooked sushi rice on a sheet of nori. Cover 60% of the sheet, then spread some masago (seasoned capelin roe) over it or sprinkle roasted sesame seeds over the rice.

soft-shell-crab-sushi-roll-filling soft-shell-crab-roll-with-all-of-the-filling-lettuce-paprika-carb-and-okonoiyaki-sauceStep 2: adding the filling

Put a bamboo rolling mat in a zip-lock bag. Flip over the nori sheet and place it on the rolling mat rice-side down. Put the filling on the part that’s not covered with rice. For filling, use:

– half a tempura soft shell crab. Click here for the soft shell crab recipe

– red paprika slices

– lettuce

– okonomiyaki sauce

Okonomiyaki sauce

There are many variatons of this simple but delicious Japanse sauce. You can order ready-made okonomiyaki sauce, or make it yourself. This is the most basic recipe.

  • 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Mix together. Done!

soft-shell-crab-roll-with-acovado-slices-on-top-sushi-rollsStep 3: rolling the roll

Fold the mat over the filling, while holding the filling in place with your thumbs. Pause a few times to firm up the roll by applying pressure along the length of the mat. Roll or fold the mat a bit further and again firm up the roll. Continue until you’re able to close the roll.

how-to-cut-the-soft-shell-crab-sushi-rollStep 4: adding avocado

Cut half an avocado into thin 1-2 mm sliches. Spread them out on your hand and place them on top of the roll.

Step 5: cutting the roll

Keep the roll covered with the cling film and cut the roll into 10 pieces. You will need a very sharp knife to do this properly. I recommend a knife like the Miyabi 7000dRemove the cling film when you’re ready to serve ther roll.

soft-shell-crab-sushi-roll-piece soft-shell-crab-sushiStep 6: serving the roll

Place the sushi on a serving plate and drizzle some okonomiyaki sauce over it. Put a bit of mustard seed sprouts on top. Serve with ramekins of pickled ginger, serve with some pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce. Enjoy!


  • Soft shell crab tempura
  • Avocado
  • Paprika (red pepper)
  • Nori (seaweed paper)
  • 160 grams cooked sushi rice
  • Masago (seasoned capelin roe) or  roasted sesame seeds
  • Lettuce
  • Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Mustard seed sprouts
  • Pickled ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Wasabi



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