The Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll is both delicious and visually appealing. The layer of imitation crab strings makes it a unique sushi choice.

Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll Recipe

The Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll is both delicious and visually appealing. The layer of imitation crab strings makes it a unique sushi choice.

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We have been experimenting with making all types of sushi rolls at home lately. One of my favorites is the shaggy dog roll when we go to our favorite sushi restaurant. There are a few variations in the shaggy dog sushi recipes that I’ve found, but that’s the beauty of making it at home… you can customize the sushi roll to your preferred tastes. Sometimes the best sushi is the one you make at home and make your own. 

For example, I keep mine to only a few simple ingredients, but you can make your own your way. Many restaurants will include spicy mayo sauce on the top, but I don’t like spicy, so I omit that in my recipe. You’ll also find cream cheese in a lot of sushi rolls. 

Another thing I like about this recipe is the lack of raw fish. I know a lot of people like it for sushi, but I am not a fan of raw fish. This is a fully cooked roll since you cook the shrimp in tempura batter before starting the roll. 

You can serve your sushi roll with soy sauce, eel sauce, spicy sauce, unagi sauce, spicy mayonnaise, teriyaki sauce, or lemon juice. All are great options depending on if you want to keep the sushi recipe mild or spicy, bold or sweet, etc. You can also top it with sesame seeds or green onion. 

Tips for Making Homemade Sushi

Tip: You’ll need a few things close by when working with seaweed and sushi rice. Have a small bowl with cold water to dip your fingers in before touching the rice. Then keep a small hand towel close to dry your hands when touching the seaweed or other main ingredients.

For step-by-step instructions for cooking sushi rice in the instant pot or rice maker, view THIS POST. You’ll need sushi rice, rice vinegar, sugar, water, and salt.

Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 piece seaweed (or nori sheet)
  • 1/2 cup sushi rice (prepared)
  • 4 pieces shrimp tempura
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 pieces imitation crab sticks

Preparation

Lay a sheet of nori or seaweed on a sushi mat or bamboo mat with the rough side up.

Spread the prepared sushi rice on top of the nori sheet, making sure it goes to the edge of the nori sheet.

Lay the tempura shrimp in a single layer in a straight line at one edge of the nori wraps.

Add the mayonnaise on top of the tempura shrimp.

Carefully use the bamboo mat to roll the sushi.

Shred the imitation crab into thin slices and lay them perpendicular to the outside of the roll. 

Use a very sharp knife to cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick.

Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll Leftovers

Storage: Store leftover sushi in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Recipe

Originally Published On: May 29, 2023

Shaggy Dog sushi rolls next to chopsticks on a bamboo tray on a grey surface

Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll

The Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll is both delicious and visually appealing. The layer of imitation crab strings makes it a unique sushi choice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
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Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
crab
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homemade sushi
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imitation crab
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seaweed
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sushi
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sushi roll
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Seafood
Servings: 12 pieces
5 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 piece seaweed (or nori sheet)
  • 1/2 cup sushi rice (prepared)
  • 4 pieces shrimp tempura
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 pieces imitation crab sticks

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Instructions

  • Lay a sheet of nori or seaweed on a sushi mat or bamboo mat with the rough side up
  • Spread the prepared sushi rice on top of the nori sheet, making sure it goes to the edge of the nori sheet
  • Lay the tempura shrimp in a single layer in a straight line at one edge of the nori wraps
  • Add the mayonnaise on top of the tempura shrimp
  • Carefully use the bamboo mat to roll the sushi
  • Shred the imitation crab into thin slices and lay them perpendicular to the outside of the roll
  • Use a very sharp knife to cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick
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Nutrition Facts
Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 38 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.01g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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9 thoughts on “Shaggy Dog Sushi Roll Recipe”

  1. Whitney Stewart

    5 stars
    I’m not a HUGE huge sushi fan, but I do eat it on occasion just for something different. I’m not sure about attempting to make one myself. But I’ll pass this along to my sister anyway. I’m sure she’d love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. We are a huge fan of sushi over here! In fact, so much so that one of my goals this summer is to make California rolls. I can’t wait to make this recipe to and I like that it doesn’t involve raw fish. I also prefer my sushi cooked!

  3. Catherine Shane Cabuhat

    5 stars
    This shaggy dog sushi looks good! I’m not a fan of raw fish in sushi as well so this one is perfect for me! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I have never seen “cute” sushi but this is definately cute. What a cool idea. Can’t wait to share this with my boys who love sushi.

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