The dragon roll sushi is a showstopper and it tastes amazing!
This is an inside-out maki sushi roll. You can make it at home now!
This dragon sushi roll is part of our Japanese food series with our Japanese food expert Momoko.
📕 What is a dragon roll?
Dragon roll is a popular inside-out maki sushi roll.
The topping makes it look like green dragon scale on the outside.
It's a common sushi maki roll in Japan, but it's also popular in American-Japanese restaurants in the US, such as Benihana.
This sushi roll will be made with common food ingredients so that you can make it at home too.
Originally in Japan, the dragon roll is made with eel and sometimes they include crab too.
There are two types of eel in Japan, saltwater and sweet water eel, and eel are not all the same all over the world.
In Japan, they have so called eel chefs. A cook whos profession is to just cook eels!
We use cooked shrim instead of eel in this homemade DIY dragon roll.
You will need the following ingredient:
- nori sheet
- cooked sushi rice
- boiled shrimp
- mayo - preferably Japanese Mayonnaise
- avocado - harder and not too soft for the looks
- tobiko fish roe (optional)
You can also use sriracha mayonnaise if you like.
The shrimp can be substitutes with cooked crab lumps or cooked eel.
🔪 How to make the sushi roll?
Here is how YOU can make this pretty amazing sushi roll at home.
This is on overview, the complete recipe with US and metric measurements and details can be found further below in the printable recipe card.
Keep your ingredients ready.
Boil shrimp, prepare sushi rice, cut cucumber into lengthy pieces and an avocado piece into slices. The avocado half for the topping is cut later when the roll is ready.
Cut nori sheet into two.
Spread most of your sushi rice over your nori sheet. It should stick.
Turn around and use remaining 2-3 tablespoon rice on the other side. Keeping about ½-1 inch or 1-2 cm empty from the top and down border.
Pour a line of mayo over the rice.
Place and arrange cut cucumber and shrimp over the mayo.
Roll and press down sushi roll gently with both hands to form a tight maki roll.
Cut avocado into thin slices and place over the roll with a plastic wrap and your sushi mat. Press down so that the avocado sticks.
Cut your sushi with a clean knife into slices. Rinse with water in between to cut slices easily.
We used tobiko fish roes as a topping to decorate and enhance the dragon roll.
The colors pop out and make it look all the more special. This is perfect if you want to amaze your guests!
Fish roe taste great too but they might not be your thing. Paul, doesn't like them, I just love them!
But fish roes are expensive, they are considered gourmet food.
Serve your sliced dragon roll with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled shaved ginger.
You will need about ¾ cup or 100 grams cooked and seasoned sushi rice to make one dragon roll
You only need ½ nori because there is a considerably sized filling in this sushi roll.
Start rolling and press down equally and carefully, taking breaks in the rolling movement in between. It's a step at a time when rolling in the sushi. The ingredients will start to stick together. That's why it's important to prepare the sushi rice properly. Follow our sushi rice how to to make quality sticky sushi rice for your rolls. In time you get better in rolling in your sushi, so keep on practicing!
When preparing inside-out maki sushi rolls, you need to wrap plastic around the bamboo sushi mat so that the rice and ingredients don't get stuck on the mat.
No, not to our knowledge. Except if you have an idea, feel free to share it with us in the comment section.
Keep your sushi cooled in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 day.
Please, consult your physician.
This dragon roll recipe calls for boiled shrimp. If you choose to add fish roe, those are raw.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section further below!
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Dragon Roll Sushi Recipe
- ½ sheet Nori Seaweed
- ½ Avocado
- Tobiko fish roe optional
- Keep the filling ingredients ready. Cook and prepare the sushi rice, boil shrimp for 5 mins, cut cucumber lengthwise and cut avocado into smaller slices.
- Cut nori seaweed into two. We will only need ½.
- Spread most of the rice (reserve about 2-3 tablespoon) over one side of the nori seaweed. Stick it to the nori sheet so that it's all an even layer.
- Turn the sheet with the rice around and spread the remaining 2-3 Tablespoons of rice over the inside part of the nori sheet too. Keep a ½ to 1 inch or 1 to 2 cm border where you don't add rice to the top and the bottom only.
- Add the mayo in a line over the rice, place shrimp, cucumber, and avocado slices over the rice so that everything fits. If you need to cut a bit of cucumber or avocado, that's ok. As long as everything is spread out equally.
- Start to roll in your sushi with the help of your bamboo mat. Gently roll and press down with both your hands until you have a tight sushi roll.
- Cut your avocado half into thin slices. It helps if you have a sharp knife.
- Place avocado slices over the sushi roll so that they are spread out a bit. That way the avocado looks like green dragon scales.
- Place a cling wrap over the avocado and the sushi mat and wrap around the avocado so that it sticks on the inside-out sushi rice. The avocado slices should be holding to the rice on the sushi roll.
- Slice your sushi roll with a sharp clean knife into 8 slices. It helps if you clean and wet your knife after every cut.
- Top with tobiko fish roe if you like and serve up.
- Sushi Mat
- Cling Wrap