Saturday, May 2, 2009

Shrimp Tempura Rolls


We love, REALLY love going out and having some great sushi for dinner. It just seems that prices for sushi is going up, up, up. About 5 years ago, I decided that instead of going out for the sushi we love to eat, I'd make it at home. It's been a hit ever since and it's truly a treat. My family and I love making Mama Rolls and Shrimp Tempura Rolls. Next time your craving cooked sushi, make it at home! It really is so easy, anyone can do it. You get more for the money and there's something about sushi made at home. You're family will love you for it.

What you need:

1 package of roasted seaweed sheets
4 cups of cooked Nishiki rice (sushi rice)
cream cheese
1/4 of a cucumber, sliced into thin strips
1 small package of imitation crab
mayo
toasted sesame seeds

Shrimp Tempura:

10 shrimps
1 egg
1 cup of flour
oil

Crab Sauce:

imitation crab, diced finely
1/3 cup of soft cream cheese (room temp)
4 T of mayo

Take your diced imitation crab, 1/3 cup of room temp cream cheese and 4 T of mayo and mix into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt. Put back in fridge for about 20 minutes.
While your crab sauce is chilling out in the fridge, take your shrimp, de-vained, de-shelled and place into the egg and then into the flour, coat well and put into hot oil and cook until golden brown. Remove and let sit on paper towels until you are ready to assembly the sushi rolls.
Lay down a big piece of saran wrap on a flat board. Take 1 sheet of the roasted seaweed and lay out flat. Take your hands and run them under cold water and then get a handful of the rice (make sure your hands are wet), place the rice all over the seaweed. You want enough rice to cover the sheet. Once it's coated with the rice, take the sesame seeds and sprinkle all over the rice. Carefully flip the seaweed shit over, rice down and with your hands, firmly press down to get the rice nice and tight.
Take your shrimp tempura and cut each shrimp in half, long way. Place shrimp on the short edge of the seaweed, add the crab sauce, add a few slices of cream cheese, sliced cucumbers and if you want, you can even add a slice of imitation crab (I always do). Once you do that, carefully take the saran wrap and the edge of the seaweed and roll up super tight, roll until it's completely rolled up. Using the saran wrap add slight pressure to the roll to get all the ingredients to snug together. Once your roll is finished, I use a bread knife and slowly cut slices. Serve with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce.


24 comments:

Emily said...

I LOVE sushi! I'll definitely have to try this. I'm with you about the prices. I hate paying $10 for a roll.

girlichef said...

These sound so good...there's no good sushi places around me, anyway. I'll have to give these a go!

Reeni♥ said...

They look great - just like a pro! You make it look so easy. How very yummy!!!

Cathy said...

I adore going out for sushi but have never attempted at home. Your post may have just changed that, I may just have to go out and buy a sushi mat ;)

Sunny said...

wow, what beautiful sushi!!

Helene said...

I find it easy to make sushi. They are more affordable then in restaurants. Yours looks really delicious.

teresa said...

What lovely sushi, this looks like it was made in a restaurant! I've never made my own before, but it's definitely on my list. Thank you for the inspiration!

Juliana said...

Sushi...love it! The one that you feature looks so good...great pictures!

Tracey said...

Great job!! I'm always so impressed when people make sushi at home. Yours looks wonderful!

Cate O'Malley said...

wow - great job! It looks delicious!

Tangled Noodle said...

Perfect! We love sushi but we've been tightening the purse strings - this is a great way to enjoy one of our favorite foods without busting the budget!

nicole said...

I love how much better (and how much cheaper) homemade sushi is. Great post!

Melanie said...

Wow, that is impressive! I've made sushi once and it was ugly (but still tasted good) so I need to work on the presentation bit.

Donna-FFW said...

This looks wonderful. They sound so good. I am impressed, I have never made these before.

Hornsfan said...

Sushi is so much fun to make at home - yours looks delish!

My crazy crazy life said...

Jen, these look delish!!! And here I thought you needed all these fancy tools to make sushi. Thanks for postin this, I'm totally going to try this out!

girlichef said...

...I left something for you lovely ladies over at my place- come pick it up when you get a chance! :)

Ricardo said...

they look so nice really do well lovely :) xx Rico-Recipes

The Inexperienced Foodie said...

I will be trying my hand at sushi soon but I must admit I am nervous.

~Mrs Sandy~ said...

Just stopping by from SITS and wanted to say hello! Now I'm off to enjoy your blog! Have a great Tuesday!
Hugs, Sandy

sherri said...

I'm not a seafood lover, but it looks like I'm missing out!

Colleen said...

Oh wow, I am almost drooling right now. I LOVE shrimp tempura rolls and these look fabulous!

Anonymous said...

These look just like the restaurants except for the sweet soy sauce over the top. Anyone know what that sauce is?

Kim said...

They sell the rice cooked? WHERE? LOL! Seriously, the rice is so intimidating... this looks awesome!