How to make a simple shaggy dog roll sushi, anyone can do it

Shaggy dog roll sushi is a Japanese dish where the fillings are wrapped in seaweed and then rolled out into an eggroll shape. In the filling, you can typically find shrimp tempura, cucumber, and avocado. The flavor of this roll is salty and sweet which results in a great taste.

The shaggy dog roll is also often referred to as the Shrimp Tempura Roll because the shrimp are added to the rolled sushi and then deep-fried. However, this isn’t always how it’s made. Some people add sesame seeds which give it a more delicate texture and produce a flavorful roll. You can also use other types of fish in the shaggy dog roll, such as salmon, tuna, or even eel.

By using different kinds of seafood, you help create a wide range of flavors and textures. The shaggy dog roll is also unique because it’s not always wrapped in nori. Some people wrap it in rice paper instead which results in a lighter role that’s easier to eat.

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Shaggy dog roll sushi

Shaggy dog roll sushi

How to make shaggy dog roll sushi?

Ingredients for shaggy dog roll sushi

  • Crabmeat cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Mayonnaise.
  • Sesame seeds.

Making shaggy dog roll sushi step by step instructions

Step 1: Rice should be spread on nori sheets. The rice should be even and about ½” thick. Let it sit for a minute to settle, then pat with damp fingers or a moistened brush until smooth and firm. 

Step 2: Place the fillings in the center of this sheet of nori after you have prepared them. 

Step 3: Bring up the corners of the nori sheet and roll it into a cylinder. Repeat, keeping the rolls as narrow as possible for best results. 

Step 4: Use your fingers to spread a thin layer of rice vinegar over both sides of the roll, about ½” thick. 

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 for each roll, starting with step 2 as described above for Step 1 in each description above.

Step 6: Place the roll on a bamboo rolling mat (also known as a sushi mat), and press with your fingers to flatten the rice. 

Step 7: Cut into pieces using kitchen scissors, a serrated knife, or by hand depending on preference.

Making shaggy dog roll sushi

Making shaggy dog roll sushi

Cooking notes for shaggy dog roll sushi

  • The shaggy dog roll can also be prepared with fish and shrimp, but the filling ingredients sometimes differ. It’s a great way to create new flavors and textures in your sushi rolls.  If you like how your sushi looks, then keep the rolls in the refrigerator for about 3 hours or until ready to eat.
  • In many Japanese restaurants, this type of roll is served with a dipping sauce containing rice vinegar and mayonnaise.  If you’re not concerned about serving the rolls with condiments, such as the traditional sauce, then you can also prepare them in this way.  You can find a traditional sauce recipe here.
  • Another version of shaggy dog roll sushi is called the Harajuku Roll. In this variation, the tempura isn’t pressed onto the nori sheet but is instead placed in the center of it. The roll is then cut into pieces using a serrated knife or by hand and served immediately.  You can find a step-by-step recipe for making the Harajuku roll here. This is a great way to make this type of sushi quickly and easily.
  • Freezing the sushi for a few hours before serving makes it easier to cut it into pieces.  Do this especially if you plan on using a serrated knife or kitchen scissors.
  • The Harajuku roll can be prepared and served with traditional sauce or without it, just like the shaggy dog roll recipe.  Either way will taste great and is sure to please your guests if you decide to make them at home, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Harajuku roll cake

Harajuku roll cake

Some questions about shaggy dog roll sushi

1. What is the difference between a Harajuku Roll and a shaggy dog roll?  

In a Harajuku roll, the filling ingredients are mixed or textured into the rice before being rolled. In contrast, in a shaggy dog roll, the filling is already pressed to the nori sheet first and then cut into pieces after it’s served.

2. How can I freeze shaggy dog roll sushi?  

You can either lay out the rolls in paper towels to allow them to air-dry or you can place them in ziplock bags and freeze them for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to use them, thaw by placing them in room temperature water for about 30 minutes.

3. Can I use a different type of sauce for the shaggy dog roll?  

Yes, you can make your own sauce by combining equal parts mayonnaise and rice vinegar. If you want to save time, consider pre-making this sauce beforehand. All ingredients should be combined in the blender and blend until smooth.

You can use a different sauce for this dish

You can use a different sauce for this dish

4. Can I make shaggy dog roll sushi with a different type of fish?  

Yes, you can use salmon or tuna as your fillings instead of shrimp tempura. You can also slice the fish and remove any bones or skin that might be present before preparing your shaggy dog roll rolls.

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5. What fruits can I use to make shaggy dog roll sushi?

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and grilled mangos are all delicious options.  Mango is especially good because of its rich sweetness.  It’s important to slice them thin enough so that their texture doesn’t overwhelm the delicate texture of the roll, but is thick enough to withstand the frying process of the tempura.  By properly slicing your fillings, you can create some complex flavors and textures in your shaggy dog roll sushi rolls which will definitely impress your guests!

You can make a shaggy dog roll with any type of seafood and fillings.  If you’re not a fan of shrimp, then try using salmon or eel as your fillings instead. The key to this sushi roll is to make sure to press the tempura batter into the nori sheet before rolling the rolls up.  Your guests will definitely be impressed when they bite into your shaggy dog roll sushi!

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