New York Roll: FAQ, Ingredients & Recipe (Delicious!)

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New York Roll
New York Roll

A New York Roll is a delicious combination of sautéed shrimp, cucumber, and avocado making it a really simple (but flavorful) sushi roll! The New York roll is typically dipped in soy sauce when eaten and can even be topped with spicy mayo sauce to give it a little kick! The New York roll is a fully cooked sushi roll and is a great choice in restaurants as it is cheap and flavorful.

Main Ingredients

  • Sauteed Shrimp

SAUCES

  • Spicy Mayo Sauce (Optional)

VEGGIES & FILLING

  • Creamy Avocado
  • Crunchy Cucumber

Dipping Sauces





There are so many different ways to cook shrimp and there is a sushi roll for each one! The New York Roll is made from sauteed shrimp which adds such an amazing flavor to your sushi roll. The New York roll is fully cooked and a great, flavorful sushi roll for anyone trying sushi for the first time or an appetizer before the main course! The New York roll can be found in any restaurant or can be made fresh (and easily) in the comfort of your own kitchen! The ingredients in the New York roll are simple to find and prepare.

New York Roll
New York Roll

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What is a New York roll?

A New York roll is a simple to make inside out sushi roll (meaning the rice is on the outside) with sauteed shrimp as its main ingredient. The other ingredients in the New York roll are just strips of cucumber and avocado. Typically the New York roll is topped with a spicy mayo sauce and dipped in soy sauce when served. The New York roll is fairly easy to make with readily available ingredients making it a cheap sushi roll at restaurants and a great appetizer.

Sauteed Shrimp
Sauteed Shrimp
Spicy Mayo Sauce
Spicy Mayo Sauce

What is the best way to serve and eat sushi?

When Serving Sushi:

Sushi is one of those fun meals that you will frequently see pop up on friends snapchat or instagram stories or whatever social media companies sharing application. Whether it is at a restaurant or in your own kitchen, sushi is extremely instagrammable. Sushi is very trendy and typically served at higher end restaurants, therefore there is a high likelihood that the group is either on a date night or out on the town and dressed accordingly! Lots of pictures are flying around on these kind of nights therefore the presentation of the sushi tends to get some notice!

Typically sushi is plated in a very eye catching and palatable pattern on plates that have good visual appeal, frequently made of melamine in traditional japanese fashion. Restaurants tend to make a big deal of the presentation. Some ways sushi is presented can be on a small wooden boat brought out to the table or even lit on fire!

Sushi Boat
Sushi Boat
When Eating Sushi:

Experienced sushi eaters know that sauces can make or break your eating experience. There are two ways that sauces can be eaten with sushi:

Sauces on or in the sushi roll

This tends to be sauces that are either mixed in with other ingredients or added as a topping. Examples of this are spicy mayo sauce which is frequently mixed in with shredded imitation crab or drizzled on top of the sushi roll in patterns that are visually appealing. Some other sauces that are put on top or in the sushi roll are unagi eel sauce and teriyaki sauce.

Sauces that the sushi roll can be dipped in

The first sauce and most popular that probably comes to mind is soy sauce. (I have linked my favorite soy sauce to the right or below on mobile). Soy sauce is cheap and can be found at any grocery store or restaurant. Soy sauce is also an ingredient in numerous other recipes, not just sushi or even japanese based recipes.

Soy sauce can be given a little extra heat by mixing wasabi into the soy sauce.

New York Roll FAQ & Tips

Is a New York roll raw?

No, the New York roll is made of sauteed shrimp, cucumber, and avocado making it a fully cooked sushi roll! The New York roll is a great appetizer or sushi roll for someone looking to try sushi for the first time.

What fish is in a New York roll?

The only meat or fish in a New York roll is the sauteed shrimp (which is actually a shellfish).

How many calories are in a New York roll?

A New York roll contains roughly 400 calories You wouldn’t think a roll this simple would have that many calories but since the shrimp are seared in olive oil it does add a bit of calories versus just simply boiling the shrimp like in a Boston roll. Additionally, the 400 calories includes the spicy mayo sauce which is completely optional.

Is a New York roll spicy?

The short answer is no but it is highly recommended to be served with spicy mayo sauce to give it a little extra kick!

What other sushi rolls are like a New York roll?

Other sushi rolls that contain shrimp are the shrimp tempura roll, the Boston roll, and the shaggy dog roll. Of these three rolls, the shrimp tempura and Boston roll are both just as easy to make as the New York roll with the Shaggy Dog roll being significantly more challeging to make and more expensive to order at a restaurant.

What is a New York roll made of?

Sushi Rice: Using sushi rice is key to making sushi rolls. The difference between sushi rice and normal white rice is that sushi rice is short grain and has more starch and protiens than traditional long grain rices. The increased levels of starch and protein give sushi rice its stickiness factor which allows you to shape it into a roll. Check out our post about why you should use sushi rice instead of white rice!

Sauteed Shrimp: Sauteed shrimp is an extremely popular way of cooking shrimp. All you need is a stove top and a hot skillet or pan and you are in business. Frequently sauteed shrimp is paired with garlic, butter, and lemon and makes an excellent meal. On sushi, it is a flavorful pairing with cucumber and avocado. If cooking sauteed shrimp, it is best to buy frech shrimp. You will be able to tell the difference between fresh and frozen shrimp when it is sauteed. Click this link for an awesome and easy sauteed shrimp recipe!

Sauteed Shrimp In A Pan
Sauteed shrimp in a pan

Nori Sheets (Seaweed): These sheets of dried seaweed work best for making sushi, are very healthy for you, and have relatively little flavor. Sheets of nori can be found at most grocery stores like Walmart, Kroger, or HEB. You can even order sheets of nori off of Amazon.

Avocado: Avocado is a staple in most sushi rolls, not just the shrimp tempura roll. Additionally, avocado is just down right delicious! To pick the perfect avocado, look for the ones with dark skin colors and place them in the palm of your hand. If it is to firm, it is not ripe yet. If it is to squichy, it is overripe. You should be looking for a dark skinned avocado that you can give a slight squeeze!

INGREDIENTS  

New York Roll

  • 2 Cups Cooked Sushi Rice (Click link for easy sushi rice instructions)
  • 1/4 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Half Sheets Nori (Click here for folding instructions)
  • 20 Medium Shrimp Roughly 1 pound. You will need 5 shrimp per roll
  • 1 Small Cucumber (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • 1 Small Avocado (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Spicy Mayo Sauce (Optional)

  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce

Cooking Equipment

  • cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • Skillet or Pan to Saute Shrimp on Stove top

INSTRUCTIONS 

Preparation

  1. Making the shrimp can be done while the sushi rice is cooking. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste while a drizzle of olive oil is being heated over medium high heat in a skillet. For best results use an aluminum, copper, or cast iron pan. These give the best sear on the outside of the shrimp. Non-Stick can be used also but the same sear wont happen.Cook the shrimp roughly two minutes per side until they are barely opaque and cooked all the way through. People tend to overcook shrimp.
Sauteed Shrimp
  1. Add the seasoned rice vinegar to the cooked sushi rice and mix together.
  2. Place your bamboo rolling mat inside a plastic gallon bag (trust us, this makes clean up much easier, all you have to do is throw out the bag!)
Bamboo Mat Inside Bag 1
  1. Place one half sheet of nori on the rolling mat (remember we tore the full sheet in half hamburger style) with the rough side facing up.

Making the Roll

  • ONLY ONCE THE RICE HAS COOLED, grab a handful of rice and cover the rough side of the nori leaving a 1 inch gap at the top without any rice. If using sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the rice. Grab the nori by the top, and flip it over so the rice is against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1 inch gap is now on the bottom.
  • Starting 1/3 of the way up from the bottom begin to align the “guts” of the sushi roll in a horizontal line beginning with the sauteed shrimp. If you are going for that instagram worthy look, leave the tails on the two shrimp that will be on the ends of the roll with the tails hanging off the sides of the sheet of nori.
New York Roll
  • Once the shrimp have been placed, add a row of avocado and a row of cucumber above the shrimp.

Sauces & Presentation

  • Grab both the sushi mat and the nori and roll the mat over from the bottom until the empty space we left at the bottom is touching the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing to hold its shape.
  • If adding spicy mayo sauce, click this link to jump to our spicy mayo sauce recipe. Spicy mayo sauce is just a combination of Sriracha hot sauce and mayonnaise.There are two ways to add the spicy mayo sauce to the sushi roll.1) The easy way is to just spread it across the top of the roll with a fork.2) The “Instagram-worthy-way” is to put the sauces in small bags, cut off the corner and then push the sauce out of the bag while doing zig-zags up and down the roll.
  • Place the roll on a cutting board and get a knife and damp paper towel. Cut the toll into 8 equal sizes (easiest if you start by cutting the roll in half). Before you make each cut DAMPEN THE KNIFE WITH THE PAPER TOWEL or else the roll will fall apart when you slice through it.
  • Don’t forget to take pictures for your friends! Serve with soy sauce and enjoy!New York Roll 3
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New York Roll: FAQ, Ingredients & Recipe (Delicious!)

Simple, delicious, & fully cooked!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack, sushi
Cuisine American, asian, Japanese
Servings 4 Rolls
Calories 400 kcal

Equipment

  • cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • Skillet or Pan to Saute Shrimp on Stove top

Ingredients
  

New York Roll

  • 2 Cups Cooked Sushi Rice (See below link in notes for easy sushi rice instructions)
  • 1/4 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Half Sheets Nori (See below link in notes for folding instructions)
  • 20 Medium Shrimp Roughly 1 pound. You will need 5 shrimp per roll
  • 1 Small Cucumber (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • 1 Small Avocado (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Spicy Mayo Sauce (Optional)

  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Making the shrimp can be done while the sushi rice is cooking. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste while a drizzle of olive oil is being heated over medium high heat in a skillet. For best results use an aluminum, copper, or cast iron pan. These give the best sear on the outside of the shrimp. Non-Stick can be used also but the same sear wont happen.
    Cook the shrimp roughly two minutes per side until they are barely opaque and cooked all the way through. People tend to overcook shrimp.
    Sauteed Shrimp
  • Add the seasoned rice vinegar to the cooked sushi rice and mix together.
  • Place your bamboo rolling mat inside a plastic gallon bag (trust us, this makes clean up much easier, all you have to do is throw out the bag!)
    Bamboo Rolling Mat Inside Bag
  • Place one half sheet of nori on the rolling mat (remember we tore the full sheet in half hamburger style) with the rough side facing up.

Making the Roll

  • ONLY ONCE THE RICE HAS COOLED, grab a handful of rice and cover the rough side of the nori leaving a 1 inch gap at the top without any rice. If using sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the rice. Grab the nori by the top, and flip it over so the rice is against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1 inch gap is now on the bottom.
  • Starting 1/3 of the way up from the bottom begin to align the "guts" of the sushi roll in a horizontal line beginning with the sauteed shrimp. If you are going for that instagram worthy look, leave the tails on the two shrimp that will be on the ends of the roll with the tails hanging off the sides of the sheet of nori.
    New York Roll
  • Once the shrimp have been placed, add a row of avocado and a row of cucumber above the shrimp.

Sauces & Presentation

  • Grab both the sushi mat and the nori and roll the mat over from the bottom until the empty space we left at the bottom is touching the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing to hold its shape.
  • If adding spicy mayo sauce, click this link to jump to our spicy mayo sauce recipe. Spicy mayo sauce is just a combination of Sriracha hot sauce and mayonnaise.
    There are two ways to add the spicy mayo sauce to the sushi roll.
    1) The easy way is to just spread it across the top of the roll with a fork.
    2) The "Instagram-worthy-way" is to put the sauces in small bags, cut off the corner and then push the sauce out of the bag while doing zig-zags up and down the roll.
  • Place the roll on a cutting board and get a knife and damp paper towel. Cut the toll into 8 equal sizes (easiest if you start by cutting the roll in half). Before you make each cut DAMPEN THE KNIFE WITH THE PAPER TOWEL or else the roll will fall apart when you slice through it.
  • Don't forget to take pictures for your friends! Serve with soy sauce and enjoy!
    New York Roll 3

Video

Notes

-Folding nori hamburger style
-Popular spicy mayo recipe
-Quick & easy sushi rice
-Perfect boiled shrimp
Keyword beginner sushi, beginner sushi roll, new york roll, sauteed shrimp, Shrimp
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