Shaggy Dog Roll: Flavorful Recipe & Ingredients

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Everything you need to know before ordering a Shaggy Dog Roll…

Shaggy Dog Roll
Shaggy Dog Roll

Shaggy dog rolls are made of lightly fried tempura shrimp and imitation crab as the meats, cucumber and avocado as the veggies, and is topped with a delicious blend of teryaki and spicy mayo sauces. A shaggy dog roll is frequently paired with soy sauce and is one of the most popular sushi rolls as it has tons of unique flavor and is fully cooked. Below you will find FAQ, ingredients lists, and an easy at home recipe!

Main Ingredients

  • Tempura Shrimp
  • Imitation Crab

SAUCES

  • Spicy Mayo Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce

VEGGIES & FILLING

  • Creamy Avocado
  • Crunchy Cucumber

Dipping Sauces





Shaggy Dog Roll
Shaggy Dog Roll

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What is a Shaggy Dog Roll?

Spicy Mayo Sauce
Spicyu Mayo Sauce
Tempura Shrimp
Tempura Shrimp

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.

Shaggy Dog Roll FAQ and Tips

Is a shaggy dog roll raw?

Typically, no! The shaggy dog roll contains tempura shrimp and imitation crab as its two meats making it a fully cooked roll.

What fish is in a shaggy dog roll?

A shaggy dog roll’s main fishes or meats are tempura shrimp and imitation crab making the shaggy dog roll a completely cooked roll!

How many calories are in a shaggy dog roll?

Although there are many variations of a shaggy dog roll, it is safe to say that most rolls contain around 400 calories!

Is a shaggy dog roll spicy?

What other sushi rolls are like a shaggy dog roll?

What is a shaggy dog roll made of?

Sushi Rice On Nori
Sushi Rice on Nori
Cooked Tempura Shrimp
Tempura Shrimp

Nori Sheets (Seaweed): Sheets of dried seaweed, otherwise called nori, are what are used to align the guts of the sushi roll. Nori is very healthy for you, and has relatively little flavor. Sheets of nori can be found at most grocery stores like Walmart, Kroger, or HEB or can even be ordered off of Amazon.

Spicy Mayo Sauce
Spicy Mayo Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce: This sauce on a shaggy dog roll helps give that perfect blend of spicy and tangy. Teriyaki sauce can be found at any grocery store in the condiment section. Teriyaki sauce is made out of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, honey, and mirin. Teriyaki is also known as a Janaese cooking style in addition to the sauce.

Avocado: Avocado is found in most sushi rolls, not just the shaggy dog roll. This is aside from the fact that avocado is just down right delicious and could be a topping on just about anything! To pick an avocado, look for 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 squishy, it is overripe. You should be looking for a dark skinned avocado that you can give a slight squeeze!

Shaggy Dog Roll Ingredients

Spicy Mayo Sauce
Tempura Shrimp

Cooking Equipment

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • Cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Small mixing bowl
Bamboo Rolling Mat Inside A Gallon Bag

Cooking Instructions

Preparation
Making the Roll
  1. 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.
  2. 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 tempura shrimp. Add two tempura shrimp with the tails off in the middle, and add two more tempura shrimp with the tails on to the outside of the rolls with the tails hanging off of the side of the sheet.
  3. Add the avocado slices above the tempura shrimp.
  4. 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.
Sauces and Presentation
Finely Sliced Imitation Crab
Finely chopped imitation crab!
Finished Shaggy Dog Roll
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Shaggy Dog Roll

Shaggy Dog Roll: Flavorful Recipe & Ingredients

Extremely popular and tasty crab and shrimp sushi roll!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 Rolls
Calories 425 kcal

Equipment

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Small mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Cooked Sushi Rice (See below link in notes for easy sushi rice instructions)
  • 1/4 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 16 pieces Tempura Shrimp Frozen (Can be bought at most grocery stores, or check out our tempura batter recipe and make your own)
  • 4 Half Sheets Nori (See below link in notes for folding instructions)
  • 1/2 Cup Spicy Mayo Sauce See link below for an easy recipe
  • 1 Small Avocado Sliced into strips
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • 4 Sticks Imitation Crab
  • Chopped Green Onions Optional
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds Optional

Instructions
 

  • 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!)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and cook frozen tempura shrimp until golden and crisp (about 6 minutes per side)
  • Once shrimp are cooked, remove tails from 8 of the shrimp, leave the tails on the other 8.
  • 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.
  • 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 tempura shrimp. Add two tempura shrimp with the tails off in the middle, and add two more tempura shrimp with the tails on to the outside of the rolls with the tails hanging off of the side of the sheet.
  • Add the avocado slices above the tempura shrimp.
  • 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.
  • Slice the imitation crab sticks in half and flatten them out, slicing them very finely along the way.
  • Now that the roll has taken shape, add the finely sliced imitation crab to the top of the roll to make it look "shaggy".
  • Once the imitation crab has been added, it is time to add the spicy mayo sauce and teriyaki sauce! There are two ways to do this:
    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.
    **In place of the teriyaki sauce, most restaurants use Unagi eel sauce. click the link here or in the notes for our easy recipe.
  • Add the chopped green onions to the top for garnish!
  • Place the roll on a cutting board and get a knife and damp paper towel. Cut the roll 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.
  • Serve with soy sauce, take some pictures for your friends, and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Keyword beginner sushi, beginner sushi roll, challenging sushi roll, imitation crab, perfect sushi rice, Popular Sushi Roll, Shrimp, shrimp tempura, Spicy Mayo, Spicy Mayo Sauce, Tempura Batter

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