Shrimp Tempura Roll: FAQ, Recipe, Easy Ingredients!

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What you need to know before ordering a Shrimp Tempura Roll…

Shrimp tempura rolls are made of lightly fried tempura shrimp, cucumber, and avocado. A shrimp tempura roll typically has spicy mayo sauce on top to give it an extra kick and is frequently paired with soy sauce. This roll is fully cooked and popular for its crunch! Below you will find FAQ, ingredients lists, and an easy at home recipe!

Main Ingredients

  • Tempura Shrimp


  • Spicy Mayo Sauce


  • Creamy Avocado
  • Crunchy Cucumber

Dipping Sauces

Shrimp Tempura Roll
Shrimp Tempura Roll

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What is a Shrimp Tempura Roll?

Cooked Tempura Shrimp
Cooked Tempura Shrimp
Spicy Mayo Sauce
Freshly made 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.

Shrimp Tempura Roll FAQ and Tips

Is a shrimp tempura roll raw?

The shrimp tempura roll is not raw and is fully cooked with the only meat or fish being the lightly fried shrimp which is one reason it is so popular.

What fish is in a shrimp tempura roll?

Just shrimp! Lightly fried shrimp is the only meat in a shrimp tempura roll making it a completely cooked sushi roll!

How many calories are in a shrimp tempura roll?

Is a shrimp tempura roll spicy?

What other sushi rolls are like a shrimp tempura roll?

What is a shrimp tempura roll made of?

Lightly Battered Tempura Shrimp

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!

Avocado Sliced

Shrimp Tempura Roll Ingredients

Cooked Sushi Rice

Cooking Equipment

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



Tempura Batter On Shrimp

Making the Roll

Rolling The Sushi

Sauces and Presentation

Shrimp Tempura Roll
Spicy Mayo Image
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Shrimp Tempura Roll- FAQ, Easy Recipe, & More!

Super easy sushi recipe that tastes like heaven!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack, sushi
Cuisine American, asian, Japanese
Servings 4 Rolls
Calories 508 kcal


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


  • 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
  • 8 Strips Cucumber


  • Add the seasoned rice vinegar to the cooked sushi rice and mix together.
    Sushi Rice On A Bamboo Mat
  • 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
  • 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 and cucumber 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.
  • Now it is time to add the Spicy Mayo Sauce! (This part is optional, it gives a great kick though!
    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 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!



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-Popular spicy mayo recipe.
-Quick & easy sushi rice
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