Spicy Crab Roll: Bold Ingredients & More!

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Spicy Crab Roll
Spicy Crab Roll!

Spicy crab rolls are made of shredded imitation crab, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese is highly recommended. What makes the roll spicy is the spicy mayo sauce that should be mixed in with the shredded imitation crab. This roll is fully cooked and is frequently paired with soy sauce. Below you will find FAQ, ingredients lists, and an easy at home recipe!

Main Ingredients

  • Shredded Imitation Crab

SAUCES

  • Spicy Mayo Sauce

VEGGIES & FILLING

  • Creamy Avocado
  • Crunchy Cucumber
  • Cream Cheese (Optional)

Dipping Sauces





Enjoy!

Spicy Crab Roll

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    What is a Spicy Crab Roll?

    A Spicy Crab Roll is an inside-out sushi roll (meaning the rice is on the outside) that typically is made with imitation crab as the protein and is a great sushi roll for someone that doesn’t like raw fish. Spicy Crab Roll ingredients also include avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo sauce to give it an extra kick. Cream cheese is optional but highly recommended.

    Spicy Mayo Sauce
    Spicy Mayo Sauce
    Shredded Imitation Crab
    Shredded Imitation Crab

    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.

    Spicy Crab Roll FAQ and Tips

    Is a spicy crab roll raw?

    The spicy crab roll’s main ingredient is imitation crab which is not raw and is fully cooked. In the spicy crab roll, the imitation crab is shredded and mixed with the spicy mayo sauce to make it “spicy”.

    What fish is in a spicy crab roll?

    A spicy crab roll only contains imitation crab as it’s fish and main ingredient, making the spicy crab roll a completely cooked roll.

    How many calories are in a spicy crab roll?

    Although there are many variations of a spicy crab roll, it is safe to say that each roll contains less than 250 calories. It is closer to 250 calories if cream cheese is used.

    What makes a spicy crab roll spicy?

    What other sushi rolls are like a spicy crab roll?

    What is a spicy crab roll made of?

    Avocado: Avocado is found in most sushi rolls, not just the spicy crab roll. This is aside from the fact that avocado is just down right delicious! Search for an avocado with darker skin and place it 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!

    Spicy Crab Roll Ingredients

    Sushi Rice Image
    Canned Salmon

    Cooking Equipment

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

    Cooking Instructions

    Preparation
    Shredded Imitation Crab
    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 using the sliced cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese.
    3. 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.
    4. Once the roll is formed, it is time to add the shredded crab meat mixed with the spicy mayo sauce over the top of the roll. This is mostly for that Instagram-worthy picture. It is easier to add the shredded crab to the inside of the roll if you are in a hurry.
    Spicy Crab Roll 3
    1. 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.
    2. Serve with soy sauce, take some pictures for your friends, and enjoy!
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    Spicy Crab Roll: Bold Ingredients & More!

    Simple roll… with a kick!
    5 from 2 votes
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 20 mins
    Total Time 30 mins
    Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
    Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
    Servings 4 Rolls
    Calories 180 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
    • 4 Half Sheets Nori (See below link in notes for folding instructions)
    • 4 Sticks Imitation Crab Shredded in small bowl
    • 1/2 cup Spicy Mayo Sauce See the below link in notes for an easy recipe!
    • 1 Small Cucumber (Sliced into matchsticks)
    • 1 Small Avocado (Sliced into strips)
    • Cream Cheese Optional (Sliced into strips)

    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!)
    • 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.
    • Combine the shredded imitation crab meat with the spicy mayo sauce. Pro tip: use a cheese grater on the imitation crab meat to shred it!
      Shredded Imitation Crab
    • 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 using the sliced cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese.
    • 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.
    • Once the roll is formed, it is time to add the shredded crab meat mixed with the spicy mayo sauce over the top of the roll. This is mostly for that Instagram-worthy picture. It is easier to add the shredded crab to the inside of the roll if you are in a hurry.
      Spicy Crab Roll 3
    • 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.
    • Serve with soy sauce, take some pictures for your friends, and enjoy!

    Video

    Notes

    -Folding nori hamburger style
    -Popular spicy mayo recipe.
    -Quick & easy sushi rice
    Keyword beginner sushi, beginner sushi roll, imitation crab, Popular Sushi Roll, Spicy Mayo, Spicy Mayo Sauce, sushi, sushi rice, sushi roll

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