Dragon Roll


  • ¾ cup Japanese sushi-style rice
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ⅓ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ⅓ tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • cooking spray
  • 8frozen tempura shrimp
  • 2 sheets nori (dry seaweed)
  • 2 sticks imitation crabmeat, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1cucumber – peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1avocado, sliced
  • 10 ounces frozen unagi kabayaki (grilled eel), thawed and sliced into 2-inch strips
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Rinse rice in a strainer until water runs clear.


  • Step 2

    Combine rice and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over low heat; stir until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour over rice; stir until rice cools and looks dry.

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Step 5

    Arrange shrimp tempura on the baking sheet.

  • Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crispy, about 6 minutes per side. Cut tails off 4 of the tempura shrimp.

  • Step 7

    Cover a bamboo sushi rolling mat with plastic wrap. Lay 1 sheet of nori, shiny-side down, on the plastic wrap. Spread 1 cup rice on top using moistened fingers, leaving a 1/3-inch border. Flip nori so rice is facing the mat.

  • Step 8

    Arrange imitation crabmeat and cucumber along the bottom edge of the nori sheet. Place 2 tail-off shrimp in the center of the nori sheet. Place 2 tail-on shrimp on the end so that the tails extend over the sides of the sheet. Lift the edge of the mat and roll up nori into a tight log around filling.

  • Step 9

    Transfer sushi roll to a serving plate. Layer avocado and unagi slices on top to cover the top and sides of the roll. Slice roll into 8 pieces using a moistened knife. Repeat with remaining nori, rice, crabmeat, cucumber, avocado, and unagi to make a second roll.

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