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Japanese Soft Shell Crab Hand Roll

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 cup sushi rice see below
  • 4 pieces of Nori or toasted seaweed
  • 2 soft shell crab cleaned and defrosted
  • cornstarch for dredging
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 baby cucumbers slice lengthwise
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sirachi
  • For the sushi rice:
  • Japanese very fine short grain rice 2 cups Please note this will be enough to make other sushi as well like the rainbow roll recipe.
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Instructions for the rice:
  • Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear.
  • Combine the rice with the water in a saucepan.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Rice should be tender and all the water absorbed. Please not that sushi rice is sticky, that is normal.
  • Let cool.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt. cook over medium heat until the sugar is desolved. Let cool.
  • Pour the mixture over the rice and stir. Keep stirring until the the rice absorbs the liquid. When the rice is completely cool it is ready to use in your sushi rolls
  • Sushi seaweed comes in sheets about 8"x 7"
  • Put a sheet on your work surface and cut about 2" off the long side
  • Using your hands (wetting them can be helpful to avoid the rice sticking to your finger) take a handful of rice and gently push to make a very thin layer on about half of the nori.
  • mix together the mayo and sirachi, stir well
  • On the diagonal place a couple teaspoons of the mayonnaise and sirachi mixture
  • Then place two thin slices of cucumber and some shredded carrot.
  • Heat up you oil to a hot frying temp around 350.
  • Dredge your soft shell crab in a plate of cornstarch, shake off the excess and fry on both side until golden brown. Please note these cook quite fast just a couple minutes a side.
  • Remove the crab and let drain excess oil on paper towel
  • cut the crab, the long way and place on the cucumber.
  • Now you simply roll it up in a cone shape and serve warm.
  • You can use a piece of rice to secure the nori (seaweed)
  • Heaven!