Spicy Crab Roll

Spicy Crab Roll: A Simple Sushi Recipe

This recipe is perfect for those who are learning how to make sushi rolls at home. The Spicy Crab Sushi Roll is easy to roll, to prepare, and to eat.

Starting off in the fascinating world of sushi-making can be both exhilarating and daunting. Among the myriad of sushi recipes, it’s essential to find one that’s not only easy but also helps in honing fundamental skills. The Spicy Crab Sushi Roll was the recipe that was a game-changer for me. In my early days as an aspiring sushi chef, it became my go-to guide. This particular recipe was not just about creating a delightful dish, but it also nurtured my basic rolling techniques.

What sets this recipe apart is its simplicity. Instead of overwhelming beginners with a multitude of intricate ingredients and steps, it strips down to the basics, allowing you to focus on perfecting the roll. It’s a recipe that assures consistent results each time, making it ideal for those who are just venturing into the art of sushi.

Ingredients and Tools: Your Gateway to Mastering Sushi

To embark on this sushi-making journey, ensure you have the following ingredients and tools ready:


  • Sushi Rice: 2 cups (approximately 380 grams) – This acts as the foundational element of your roll.
  • Nori Sheets: 4-6 Half-cut – Essential for wrapping and adding that authentic sushi feel.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds: To sprinkle in for added texture and flavor.
  • Crab: 2 cans of Sustainability Crab. Ideally, opt for Snow crab or Dungeness sourced from the U.S.A. or Canada, amounting to around 336 grams.
  • Sriracha: A dash of heat with 15mL or 1 Tbsp.
  • Heavy Mayonnaise: 1 tbsp (15mL) – To provide a creamy consistency.
  • Shichimi Togarashi: 1 tsp (5mL) – A sprinkle of this spice blend amplifies the flavor profile.

Essential Tools:

  • Sharp Knife: Ideally, a yanagiba for that precise cut.
  • Makisu: Ensure it’s wrapped in cellophane to prevent rice from sticking.
  • Cutting Board: A clean, flat surface is crucial.
  • Stirring Utensils: For a thorough mix of ingredients.
  • Mixing Bowl: Where all the magic amalgamation happens.

Follow this guide, and you’re all set to craft 4 mouth-watering Spicy Crab Sushi Rolls. Perfect for a delightful meal or to showcase your budding sushi-making skills to friends and family!

The essence of any delicious sushi roll lies in the filling. For sushi aficionados, the spicy crab salad is not just a filling but a burst of flavor and texture. This recipe doesn’t just stand out for its taste but its simplicity. With the primary ingredient being spicy crab salad, it’s crucial to ensure that each step in preparation is executed to perfection.

Prepping the Crab Meat

Draining the Excess Liquid: Begin by draining the water from the two cans of sustainable crab meat. Every bit of water you can get rid of now will make the end product that much better.

Squeezing Out Excess Moisture: Once you’ve drained the initial liquid, take a small portion of the crab meat in your hands. Over the sink, squeeze out the residual moisture. For every 6 oz of crab meat, I found that squeezing out 3 handfuls provided the best consistency. Transfer the squeezed crab meat to a separate dish. Remember, the aim here is to have crab meat that’s as devoid of moisture as possible. Any excess water can compromise the quality of the sushi roll, making the nori sheet damp and less enjoyable.

Creating the Spice Mix: In a mixing bowl, combine the heavy mayonnaise, Sriracha, and Shichimi Togarashi. Stir them together until you get a smooth, spicy, and creamy blend. I prefer using two spoons for this process, but any stirring tool can work just as efficiently.

Constructing the Spicy Crab Sushi Roll

Sesame Sprinkle: Lay out your nori sheet and sprinkle it generously with toasted sesame seeds. Then spread a layer of sushi rice on the nori, ensuring that you cover the entire edge to seal the roll perfectly.

Placing the Spicy Crab Filling: With the rice in place, it’s time for the star ingredient. Lay down your spicy crab salad in a neat strip, approximately 2cm wide, right in the center of the nori sheet.

Perfecting the Roll: Using your thumbs and fingers, start rolling the sushi. This technique might seem tricky initially, but with practice, you’ll get the hang of it. For a step-by-step breakdown on this technique, I recommend checking out my detailed article titled “How to Roll Sushi.”

Plating & Presentation: Once your sushi roll is complete, transfer it onto a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 8 even pieces. Presentation is key to the sushi experience. For those curious about leveling up their plating game, I offer exclusive tips in my free email newsletter. If understanding the art and aesthetics of sushi presentation intrigues you, make sure you sign up for my newsletter either at the top or the bottom of this page.

Mastering the art of sushi-making is a journey of precision, patience, and passion. With this guide, you’re one step closer to creating sushi that’s not just flavorful but also visually appealing. Enjoy your Spicy Crab Sushi Roll!

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You can also add some of your favorite sauces, such as your favorite wasabi or ginger. Try adding spicy mayo for additional heat! If you prefer it slightly sweeter, I recommend adding Eel Sauce. You can substitute imitation crab with real crab meat! Click here for information on how to prepare imitation crab meat. Sushi Inc. is a vibrant restaurant that offers what is considered the best sushi in St Pete. Opening its doors in 2013 and becoming a local staple by offering live music, traditional hand-rolled sushi and a friendly atmosphere, our guests always have a top notch experience. Customers love our award-winning, fresh and creative Sushi rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi. With a larger selection of tempura, non-Sushi, japanese, and teriyaki options, we can accommodate every taste in downtown St Petersburg Fl. Contact us today to set your reservation or if you have any questions. When setting any reservations, please inform us of any allergies you might have and ask for alternative options. Check out our menu and daily specials you won’t be disappointed with our #1 voted and reviewed sushi in the Bay area.

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