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This Caterpillar Roll recipe is made with delicious unagi and crunchy cucumber rolled in seaweed sheet and sushi rice, with an avocado topping. You can customize the roll with other delicious fillings. It’s so easy to make and I’ll share with you the secrets on how to make an avocado wrapper!
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Caterpillar Roll {with an Avocado Topping}

This Caterpillar Roll recipe is made with delicious unagi and crunchy cucumber rolled in seaweed sheet and sushi rice, with an avocado topping. You can customize the roll with other delicious fillings. It’s so easy to make and I’ll share with you the secrets on how to make an avocado wrapper!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Caterpillar Roll, Caterpillar Sushi Roll
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 32 pieces (4 rolls)
Calories 49kcal
Author izzycooking

Ingredients

For Sushi Rice

  • 1 cup sushi rice short grain sushi rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon optional sushi vinegar or mixing 1 tablespoon rice vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon sugar

For Caterpillar Rolls

  • 4 oz unagi or you can substitute canned eel, shrimp or tuna
  • 1/2 cucumber cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 sheets nori (seaweed sheet)
  • 2 avocado ripe but still firm

Instructions

  • Cook sushi rice: Wash the rice with cold water until the water runs clear. Then add the rice and water to the rice maker. Once cooked, transfer the hot rice to a large bowl and let it cool down slightly. When it’s still very warm, stir in optional sushi vinegar (or the mixture of rice vinegar and sugar).
  • Prepare unagi: take the unagi from the package and bake at 360F for 10-12 minutes or according to the package instruction. Then cut it into 1/2 inch strips.
  • Make caterpillar rolls: Lay out the bamboo mat with an optional piece of plastic wrap on top (this will make clean up easier).
  • Fold the nori sheets in half and split them by hands or using a pair of scissors.
  • Place half of the nori sheet on top of the bamboo.
    Place half of the nori sheet on top of the bamboo.
  • Take 3/4 cup of cooked rice and evenly spread over nori. (You can dip your hands in vinegar water to prevent sticking.)
    Spread rice evenly on top of the nori sheet.
  • Flip everything so that rice is facing down.
  • Place unagi strips and cucumber on top of the nori.
    Place unagi strips and cucumber on top of the nori.
  • Place the thumbs underneath the bamboo mat and lift the edge up and over the filling.
  • Roll the bamboo mat away from you and apply some pressure to tighten it up. Keep rolling until the ends meet.
    Roll the sushi away until the ends meet.
  • Make avocado topping: Slice a ripe avocado in half and remove the pit and skin. Then cut each piece into thin half-moon slices.
    Cutting half of the avocado into thin slices.
  • Spread the layer on the counter.
    Spread the layer on the counter.
  • Use a large knife to lift them up and place it on top of your sushi roll.
    Placing the sliced avocado layer on top of the roll.
  • Place plastic wrap on top, and cover with the sushi mat. Squeeze gently to shape the avocado around the roll.
    Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the avocado.
  • Remove the mat while keep the plastic wrap, and slice the roll into bite-size pieces. Remove the plastic wrap and enjoy!
    Cutting the roll with plastic wraps on top of the avocado.

Notes

  • It's best to eat the dragon roll the same day. You can squeeze a small amount of lemon juice over your avocado to prevent it from browning for a few hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg