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The Boston shrimp roll is ideal for those that aren't thrilled by typical sushi with raw fish since it uses poached shrimp. Classic sushi from Japan is traditionally made out of natural and fresh fish. Still, the Boston roll is a U.S. version that celebrates shrimp fishing in the Boston region. Plus, it's delicious.

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A Boston sushi roll sushi is comparable to a California roll sushi. It’s a simple but decadent roll created with Nori seaweed sheets, seasoned rice, and veggies.

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Boston Roll Sushi

The most crucial distinction is that rather than crab meat, a Boston sushi roll uses poached shrimp.

A Boston sushi roll is an inside-out sushi roll where the rice is on the exterior. In contrast, the Nori and the filling are inside. It is garnished on top with the orange flying fish roe, tobiko, or some similar food called masago.

What’s a Boston Sushi Roll Sushi?

The Boston sushi roll is a kind of roll produced with poached shrimp, cucumber, avocado, Nori sheets, and seasoned rice. Following the sushi is rolled, it is coated with all the flying fish roe or tobiko.

This type of sushi gets the rice out. You will achieve this by cutting the Nori sheet in half and spreading it on the rice. Afterward, turn the Nori sheet, then positioning the rice onto the outer side.

Place the avocado and cucumbers with the Nori sheet shrimp, making sure you don’t overfill, or it will be tough to roll and seal the sushi properly.

Tobiko is crunchy, salty, and has a hint of smoky flavor. It’s a small kind of fish roe, which comes in a delightful red-orange color. The texture perfectly complements the soft rice outer layer of the roster.

There is nothing better than biting into a Boston roll sushi coated with flying fish roe or even tobiko.

Getting The Right Ingredients For Boston Roll Sushi

The right ingredients will break or make any meal, but that seems to be even more true when it comes to sushi. Let’s talk about every component cautiously, so your feed doesn’t suffer.

Preparing Your Rice

Great sushi rolls start with fantastic rice. For great sushi, choose high-quality short-grain rice that’s categorized as sushi rice.

For cooking sushi rice, you will need less water than you usually do with rice. The ideal ratio for rice is 1:1 or 1 cup of rice to 1 cup of water.

When you’ve cooked the rice, then transfer it into a bowl and let cool slightly. However, please do not allow it to cool completely. Though the rice is quite hot, stir in some rice vinegar. If you do not have rice vinegar, you can use white wine vinegar with a pinch of salt and a 1/2 tsp of sugar.

Poached Shrimp

Another critical ingredient is shrimp. Fresh shrimp is simply the best as it is a sushi roll, after all.

I poach the fish by putting them in simmering water for 3-5 minutes. Rather than poaching, you can always fry the fish tempura-style. It may provide some extra crunchiness for your sushi.

Veggies

After you have prepared these, it is time for fresh avocado and pineapple. Pick the ripest avocado and the freshest cucumbers you can find.

An avocado with a marginally changed skin color, just having gone from green to a bit brown, is ideal. You could even check by removing the stem cells and looking at the naval. If the stem is hard to eliminate, then the avocado isn’t ripe yet.

As for your cucumbers, choose those that feel firm and look plump are perfect. Cut the cucumbers and avocado to”matchsticks,” or miniature, thin, and extended pieces.

Nori Sheets

Nori sheets cost just a few cents per package, while you will find Nori sheets that cost $3-4 per sheet. When picking your Nori sheets, you are usually best off using the medium-priced choices.

Besides taking a look at the cost when picking a Nori sheet, listen to color, spot holes, and general look because even the best Nori can degrade through time.

High-quality Nori is a jet black sheet using a glistening sheen to it. It’s that umami flavor — the pure sweetness we all love. Affordable Nori has a strong fishy smell and usually is brown or light green. I advise you to keep away from those.

I usually go with dark green Nori, which does not have holes and fractures easily when folded in half.

Tobiko Substitutes: Is It Possible?

I wouldn’t suggest that you change tobiko for anything else. Most people utilize masago for a tobiko replacement, but it is not just the same thing.

Masago is smaller and less expensive but has a dull yellow color. Masago does have a taste similar to tobiko but doesn’t offer that unique crunchiness.

Although tobiko and masago may seem similar, there is a reason people go with tobiko since it’s a high-end sushi ingredient. You can’t beat that fantastic mixture of crunch and taste.

All that is left is to track down a good soy sauce or teriyaki sauce and enjoy a fantastic meal!

How to Make Boston Roll Sushi

Note: Since the sushi rice is tacky, I suggest creating a mixture of 1/4 cup water and 2 tbsp rice vinegar. It will limit the rice from sticking to your hands.

You will also require a bamboo sushi mat to make this roll.

Step 1

Set the Bamboo Mat in front of you.

Cover it with a piece of plastic foil. It will keep the rice from sticking to the mat.

Cut the Nori sheet in half (it’s possible to use scissors), and put it on the Bamboo Mat.

Bamboo Mat and Nori Sheet

Step 2

Spread half the rice on the Nori sheet. Twist the rice and Nori (I lift it with the plastic foil), so the rice is around the floor, and the Nori is at the top.

Skin and slice the avocado and cucumber into matchstick patterns. I also like to remove the cucumber seeds.

Put avocado, cucumbers, and shrimp in addition to the Nori sheet.

Step 3

Put your thumbs under the Bamboo Mat and lift gently. Start folding the sushi, but see not to roll the Bamboo Mat in it.

Lift the Bamboo Mat and the plastic foil. Cover the rice with tobiko.

Cover the rice with all the plastic foil and place it over the Bamboo Mat so that the tobiko stick to the sushi roll.

Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Boston roll sushi Tobiko

Step 4

Repeat the procedure to use the remaining ingredients.

Slice the sushi, serve and enjoy your meal!!!

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a slice of boston roll sushi on white plate

Boston Roll Sushi Recipe


  • Author: Zannat
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

A Boston sushi roll sushi is comparable to a California roll sushi. It’s a simple but decadent roll created with Nori seaweed sheets, seasoned rice, and veggies.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tablespoons tobiko
  • 3 oz. poached shrimp
  • 1 Nori sheet, cut in half
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 small carrot

Instructions

Step 1

  • Set the bamboo mat in front of you.
  • Cover it with a piece of plastic foil. It will keep the rice from sticking to the mat.
  • Cut the Nori sheet in half (it’s possible to use scissors), and put it on the bamboo mat.

nori sheet on a sushi mat

Step 2

  • Spread half the rice on the Nori sheet. Twist the rice and Nori (I lift it with the plastic foil), so the rice is around the floor, and the Nori is at the top.
  • Skin and slice the avocado and cucumber into matchstick patterns. I also like to remove the cucumber seeds.
  • Put avocado, cucumbers, and shrimp in addition to the Nori sheet.

sushi rice on a nori sheet placed on a sushi mat to make boston roll sushi boston roll sushi ingredients

Step 3

  • Put your thumbs under the bamboo mat and lift gently. Start folding the sushi, but see not to roll the bamboo mat in it.
  • Lift the bamboo mat and the plastic foil. Cover the rice with tobiko.
  • Cover the rice with all the plastic foil and place it over the bamboo mat so that the tobiko sticks to the sushi roll.
  • Let it stand for 5 minutes.

tobiko spread on a boston roll sushi

Step 4

  • Repeat the procedure to use the remaining ingredients.
  • Slice the sushi, serve and enjoy your meal!!!

six slice of boston roll sushi served on a white plate

Notes

  • As the sushi rice is sticky, I suggest you make a mixture of ¼ cup water and 2 tbsp rice vinegar. This will prevent the rice from sticking to your hands.
  • As my daughter doesn’t like avocados I haven’t used them in the recipe. However, I used string beans to make the boston roll sushi. You can try that too.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 90mg
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.3g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

Keywords: boston roll sushi, boston roll, sushi

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called a Boston roll?

The name Boston roll isn’t really known. The common story is that the rolls were first served in a restaurant called “Boston” and other people just started calling them this because of their shape.

Who invented Boston roll sushi?

It’s unclear who exactly invented Boston roll sushi, but it is believed to have originated in the 1960s.

What kind of shrimp is best to use for Boston Roll Sushi?

You can use shrimp either fresh or frozen to make Boston Rolls. Fresh is more expensive and takes longer to prepare, but it tastes better!

How do you know when an avocado is ripe enough for Boston Roll Sushi?

The best way to know if an avocado is ripe enough for Boston Rolls is to squeeze it gently. If you can’t press on the avocado and create a dent, then it’s not quite ready yet.

How Can You Enhance The Taste Of Boston Roll Sushi?

The most important thing to make your Boston Rolls taste better is by having the right ingredients. There are many sauces on the market that can be added for flavor like soy sauce, wasabi mayonnaise and even teriyaki!
In addition, you could also add a bit of salt and pepper to the inside of your roll.

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  1. Very flavorful recipe. Almost no work but the result is very good.

    1. Thank you very much!!!

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