Learn how to make Boston roll with this easy sushi recipe! Loaded with poached shrimp, creamy avocado and cucumber, then rolled in toasted nori, sushi rice and crunchy masago. One of the easiest sushi rolls you can make at home! No raw fish!
What is a Boston roll
Boston roll is an American version of Japanese rolled sushi (maki sushi). It is similar to California roll which contains imitation crab sticks, avocado and cucumber. Both California and Boston rolls are inside-out sushi rolls. This simply means that nori is on the inside and rice is on the outside. However, poached shrimp is used instead of imitation crab meat in Boston roll. And it is usually rolled in bright orange masago (Capelin roe) or tobiko (Japanese flying fish roe).
While Japan is the capital of sushi, Boston rolls originated in Eastern U.S. American chefs simply adapted Japanese recipes for American food culture and substituted raw fish with cooked shrimp or crab meat.
What’s in a Boston roll
A classic Boston roll includes avocado, crunchy cucumber and cooked shrimp. However, you can use even shrimp tempura for extra crunchy roll. All you need is to dip shrimp in the tempura batter and deep fry for 4 minutes. I used poached shrimp because this method is easier and you get healthier Boston rolls, yet full of flavor.
These sushi rolls are typically rolled in tobiko (or masago) that gives an incredible crunchy texture. Tobiko is usually more expensive, this is the reason why many Japanese restaurants use masago as a substitute. You can get tobiko at amazon or at your local Asian store. Sushi rice is available in many supermarkets.
How to make sushi rice
Rice is the key ingredient in any sushi roll. Be sure to check the package instruction for the best results. For most brands rice to water ratio is 1:1. If you plan to cook 1 cup of rice, you will need 1 cup of water. The cooked sushi is fluffy and doesn’t get mashy even after it is rolled. Try to use high quality Japanese short grain rice for this Boston roll recipe.
How to poach shrimp
Get a large 3-4 quart pot. Fill it about ¾ full of water. Bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, season with salt, add the shrimp, cover the pot and remove from the heat right away. Allow to stand until cooked through, about 3-6 minutes.
Transfer the cooked shrimp to a bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain.
How to make sushi rolls
- Prepare all of your ingredients. Prepare sushi rice, poach the shrimp, cut nori sheets in half, prep cucumber and avocado.
- Cover the bamboo mat with plastic. This will keep the mat clean and prevent the rice from sticking to the mat.
- Press the rice and tobiko. Begin to assembly sushi. Place the half of the nori on the mat with shiny side down. Spread about ¾ cup of rice evenly over nori. Top with a thin layer of tobiko. Flip over.
- Add the filling. Place 4 shrimp, 2 cucumber sticks and 2-3 avocado slices horizontally.
- Roll up the sushi. Fold the edge of the sushi mat over the filling to get a roll, finish rolling up the Boston roll until it is completely enclosed.
- Cut the sushi roll. Cut into 6-7 pieces, using a wet sharp knife.
Practice makes perfect! The more you will make homemade sushi the better you will become at this. You will need to try a few times to understand how much filling you need per roll, how thick the rice should be. And don’t worry about making them looking perfect! They will be delicious.
Where to buy nori sheets
The easiest way is to purchase nori sheets at amazon. You can get really good deals on bulk purchase.
You can also buy them in Walmart, Whole Foods (international aisle) and you will most probably get them at your local Asian market.
Good quality nori sheets have greenish black color and don’t have any holes. They are crisp and you can easily break them.
More Japanese-inspired recipes
Boston Roll Sushi Video
If you enjoy this Boston roll sushi video, please subscribe to my YouTube channel (thank you for subscribing). Want to be the first to know when I post a new video? Make sure to click the BELL icon.
If you make this Boston roll be sure to leave a comment or give this recipe a rating! I will be happy to hear from you!Print
All rights reserved. CHEF JAR. All images and content are copyright protected. PLEASE do not use my images without my permission. If you want to share this recipe, PLEASE provide a link back to this post.
If you make this recipe, take a photo of your creation and hashtag it # CHEFJAR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!