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crunchy roll sushi

Crunchy Roll Sushi Recipe

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4


Crunchy roll sushi is an incredibly delicious variation of California sushi roll. It is loaded with shrimp tempura, avocado and has a crispy panko topping which is out of this world! Easy to make yet very delicious!


For the Sushi Rice:

  • Sushi rice- 1 1/2 cup
  • Water-1 1/2 cup
  • Rice vinegar-2 tablespoons, optional
  • Sugar-1/2 teaspoon

For the Shrimp Tempura California Roll:

  • Pre-cooked shrimp tempura or imitation crab- 8
  • Avocado ( ripe but still firm, sliced)-1
  • Nori sheets ( cut in half to make 4)-2

For the Crunchy Topping:

  • Panko breadcrumbs-1 cup
  • Olive oil- 2-3 tablespoons

For Serving:



Sushi Rice

  • Cook sushi rice according to the package instructions. Once cooked, add rice vinegar(mixed with sugar)  and  allow to cool down slightly. 

Shrimp tempura

  • Preheat your oven to 450F|235C. Bake the frozen pre-cooked shrimp tempura for 10-15 minutes (depends on the size of the shrimp). Keep aside.

Crunchy topping

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the panko bread crumbs and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden, stirring constantly. Allow to cool completely.

California Sushi Rolls

  • Cover the bamboo mat with plastic wrap to prevent rice from sticking.
  • Place the nori on the mat, shiny side down.
  • Spread about 3/4 cup of cooked rice over the nori evenly. Keep a bowl filled with water to dip  your hands when you are working with rice.
  • Flip it over so the rice is facing down.
  • Place 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and 2 slices of avocado on the nori. Roll it up tightly. Remove the plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining nori sheets.
  • Place the panko bread crumbs on sushi mat, covered with plastic. Roll each sushi roll in the toasted breadcrumbs. Remove the plastic and slice sushi using a sharp knife.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: Sushi recipes
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • Calories: 70kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 34mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg

Keywords: crunchy roll sushi, sushi, california roll crunchy sushi