This Caterpillar Roll is made with delectable unagi and crunchy cucumber rolled in seaweed sheet and sushi rice, topped with avocado.
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Other delectable fillings can be added to the roll to make it your own. It’s so simple to make, and I’ll show you how to make an avocado wrapper!
In many sushi restaurants, the caterpillar roll is a popular item.
My family enjoys Japanese sushi rolls such as the Sweet Potato Sushi Roll, the California Roll, and this delectable caterpillar roll. They’re perfect for lunch or a late-night snack!
WHAT IS A CATERPILLAR ROLL?
The caterpillar roll, like dragon rolls, is an inside-out sushi roll in which the nori seaweed sheet wraps around the filling inside and the sushi rice is on the outside.
The roll is then topped with thinly sliced avocado to resemble a caterpillar.
Alternative Video Recipe: Caterpillar Sushi Roll
WHAT INGREDIENTS GO INTO A CATERPILLAR SUSHI ROLL?
- Avocado: For this recipe, you must use a perfectly ripe avocado. When squeezing an overripe avocado, it can become too mushy. Look for avocados with dark skin that yields to firm but gentle pressure.
- Unagi (eel): A traditional caterpillar roll recipe includes unagi, which is a cooked fish flavored with teriyaki or unagi sauce. It can be found in the frozen section of a Japanese supermarket, or you can order canned unagi from Amazon. Shrimp, salmon, tuna, and other vegetables can be substituted.
- Cucumber: You can use either pickled or fresh cucumbers. If you use American cucumber, make sure to remove the seeds before cooking because they contain a lot of water.
- Nori (Seaweed Sheets)
- Sushi Rice: For the best fluffy texture, use short-grain sushi rice. To flavor your rice, combine it with a small amount of rice vinegar and sugar.
To assemble the sushi, you’ll also need a sushi rolling mat. It’s reasonably priced, and you can find it in Asian supermarkets or online.
HOW TO MAKE CATERPILLAR ROLL?
The caterpillar roll looks fancy, but it’s easier than you think with a few simple tips!
COOKING THE PERFECT SUSHI RICE
- Wash the rice in cold water until it is clear. Then, in the rice maker, combine the rice and water. When making sushi rolls, a 1:1 ratio is ideal because more water can result in mushy rice when squeezed.
GETTING ON THE ROLL
- Fold the nori sheet in half to split it, then lay half of it on top of the bamboo mat. Spread the rice evenly over the nori, then flip everything over so that the rice is facing down. Place the nori on top of the fillings.
- Begin rolling with your bamboo mat and keep the roll firmly in place. Put some pressure on it to tighten it up.
HOW TO MAKE AN AVOCADO TOPPING?
- To begin, cut an avocado in half and remove the pit and skin. Then, using a sharp knife, cut each piece into 1/8-inch half-moon slices.
- Distribute the layer on the counter. Then lift it with a large knife and place it on top of your sushi roll.
- Place a piece of plastic wrap on top, then the sushi mat. Squeeze the avocado gently to shape it around the roll.
- Remove the mat and save the plastic wrap before slicing the roll into bite-size pieces. Take off the plastic wrap and serve!
HOW TO STORE CATERPILLAR ROLL?
Maybe you have some leftovers from the Caterpillar Roll you ordered or from the roll you made at home; either way, you’re wondering if it’s okay to store these leftovers and if they’ll stay the same after storing.
Let me tell you that all sushi rolls should be eaten as soon as possible because storing leftovers will result in a slight change in the texture and flavor of your Caterpillar Roll.
You can, however, keep your Caterpillar Roll leftovers, but you should eat them as soon as possible!
STORING CATERPILLAR ROLL SUSHI IN THE FRIDGE
- Begin by tightly wrapping each Caterpillar roll in clear film or plastic wrap.
- Next, place your Caterpillar rolls in a dry container with an airtight lid and immediately place them in the refrigerator.
- Caterpillar rolls can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours if properly stored.
STORING CATERPILLAR ROLL SUSHI IN THE FREEZER
- While refrigerating, ring out any excess water, then tightly wrap your Caterpillar rolls leftovers in plastic wrap and seal it to prevent any air from reaching the food.
- Place your plastic-wrapped Caterpillar rolls sushi in an airtight container, then in the freezer.
- Your Caterpillar Roll will keep in the freezer for about 2 to 3 days if properly stored.
- To keep rice from sticking to your hands, wet your hands with Tezu before handling it. It’s a dipping liquid made from 1/4 cup water and 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar.
- To keep sushi rolls from falling apart, gently squeeze the roll while rolling. After you’ve finished, place the bamboo mat over the sushi roll and gently squeeze it again.
SOME TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING THIS RECIPE
- Make sure to get a sushi rolling mat, which is widely available and extremely useful when making sushi rolls.
- Using Japanese short-grain rice in this recipe is highly recommended for a fluffier result. Use a high-quality type in a 1:1 ratio with water to keep the fluffiness even after it has been compressed in the roll.
- When rolling the sushi, keep some Tezu water in a small bowl nearby to keep the rice from sticking to your fingertips. It’s not difficult to make. Simply combine 1/4 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar.
- Squeezing the rolls with your hands while rolling them gently prevents them from falling apart.
- Squeezing lemon on the avocado prevents it from browning.
- It is best to consume the caterpillar rolls on the same day. You’re not going to resist anyway.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make Caterpillar Roll ahead and store it?
No, Caterpillar Roll, like all other sushi rolls that you want to store, should be consumed as soon as possible because storing them for too long will result in negative changes in texture and taste.
What does Caterpillar Roll have in it?
The common caterpillar roll is distinguished by its insect-like appearance and is made up of rice, nori sheets (nori = seaweed), cucumber, eel (Unagi), and avocado. The interior of the roll is made up of eel and cucumber, and the exterior is made up of rice with layers of avocado.
What is the difference between a dragon roll and a Caterpillar Roll?
Dragon rolls are sometimes referred to as “caterpillar rolls” because they resemble caterpillars or dragons. They have dragon scales with green layers of avocado and cucumber wrapped around the outside. They are also long and shaped like a caterpillar.
Is Caterpillar Roll cooked?
Because this roll isn’t grilled or skewered, I debated what to call the sauce, but since the unagi is prepared kabayaki-style, it made sense to use the same name for the glaze.
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