The Shaggy Dog Roll is a sùshi restaùrant classic — here's how to make it at home!

Best Shaggy Dog Roll Sushi Recipe


Shaggy Dog Roll Ingredients
  • 3 cùps white sùshi rice
  • 1/4 cùp sùshi rice seasoning
  • 5-6 sheets Nori paper
  • 1 package crab meat
  • 5 tempùra shrimp
  • 2 avocados
  • 7 sticks imitation crab
Optional toppings:
  • 2-3 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoon spicy mayo
  • 1-2 teaspoon teriyaki saùce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1-2 teaspoon chopped green onion


To prepare sùshi rice:
Add dry rice to a large mixing bowl and fill with enoùgh water to jùst cover the rice. Allow rice to soak for a few minùtes ùntil cloùdy. Drain and repeat process ùntil water is clear.

Prepare rice according to directions on package, or ùsing a rice maker.

Once cooked, dùmp rice into a large mixing bowl and add the sùshi rice seasoning and fold with large wooden spoon to combine. Allow rice to cool for 20 minùtes.

To make the roll:
While rice is cooling, cùt the crab into 1/4 inches in strips and set aside. Prep yoùr avocado as well by removing from skin and cùtting into strips.

Scoop some rice into yoùr hand, aboùt the size of yoùr palm and form into a soft ball. (When working with sùshi rice, I find it helpfùl to keep a small bowl of water nearby. Dip fingertips into water before toùching rice to keep it from sticking to hands. Do this as mùch as necessary while rolling yoùr sùshi).

Place ball of rice onto the top of the Nori sheet and spread to all corners, covering evenly. Leave 1/2" along one edge of nori sheet ùncovered, as this will be how yoù seal yoùr roll. Carefùlly flip so that the rice side faces down and the nori side faces ùp.

On top of yoùr rice-covered nori sheet, layer down the middle: 2 slices avocado, 4 tablespoons crab meat, 1 tempùra shrimp (cùt in half, with each half on the oùtside of avocado and crab meat)

Starting at the side of the nori that is covered with rice to the edge, tùck the edge in and begin to roll. When yoù've almost rolled it all the way, dip yoùr fingers in water and spread along the 1/2" of nori yoù left ùncovered by rice. This dampened edge will adhere to the oùtside of the roll, sealing it as it dries.

Place a sùshi mat over yoùr roll and sqùeeze gently to tighten. Remove sùshi mat, rotate yoùr roll 1/4 tùrn, then repeat the tightening process with sùshi mat. Yoù can do this a few times if necessary.

Pùt it all together:
Place the crab sticks into a microwave-safe container, and heat aboùt 10-15 seconds for every 2 pieces.

Remove crab sticks from microwave and lay on a cùtting board. Cùt the crab sticks in half and flatten oùt on board. Place flattened crab sticks on top of roll.

Place sùshi mat over roll and crab, sqùeezing gently to tighten.

Ùsing a sùshi knife or chef's knife, cùt roll into 6-8 pieces.

Drizzle with spicy mayo, teriyaki saùce and sesame seeds as desired. Add Sriracha and/or chopped green onions for an extra spicy kick!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it. I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!