Ebi Mayo Temaki Is Probably the Easiest Sushi Almost Anyone Can Make and Eat (Shrimp Mayo Hand Roll)
Total: 35 - 40 minutes
Sushi Rice: 30 - 40 minutes
Rolling: 1-2 minutes
For those who think Sushi is about raw fish, please think again. Sushi means Seasoned Rice with Ingredients. The “Ingredients” can be vegetables, meats like Beef and Chicken, and of course, can be fish. Fish happens to be the most popular ingredient. By the way, the ingredients for Sushi is called Neta in Japanese.
I’ve come across numerous folks who were not so fond of Sushi. Their idea of Sushi was raw fish. “Would you like to try making chicken sushi or cooked seafood sushi?” I ask one participant during the sushi class. “No thanks. I don’t eat raw fish.”
It’s interesting to note how our mind works once we set the idea to settle in. Whether it is correct information or not, once we believe that is what it is, it’s hard to change. It is certainly almost impossible for someone else to change that belief. This is the reason why I keep writing these recipes and remind everyone that, always check what you believe. You will find out and be surprised most of what you believe to be true, is not what you think it is.
That brings us to Ebi Mayo. It’s lettuce wrapped mayonnaise shrimp roll. A very popular Sushi Roll in Japan. It is not something that is served at high end Sushi Restaurants. It’s something most people would make at home, or buy at To-Go Sushi Restaurants, or supermarkets. I believe the reason for its popularity is the Japanese’s love of Mayonnaise (Kewpie!). I don’t have to explain to you mayo and shrimp go well. When you wrap that with lettuce and Sushi Rice, it’s like Shrimp Mayo Rice Salad. I know you can imagine how good it tastes, right?
In case you are wondering, “Gee, is this authentic?” I say doubt your belief system. Yes, it is authentic modern Japanese Sushi. Ask any Japanese if they know “Lettuce Maki.” They will not only tell you they know, but most of them will surely say “I love it!”
Use cooked/poached shrimp
Can use cooked frozen shrimp if raw one is unavailable. Or, thaw frozen uncooked shrimp, cook and use it.
Make without Nori
Use lettuce instead of Nori to make a Lettuce Roll, which is also popular in Japan.
Make it Spicy!
Add hot sauce when mixing shrimp with mayonnaise.
No Need Sushi Rice? No Problem
You can use plain rice instead of using Sushi Rice - saves prep time!
INGREDIENTS (for one roll):
30 - 50g Sushi Rice
1 Nori Seaweed, half sheet
2pc (10g each) Poached Shrimp
20 g Mayonnaise
1 Green Leaf (or any kind) Lettuce
2-3 English Cucumber, Julienned
1 - 2 pcs Avocado, sliced ½ inch thick
Make Sushi Rice (follow this recipe).
Chop poached shrimp into small dice
In a bowl, mix chopped shrimp with mayonnaise
Hold Half Sheet Nori on the left hand, rough side facing up, placing the thumb on top.
Wet your right hand.
Grab sushi rice, golf ball size, approximately 30 - 50g.
Place the Sushi on the top left corner of Nori.
Using your right palm, apply pressure, spread the sushi rice diagonally about 30 degrees.
Place lettuce first, then Ebi Mayo, Julienned Cucumber.
Pick up the bottom left corner with the right thumb and index finger, roll it up, diagonally about 70 degrees all the way to the top of Nori.
Grab the “thick” rolled part (not the right edge of the Nori), keep rolling clockwise until it is all rolled up.
Dip into soy sauce and eat or serve right away before Nori becomes soggy.