A Spider Roll is typically made by frying a soft shell crab, and then placing it in the roll so that the legs hang out the edges. The roll is usually cut so that the end pieces can be laid down leaving the legs to hang in the air. This version eliminates the frying and replaces the soft shell crab with lump meat. Therefore, I refer to it lovingly as the Fake Spider Roll.
Ingredients (makes 1 large roll)
- 1 full sheet nori
- 1 1/2c cooked sushi rice
- 3oz crab meat
- 2 oz cucumber slices
- 2 oz avocado
1. Place the nori sheet, textured side down on the sushi mat. Place the cooked sushi rice on top in a single line.
2. With your hand, push the rice across the sheet leaving a 3/4″ border. Place the crab, cucumber, and avocado in the middle.
3. Using the sushi mat, lift the nori over the filling. Use your fingers to keep the filling in place. Complete the roll and squeeze the mat firmly. You should be left with a large roll. If the seam has broken, unroll the sushi, remove some of the filling, and try again.
4. Slice the roll into 10 coins. Serve with wasabi and pickled ginger.