This recipe for shrimp tempura roll is crispy shrimp with avocado and cucumber, all wrapped up in seasoned rice. Making sushi at home is actually quite fun and easy to do!

I love eating sushi at a restaurant, but now that I’ve learned how to make it myself, I skip the restaurant and prepare some for my family in the comfort of my own home. For an extra special treat, serve your shrimp tempura roll with some yum yum sauce for dipping and a side of Japanese cucumber salad!

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Shrimp tempura sushi roll with cucumber, avocado and crispy shrimp.

I absolutely love sushi, but for whatever reason, Japanese restaurants are crazy expensive around here! I feel like every time we go out for sushi it’s a minimum of $60 for two people. I decided it was time to learn to make sushi at home and started with this shrimp tempura roll. I was surprised by how easy it actually is to make sushi – this roll pictured here was my very first attempt – not too shabby right?

Sliced shrimp tempura roll sushi on a serving plate.

How do you make shrimp tempura roll?

The trickiest part of making sushi is the rice – you definitely need to hunt down some short grain sushi rice for this recipe. I have been able to find sushi rice pretty easily in most of my local grocery stores so it shouldn’t be a big problem. I also picked up a package of nori seaweed sheets in the Asian food section of my grocery store. I cheated a bit here and used frozen tempura shrimp to make these rolls. I baked them in the oven and it worked out just fine.

A serving of shrimp tempura roll sushi made with cucumber, avocado and shrimp.

These shrimp tempura rolls are filled with tempura shrimp, avocado and cucumber. I used a handy little bamboo rolling mat to roll up my sushi, but if you don’t feel like buying one, you can use a thin towel like a tea towel. However you do it, line the towel or rolling mat with plastic wrap before layering on the ingredients. I watched a video before I started rolling my sushi to make sure I had the technique down.

Shrimp tempura sushi wrapped in seaweed and rice and garnished with sesame seeds.

These shrimp tempura rolls were a big hit with the whole family. It’s a great way to introduce sushi to kids since there’s no raw fish, and if you keep a box of tempura shrimp in the freezer you can whip up some sushi whenever the craving arises. Now that I feel like I have the sushi making basics down, I’m going to branch out a bit and try some new varieties. Have you ever made sushi at home? If so, leave a comment with your best tips!

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Shrimp Tempura Roll

AuthorSara Welch
This recipe for shrimp tempura roll is crispy shrimp with avocado and cucumber, all wrapped up in seasoned rice. Making sushi at home is actually quite fun and easy to do!
This recipe for shrimp tempura roll is crispy shrimp with avocado and cucumber, all wrapped up in seasoned rice. Making sushi at home is actually quite fun and easy to do!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4 sushi rolls


  • For the sushi rice:
  • 2 cups uncooked sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • For the sushi rolls:
  • 4 sheets of nori
  • 8 pre-cooked tempura shrimp
  • 8 strips of cucumber
  • 8 slices of avocado
  • 3 tablespoons black and/or white sesame seeds


  • Place the rice into a colander and rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Add the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Transfer the rice to a large bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Fold thoroughly to combine. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature
  • Place one sheet of nori on a flat surface and press approximately 1/3-1/2 cup rice across the surface of the nori, going all the way to the edges. This is easiest if your fingers are slightly damp.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap over the rice covered nori and invert on top of a sushi rolling mat so that the seaweed side is up.
  • Place 2 shrimp, 2 strips of cucumber and 2 slices of avocado along one side of the nori.
  • Pick up the edge of the rolling mat closest to the shrimp mixture and tightly roll up the sushi.
  • Press approximately 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds into the rice on the sushi roll.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the sushi then serve immediately.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 624mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g

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  1. Shrimp is my favorite food, and these look so good! I think I bought the supplies to make sushi a while back and still haven’t tried!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow. I would get serious wife points if I made this!!! It’s a lot easier than I would have thought! Great recipe.

  3. We’ve been making our own sushi at home too lately! Gotten really good at all type – even Nigiri!

  4. My grandson works in a sushi restaurant and I love the tempura veggies that he brings home. I haven’t tasted sushi because I’m vegan but honestly… your shrimp tempura rolls look absolutely delicious. I love your shortcut of using tempura shrimp. Anything that makes life easier… right?
    My family would love your recipe and I look forward to making it for our next gathering.
    Thanks so much!

  5. 5 stars
    My husband and I would love these! Your recipe makes it sound really easy to put together.

  6. 5 stars
    Confession. I only eat tempura sushi because I am a loser, LOL. These look amazing! My family thinks I am crazy for not eating normal sushi.

  7. 5 stars
    I adore sushi and make it often, I will have to be sure to save your recipe for later this week since I am off 9 days. Totally excited!

  8. 5 stars
    I absolutely love sushi and shrimp so this sounds right up my alley. Also, I find the art of making sushi at home so much fun! Can’t wait to try this recipe! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    This would make a fun date night at home. I love cooking with my husband so this is soemething we could enjoy making and eating together.

  10. Lovely! Tempura rolls are one of my favourites, but I haven’t attempted at home. Yet! 🙂

  11. I would LOVE to do this! Thanks Sara for making it sounds so easy and look so delicious. The photos are wonderful! I love that rice cooker 🙂