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Caterpillar Roll recipe

How to Make Caterpillar Roll

Learn all the tricky details and secrets of making the delicious Caterpillar rolls with no effort.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 32 pieces (4 rolls)


For the sushi rice

  • 1 cup of sushi rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of sushi vinegar (optional) ( made by mixing 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar and ½ tablespoon of sugar together)

For caterpillar rolls

  • 4 oz of unagi ( you can use shrimp or tuna instead)
  • ½ of cucumber cut into half-inch strips
  • 2 nori sheets
  • 2 ripped avocadoes


  • Wash the rice well with cold water many times until the water is clear enough to remove all the excess rice starch. Proceed by adding the washed rice with the water in the rice maker and cook according to the instructions.
  • Spread the cooked rice in a plate or a large bowl to cool slightly, but not completely, then (optional) mix in the sushi vinegar or the mix of rice vinegar and sugar. Leave them aside and start preparing the sushi rolls.
  • To prepare the unagi: Empty the unagi package into a baking tray and bake at 360F for 10-12 minutes. Cut into half inch strips.
  • Assemble the sushi rolls: Start making your sushi rolls by Spreading your rolling mat with a plastic wrap on top to easily clean up after.
  • Spread only ½ of the nori sheet on the mat with the shiny surface facing the mat.
  • On the nori sheet, put ¾ cup of the cooked rice. Wet your fingertips with tezu water before you start rolling the sheet.
  • Flip the Nori sheet so that the rice layer is facing the rolling mat.
  • On the nori sheets, put the strips of unagi and cucumber.
  • With your thumbs beneath the rolling mat, lift the edge above the fillings and start rolling it away from you, all while gently yet firmly pressing on the roll.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the perfectly ripe avocado in halves, peel the skin off each half. Start slicing it into thin half-moon slices for the topping.
  • Spread the slices on the counter with the palm of your hand, then lift them together with a wide knife and place them on top of the sushi roll.
  • Put a plastic wrap on top. With the rolling mat, squeeze the roll gently to shape the avocado to the roll.
  • Start slicing the roll into bite-sized pieces after removing the bamboo rolling mat.
  • Remove the plastic wrap from each slice and enjoy!