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Spider Rolls

With the legs extending outside the sushi roll, this appetizer has a spidery look to it. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce.

Cooking Light APRIL 2003

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 4 pieces)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups short-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 4 (4 1/2-ounce) soft-shell crabs, cleaned
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 nori (seaweed) sheets
  • 1 peeled avocado, cut into 16 slices
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds

Preparation

Bring rice and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 15 minutes.

Place rice in a large bowl, and gently stir in rice vinegar with a spoon until combined. Cover rice mixture, and let rest 30 minutes.

Sprinkle crabs with salt and black pepper. Dredge crabs in flour, shaking off excess flour.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add crabs, top sides down; cook 3 minutes, gently pressing body and legs against pan. Turn crabs over; cook 3 minutes. Cut each crab into quarters, leaving legs attached.

Cut off top quarter of nori sheet along a short end. Place nori, shiny side down, on a sushi mat covered with plastic wrap, with a short end toward you. Pat 3/4 cup rice over nori with moist hands, leaving a 1-inch border on short end of nori closest to you.

Arrange 4 crab pieces and 4 avocado slices horizontally over rice, allowing crab legs to extend over long edges of nori. Sprinkle each sheet with 2 tablespoons green onions and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.

Lift short edge of nori closest to you; fold over filling. Lift bottom edge of sushi mat; roll toward top edge, pressing firmly. Continue rolling to top edge; press mat to seal sushi roll. Slice each roll into 8 pieces with a sharp knife.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 265
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 13.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 36.3g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Iron: 3.7mg
  • Sodium: 168mg
  • Calcium: 28mg
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