What do you imagine when you hear this name?
A spider inside the roll??
Do not worry there are no spiders in the rolls. Instead of spiders we put soft shell crab meat in the roll. Crabs have several legs which look like spider legs, so this is why they are called “spider rolls.” As a playful aspect the fried crab is usually arranged to emphasize its name. Most sushi restaurants have the same name of the roll. However, they look different depending on the restaurant. Our spider roll has deep-fried soft-shell crab, cucumber, carrot and wasabi tobiko on top.
A soft-shell crab is a crab that has recently molted the old exoskeleton. Thus, their new shell is still soft. Catching soft-shell crabs is time sensitive. They have to be caught right after or while they are molting to prevent any hardening of the shell. They are then placed in a temperature-controlled environment until they are sold. The crab is typically deep fried or sautéed.
In Japan, a Japanese blue crab is typically used for sushi. Soft-shell crab is often used in Southern regions of the Unites States, Spain, and Italy.
More on the spider roll.
The spider roll was invented in Japan. This roll uses a large number of ingredients, which makes it a unique roll. As I wrote above there are many variations to this roll. Though its typical ingredients are battered soft-shell crab, mayonnaise, cucumber, and avocado. Many people fall in love with the texture of the spider roll. The deep fried crab tempura is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. With all other the other ingredients it provides a complex flavor profile that is also easy for first time sushi eaters. This roll is also perfect for children or adults who are hesitant to try raw fish.
Let me know what you think of this roll! 😊