Boston Roll

Boston Roll

This roll is similar to the California Roll, using shrimp instead of imitation crab. It’s really good, and the tobiko adds a nice splash of color to the roll.

Boston Roll

By the way: If you have never eaten tobiko before, beware! Son had the most fantastic expression on his face when he bit into it and the tobiko started popping in his mouth (I should have gotten a picture! πŸ™‚ ). Hehe they do pop in your mouth, so don’t be too surprised!! πŸ˜€

Boston Roll

Look for your sushi ideas posted soon (I’m making them tomorrow! πŸ™‚ ) Happy Holidays everyone!!

I got this roll from the Sushi Chart.

Makes 6 rolls, or 36-48 pieces.

  • 6 sheets nori
  • 3 cups sumeshi
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 36 small shrimp, with the tails cut off
  • 1 cup tobiko (tiny orange flying fish eggs)
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Slice the avocado and cucumber into long, thin slices.
  3. Roll the sushi inside-out, using avocado, cucumber, and shrimp as your fillings.
  4. Before cutting the sushi into pieces, spoon the masago over the sushi roll to coat (you can use more or less masago depending on your preference). Now cut the sushi into 6 or 8 pieces.
  5. Serve with shoyu, wasabi, and ginger if desired.

20 thoughts on “Boston Roll”

  1. Yvo -

    Random question: where do you get your tobiko? Does it go bad quickly and is it something I really have to look for freshness? My sister served some the other day with king crab legs and I meant to ask her about that, but I forgot πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  2. hien -

    Allison, tobiko (flying fish roe) is different than masago (smelt roe). i belive you are using masago. Tobiko sometimes has different flavors (smoked, spicy, wasabi..) with different colors (red, orange, black, green). btw, boston roll has letuce and mayo right? Just a thought … πŸ˜›

  3. Allison -

    Yvo – I got the tobiko at Marukai, although I have also seen it at Mitsuwa. It’s probably best to try to use it within a few days of when you buy it… I’m not quite sure exactly how fresh it needs to be. Sorry!

    hien – No, it was tobiko… (that’s what it said on the package πŸ™‚ ). Where I bought it I believe they also had masago and some of the green tobiko too… so I’m pretty sure it’s tobiko (unless they packaged it wrong!) About the exact ingredients in the Boston Roll, I really have no idea. If you do a search online, some results say it’s how I made it, some say it’s how you say, and some say something entirely different. Too many different variations. πŸ™ So I have no idea! But I must say, your way sounds like it would be delicious!

  4. Nick -

    If you refridgerate tobiko it stays good like anything else in the fridge. I’ve used a two week old plastic cup of it out the back of my fridge and it still tasted good. Just make sure it’s sealed, or it won’t last.
    Wait… tobiko are the really small roe right? After reading the above confusion I too have it confused. The big ones don’t stay good as well. Masago, tobiko, let’s call the whole thing off.
    And for presentation, I don’t cut the tails off the shrimp, I peel the tails too! There’s actually soft meat inside the tail. Although it’s kind of hard to pull the flat little tail thingies off. Potentially time-consuming. I just think it looks cool to have shrimp tails poking up out of the last two pieces of the roll. And still be edible.
    ANYWAYS I really like this roll. Allison, you get a medal for sharing.

  5. Allison -

    Oh ok cool! I wasn’t sure about that, so now I know! πŸ™‚ (I still have some in the fridge from when I made these!)
    I’m pretty sure tobiko are the small roe and masago are the larger ones, but I’m no fish egg authority so please nobody get mad at me if I’m wrong!
    Interesting… I’ll have to try that next time I use shrimp! Of course, I’m also a tad lazy sometimes, so I might just opt for cutting off the tails instead of peeling them! πŸ˜›
    I’m glad you like it, and thanks for the medal! πŸ˜€ I’m flattered πŸ™‚

  6. hien -

    best way to keep fish eggs is to freeze them. if you have large amount, divide them into small part then freeze it. Take it out about an hour before use because it defost very quick.

    Since i cause confusing, i’ll clear it up hiihiiii….Tobiko is larger egg. Masago is smaller egg πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  7. Jeff -

    I purchased some (bulk) masago from an asian supermarket that they put into a smaller 1/2 lb package. I assume it was frozen but in the process of splitting it to a smaller package, it became slightly defrosted yet still cold over the course of 30 minutes. is it safe to “refreeze” it to use 4 days later?

  8. Allison -

    Yeah, I think it’s fine to refreeze it, and you should be able to use it up to four to six weeks thereafter. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

  9. Jeff -

    Thanks!! I will let you know how our sushi bash goes. Last year we rolled 1200 pieces.


  10. Ryan Tong -

    How do you get the tobiko to stick evenly on the rice? Mine has patches here and there like a badly maintained soccer field.