If you love crab legs and if you love sushi, get ready to have your life changed by this king crab sushi roll with miso butter. The beautiful union of two of the world's best foods!
King crab is such a luscious, luxurious culinary item. It's always been hard for me to think of doing anything with it other than dipping it in garlic lemon butter and eating it as quickly as possible. But the last time I made king crab legs, I noticed how much meat came from the shoulder area of the crab at the top of the cluster. It's delicious, but it all comes out shredded instead of those big, beautiful crab legs we all love.
So I started noodling on how I could dress up this part of the king crab leg. And I landed on this temaki sushi roll with miso butter.
Miso butter. Where have you been my whole life? It's a 4-ingredient wonder sauce that begs to be drizzled and basted and spooned over everything in your life.
But first, the temaki...
What you'll need to make king crab legs temaki rolls:
- 1 cup cooked king or snow crab legs
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons shiro miso
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
For the sushi roll:
- nori sheets
- seasoned sushi rice
- julienned cucumber
- spring onions
- sesame seeds
Step-by-step instructions for making Alaskan king crab temaki rolls:
To begin, prep and assemble all of your vegetables, sushi rice and nori sheet for the rolls as seen in above picture.
Next, make the miso butter. Add 2 teaspoons of white miso to a small saucepan with 4 tablespoons of butter, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of sriracha. Stir to combine well and heat over medium until the butter melts, the miso fully dissolves and the butter sauce is very warm.
Drop the fresh crab meat (whole legs and shredded) into the miso butter and stir to coat. Let the crab warm through, then prepare your temaki rolls.
Cut each sheet of nori in half, so you have 10-12 pieces of nori. Lay one nori sheet, shiny side down (rough side facing up), on a cutting board. Wet your fingers with cold water, then spread seasoned sushi rice across about ⅓ of the seaweed, pressing the rice to the edges.
Layer your toppings diagonally across the sushi rice, so the ends are overlapping one corner with rice. Cucumber strips, carrot sticks, scallions and microgreens, followed by the creamy sliced avocado.
The miso butter crab should be the final layer of the stack.
Once all your fillings are positioned, fold the bottom corner of the nori sheet up and over the fillings, then wrap the empty side of the seaweed wrap around the roll, forming a cone. (The outside of the roll should be the shiny side) Drizzle with additional miso butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Note: Serve the temaki rolls rolls within 5 minutes of wrapping, as the nori sheets will wilt and get soggy.
FAQ's and Serving Suggestions:
A delicious snow crab sushi roll drenched in this miso butter would be delicious. Imitation crab sticks will offer a different texture and flavor than real crab meat, but with the avocado slices and cucumber, they will have a very California sushi roll vibe.
For a fun happy hour menu, I would serve these California roll temakis with a Korean vegetable pancake and some seaweed salad.
The small amount of sriracha in the miso butter doesn't add spice so much as it rounds out the savory richness of the miso butter. If spicy food is your jam and you're looking to light up your taste buds, add additional sriracha or sambal to the butter sauce. You can also serve the rolls with spicy mayonnaise, which is a combination of Japanese kewpie mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. Now that's a spicy crab roll I can support!
If you have a bamboo mat, this easy sushi recipe could easily be turned into an uramaki sushi roll, using your rolling mat to fashion a sushi roll with the crab and veggies in the the center. Or you can skip the rolling and cone-ing altogether, and make a king crab sushi bowl, with a foundation of white rice (seasoned with sushi vinegar), then topped with all your fresh veggies, condiments and miso butter cooked crab.
Your local grocery store likely only sells cooked crab legs, even if they're frozen. As a rule, crab is only sold cooked and frozen, or live. If you buy crab legs from a seafood counter that aren't frozen, they were mostly likely frozen and thawed before they got to you. So cooking crab legs you buy from your local grocer is just a matter of heating (or re-heating) gently enough that you don't dry out that succulent crab meat before eating it! The savory miso butter is the perfect vehicle to achieve our goal.
Temaki rolls need to be made and eaten within just a few minutes, or they become soggy. For this reason, I don't recommend storing the temaki rolls in the refrigerator once they are made. Just make enough to eat and store the ingredients separately in the refrigerator.
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