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Caterpillar Roll

Learn how to make the popular Caterpillar Roll Sushi

You can guess why we call these rolls caterpillar rolls. It’s because of the green color from avocados.  

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Ingredients: Caterpillar Roll

  • 6 scoops of cooked white sticky rice
  • 3 Tablespoons of rice sushi vinegar
  • Sashimi grade Tuna
  • Sushi Nori (Seaweed sheets for sushi rolls)
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 3 Avocado
  • Optional Garnishes:
    • Tobiko (Tobiko is the roe of tropical flying fish,  known for its bright red color) or Masago (roe of Capelin, an Atlantic and Artic fish, most commonly bright orange color)
    • Thinly sliced strip of radish (for decorative purpose; see photo)
    • Unagi Sauce

This recipe uses sashimi grade Tuna. You can typically buy this in an Asian market. You can also use salmon. Or, If you don’t like raw fish, you can substitute the fish for ham, imitation crab, or eggs.

Required Tools to make Caterpillar Roll

About This Dish

The Caterpillar roll sushi has a wow factor. When you have a dinner party, you are going to impress your guests. If your kids don’t like avocados, this is a fun way to re-introduce them, and possibly make them want to eat them. With cucumber, nori, sashimi, and rice, this meal is pretty filling and healthy without much fat!

This dish requires some practice, but don’t give up just because you cannot make perfect rolls. With anything in life, if you spend more time and make some effort, you will get better at it. Just make rolls on and off without any expectations. Each time you do, you will get better and better. Regardless of the presentation of this dish, you know your caterpillar rolls will be delicious anyway. So who cares? Just make some and enjoy!!!

Make sure to buy the freshest tuna or salmon. Other than rice, there is no cooking involved. Therefore, fresh ingredients are very important for this dish.


You need two different bamboo rolling mats to roll the rolls and shape the rolls: bamboo rolling mat 

Use a rice spoon, not a regular spoon. Rice will stick to the spoon too much and it will be difficult to spread the rice on the nori.

Need a Chef’s Knife, and paring knife.

Use your Sashimi/Sushi knife (or sharpest knife you have available) to slice the rolls.

Need cooking wrap 

Parting thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this post and were able to:

  • Learn something new
  • Have fun
  • Get creative
  • Create something delicious

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