Lettuce Sushi Rolls

Lettuce Sushi Rolls

Lettuce rolls are the #1 sushi rolls. My family's recipe includes a Japanese tamagoyaki omelette.

Ingredients: 4 rolls

Vinegar rice (sushi rice)
900 g
Toasted nori seaweed
4 sheets
4 to 5 leaves
Imitation crab sticks
4 sticks
to taste
Japanese tamagoyaki omelette
Use 2 medium sized eggs and sugar to taste


1. Prepare the sushi rice with your preferred seasoning. This time, I used a shortcut and made mine with powdered sushi vinegar.
2. Cook a mildly sweet tamagoyaki omelette, adjusting the amount of sugar to your liking. Once it has cooled down, cut the omelette into long, thin strips.
3. Take the crab sticks out of their packaging and shred the lettuce into easy to handle sizes. Rinse both with water and dry off any excess moisture with a paper towel. Once you've rearranged the ingredients to roll, you're all set.
4. Let a sheet of nori seaweed rest on a sushi mat, evenly spread about 220 g of sushi rice on top. 220 g is a guideline, but beware of using too much rice. If you leave around 1 cm of open space on the far side of the nori, it'll make the rolling easier.
5. In order, lay out the lettuce, followed by the crab sticks, omelette, and finally the mayonnaise.
6. Add another layer of lettuce on top. Then, as with any other sushi roll, start working it into a roll from the bottom.
7. Keep the shape of the rolls by letting them sit with their tails of nori on the bottom.
8. Cut the rolls into your preferred size, plate, and serve!

Story Behind this Recipe

When I was young, I often asked my mother to put these in my bentos for excursions and sporting events. I love how it feels like a salad, even though it's actually a main dish.
Apparently, these lettuce rolls are originally from Miyazaki prefecture!! I had no idea. I live somewhere else, but I had them all the time as a child, so I grew up thinking they were known throughout the country. If you've never had these before, please give them a try! I've heard that people in Miyazaki use boiled shrimp instead of crab sticks! That sounds good, too!