No kidding. You and I will be seriously putting all of the most popular sushi rolls we’ve ever heard to an evaluation. A normal person, just having a look at the sushi rolls menu, will find this decision-making moment too stressful to continue reading. But, thanks gods, voting members of Ranker Food helped us to nominate and order these 10 following marvelous types of sushi rolls from good to great. For each type, we would mention the contains so that someone with shellfish allergy won’t be murdered by Shrimp Killer Roll. We would also justify the rank by trying our best to give an objective view on the taste along with the more personal reason why people love it in this list of sushi rolls.
10. Dynamite Roll
- Yellowtail and/or prawn tempura
- Bean sprouts, carrots, avocado, cucumber, chili
- Spicy mayonnaise.
Sushi is usually appealing to customers who care about their health. One particular roll, though, is not that healthy but is highly delicious. It is called the Dynamite Roll. It is called “Dynamite” perhaps for its heavy calorie numbers and its color scheme.
This 2000s American pop star usually consists of one to two types of baked seafood (scallop, shrimp, yellowtail, etc) with a special spicy mayo dressing. During its heyday, people get really crazy about it over old traditional sushi.
9. Philadelphia Roll
- Avocado and/or asparagus
- Cream cheese.
Not a big fan of sushi plus cream cheese? Stay away from a Philly roll. Some people had quite a bad experience with such an eerie combination. Fun fact, incorporating smoked salmon and cream cheese in a sushi roll took inspiration from a bagel. Um, still make no sense! To be fair, it is as surprisingly easy to make for the first time as addictive to people who fall in love with it. Have the recipe a go!
8. Shrimp Killer Roll
- Shrimp tempura and cucumber inside.
- Shrimp and avocado outside.
Shrimp Killer Roll may not be as popular as other mentioned sushi rolls in the list, however, it is a pretty delightful choice. Fresh to taste and easy to eat, Shrimp Killer Roll goes well with any sauces from typical soy sauce to mayo sauce. Besides, it definitely satisfies consumers with a craving for shrimp.
7. Spider Roll
- Soft-shell crab
- Cucumber, sprouts (or lettuce, roe, or avocado)
- Sometimes spicy mayo.
Spider roll is no doubt one of the most popular sushi rolls and of course, tasty. Everyone I know loves fried soft shell crab, which is full of seafood flavor and gives the roll a nice crunch. Because the crab is caught when it is still young, the shell is not too hard and edible. The crab crispness, which is accompanied with a soft center, made by the avocado or cucumber, brings this sushi roll dish to the next level.
6. Rainbow Roll
An assortment of fish and avocado on top of a California Roll.
When I’m not hungry, I just order Rainbow Roll and feel happy as this #instagrammable sushi is roll topped with layers of various slices of fish and avocado! Like an all-in-one sushi! In a Rainbow Roll set, you can see yellowtail, boiled shrimp, tuna, and salmon. It gives a colorful look resembling a rainbow and inspires the name. Despite using a lot of raw fish, it’s not that expensive (usually around $4 to $5 more than a normal California sushi roll).
Halfway there, can you guess what is our top 5 tasty among the most popular sushi rolls?
5. Spicy Tuna Roll
- Mayo and chili sauce.
Simply classic with a spicy twist. You wouldn’t believe how easy that is to make! There is only one ingredient to roll. The spicy mayo dipping sauce, which gives the spicy tuna roll its kick, can 100% be homemade too. Important note: I suggest you forget about the soy sauce, as it might be too salty.
4. Spicy Salmon Roll
- Salmon in sesame Sriracha sauce
- topped with spicy mayo.
Just like the above sushi sibling, spicy salmon roll is a fun, yummy and totally achievable kitchen project (as long as you have freshest sushi-grade salmon). So where does the “spice” of “spicy brothers” comes from? It’s the popular Thai/Vietnamese condiment called Sriracha sauce. Salmon seasoned with Sriracha sauce and sesame oil tastes like magic.
3. Dragon Roll
- Eel, crab, and cucumber inside.
- Avocado outside.
If you are an eel lover, the dragon roll should be your number one pick. For those have no idea, eel is a sea snake, resembling dragons, and thus comes the name dragon roll. In fact, some restaurants even go the extra mile with decorating to make it look like an actual dragon. It is a different, yet appetizing addition to the many incredible sushi rolls that fill the market today.
2. California Roll
- Crab (or imitation crab)
- Cucumber, avocado
- Toasted sesame seeds (or tobiko or masago)
Probably the most popular sushi roll on our list, the California roll is the father of all sushi rolls and has been extremely influential in sushi’s global popularity.
Anyone just gets into sushi? Try California Roll, it is the perfect place to start. No raw fish is required—just imitation crab—which is typical for this type of roll. The crab included, makes the California roll decadent and satisfying. The avocado and sushi go hand in hand, with the green hot sauce finishing off the heat.
Believe me, after years, this dish still has a huge loyal fandom for a reason. And guess what, it is available everywhere!
1. Shrimp Tempura Roll
- Shrimp tempura,
- Avocado and/ or cucumber.
I always order the shrimp tempura roll when eating out at a Japanese restaurant. And it seems that I am not the only one. Shrimp tempura roll is voted the ultimate fan favorite with 400 votes outweighing California roll.
This rising star makes people mouth-watering, only by seeing and captivates them immediately after a bite. It is loaded with crispy fried shrimp tempura and tons of delicious fillings like avocado and cucumber. That gets even better when it is wrapped up in rice and nori to become shrimp tempura roll with that sweet eel sauce.
Well, it’s just soooo good!!! Shrimp tempura roll is the best sushi roll winner.