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Shrimp Tempura & Banana Roll with Coconut & a Sweet Chili Sauce

Despite my great love for Soup Season, my deepest foodie desire is, and always will be, Sushi. I've been experimenting in the kitchen with various roll combinations and as of late this tasty twist on shrimp tempura has emerged as my audience's favorite.

Shrimp is such a distinct yet mild seafood and I find it to be a great compliment for many fruit combinations. The sweetness of the banana pairs perfectly with the bite from the chili as the texture of the coconut flakes brings in a nice palatal variation from the softness of the rice and the fruit.

Be sure to check out my past post, Spicy Tuna Roll, Gingered Crab Roll, & Seared Ahi, for more roll ideas and an additional step-by-step guide to rolling and serving your homemade sushi. You will need a Large Wok or Deep-set, heavy Skillet to make the tempura.

Shrimp Tempura & Banana Roll
With Coconut & a Sweet Chili Sauce

*For the Shrimp Tempura:
  • 6 Jumbo Shrimp or Prawns, peeled & deveined but with tails on
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Ice Water 
  • 1/4 tsp White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, divided and Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Oil for Frying

*In a small bowl mix together the rice wine vinegar with 1/4 tsp of salt. After you have cleaned the shrimp, lay it out on its back and make two light incisions where the shrimp curls. Do not cut all the way through the shrimp. This will keep them from curling up during cooking. Place the shrimp into the bowl, stir to coat, and then cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

*Heat the oil over medium-high until it reaches 375 degrees F. If you do not have a kitchen thermometer this typically takes 12-15 minutes and can be checked by dropping a  small cube of bread into the oil. If the temperature is correct it will brown in under 60 seconds. 

*While your oil is heating, combine the flour, starch, baking powder, sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and corn meal with the ice water and egg. Sprinkle with black pepper and 1/4 tsp Paprika. Dredge the shrimp/prawns in the mixture, thoroughly coating all sides. Deep-fry them carefully, being sure to not overcrowd your pan, until golden brown, approximated 1 and 1/2 minutes per shrimp. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a mat of paper towels. 
*For the Roll:
  • 1 small Banana, peeled and sliced into long thin strips
  • 3 Tbsp Dried Coconut Flakes, divided
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce (I use Mae Ploy Brand)
  • 2 8" lengths cut from 1/4" block of cream cheese (Slice a long, thin strip vertically from an 8oz block of cream cheese)
  • 3 Sheets Nori
  • 2 Cups Sushi Rice, Cooked (Instructions Here)
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Chili Flakes, Pepper, and Sesame Seeds
*In a wok or skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the banana strips and increase heat to high. Sprinkle with pepper and chili flakes (add to your personal heat preference) and sear, shaking the pan vigorously until the banana has browned on both sides. Remove from heat. 

Making the Rolls
*When everything is prepped and your rice has cooled you are now ready to make the rolls. Be sure to give yourself a large, flat, clean surface in which to work your magic. Fill a glass or small bowl with warm water to seal the sushi and set a clean towel within arms reach for your fingers. Most Sushi Chefs use a sushi mat but since I didn't have one when I first began this venture I became quite accustomed to "free rolling". 
  • Lay your Nori out flat, crease side down. Take a spoonful of rice and pat it into the Nori, repeating until you have made a thin flat layer of rice, leaving about an inch of Nori free on the 3 sides closest to you, and about 3 inches on the end side. Sprinkle the rice with the Sesame Seeds. 
  • At the edge of the rice closest to you, lay a long thin strip of cream cheese. Sprinkle with scallions.
  • Now add 2 shrimp per roll, tail-side out, extending past the edge of the roll in a horizontal line to yourself. 
  • Add 2-3 strips of banana, laying them in a thin line parallel to the filling. 
  • Now the fun part!! Gently pick up the edges of the nori, and roll them in and away from you, slowly tucking the edge closest to you under, as you would a sleeping bag. As you roll and tuck, moisten the nori by dipping your fingers in the water and running them along each edge. As you near the end, make the final seal with water across the end crease. Roll your hands over the roll, back and forth as you would a rolling pin. You can do this several times to secure the roll. This will become easier with practice but if you've ever seen sushi made before you'll pick it up quickly.
  • To cut the sushi you will need an extra sharp knife. Run the blade under hot water before cutting. I find it helps to clean it after several cuts, as the rice will begin to stick and disrupt your slices. I cut all my rolls at once as I am ready to plate them. 

*This Recipe makes a total of Three Rolls*

TO SERVE: Once your rolls are cut and plated, top with 1 Tbsp of Coconut Flakes and 1 Tbsp of Sweet Chili Sauce, per roll. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and any remaining scallions and serve immediately with sides of: 
Soy Sauce
Pickled Ginger
Check back soon for another edition to my sushi saga: A Classic Shrimp Tempura Roll and everyone's Favorite, The California Roll. Again, be sure to check out my past post, Spicy Tuna Roll, Gingered Crab Roll, & Seared Ahi to make your sushi feast complete!

Happy Feasting Friends!

Enjoy :] 
<3 Marea 


  1. This looks amazing, you're very talented :)

  2. You make GORGEOUS looking sushi!!! I've never made sushi before.. still got the lazy bug, lol. But I would love to someday. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  3. I love sushi -- and I love making it! Thanks for sharing this beautiful presentation Marea! :)

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  4. I'm so impressed you made your own sushi!! I absolutely love sushi, but have never even fathomed trying to make my own. You make it look easy!

  5. I adore sushi. I've never tried making my own but you are making it look very, VERY good!

  6. It really is simple! Although I needed so many words to try my best to clarify the process, if you've ever seen sushi made you'll figure it out super quick. Also, if you love sushi as much as I do, this will result in ultra savings on the money front :]

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  7. Oooh, I'm loving all the great flavor combinations in these rolls! You're making me very hungry! :D

  8. What a feast! I bought my husband loads of Japanese cookware and cookbooks for Christmas at his request but it hasn't seen the light of day. Perhaps this will inspire him to whip out the sushi mat and get rolling!

  9. These look so good...sushi is my all time favorite too :)

  10. i love this. i could binge on those nori sheets alone. but it's so hard to find them in the market here.

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