National Sushi Day | Tempura DJ Sushi Roll – The Foodie Patootie

National Sushi Day | Tempura DJ Sushi Roll

For National Sushi Day, I’m doing things a little differently and reusing a previous post. You see, for National Tempura Day, I visited my most favorite local sushi joint, Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge, where the gracious co-owner Eugenia allowed me into her kitchen to learn to make tempura veggies and my favorite sushi roll, the DJ.

What resulted from that experience was an awesome National Tempura Day with two different recipes. I very rarely do that, having only done so for National Pound Cake Day, and plan on doing the same for National Zucchini Day because I’ve been given some wonderful recipes from my friends and family to share.

Here is how my time at Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge was:


Rolling sushi

making sushi

The final result

These pictures may make this look easy. But, it’s totally not, and I had to get help several times, but it was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again!

tempura dj sushi roll

Tempura DJ Sushi Roll


  • Crab salad
  • Avocado slices
  • Cucumber, julienned
  • Cream cheese
  • Soy paper
  • Steamed white rice
  • Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Lay out a piece of soy paper. Place a handful of rice horizontally in the middle of the soy paper. Smooth out slightly to create an even layer, expanding rice up and down from center.
  2. Place bits of cream cheese over the middle section of the rice, smoothing out slightly.
  3. Position cucumber slices on either side of the rice. Place avocado slices on top of cucumbers.
  4. Lightly wet upper and lower edge of soy paper with water. Roll sushi.
  5. Lightly flour the DJ roll, dip in tempura batter, and roll over Panko breadcrumbs. Fry in hot oil for a minute to a minute and a half until golden brown.

One Response to “National Sushi Day | Tempura DJ Sushi Roll”

  1. Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged — June 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    OMG I would have loved to been at my favorite sushi place today 🙂 Thank you for sharing! Looks like you had a fun time making delicious sushi 🙂

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