Shrimp Tempura Rolls (Godzilla Rolls)

4.94 from 15 votes

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 Shrimp Tempura Rolls (Godzilla Rolls) are by far my favorite sushi roll that I can make at home. Cream cheese, avocado, and shrimp all rolled into a fried roll with spicy mayo. Perfection!

Shrimp tempura godzilla roll on a plate with chopsticks

Shrimp Tempura Rolls

These Shrimp Tempura Rolls, also called Godzilla Rolls, are my my favorite sushi rolls to make! They’re basically a combo of several different rolls that I love at sushi restaurants, but so much cheaper to make right at home. In fact, you can make about ten of these for the price you would pay for one at a restaurant! I realize this isn’t going to be a “family rotation” meal for any of you, but if you have an upcoming anniversary or just feel in the mood to make something different, this is a great one! I love the spicy mayo drizzled over the top. YUM.

Sushi fillings on nori

No Raw Fish in this Sushi

These Shrimp Tempura Rolls don’t contain any raw seafood so I am not afraid to make them at home. I will only eat raw fish if I am at a trusted restaurant, and I am pretty picky about my raw seafood. I don’t dare to prepare it myself unless I know that I am getting it from ocean to my kitchen in less than 12 hours, so as you can probably guess with me living in BOISE, that doesn’t happen too often. This shrimp in these Godzilla Rolls is fully cooked so there are no worries!

What’s in a Godzilla Sushi Roll?

This recipe seems more complicated than it really is. Don’t be scared. Especially if you have made California Rolls, you will find that these Shrimp Tempura Rolls are easy. Once you get the hang of rolling sushi rolls, it’s really no biggie. Instead of battering my own tempura shrimp, I just bought the pre-made stuff in the freezer section of the grocery store. If you want to be fancy you can batter your own but that is too much work for me. If you don’t like battered shrimp, feel free to use just regular, cooked shrimp. Do whatever you like best. I also love the creamy avocado and tangy cream cheese in these rolls. So yummy!

shrimp tempura rolls on a plate

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shrimp tempura rolls on a plate with soy sauce and chopsticks

Shrimp Tempura Rolls (Godzilla Rolls)

4.94 from 15 votes
Shrimp Tempura Rolls are by far my favorite sushi roll that I can make at home. Cream cheese, avocado, and shrimp all rolled into a fried roll with spicy mayo. Perfection!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 roll



  • Bamboo sushi mat


  • Sushi Rice click HERE
  • 1 sheet Nori, dry roasted seaweed
  • 3 pieces shrimp tempura prepared, I bought mine frozen from the store and baked them
  • 2 slices avocado
  • 3 teaspoons cream cheese (use the block cream cheese and cut into a couple long, rectangular slices)
  • ½ cup flour
  • tempura batter
  • oil for frying

For the Spicy Mayo:


  • Lay the bamboo sushi rolling mat on a cutting board with bamboo strips going horizontally from you. Cover the bamboo with plastic wrap. Put a sheet of dried seaweed on top of the mat, shiny side down. Spread sushi rice on top of the seaweed and press firmly.
    Seaweed and rice on a bamboo sushi mat
  • Turn the sushi layer over so that the seaweed is on top. Place shrimp tempura, avocado and cream cheese lengthwise on the seaweed. Roll the bamboo mat forward, pressing the ingredients inside the cylinder-shaped sushi (the KEY is to roll it TIGHT). Press the bamboo mat firmly with hands, then remove the rolled sushi. For further rolling instruction, see the video below.
    Sushi fillings on nori
  • Roll the roll in flour then dip entire rice roll in tempura batter and deep fry (oil heated to 350-degrees) for about 3 minutes or until batter turns crispy and golden brown (you DON'T need to do this in a deep fryer. You can just do about ½ c. – 1 c. of oil in a frying pan and keep turning the roll until it is golden brown on all sides). Remove from oil and let cool for a few minutes.
    Shrimp tempura roll dipped in flour and tempura batter
  • With a VERY sharp knife, cut the sushi roll into 4-5 pieces. Top with spicy mayo.
    Shrimp tempura godzilla roll on a plate with chopsticks

For the Spicy Mayo:

  • In a small bowl, combine mayo, sriracha, and sesame oil.
    Mayo, sriracha, and sesame oil in a bowl
  • Stir until completely combined. Store in the fridge until you are ready to use.
    Spicy mayo in a bowl

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1298kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 17gFat: 97gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 1611mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I was so excited to find this recipe! One of our favorites when we get take out! So glad we can make it at home now!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! My daughter has recently developed a love of sushi, being able to make this at home was awesome! This is a great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    No need for me and my husband to go to a restaurant when we are craving for sushi rolls! This recipe is so spot on, we loved that spicy mayo too. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I feel the same way about sushi! Even going to a regular sushi restaurant I tend to stick with “cooked” or veggie sushi. I do like a good sushi; this recipe of yours here is fantastic! Love that it incorporates a cooked seafood so I can trust it with my family!

  5. 5 stars
    YUM!!! One of my absolute favorites! You did perfect with this recipe. All of the best flavors ever for sushi! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    Oh yum!!! This looks fantastic. I love that the sushi is fried too and it is so original! I bet it was super fun to make like sushi is. The avocado combo in the recipe is SPOT on! Cheers

  7. 5 stars
    I love this roll. In addition, I buy eel sauce in a small bottle from my local Asian market. I also top my sushi with wasabi paste and ginger for the full experience. We have the same taste in sushi.

  8. oh yes! A recipe for one of my fav item! Actually, everything on here is yummy. I am really excited to make these! Thanks Erika!
    ps-congrats on baby #2

      1. 4 stars
        Great recipe! We love making sushi at home and found this recipe easy to use. The only thing I’d add, though, is that you don’t need to use a full sheet of nori for a sushi roll. You can cut the sheet in half so that so much of your roll isn’t rice.