Rainbow roll, uramaki sushi with multiple fillings and toppings; including shrimp tempura, salmon, white fish, avocado, mango, with rice mixed with tobiko

Rainbow roll is a type of uramaki sushi roll filled with cucumber, avocado and crab stick. It is prepared with multiple types of fish, most commonly tuna, salmon, white fish, yellowtail, snapper, and eel.[1] Rainbow roll is quite similar to the California roll, with the addition of tuna, salmon and avocado.[2] Other variants include slices of mango next to avocado, or uses of imitation crab meat, fried shrimp tempura, and other seafood.

The name of the roll refers to the colourful pattern of raw fish and fruits across its top that resembles a rainbow.[3]

It is also known as Geisha roll, dragon roll, or fish roll.[4]


Colourful rainbow roll

The rainbow roll is considered as the next step of sushi introduction into the United States culinary culture after the California roll, the first roll with nori seaweed leaf hidden inside rice.[3] While the California roll uses no raw fish at all, the rainbow roll takes it one step further by adding raw tuna, salmon, shrimp, and white fish.[2]


  1. ^ "Rainbow Roll Recipe". Sushi Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Darlene (18 February 2016). "Japanese Rainbow Roll". International Cuisine. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Illustrated Rainbow Roll (手綱寿司): Pride Week Special". Yamamori. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  4. ^ Heiter, Celeste (2007). The Sushi Book. ThingsAsian Press. p. 181. ISBN 9781934159002.

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