California roll recipe

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Word from the author: " California roll is a classic american fusion. It's easy and fun to make, and every body can do it since it has no raw fish in it. Hope you like it."
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins
  • READY IN

    0 hr 45 mins
Before attempting your first California roll, you should be able to make a basic inside out roll. Check out our "How inside out rolls" if you're not sure how to do so. The California sushi roll is perfect for those who don't care much for raw fish. The main ingredient is imitation crab sticks (made of cooked Surimi fish meat), and so this sushi roll is easier to make and is safe for pregnant women to enjoy.

Ingredients:

Yield: 2 sushi rolls.
  • 2/3 cup sushi rice.
  • 1 nori sheet
  • 6 stiks Surimi (Imitation crab)
  • 1/2 Avocado

  • Variations may include:
  • Black and/or white sesame seeds
  • Masago (Capelin roe)

  • How to make a California roll

    1. Wrap your bamboo mat with plastic wrap. This is necessary in order to prevent rice from sticking to the mat and to allow easy clean up between rolls.
      bamboo-mat-covered-in-plastic-wrap
    2. Take a nori sheet, and break it in half. If it doesn't break easily, you can toast it for a few seconds or use scissors to cut it. Place one half on the mat, with the shiny side facing down. In this example I actually used the entire nori sheet to get a larger roll, although it's more common to use half.
    3. Grab a handful of prepared sushi rice, and spread it gently over the nori - about 1 cm high. There's no need to press the rice down onto the nori, only spread it to cover the sheet. Cover the entire sheet if you are using half a nori, and the about 80% of it if you are using a full nori.
      spread-the-rice-over-the-nori
    4. Sprinkle a spoonful of Masago or sesame seeds evenly over the top half of rice if you are using a full nori, or on all of it if you are using half a nori sheet.
      spread-masago-on-the-sushi-rice
    5. Flip the nori so that the rice is now facing down.
      flip-the-nori
    6. Line up the crab sticks along the close end of the nori.
      place-the-surimi
    7. Next to it, line up 1-2 thick slices avocado, the more the better!
      place-the-avocado
    8. Tip - if you're not serving the dish immediately, you might want to squirt a few drops of lemon on the avocado, to prevent it from turning brown.
    9. Roll it inside out. You can find detailed instructions on how to roll inside out sushi here.
      roll-your-california-sushi-roll
    10. Cut into 8 equal pieces. For best results first cut in half, then cut each half into two, and then again.
      california-roll-is-ready

    Best served with soy sauce, pickled ginger (gari) and wasabi.



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    -4 # Amy 2013-07-13 23:00
    Oh! I'm pretty familiar with this one. Boyfriend eats it fairly frequently.
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    -4 # Venuswolf 2012-08-16 20:11
    Quoting gotta try this:
    I always have a problem with the fishy flavor of the nori. Does anyone know if there is a particular type of nori that is more fishy than another? If so, what nori should I use?

    I use the Hana to Hana brand. Not very fishy, unless it's cold or used for onigiri, which I'd left in the refrigerator a little too long...I hate the fishy flavor too, but I haven't had it happen when used for sushi. If it still turns out fishy, try adding toasted sesame seeds. My family loves extra sesame seeds any way, but it should add a cover to the fishy flavor.
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    -6 # Venuswolf 2012-08-16 20:05
    Quoting panda:
    does anyone know a replacement for avocadoes? im sorry, i just don't like avocadoes...


    I suppose you can use cucumper instead. I don't like avacado either, but you don't really taste it. I don't like cucumber in mine so I replace it with cream cheese and I use extra cream cheese and crab to cover the taste of the avacado. Quoting Denny Nguyen:
    Is there no cucumber required?

    You can use cucmber instead of cream cheese. Like I stated above though, you might be able to replace it with the avacado.
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    -7 # panda 2012-08-16 18:11
    does anyone know a replacement for avocadoes? im sorry, i just don't like avocadoes...
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    -8 # Kris 2012-07-02 03:41
    What Kinda Rice Do U Use?!
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    -5 # gotta try this 2012-03-06 07:26
    I always have a problem with the fishy flavor of the nori. Does anyone know if there is a particular type of nori that is more fishy than another? If so, what nori should I use?
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    -5 # Shana 2012-02-24 01:14
    OHHHH! Nicey Nicey... :D
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    +1 # kiley 2012-02-23 03:56
    I love California rolls
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    -2 # elvin 2012-02-11 14:08
    Quoting Candy:
    omq this is so yummy, its, its, scrummy!!! hahaha cant wait to make it again, oh but can you tell me where i can buy nori?

    i ordered mine off amazon, also a sushi rolling mat.
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    -3 # elvin 2012-02-11 13:58
    Quoting :
    Quoting Erika:
    can you use brown rice instead?

    brown rice ruins it :O

    it doesn't ruin it! brown rice makes it even healthier and you don't have to use the toasted sesame seeds for colour, if you don't like them.
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    -5 # hayley 2012-02-07 05:50
    yummmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmy :)
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    -5 # julia 2012-01-25 01:18
    Quoting Cindy:
    I love sushi roll ever!!! yummy!!!!!!!

    Quoting Erika:
    can you use brown rice instead?

    yesss i love sushi if anyone liks sushi thumbs upppp LOL
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    -29 # Kevin Kopas 2012-01-12 17:52
    Are you interested in buying the domain name www.CaliforniaRolls.com? I am the domain broker selling the name. The owner has submitted it at a VERY VERY low price!

    Contact me at if you would like to know more.
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    -17 # Denny Nguyen 2011-12-10 13:54
    Is there no cucumber required?
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    -3 # Rudolf 2011-12-06 16:35
    Everything seems so good! El poroco
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    +4 # ghnm 2011-08-16 22:54
    sushi is awesome its very addicting so i want to make it myself
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    -8 # dfds@gmail.com 2011-05-10 17:22
    Quoting Erika:
    can you use brown rice instead?

    brown rice ruins it :O
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    -6 # wakeborder21 2011-04-21 15:24
    this is my fav but i really awant to learn how to make vegas rolls can you help me?
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    -2 # BIANCA 2 HOT 2 CARE 2011-03-26 16:35
    That was so good thanks for making it so easy to do!!!.......... ............... ...
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    +2 # BIANCA 2 HOT 2 CARE 2011-03-26 16:33
    That was good thanx for making it so easy to make!!!!!!!
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    -7 # LYNDSAAYY 2010-09-27 15:09
    NOMNOMNOM.
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    +2 # tomea 2010-09-09 01:57
    yum looks so good
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    -12 # Cindy 2010-09-05 08:50
    I love sushi roll ever!!! yummy!!!!!!!
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    -37 # Erika 2010-07-30 04:56
    can you use brown rice instead?
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    -6 # Evelyn 2010-07-16 19:01
    Quoting Candy:
    omq this is so yummy, its, its, scrummy!!! hahaha cant wait to make it again, oh but can you tell me where i can buy nori?


    you buy the ingredients at Whole Foods.
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    -20 # Penguina 2010-07-14 19:43
    amazing es poco!!! :)
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    -11 # Candy 2010-07-07 08:05
    omq this is so yummy, its, its, scrummy!!! hahaha cant wait to make it again, oh but can you tell me where i can buy nori?
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    +1 # Ilabbu 2010-06-19 19:08
    This is the best sushi there is!!
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    -11 # rhianna sofikitis 2010-06-11 22:03
    where to buy the ingrendentsfor the calofornia roll suchia
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    +6 # was up 2010-06-10 20:33
    hey just wondering how many calafornia rolls are made when the process of making the sushi is completed? thanx :)
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    +17 # Tara 2010-05-25 16:10
    i love californa rolls they are amazing
    :)
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    +14 # nick martinez 2010-05-20 22:37
    thanks for the recipe i love sushi and now i can make it for me my friends and my family sushi rocks
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    -8 # osowakki 2010-04-28 00:05
    Quoting Shani Reed:
    can i purchase avacado already cut and preapred to make a california roll?

    Never heard of such product, but even if there was, I prefer my avocado fresh-cut.
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    -8 # Shani Reed 2010-02-22 23:23
    can i purchase avacado already cut and preapred to make a california roll?
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    -5 # Meli 2010-02-10 02:29
    Thank you,I cant wait to make it to my sisters and mom.yay!
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    +25 # Guest 2009-11-18 04:15
    Thank you for making the directions and the ingredients. This really helps !
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