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."
0 hr45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flip the nori so that the rice is now facing down.
Line up the crab sticks along the close end of the nori.
Next to it, line up 1-2 thick slices avocado, the more the better!
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.