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How to Make California Rolls at Home

How to Make California Rolls at Home

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

Did you know the California roll is the most popular sushi roll in the United States? It is filled with delectable crab meat, as well as crunchy cucumber and avocado. These combine to form a delicious sushi roll.

When you hear something with the name California, it may make you question whether it’s authentic Japanese food. Actually, the sushi rolls we know and love in the United States are not really the same as sushi served in Japanese restaurants or in Japan itself.

Traditional Japanese sushi consists of raw fish served on top of rice. The sushi roll is more of an American invention, making California rolls an authentic kind of sushi roll, but not necessarily authentic Japanese food.

I want to show you how to make California rolls at home from raw ingredients that taste just as delicious as what you could buy in a restaurant. The California roll is served all across the United States and is one of the most common kinds of sushi rolls available. It’s a brilliant combination of creamy and crunchy that makes it a must try dish for anyone interested in experiencing sushi at its best.

How to make homemade California rolls? I will give you my method and show you how easy it is to do once you have sourced the necessary fresh ingredients. Sushi is usually pretty easy to make at home because the ingredients almost never need to be cooked, other than the rice. So, learning how to make California rolls sushi should be pretty simple, even for someone who isn’t very experienced at cooking.

California Rolls- How to Make Them at Home

What makes California rolls particularly easy to make on your own is that they don’t require any fish at all. Key ingredients for this kind of sushi are fresh cucumber and avocado as well as crab meat. If you have those, and of course some rice, you have everything you need to make this delicious, popular sushi dish.

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California Rolls- How to Make Them at Home


  • 6 cups of sushi rice
  • 8 nori sheets
  • 4 tbsp of toasted white sesame seeds
  • 6 tbsp of Japanese mayonnaise
  • 9 ounces of cooked crab meat
  • 2 avocados avocados
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ lemon
  • Vinegar water (for dipping you fingers)


  • First, you need to cook in season your rice. Each of the California rolls requires 3/4 of a cup of sushi rice, so if you prepare 3 1/2 rice cooker cups that will yield what's your name.
  • Prepare the vinegar water and cover a sushi mat with plastic wrap. The vinegar water is to dip your fingers in while you prepare the sushi and it keeps them from sticking.
  • Next, you need to prepare the fillings. start by mixing the crabmeat and Japanese Mayo together.
  • Peel the cucumber and use a spoon to remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber into long, thin strips. The cucumber strips should be the same length as the nori sheet.
  • Peel the avocados and remove the seeds, and then cut the avocado into half inch pieces. Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice across the avocado to keep it from browning while you prepare your sushi.
  • Prepare the nori sheets by cutting ⅓ of a single sheet to save that off to the side and then use the remaining ⅔ of the nori sheet.
  • Next, you need to roll your sushi. Start by laying out a nori sheet with the shiny side facing down. Place that onto the bamboo sushi mat. Dip your fingers in the vinegar water, called tezu, and then spread 3/4 of a cup of rice over the nori sheet. Be sure to spread it evenly.
  • Sprinkle some of the sesame seeds over the rice. Then, flip over the nori sheet so that the rice is facing downwards. Use a bamboo mat to line the nori sheet edge. At the bottom of the nori sheet, place crab meat, avocado, and cucumber.
  • How to make California sushi rolls and roll them properly? You need to next grab hold of the bottom of the mat and ensure the fillings stay in place using your fingers, then roll the mat into a tightly tucked cylinder, ensuring the fillings are packed in firmly.
  • Apply gentle pressure onto the mat and lift the edge of the mat slightly and then roll it forward. You want to keep the rolls from drying out, so cover any completed sushi rolls with a damp cloth. Keep making the rest of your rolls until you have used all the ingredients.

Tips on How to Make California Rolls at Home Perfectly

One of the most important tips I can give you about making sushi rolls of any kind is to ensure that they do not dry out. Keep a damp cloth on hand the cover your prepared sushi rolls end your sushi rice so that they don’t dry out.

Wrapping the sushi roll can seem intimidating for many people. How to make sushi California rolls easily and perfectly? It might help to find a video of how to wrap sushi rolls online. There are tons of these available that you can use to help you.

How to make spicy California rolls? You can simply add a little spicy sriracha sauce to the mix or use your own favourite hot sauce or other spicy condiment. A lot of people make a dipping sauce to go with their sushi, so you can look up a recipe for your preferred dipping sauce or buy a sauce that works well with your sushi.

I think for the first time making sushi rolls, you will probably want to buy a sauce or use a pre made sauce rather than make one up yourself. That is just another step that you may want to avoid at first, because wrapping and preparing the sushi rolls can be difficult and complicated at first, if you have never done that before.

You will get used to making sushi rolls pretty quickly and know how to make California sushi rolls at home in no time. If you have never had these before, I think you’ll really enjoy the combination of crunchy, sweet, and soft textures and flavours it offers.

There is a reason that California sushi rolls are found on most sushi menus across the United States.


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