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California Roll

California Roll
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California roll was the first sushi I attempted when I got my sushi mat many years ago. Even though California roll is an Americanized-version of sushi, many people love it because of the great taste. When I thought about posting the California roll recipe here, Nami of Just One Cookbook immediately came to my mind as she has previously shared her Tonkatsu recipe with us. Please welcome Nami again with her mouthwatering and picture perfect California roll. You can also find the step-by-step picture guide on rolling sushi. Have fun!

California roll is one of the most popular sushi rolls enjoyed in the US. It’s suitable for both adults and kids since it uses cooked crab meat or artificial crab. Besides crab meat, the roll usually contains cucumber and avocado, and the outer layer of rice is covered with toasted sesame seeds or tobiko. California roll has become a very popular icon for sushi in the world and often served as a part of set meal for lunch in Japanese restaurants and now even offered in American supermarkets.

California Roll

California roll was born in Los Angeles, California in the 1960s by a Japanese sushi chef who came to the US to introduce sushi. Uramaki (inside-out roll) was also created this time as Americans did not like seeing the nori on the outside of the roll. Since then, all the Americanized rolls like Rainbow roll and Dragon roll have become very popular, and now some of sushi restaurants in Japan even serve Americanized sushi rolls, such as California roll.

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17 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Love the idea of the saran wrapping on the bamboo mat. I always feel reluctant to make makizushi because I am not sure if my bamboo mat is hygienic to handle the rolling and pressing. Washing and brushing to get the stuck food between the gaps is frustrated too.
    Will try it one day. Thanks for the recipe and method.

  2. Well done Nami & Bee! As much as I enjoy California rolls, I never thought about its origin until you mentioned it. These yummy rolls are not only popular in the US, but also in many parts of the world where Japanese sushi is served. Absolute an all star!

  3. It was a wonderful idea to choose Nami for guest posting again! As always her photos are fabulous, instructions easy to follow and recipes irresistible. I have never seen such beautiful photos or California rolls!

  4. We were gifted a sushi making kit last year – and I am so intimidated to make use of it. But I love how these step by step instructions makes sushi, least intimidating :D

    BTW, Bee.. I can’t get belacan here in Orlando. Which brand would you recommend via asiansupermarket365.com ?

  5. Corey

    Hey Bee

    I am new to the sushi scene, and I haven’t gotten up the guts to actually try authentic sushi. The only type of roll that I have had is a vegetable roll. It was really, really good, though, and I would be interested in making it myself. Have you ever made it? If so, do you have a recipe for it?

    Thanks!

  6. Sushi Sauces

    Wow got to say I love your photos, they come out so beautiful! This looks like a simple sushi roll that I can make at home, thanks for the recipe.

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