California Roll Recipe

Easy homemade California roll sushi with crab and avocado. Learn how to make California rolls with the step-by-step picture guide.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword California Roll
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 322 kcal


Sushi Rice:

  • 1 cup sushi rice, Japanese short-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Japanese rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • toasted white sesame


  • 3 oz artificial crab meat or real crab lump meat (
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 squirt lemon juice
  • 1 small cucumber, seeded and cut into 3.5-inch strips
  • 1 avocado, peeled and cut into strips



  1. Rinse the sushi rice with cold water until the water becomes clear. Discard all the cloudy water and add 1 1/2 cups clean water to the rice. Cook the sushi rice in an electronic rice cooker. After the rice is cooked, scoop the rice out onto a plate, let cool.
  2. Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt together in a small bowl. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Add the vinegar mixture to the rice, stir evenly. Set the sushi rice aside.
  3. Chop the Crab Delights and mix with mayonnaise and lemon juice. Stir to combine well.
  4. Lay the bamboo mat on a flat surface and cover it with plastic wrap. Lay a small sheet of nori (3.75 inch x 8 inch) on the bottom part. Using a spoon, scoop the rice onto the seaweed and distribute it evenly in a thin layer. Use the back of the spoon to press and flatten the surface of the rice. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top of the rice and use the back of the spoon to press the sesame onto the rice.
  5. Turn the seaweed over. Arrange 4 strips of cucumber and 2 strips of avocado, follow by the crab. Make sure you don't overfill. Roll the California Roll using the bamboo mat and make sure that you tug the sushi rolls very tight. Keep rolling using the bamboo mat until you have have a nice roll.
  6. Cut both ends of the sushi rolls using a sharp knife, about 1/2 inch off each end. Wipe off the residue on the knife and wet with some water before cutting each end. Wipe off the residue again and wet with some water before you start slicing the sushi rolls into pieces. Each roll should yield about 5 - 6 pieces of sushi.
  7. Repeat the steps above to make 4 sushi rolls. Arrange the sushi on a plate and serve immediately with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.
Nutrition Facts
California Roll Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 383mg11%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.