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California Roll Recipe

With this easy recipe for California Roll, you can enjoy the best fresh sushi whenever you like! Sliced avocado and imitation crab salad are rolled up in vinegar seasoned rice and a sheet of roasted nori seaweed.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 rolls
Calories 410 kcal


  • 4 cups seasoned sushi rice cooked
  • 8 oz. imitation crab meat 8 sticks
  • ¼ cup mayo regular or Japanese-style
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber julienned
  • 4 sheets nori roasted
  • Salt optional
  • Toasted sesame seeds black, optional


  1. Prepare the seasoned sushi rice, julienne the cucumber, and cut the avocado into slices.
  2. Add the crab meat sticks to a large bowl and cut into smaller pieces. Shred the meat with two forks. Add mayo and mix until well combined.
  3. Place one sheet of nori on a bamboo sushi mat rough side-up.* Add 1 cup sushi rice on the rough part of the nori. Spread it out as much as you can with a rice paddle. Then, get your fingertips wet with a little water and lightly spread out the rice to all of the edges.

  4. Sprinkle on some toasted black sesame seeds, if desired. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the rice and flip the nori over onto the bamboo mat.

  5. Slightly off-center and close to you, place ¼ of the crab mixture (about ⅓ cup), ¼ of the avocado slices, a few pieces of cucumber, and a sprinkle of salt, if desired.
  6. Starting from the end by you, lift up the mat and begin rolling, pushing back in the filling as you go. Make sure the plastic wrap isn’t getting wrapped up in the roll. Repeat with the remaining nori and filling ingredients until you have 4 rolls.

  7. To Cut the Sushi: You can either cut it with the plastic wrap still on (the easiest way!) or remove the plastic and then cut. Either way you’ll want to run a sharp chef’s knife under cold water and cut 2-3 slices at a time. Repeat this until you have cut each roll into 8-10 pieces.

  8. If you left the plastic wrap on, remove it before serving. Finish the California roll with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and serve with a side of wasabi, sushi ginger, and soy sauce. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: California Roll is best if eaten within the first few hours of making, but can be prepared up to 24 hours ahead of time if kept tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.
  • To Store: Keep rolls uncut and tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, and they will last for up to 2 days. After that avocado will brown and the rice will harden.
  • To Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze California Roll.

Nutrition Facts
California Roll Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 267IU5%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.