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California Roll Recipe

You hear people say, “I can’t eat sushi (raw fish), but I eat California roll.”  California roll is so popular that even people who don’t want to try exotic ethnic food will eat it.  It is made of pretty innocuous ingredients for sushi: rice, roasted seaweed (sushi nori), cucumber, avocado, and crab meat.  No raw fish, and even the seaweed is hidden inside the roll.

It is said that the California roll was invented in southern California by a Japanese sushi chef in the ’70s.  Sushi became popular in the ’80s, and it spread all over the country.   Now not only Japanese restaurants, but most American supermarket delis carry this popular sushi roll.

Frankly, the California roll is not very Japanese (although Japanese people like it too!).  However, because it is one of the most famous and loved Japanese food in the US,  it’s worthwhile to introduce this recipe.  The ingredients are easy to find and it’s not very hard to make (especially with our video :).) Roll one up and enjoy!

California Roll

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

California Roll


  • 1 recipe of Sushi Rice
  • 2 sheets of roasted seaweed (sushi nori), cut into halves
  • 1 can crab meat, seasoned with lemon juice and salt
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1/2" sticks
  • 1 cucumber, cut into 1/2" sticks
  • sesame seeds


  1. Put plastic wrap on a bamboo rolling mat (makisu).
  2. Place a half sheet of roasted seaweed on the plastic.
  3. Spread 1/4 of the Sushi Rice on the seaweed. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the rice.
  4. Turn the seaweed over, rice side down on the plastic.
  5. Put some crab mixture, avocado, and cucumber horizontally on the middle of the seaweed. This will form the center of the roll.
  6. Roll and tighten hard with the rolling mat to make a log.
  7. Cut into 8 pieces.

California Roll

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  • Paula Dieli
    March 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I followed your instructions for sushi rice and california roll and made beautiful sushi! Your video makes it easy!

    • Yuko
      March 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I am so glad to hear that, Paula! Thanks for trying our recipe 🙂

  • chahaya
    March 7, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    i chose Japan as a country to research on for food technology and as our assessment is too cook a dish from our chosen country i was wondering if you think this recipe would be a good choice? i have about 2 hours to do it and i have to modify the recipe so that it serves 1-2 people. but yeah i was just wanting your opinion? thanks x

    • Noriko
      March 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      how about Nikujaga?

      • chahaya
        March 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        okay yeah thanks!

  • Daniel
    April 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    hello, i want to do this recipe but i can´t find the can of crab meat, can i use crab sticks? if i use them… how should i cook it? thanks!

    • Noriko
      May 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      you can use crab sticks, and they are ready to eat.