A California roll is a fresh take on traditional Japanese rice rolls. Filled with avocado, crab, and cucumber, it's fresh and crunchy and makes a filling meal. You can use real or imitation crab.

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 rolls
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wrap a sushi rolling mat completely in plastic wrap and set aside.

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  • Bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer rice to a bowl and cut in rice vinegar using a rice paddle or wooden spoon. Season with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  • Combine crab meat with mayonnaise in a small bowl.

  • Place a sheet of nori on a flat work surface. Spread a thin layer of rice on top of the nori. Place the nori, rice side down, on the prepared rolling mat. Place 2 to 3 avocado slices on top of the nori in one layer. Top with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the crab mixture. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons tobiko lengthwise on one side of the avocado-crab mixture, and 2 cucumber strips on the other side. Using the mat as a guide, carefully roll the California roll into a tight log. Remove the rolling mat. Top roll with more tobiko, cover with plastic wrap, and gently press the tobiko into the top of the roll. Remove the plastic and cut roll into 6 even pieces using a wet knife. Repeat with remaining sheets of nori and filling. Serve garnished with pickled ginger, soy sauce, and wasabi paste

Nutrition Facts

445 calories; protein 15.3g 31% DV; carbohydrates 70.3g 23% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterol 93.6mg 31% DV; sodium 1237mg 50% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2013
I did this, but I changed and added some things! Instead of rice vinegar I used Balsamic vinegar and mixed in sugar and salt. Than instead of mayonnaise, I used cream cheese (which is what most California Sushi Rolls use) cut into cubes placed on top of the Nori sheets along side the crab and avocado. I do not use the red caviar, cucumber, or the drained pickled ginger. My version come out really good! The rice kinda of had a dark tint to it because of the sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/01/2020
The mayonnaise is used on your fingers so nothing sticks to it. Great job in the useless description of how to make this folks. You have people mixing it in as per the first person that reviewed this recipe. Try harder next time... Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2013
I did this, but I changed and added some things! Instead of rice vinegar I used Balsamic vinegar and mixed in sugar and salt. Than instead of mayonnaise, I used cream cheese (which is what most California Sushi Rolls use) cut into cubes placed on top of the Nori sheets along side the crab and avocado. I do not use the red caviar, cucumber, or the drained pickled ginger. My version come out really good! The rice kinda of had a dark tint to it because of the sauce. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2016
Sticky rice is a must and its not hard to find. This tasted exactly like restaurant California rolls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2013
Liked the outcome. rolling the roll not as hard as i thought. used less salt. glad i did. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2013
I thought this tasted very good and once prep is done assembly is easy. My only problem was the rice was a little to wet, maybe next time I'll use about a 1/4 less water when making the rice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2020
where I come from a good California roll has crab salad, not crab stick (which isn't even crab) I believe crab salad is made using crab stick though and mayo (but not 100%) also it's very easy to make your own sushi rice and to buy sushi grade ric at your local Asian market. it makes rolling the sushi easier as it sticks to the nori better. e en though Cali rolls aren't traditional Japanese sushi. they are still one of my favs! yum! also orange flying fish roe is used if making an inside out roll. much tastier than red caviar and is traditional. try my tips it's worth it. over all this is a great recipe though Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2015
I'm doing this for a project in my Basic Ag class. I'm going to change a few things around though. Instead of crab I'm going to use crushed salmon and instead of red caviar I'm going to use my very own pimento spread. I don't think I'll find the wasabi anywhere so I'll use the closest thing to it and go with horseradish sauce. I think it'll turn out pretty good.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2020
this is fantastic made it just as instructed wouldn't change a thing except for maybe adding cream cheese with the crab instead it was truly wonderful! the caviar was expensive but worth it!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/29/2020
The mayonnaise is used on your fingers so nothing sticks to it. Great job in the useless description of how to make this folks. You have people mixing it in as per the first person that reviewed this recipe. Try harder next time... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2015
Very easy to follow. Read More
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