Recipe: California Roll

Active Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Difficulty Level: 3/5


  • 2 cups sushi rice 4 cups water ¼ cup + 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, divided 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 sheets gimMe Sushi Nori
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • optional 8 oz. imitation crab meat, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ English cucumber, sliced into thin sticks
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  • Rinse rice in cold water until water runs clear then drain completely.
  • To a medium pan, add rinsed rice and water. Cover and bring to a simmer then reduce to a low simmer and cook 18-23 minutes until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
  • Transfer cooked rice to a large mixing bowl, sprinkle with sea salt and stir in 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, then let cool to room temperature, folding mixture occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, prepare vegetables and crab salad. Slice avocado and cut cucumber into thin sticks.
  • For crab salad: in a food processor shred crab into small pieces and pulse with mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, and sugar until combined.
  • To create your roll, place a piece of Sushi Nori rough side up on your sushi mat (with the long sticks running horizontally to your body) and, using wet hands, cover Sushi Nori with an even ¼ - ½ inch layer of cooled sushi rice. *gimMe tip* if you don’t have a sushi mat, you can use a damp tea towel instead!
  • Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds then flip the Sushi Nori over so the rice is now touching the mat.
  • Place a thin row of about 3 tablespoons crab spanning the width of your Sushi Nori about an inch away from the Sushi Nori/rice border closest to you.
  • In additional rows in front of crab, layer avocado slices and cucumber sticks.
  • Using your fingers to hold the ingredients, start to roll the front part of the sushi roll like a burrito and tuck it tightly around the fillings. Lift the sushi mat up off of the tucked portion and continue to roll, moving the mat after each rotation.
  • Once tightly rolled, remove the mat completely and use a wet serrated knife to saw the sushi roll into 8 pieces. Rewet knife as needed so rice doesn’t stick. *gimMe tip* first cut the sushi roll in half, then cut each of your 2 halves in half, and finally cut each of your 4 pieces in half for 8 even bites!
  • Enjoy with your favorites like soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger!

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