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Sushi 101: How to Make a California Roll

Is sushi one of those things you're more likely to leave to the pros? If so, you're missing out, because homemade sushi's not nearly as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Cut your teeth with a California roll, then start experimenting with different fillings; we'll show you our foolproof techniques for everything from seasoning and fanning rice to rolling both basic and inside-out rolls.

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California Sushi Rolls

California Sushi Rolls

California Sushi Rolls


  1. 2 cups medium-grain Japanese rice
  2. 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  3. 1 avocado, sliced
  4. 8 ounces imitation crab
  5. 1 hothouse cucumber
  6. Pickled ginger
  7. Wasabi
  8. Roasted sesame seeds
  9. Soy sauce
  10. 1 package nori


  1. R‪ins‬e rice‪ ‬under cold water until it runs clear, then cook according to package directions‪. Once cooked, transfer to a large bowl, and mix in rice vinegar. Using a flat wooden spoon, fold rice itself, and fan until just above room temperature.
  2. Assemble sushi roll by putting nori seaweed wrapper shiny side down onto bamboo mat with its perforated lines (which help you cut the sushi later on) running up and down. Wet fingers, and put a couple tablespoons of rice on wrapper, leaving a 1-inch space at the top of the seaweed. Next, place 2 slices of avocado on top of rice, a couple pieces of crab, then a few slices of cucumber. Dip fingers into water, and seal the 1-inch space at the top.‪
  3. Starting with the edge of the nori closest to you, firmly tuck vegetables into the nori and roll it away from your body, using the bamboo wrapper to guide you. Once the sushi is completely wrapped inside the bamboo wrapper, give it a tight squeeze to make sure the sushi is sealed. Remove the bamboo wrapper, and place the sushi, seam side down, on a cutting board. Using a slightly damp, sharp knife, cut the sushi in half, and then each half into another half, and then cut those pieces one more time until you have 8 pieces. Serve with soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi!‪
Join The Conversation
Brandi-Milloy Brandi-Milloy 4 years
@Susi May Awww Susi! That's awesome! I learned how to make sushi when I was a little girl and it's one of my favorite memories I cherish!
Brandi-Milloy Brandi-Milloy 4 years
@Amy3145567 I know, right? It's sooo fun! Your friends will LOVE it!
Brandi-Milloy Brandi-Milloy 4 years
@Kat It's simple!!!! You can even top your standard CA roll with raw fish so you don't have to worry about rolling it! :)
Brandi-Milloy Brandi-Milloy 4 years
They are SO EASY! Just be patient with yourself and be creative! Once you learn this basic roll, you can add anything you want!
Susi-May Susi-May 4 years
We love making these at home! I am going to have my whole family watch this informative tutorial!
Kat Kat 4 years
This actually does look incredibly easy.  How much more difficult would it be to incorporate raw fish?
Amy3145567 Amy3145567 4 years
A sushi party would be so much fun for a girls night in!
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