California Sushi Rolls

California Sushi Rolls

Total Time
20 min
20 min
0 min
Sushi is surprisingly easy to make at home. Most of the ingredients, including sushi rice, rice vinegar, wasabi (green horseradish) powder, and nori (paper-thin sheets of dried seaweed), can be found in Asian groceries. Fat-free surimi, also called imitation crabmeat, is available in your supermarket’s seafood section.



1¼ cup(s)

Uncooked sushi rice

1¼ cup(s), rinsed

Seasoned rice vinegar


Sesame seeds

1 Tbsp, toasted


3 Tbsp, warm

Less sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp

Wasabi powder

2 tsp

Dark sesame oil

1 tsp

Fresh ginger

1 tsp, grated, peeled, fresh ginger

Nori seaweed

4 sheet(s)


½ medium, peeled and cut into thin strips


½ item(s), medium, peeled, pitted and cut into thin strips


4 oz, cut into thin strips


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and rice to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Transfer the rice to a large bowl. Stir in the vinegar and sesame seeds. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, to prepare the wasabi dipping sauce, whisk together the warm water, soy sauce, wasabi powder, sesame oil, and grated ginger until blended. Set aside.
  3. Place a sheet of nori lengthwise, shiny-side down, onto a rolling mat. Dampen your hands with water and spread about 1/2 cup of the rice mixture onto the nori, leaving a 1/2-inch border across the top. Make a 1/4-inch-deep indentation crosswise along the center of the rice; place one-quarter each of the cucumber, avocado, and surimi into the groove in the rice.
  4. Hold the filling in place with your fingers as you curl the mat forward with your thumbs until the two ends of the nori overlap, forming a cylinder. Applying gentle but even pressure to the mat, remove the roll from the mat. Cut into 6 pieces with a very sharp knife, moistening the knife with water between each cut. Repeat with the remaining nori, rice, cucumber, avocado, and surimi. Serve rolls with the dipping sauce and some pickled ginger (if desired).
  5. Serving size: 1 roll