How to Make California Sushi Rolls at Home

The California Roll is perhaps one of the most widely recognized sushi rolls around. If you're interested in how to make sushi at home, this is a great place to start. It's also perfect if you don't have access to quality raw fish or simply prefer a cooked sushi roll. There are a variety of useful tools that can help you as you practice your sushi rolling talent: some of those tools are featured below. For now, let's get rolling the old fashioned way.



  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 4 sheets of nori (seaweed)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 crabsticks (or homemade crab salad)
  • Choose one: sesame seeds or masago
  • Optional choices: pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, spicy mayo, or any other condiment you wish to use


  • Sushi Rice: Finish cooking the 2 cups of sushi rice (how to cook sushi rice)
  • Crab Sticks: Separate the 4 crab sticks from each other, out of the package.
  • Cucumber: Use the vegetable peeler to remove skin. All knife cuts are to keep it as long as possible, like turning a 9 inch hot dog into lots of 9 inch spaghetti. The goal is to remove all seeds and all skin.
  • Avocado: Use the knife to cut it in half, remove the seed pit. Use the spoon to remove the skin from the avocado half. With the flat side of the avocado half facing down, cut it into 4 equal strips.


Prepare Rolling Mat

Cover the rolling mat with plastic wrap.


Lay one sheet of the nori (sheet of dried seaweed), shiny side down, on the mat.


Wet your fingers and spread about a half of a cup of the rice evenly on the nori.


Turn the nori sheet over so that the rice is now on the bottom.


Throw some cucumber sticks, sliced avocado, and crab sticks or crab salad in the center of the sheet, lined up so that you can roll the nori around it.


Take the edge of the bamboo mat closest to you (keeping the filling together with your fingers) and roll it into a tight cylinder.


Use the mat to shape the cylinder, then pull it away.


Slice the roll into 6 pieces, garnish with sesame seeds or masago, and serve with condiments of your choice.

You just made sushi!

If you want to skip the imitation crab and use the real thing when making sushi, you can either just pop open a can of crab, or make this simple crab salad. Add some Sriracha into the mix for an extra kick! Open and drain 2 cans of crab, add a tablespoon of mayo and mix well.