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California rolls

California rolls: step-by-step sushi guide

Published: March 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus cooling
  • A little effort
  • Makes 36 rolls

Make a healthy sushi snack with our easy step-by-step guide to California rolls. Perfect for entertaining friends and family and they look quite impressive too!

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal40
fat0.9g
saturates0.2g
carbs6.8g
sugars1.3g
fibre0.4g
protein0.9g
salt0.2g
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Learn how to make classic california rolls, then check out our maki sushi rolls, temaki sushi (hand rolls) and sushi sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 6 sheets nori
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, peeled, stoned and cut into strips
  • 6 crab sticks
  • 1/4 cucumber, halved lengthways cut into strips
  • to finish black sesame seeds
  • to serve pickled ginger
  • to serve wasabi
  • to serve soy sauce

SUSHI RICE

  • 250g sushi rice
  • 2 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the rice, rinse it in several changes of water until the water becomes clear, then drain really well. Put the rice in a pan, add 250ml cold water and bring to the boil on a high heat. Cover tightly, then simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave covered for 15 minutes to allow it to steam.
    Meanwhile, put the rice vinegar, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar dissolves, then take off the heat and cool to room temperature. Put the still-hot rice in a very large shallow bowl and add ¼ of the rice seasoning. Fold in then repeat 3 times until all the seasoning is used up. You can help cool the rice down by fanning it for 5 minutes.

    Step 1: Making the rice filling
  • STEP 2

    To assemble, spread approximately 1/6 of the rice over ⅔ of a sheet of nori.

    Step 2: Spreading rice over a sheet of nori.
  • STEP 3

    Sit a sheet of clingfilm over a sushi rolling mat and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Step 3: sprinkling sesame seeds
  • STEP 4

    Flip the nori and rice onto the sesame seeds, rice-side down.

    Step 4: Flipping the nori and rice onto the sesame seeds
  • STEP 5

    Line up the avocado, crabstick and cucumber along the centre of the nori sheet.

    Step 5: Lining the avocado, crabstick and cucumber on the nori
  • STEP 6

    Use the mat to roll everything into a log – rolling towards the nori without any rice on it.

    Step 6: rolling the sushi tightly

    Step 6: rolling the sushi tightly

  • STEP 7

    Take off the clingfilm and trim the nori.

    Step 7: Take off the clingfilm and trim the nori
  • STEP 8

    Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 6 logs. Cut each log into 6.

    Step 9: cutting the log into 6 equal rolls

Watch our 20-second video for the easiest way to stone an avocado...

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