California rolls

California rolls: step-by-step sushi guide

  • makes 36 rolls
  • A little effort

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!



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


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


  • 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...

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 40
  • Fat 0.9g
  • Saturates 0.2g
  • Carbs 6.8g
  • Sugars 1.3g
  • Fibre 0.4g
  • Protein 0.9g
  • Salt 0.2g