California Roll Sushi
California Roll Sushi

California Roll Sushi

Servings

2

servings
Prep time

50

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

250

kcal

The California Roll Sushi, a symbol of culinary fusion, emerged in the 1960s or 1970s in California. Created to cater to American tastes, it features cooked imitation crab, avocado, and cucumber, wrapped in seaweed and rice. This innovative dish quickly gained popularity, becoming a staple in sushi restaurants across the United States and symbolizing the blending of Japanese and American culinary influences.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sushi rice

  • 2 sheets nori (seaweed)

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

  • 1/2 cucumber, julienned

  • 4 imitation crab sticks

  • Sesame seeds (optional)

  • Soy sauce, for serving

  • Wasabi, for serving

  • Pickled ginger, for serving

  • For sushi rice seasoning:
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Prepare the sushi rice:
  • Rinse the sushi rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Cook the rice according to package instructions or in a rice cooker.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Heat over low heat until the sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl. Gradually add the sushi rice seasoning to the rice, folding gently to combine. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature.
  • Prepare the fillings:
  • Slice the avocado and cucumber into thin strips.
  • Cut the imitation crab sticks in half lengthwise.
  • Assemble the California Roll:
  • Place a sheet of nori on a bamboo sushi rolling mat, shiny side down.
  • With damp hands, spread a thin layer of sushi rice evenly over the nori, leaving a 1-inch border at the top edge.
  • Arrange the avocado slices, cucumber strips, and imitation crab sticks in a line across the center of the rice.
  • Starting from the bottom edge, tightly roll the sushi using the bamboo mat, applying gentle pressure as you roll.
  • Moisten the top edge of the nori with a little water to seal the roll.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds over the roll, if desired, and gently press them into the rice.
  • Slice and serve:
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the California Roll into 6-8 pieces.
  • Serve the sushi with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger on the side.

Notes

  • Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes. Adjustments can be made based on dietary preferences and nutritional needs.

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