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California Sushi Bowl with black sesame seeds, spicy mayo and chopsticks nearby

California Roll Sushi Bowls

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This California roll sushi bowl is inspired by the classic California roll, with sweet and tangy sushi rice, crab meat, and fresh veggies.



Sushi Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups Calrose sushi rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

California Sushi Bowls

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 7 oz (200 grams) imitation crab , cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2 Nori sheets, crumbled or chopped into small pieces
  • Black toasted  sesame seeds as needed
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce for serving
  • Nori Furikake for serving, optional


Sushi Rice

  • Rinse the sushi rice with cold water in a mesh sifter for 1-2 minutes or until the water runs clear. Drain well.
  • Cook the rice (with 2 cups of water) on the stove, in a rice cooker , or in your Instant Pot. Once the rice is cooked, transfer to a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  • Make the sushi vinegar. Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt, and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Season the rice with the sushi vinegar and mix gently until the vinegar is evenly mixed into the rice, using a spatula.

Spicy Mayo

  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. Keep aside.

Sushi Bowls

  • Shape the cooled sushi rice into bite-sized balls, coat in sesame seeds and add to a bowl, along with the imitation crab, cucumber and avocado.
  • Drizzle with the spicy mayonnaise and top with crumbled Nori sheets and furikake if desired.
  • Enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Sushi recipes
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • Calories: 399kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 10002mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 72g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg

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