How to Make a California Sushi Roll
California Sushi Roll Recipe
California sushi rolls are an American sushi favorite
California sushi rolls are an American sushi favorite, and the actual reason why I decided to learn how to make sushi at home. This sushi recipe is known as cooked sushi as it contains precooked ingredients unlike many other traditional sushi rolls which contain raw fish. This cooked sushi recipe is incredibly easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious. Make this recipe first when introducing people to sushi, as it is less of a jump from other foods that we eat in our country. I love this cooked sushi recipe because it combines tender crab with creamy Hass avocado, and fresh crunchy cucumber. This elegant and simple California sushi roll recipe adds a real wow factor to any meal.
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Cooked Sushi Roll Recipe
Classic Cooked Sushi California Roll
We will start off with ½ sheet of Nori, and Palmful of rice.Place the sushi mat inside of the gallon sized plastic freezer bag, this ensures that the sushi rice does not become embedded into the mat, and makes for easy clean up. Lay the Nori seaweed square on top of the plastic covered sushi roll mat. Wet your hands thoroughly. Place a handful of sushi rice in the middle of the half sheet of Nori and gently spread out to the edges. Press down gently to ensure that the rice adheres to the sheet of Nori.
Now we can go one of two ways with this particular dish. For a classic cooked California sushi roll you can add toasted sesame seeds on top. To add some delicious Asian fusion flare to this cooked sushi recipe try adding Masago fish eggs to the top. I personally prefer to add Masago as I feel that it adds a unique twist to this delicious cooked sushi recipe. Press down gently on your topping and gently flip the Nori sheet over so that it is topping side down. Add the crab sticks to cover the length of the Nori sheet, and gently place the cucumber directly next to the crab sticks. Lay the creamy avocado, Hass preferably, on top of the crab and cucumber. Pick up the edge of the sushi mat closest to you and roll it over the roll away from you. Press it down, roll it over again to seal it, pressing it down one more time.
Now I use a wet serrated knife to cut these. Cut the California Sushi Roll in half, and then cut the cooked sushi in half again, and then cut those rolls in half again until you have eight beautiful pieces. Make sure to wipe your serrated knife off between cuts so that it does not tear the cooked sushi roll. Place these delicious California sushi roll pieces into a beautiful pattern on a black square plate, or a festive serving tray, and voila!