How to Prepare | Make California Rolls #9

The folowing items needed: sushi mat, couch roll, prepared nori with rice, plate with water and ingredients that will go into the roll.

Couch Roll on the mat

Place couch roll on top of the mat.

Pour some water on top and spread.

Pour some water on the couch roll and use your hand to spread the water.
It is done to reduce the stickiness of the rice.

Nori and ingredients

Place Nori with rice upside down (rice in the bottom, nori on top) just like on the picture.
Add ingredients.

Bending the sushi roll

Slowly bend.

Apply some strength on the sushi

Use strength to tighten the roll and force the rice to stick to Nori. Try make it as tight as possible, just don’t overdo it.

Pull the plastic out of sushi roll

When you got the rice to stick to Nori, slowly pull out the plastic couch.

Don't roll in the splastic inside !!!

Slowly Roll and watch for the plastic.

Prepared sushi rolls

The result looks quite tasty.

Frying sesame seeds for sushi

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sushiAugust 24th, 2007 at 10:02 pm

If you like my Sushi making guide please leave a comment. I’m ego to hear from you.

DAVIDAugust 26th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Wow, makes it look really easy

MarciaSeptember 5th, 2007 at 10:25 pm

Thanks! I can’t wait to try it out. These are the best instructions I’ve found.

sushiSeptember 6th, 2007 at 7:22 am

Instructions are good, but I always find that there are small things that I have forgot to add. I will try to keep the guide more detailed.

Thank you,

StarMageSeptember 9th, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Hey sushi! Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Today I’m planning to make chicken, bacon and spinach sushi rolls and I had no idea how to do it even though the nori package was in frank english! Arigato again for the help! Does sushi rice taste good compared to regular rice?

sushiSeptember 9th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

It is a bit different. ^.^
OMG! I never seen sushi you just mentioned. When you make it, take some pictures and send it my way.
I wanna see how is it and what it taste like. I never experimented with chicken and spinach. Really strange ingredients.

Good Luck.

ShanOctober 2nd, 2007 at 7:46 am

Thanks for your awesome tutorial..looking 4 so much of guiden but urs is the best!!!!GAmbateh!!!!!!

heavenlymaydayNovember 5th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

this is too cool I just made sushi the other night, for the first time.

I did Crab sticks, avocado and cucumber, but I might try some smoked salmon and cream cheese someday (bagel roll)

I need one of those paddles, the hardest part was definitely getting the rice layer thin enough, it was ok, but a little thicker than I would have liked. I have also discovered that my son LOVES nori. He’ll ask me for a sheet just to snack on. Weird, lol.

Thanks for the great instructions. I pretty much did it right, but I still learned from this. πŸ˜€

rusharkNovember 29th, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Hey ! Thanks for your instructions! I’m so eager to try making the sushi! I think I will make some for my family a few days later. I’m still collecting as much information as i can for making sushi! =)

VeeDecember 18th, 2007 at 3:30 am

Just a question, is it still a california roll if you use the rice, the nori, the avocado, and instead of the fish, you use crab meat? Thats the way I like it πŸ˜‰

sushiDecember 19th, 2007 at 7:18 am

California Roll is any roll with rice outside. Ingredients could vary.

exskibum98January 7th, 2008 at 1:56 am

Lot’s of help thank you. Some extra advice would be use very sharp knife I crushed mine a bit slicing them.

ipohchaiFebruary 4th, 2008 at 4:31 am

i’m drooling… would like to try out this soon.
good explanation anyway and I never thought the ingredients were so simple

GILBERT GOMEZFebruary 21st, 2008 at 1:12 am

Dude, I prepared baja california rolls!!i did not have the seaweed so I rolled my perfectly cooked rice on a bed of 13 grain bread. I flattened the bread with a roller. Added crab, carrot, avocado, jalapeno and asparagus spears. The combination of grains,nuts, and soy sauce, rocked this new procedure.

GILBERT GOMEZFebruary 21st, 2008 at 1:20 am

I am experimenting new ways to roll sushi. Especially the all famous California Roll. instead of Seaweed (Nori) i have been dabbling with a mango sheet, banana sheet, and a spicy habanero sheet flattened in a pasta machine to enable the rice to be spread onto the sheet. The new flavors ROCK!!!

marl gilMarch 5th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

this is pretty easy to make and the most important is you can find easily the ingredients of this sushi.

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ReicielloMay 5th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Nice I’ve been looking for this, hmmm any other tips on what ingredients I can use instead of the usual?

MyRedeemerLivesSeptember 2nd, 2008 at 9:37 am

nice and easy I try this a lot already but since salmon is too expensive here in the philippines I prefer to used Tuna instead

WendyNovember 11th, 2008 at 2:12 am

Your attention to detail is absolutely impeccable ! Right from the choice of rice, number of times to wash the rice, details to water to cook rice, choice of soy sauce, using the rough side of sea weed, using a wooden spoon to spread rice, clean and neat cut up of ingredients including the avocado and fish,wetting the nori..etc..and the detailed pics. You are a gem. They are fantastic tips! TQ.

Mr. SushiNovember 16th, 2008 at 1:50 am

Mmmm…this wa soo good, I try and I like a lot, easy to make to. Very good, tank yu for posting this.

The Bad ChefNovember 23rd, 2008 at 7:38 am

Great instruction, I just need more practice!

Wetting the knife with the 2nd roll really helped (I crushed the first).

georgiDecember 7th, 2008 at 1:54 am

Great guide, thank you. I am trying to roll tonight, will post the results.

sydney liangJanuary 29th, 2009 at 2:17 am

thanx for all the tips. you have the best sushi site. i love it. i will recommend this to my friends.

PamFebruary 1st, 2009 at 3:20 am

This was just what I was looking for. By far the best looking instructions. always have made the rice never the roll.

RudyApril 7th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

i really like sushi and sashimi but never tried to make and was dreaming of making them one is the day to start making them because of your very detailed instructions and ordinary person would likely understand it.thank you very much and i would have to find a kit for making them and maybe you could suggest one and much better if it comes free and shipping and handling has just to be paid.thanks again and more power.

AliceApril 21st, 2009 at 2:03 pm

You did a good job.Thank you for your guidance.But i think it will be better if you add some details.On the whole,thanks!

rosmawatiMay 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

i do not eat raw still ok to make sushi using cooked things..

AartiJune 25th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Thanks a ton. Today is our anniversary and I am going to try this out along with steamed wontons, stir fry veggies and brown rice.

Have a nice day.

seanDecember 20th, 2009 at 8:32 am

wow,its good!

IveeJanuary 16th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

i want to know the ingredients and procedure of how to make the rice of the maki..

Ardy GilesSeptember 21st, 2011 at 1:06 am

First time making sushi, and thanks to the wonderful instructions, I nailed it. My family thinks I’m a chef. Thank you so much. No more expensive sushi tabs. You rock.

Betty Lou MukerjiNovember 4th, 2011 at 12:49 am

How do you get the plastic out? It gets stuck in the roll.

GlauciaDecember 12th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I am gonna try it! I love sushi!!

Kim PennellJanuary 1st, 2012 at 1:46 pm

The only thing this is missing is some texture – like cucumber. I made this last night and it was quite mushy. The cuke would have made it better- and maybe a sprinkle of some spice inside. Other than that – the presentation was perfect. Thanks!

TasheFebruary 10th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks for the instructions. Just bought all the ingredients last night and will be making my very own California rolls today. This was much appreciated!!

MelanieFebruary 15th, 2012 at 4:50 am

Thank you so much for such thorough instructions with photos. Tonight was my first time making California rolls and they were delicious! I will make them again and again.

AndreMarch 25th, 2012 at 12:25 am

Hi Gilbert Gomez, wow, amazing sushi variations! I am worried about buying Nori in stores because of Fukoshima, and so I want to try rolling sushi on different sheets. I’ll try the 13 grain bread tomorrow. I don’t have a pasta machine so it’ll have to be foods I can flatten with a roller. Sounds interesting.
I also found some soy Nori (fake nori) online.
Sushi, do you have any worries about Nori since Fukoshima?

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