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How to Make Spicy California Roll Sushi at Home

Spicy, light, and simple, this sushi roll is ideal for anyone who loves making sushi just as much as they love eating it.

March 28, 2021
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Spicy California Roll SushiPhoto By Petite Gourmets
Difficulty Hard
Servings 4 people
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 25 mins

Spicy California Roll Sushi Recipe Video



  1. Begin by wrapping a bamboo rolling mat with plastic wrap, and place it on a flat surface or cutting board. Fill up a small bowl with water and a little bit of rice vinegar, placing it down next to the bamboo mat.
  2. Lay a sheet of nori on the mat, shiny side facing down. Spread the spicy mayo that you have made across the bottom of the nori sheet - go for roughly a teaspoon, or a little more if you’d like more heat.
  3. Place roughly half a cup of rice in the center of the sheet.
  4. Wet your fingers with the vinegar water to ensure that the rice doesn’t stick to your fingers, and spread the rice across the nori sheet.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly across the rice, ensuring not to have any one area have too few seeds. You’ll notice a lack of the seeds more than an abundance.
  6. Turn over the nori sheet so that the rice is facing down, and then carefully slide the sheet close to the bottom edge of your bamboo mat.
  7. Place the cucumber, crab (imitation or not), and avocado at the bottom of the nori sheet, aiming for height more than width - you should be trying to get a stack of ingredients somewhat similar in shape to a Toblerone - a triangular prism.
  8. Grab the bottom edges of the maty with your thumbs while holding on to all the other toppings with your other fingers. Roll it into a tight cylinder, making sure to tuck the fillings in firmly, and slightly lift the edge of the bamboo mat.
  9. Roll it forward while using a little pressure, but not so much that the filling spills out. This is a skill that you will develop a knack for over time, don’t be surprised if you take a little while to get reliably good at it. Let go of the mat when you get to the other end.
  10. Cut the roll in half, and each half into thirds.
  11. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi on the side. If you’ve got some of your spicy mayo left over, you could serve that as a side sauce as well.

Sushi Rice Recipe

Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice Ingredients

Sushi Rice Directions

  • Put the rice in a large bowl. Soak in cold water for about 30-45 minutes. Wash several times until the water becomes clear.
  • Strain the water with a colander and leave it at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Put the rice and 2 glasses of water in a pot. Let it boil over high heat. After the water boils, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  • When the rice water is absorbed, turn off the stove and leave it to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to prepare sushi vinegar; cook the sugar, salt and rice vinegar in a separate pan. Continue cooking until the sugar dissolves. Then leave the vinegar mixture to cool.
  • Transfer the rice to a bowl. Pour the vinegar over the rice. Gently mix the rice and vinegar with the spatula.
  • The sushi rice you season with vinegar is ready to use.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Spicy California Roll Sushi
    Serves 4
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Cholesterol 15 mg5%
    Sodium 196 mg8.5%
    Potassium 678 mg14.4%
    Protein 20 g40%
    Total Fat 13.9 g17.8%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • If you like your California roll more or less spicy than the ingredients we put here to make it, feel free to add or take away a little sriracha!
    • When portioning out the rice for your roll, use wetted fingers - the rice won’t stick and you’ll have a much easier time.
    • If you like your sushi spicy, you should make a spicy mayo. It is very easy. Just mix 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce.
    Rate This Recipe

    California roll is a great food project that a huge wealth of people are sure to enjoy. It’s so enjoyable, in fact, that we’d even recommend using this recipe to make a California roll with your whole family!

    What is a Super California Roll?

    A super California roll is very similar to a standard or spicy California roll. The thing that is the same is the filling: all different types of California rolls have avocado, cucumber, and crab within them. A Super California Roll, however, is topped with shrimp and scallop and sauces, turning the roll up to eleven.

    What Kind of Sushi Is a California Roll?

    There are several different types of sushi out there, and it pays to know them, especially if you’re going to be making sushi at home. A California roll is an example of maki sushi, where rice and filling are wrapped in seaweed.

    Is California Roll Healthy?

    California rolls are healthy, but only when eaten in moderation and while staying away from calorific sauces and dips. Aloof the ingredients in California roll are good for you, even down to the rice - a carbohydrate which makes a great foundation for a meal.

    Eating too much of anything, however, will result in you ingesting more calories than, perhaps, you’re using - this is understandable unhealthy.

    Can You Lose Weight Eating Sushi?

    You certainly can! Sushi is one of the best foods to eat when trying to keep to a low-calorie diet. The main reason for this is that it is typically not served with high-calorie sauces. Instead, it is served alone, and typically not cooked in oil of any kind. This means that all the ingredients are just as low-calorie as they were before they were made into a sushi roll.

    There are a couple of other things that you might like to know about this recipe, namely the serving size and how long it might take to make it.

    Well, this recipe is designed to make one large roll which serves four as a meal. In a given serving of that size, the overall calorie count will be three hundred and ninety-four calories, making it a particularly healthy option.

    The great thing about sushi is that there’s no cooking time to worry about - you finish assembly and it’s ready for you! The drawback, therefore, is the often long prep time. This recipe isn’t as bad as some others, with the prep time clocking in at roughly twenty-five minutes. This means that you could even try to have this on the table on a weeknight if you’re feeling bold.

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