How to Make Homemade Sushi – California, Avocado, Cucumber Rolls and a Sushi Rice Recipe

Want to learn how to make homemade sushi? It’s actually very easy! Follow this guide for making homemade California, Avocado, and Cucumber rolls, plus a recipe for sushi rice.

Now that the holidays are over Jesse and I are attempting to get back into our healthier eating habits and stop eating so much crap. My favorite “healthier” food that we’ve been eating is sushi, which is super easy to make thanks to the sushi kit Jesse got for Christmas. 

Our favorite roll has always been the California roll, which is cucumber, carrot, avocado, and imitation crab meat. We didn’t have avocado the this particular night, so we just made the rolls with cucumber and carrot instead. The most time consuming part of the whole sushi making process is the rice. First, you have to cook the rice and then let the rice cool completely, so it takes about and hour. But aside from that it’s easy as spreading the rice thinly on the nori (seaweed) filling it with the ingredients for the roll, and rolling it up. We’ve already had sushi like 4 times since Christmas and have gone through all of the nori and sushi rice that come with the kit, but it’s actually very easy to find. We buy all of ours at Kroger in the Asian foods section for about $5 total, and it’s enough for several sushi rolls. The imitation crab is also very easy to find and inexpensive to buy. It’s in the seafood section of Kroger in a convenient snack pack for $1.50. We haven’t tried any other rolls with actual raw fish, but it’s definitely on our to do list! These California rolls are so delicious and so inexpensive to make, you seriously cannot beat them. And 1 roll is only 200 calories, so if you’re watching what you eat for your New Year’s resolution then sushi is definitely a delicious route to take! Do you like sushi? What’s your favorite roll? Aside from the California roll my favorite is Spicy Yellowtail.

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  1. We make sushi too! I love California rolls. I can’t eat sushi for a whole meal though…it makes my stomach feel weird. I have to have something else to go with it (edemame or potstickers -or both)!

  2. I think we need to invest in our our sushi kit – I am genuinely embarrassed by how much we spend on sushi each month!

  3. Those look so delicious! However, I’m not a fan of sushi (yet). I’ve had it twice, both at Chinese buffets, and hated it. Everyone tells me that it’s not “real sushi” and I should go to an actual sushi place. I have yet to do so. But those look so good! Jesse will have to make me sushi when I come to VA 😉

    1. Sushi at a buffet is definitely a no-no! I never liked it either until Jesse took me to a real sushi place, now it’s one of those things I crave!

  4. I really want to like sushi. I like the idea of it. I like love Chinese food. But I’m allergic to so much in Chinese food that it’s just not even worth it. Totally sad! The sushi kit looks super fun though!

  5. We made sushi last year (feels wierd saying that about 2012) and I was amazed at how easy it was. Definitely something we want to do again this year. xox

  6. Oh my gosh! I love this idea. I need to pick up one of these kits asap! Sushi is one of my favourites!

    1. I bought the kit off Amazon for about $35 because it came with everything from the rice, nori and sushi mat to the pickled ginger and wasabi. But you could definitely go with a cheaper kit because you can find everything else at Kroger!

  7. I think I just figured out what I’m having for lunch today. That looks really good. Maybe something Lisa and I should try. I’m a big fan of the raw fish version, sashimi I think it’s called or maybe nagiri.. whatever, either way it’s excellent… a touch expensive, but delicious.

  8. Okay, I have questions because I’m seriously intrigued and inspired. For the rice, can you use minute rice? Or do I need a rice cooker? Or a special brand?

    And the calories thing. Does one roll = 200 calories mean the whole long roll (pre-cut) or is it one slice = 200 calories?

    Thanks and sorry to be a pest!

    🙂 Linda

    1. The whole long roll (about 8 pieces) is around 200 calories! I’ll email you this evening with rice specifics since Jesse usually handles that! 🙂

  9. Holy yum! I think we need one of these kits. Have you used everything in the kit? Or do you think I could scoot by with just buying a few things that you use most with the kit?

    And my all time favorite roll is called the Maui Roll (found at our favorite sushi place– Naked Tchopsticks). It’s shrimp tempura, cream cheese, & asparagus on the inside and mango, avocado, unagi sauce, & almond slices on the outside. Deliciousness.

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