DIY Sushi Recipe- California Roll


Oh my goodness….I just want to tell you how easy it actually is to make sushi.

I have never really been intimidated by food and recipes, but the thought of making sushi kind of scared me a little bit.

But I have to tell you, it was honestly very easy and fun to make my own DIY sushi.

Lately I have created a few different “better than take-out” recipes, and sushi was the last thing on my list.

I did a little research, found a great method for making sticky rice, and then I just went for it.

This time I decided to go with a California Roll. Mostly because I happen to live in a small town where sushi-grade raw fish is not available.

The ingredients of a California Roll are very accessible, so anyone should be able to make these. You will also need to have a couple other easy to find items; like a bamboo sushi mat (I just found a bamboo place mat at the Dollar Store), plastic wrap, bowl of water, and chop sticks.

Here’s the recipe:


Now that you have made your sticky rice and prepared the rest of your ingredients, you will need to assemble the sushi roll. I have made a little picture tutorial, with some step by step directions. There are a lot of pictures and a lot of steps….but please don’t let this intimidate you. Once I started assembling my sushi roll it only took about 10 minutes.

sushitutcollageedit-Lay out sushi mat and cover with plastic wrap. Put a nori sheet shiny side down on plastic wrap. Get a bowl of water and your other ingredients and have them close by.

-Dip your fingers in water and evenly spread sticky rice ¼ inch thick. Spread almost to the edge and press firmly into the nori sheet.

-Sprinkle about ½ tbsp. toasted sesame seeds evenly over rice.

-Carefully flip nori sheet so the rice side is down.

-Put a layer of filling about 1/3 way down the nori sheet, going all the way across.

-Pull the nori to the edge of the mat closest to you, and fold the sushi mat over the nori about ½ inch.

-Unroll and pull the nori to the edge of the mat again.

-Roll the mat over again, unroll, and repeat steps until you have rolled over the filling.

-Now, roll the mat over the entire roll, pressing firmly and making a tight roll.

-Wrap the roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

-Remove from fridge, unwrap, and slice with a very sharp knife. Cut the ends off first and then slice about 1 inch thick.


Once you finish all these steps you are ready to serve this delicious and easy DIY Sushi. Serve it with soy sauce and wasabi, and maybe a little sriracha if you like it spicy. This California Roll is probably the easiest roll to start with, but the possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to try making a sushi roll with tempura fried shrimp! This DIY sushi recipe is easy and delicious…you should try it!


If you want to try some more “better than take-out” recipes, like Sweet & Spicy Asian Noodle Bowl, Pork Fried Rice, or Honey Almond Shrimp come check them out at Haley’s Daily Blog.

About Haley

Growing up in Idaho, I spent nearly all of my time outdoors. After marrying my childhood BFF and having three kids in 2 years, I lived in my pajamas and almost never left the house. I found myself looking for hobbies to fill my spare time. With the inspiration of some awesome blogs, I started crafting, planning parties and learned how to sew, decorate cakes, and lots more. Eight years later I am almost thirty and still find myself crafting, baking, cooking and planning little parties for my family and friends!

Add Your Comment


Hide me
Sign up and receive FREE printables and fun ideas right to your inbox!
Show me
Build an optin email list in WordPress [Free Software]