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.



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!

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