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This California roll in a bowl has savory crab, creamy avocado, crunchy tobiko, and crispy cucumbers on a bed of nori and sushi rice.

California Roll Sushi Bowl

With loads of savory crab, creamy avocado, and crisp cucumber on a bed of sushi rice and nori, this California Roll Sushi Bowl is an easy delicious meal that you can make without any special tools like a sushi mat.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Japanese
Keyword rice bowl, sushi
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Rice, Shellfish
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Fat, Pescatarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 829 kcal


For sushi bowl

  • 1 batch sushi rice
  • 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 sheet nori (cut into thin strips)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber (julienned)
  • 180 grams crab meat (I used king crab legs)
  • 2 tablespoons tobiko (optional)
  • Green shiso (optional)
  • Daikon sprouts (optional)
  • Citrus zest (optional)

For sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon wasabi


  1. The first thing you'll need to do is cook and season a batch of my sushi rice.

  2. While you're waiting for the rice to cook, make the sauce by whisking together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and wasabi until there are no lumps of wasabi left. Prep all the other ingredients except for the avocado.
    Whisking sushi bowl sauce in a glass bowl with chopsticks.
  3. When the rice is done, split it between two large serving bowls and then top it with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and nori.
    Sushi rice, nori and sesame seeds in a wooden bowl.
  4. To make the avocado rose, cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Peel the avocado by hand and trim off about 1/4-inch of the top of the avocado where the stem was.
    Slicing avocado for making a rose.
  5. Slice the avocado into thin slices (about 1/16-inch thick) and then splay the slices out into a thin line.
    Line of sliced avocado splayed out on a cutting board.
  6. Roll the slices of avocado starting from the bottom of the avocado and spiraling it together towards the top.
    Rolling sliced avocado to make a rose.
  7. Transfer the rolled avocado on top of the rice and use your fingers to press the slices of avocado outwards from the center to make the avocado rose bloom. Repeat with the other half of the avocado.
    Avocado rose blooming on a sushi bowl.
  8. Arrange the cucumber and crab around the bowl and decorate with the leaves.
    Avocado and crab on top of sushi rice.
  9. Garnish with tobiko and citrus zest.
    Grating yuzu zest onto a California Roll sushi bowl.
Nutrition Facts
California Roll Sushi Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 829 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 2458mg102%
Potassium 1126mg32%
Carbohydrates 160g53%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 351IU7%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.