Do you love sushi but don’t like the cost? Then you will love this post!
Do you wish there was someplace to buy sushi in your area, but there isn’t? Why not make it at home?
I am going to tell you just how easy it is to make your own California Crab Sushi Rolls at home. In case you are wondering, there is NO RAW FISH is a California Crab Sushi Roll. The California Crab Roll is like a gateway sushi. LOL! It is what most people start with when they have their first roll because they are afraid of the raw fish. I really enjoy sushi of all kinds, but only make kinds with cooked fish and seafood in it or vegetarian at home, because let’s face it, you want your fish as fresh as it can be and how fresh can you really get it in rural Minnesota? I will save my consumption of raw fish for urban restaurants and when we are traveling to coastal regions.
In this post, I will tell you about how to make a California Roll, but also pictured is the Spicy Crab Roll, which you can learn how to make on my blog. It is just as easy to make and great for those who might not care for avocados or cucumber.
To start with you need to have Roasted Seaweed Nori. I bought ONE ORGANIC Sushi Nori and that is what is pictured here, but for those of you who do not have a rolling mat I found this Kazu Sushi Nori that comes with a free rolling mat and is a little cheaper than the one I have. Both brands seem to have very good reviews.
A rolling mat is not necessary but makes it much easier to make a nice tight roll. If you are making rolls with another person, you might want to consider this sushi rolling kit with 2 rolling mats, a paddle (I have one that came with my rice cooker) and a spreader. I do think you can use other items in your utensil drawer instead of a paddle and spreader but the shape of these tools do make them easy to use.
You also need rice, but not just any rice. You need to have a sweet and sticky rice and the preferred sticky rice is a short grain rice called Sushi Rice. Another rice that works well, has a pleasant sweet flavor to it and is sticky, but not quite as sticky as sushi rice, is Jasmine Rice, which is available at Aldi’s for about $5 for a 5 pound bag.
Other ingredients typically in a California Crab Roll is crab meat (usually imitation crab meat), cucumber (with seeds removed and sliced thinly and avocado (sliced thinly). Below you can see how to arrange your rice and other ingredients.
This is a picture from the nori that shows how to roll your sushi using a rolling mat. You may have seen sushi rolls where the rice is on the outside instead of on the inside. To do this, you will want to cover your rolling mat in plastic wrap first so that the rice doesn’t get stuck in between the bamboo sticks, then place a layer of rice on the top followed by the seaweed nori and ingredients in the center of the nori. Often you will see sushi rolls with rice on the outside are the sprinkled with sesame seeds.
If you are interested in wasabi (I love it, but not everyone does), I like this Sushi Sonic Wasabi, which is a powdered wasabi that I just need to add water to and makes a wasabi paste. It’s a pretty big jar and lasts forever. You will not need to buy any for a long time.
One other tip to help making sushi easier: Purchase a rice cooker if you do not have one already. There is no need to purchase an expensive one, I have one like this Aroma Rice Cooker that also has a veggie steamer included and it’s under $20. They are so simple to use and keep you from cooking rice to the bottom of a pan. I also cook other grains, like couscous and quinoa in my rice cooker as well. It is a very handy kitchen appliance if you have the room to have it. I also like that I can put rice in to cook and walk away and when it is done cooking it switches to just keeping it warm.
I like that I can make a fresh sushi roll at home and feed all of us. My daughter is a fan of sushi rolls made with cooked meats, but when we go out to eat it typically costs around $5-$8 for each roll, whether it be a California Crab Roll or a Spicy Crab Roll and premium rolls typically cost double that.
When I made up sushi to feed 3 of us (my son doesn’t care for it yet) last night I needed 6 rolls and then I made 4 more to have as leftover for lunch the next day. I calculated that had I bought as many rolls at a nearby restaurant it would have cost me around $60. To make this at home the ingredients (as used) cost me just over $6 (plus wasabi & soy sauce.)
Making California Crab Sushi Rolls a home is a great way to treat yourself on a budget.
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