California Roll Sushi Bowls


California Roll in layered bowl form! These are the simplified way to enjoy all the flavors of a California Roll in a fraction of the time! You get a hearty bowl of sushi rice layered together with so many delicious flavors and textures. Who could resist?

California roll ingredients layered bowl, including sushi rice, crab, nori, carrots, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo and sesame seeds.

California Rolls the Quick and Easy Way!

How could you go wrong with deconstructed sushi piled high in a bowl (minus the raw fish in this version, so I guess many would say not real sushi but still sushi to me)? It’s destined to be a new go-to weeknight recipe for you!

It’s so easy, just chop everything up and toss it together then serve it individual bowls. No meticulous cutting and rolling just slice it, dice it, dress it and boom! Dinner (or lunch) is served.

California roll ingredients layered in a single serve turquoise bowl with chopsticks. Ingredients include sushi rice, crab, nori, carrots, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo and sesame seeds.

What Ingredients are in a California Roll?

  • seasoned sushi rice (which really is so easy to make by the way)
  • avocados
  • cucumbers
  • crab meat (real or imitation either works)
  • carrots
  • nori (which is just that seaweed which sushi is wrapped in)
  • sesame seeds
  • sriracha mayo

Two deconstructed California rolls in bowls.

How do You Make Deconstructed California Rolls?

  • Rinse and cook rice.
  • Heat vinegar with sugar and salt then toss with rice.
  • Mix mayo and sriracha.
  • In a bowl toss crab, cucumber, carrots, nori, ginger and avocado.
  • Mix soy and vinegar.
  • Layer rice and crab mixture among serving bowls, top with soy vinegar mixture and mayo mixture.

Try Serving in Mini Portions Too!

I think these would be so fun for a party to serve in mini bowls. Everyone would think you are genius. I think you could easily get 10 mini servings out of this, just be sure to set aside a few for yourself, they’ll go quick.

California Roll Sushi Ingredients in bowl of rice

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California Roll Sushi Bowls

5 from 7 votes

All the flavors of the traditional California Roll in a simplified deconstructed version! Seasoned sushi recipe is layered together with crab, nori, fresh veggies and sriracha mayo for one crave-able bowl you'll want to make again and again! 

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cups dry California Calrose Sushi Rice
  • 5 Tbsp rice vinegar , divided
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 10 oz imitation crab or lump crabmeat , torn or chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups diced English cucumber
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped matchstick carrots
  • 1 nori sheet , chopped or crumbled into small pieces (add more if you'd like)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped pickled sushi ginger
  • 1 large avocado , peeled and diced
  • Black and toasted sesame seeds , for garnish


  1. Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until water runs clear (it will take about 2 minutes of rinsing). Tap bottom of strainer with palm of your hand until water no longer falls from strainer (it should be well drained). Transfer rice to a medium saucepan along with 2 1/4 cups water. Bring mixture to a full boil then reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat, keep covered and let rest 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine 4 Tbsp of the vinegar with the sugar and salt. Heat over medium heat, cook and whisk until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, let cool while rice is resting then pour vinegar mixture over rice and toss to evenly coat.
  3. In a small mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise with sriracha. Thin with 1 1/2 tsp of water if desired. Transfer to a sandwich size resealable bag. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl whisk together soy sauce and remaining 1 Tbsp vinegar, set aside. In a large mixing bowl gently toss together crab meat, cucumber, carrots, nori, ginger and avocado. Divide prepared rice among 4 or 5 bowls. Top with crab mixture then spoon soy sauce mixture over top of each serving. Cut a small tip from one corner of the resealable bag holding the sriracha mixture, drizzle over each serving. Serve immediately.
  5. Recipe source: adapted with changes from Whole Foods
Nutrition Facts
California Roll Sushi Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 1185mg52%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 3325IU67%
Vitamin C 9.3mg11%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: California Roll
Calories: 465 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Barbara: This was so good! We added some Unagi sauce which kicked it a notch higher. Will definitely make again, and since it’s perfect for a week night, I shared it with the ladies in my office. July 12, 2018 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for commenting! July 12, 2018 at 3:57pm Reply

  • Cheryl: Great recipe!! I was looking for something yesterday to make as I am trying to cut back on sugar. Stopped at the store and picked up the stuff and made it right away when I got home. This is going to be a regular for me! Here’s the kicker, ate it as a salad so left out first 4 ingredients and it was great. I kept the 2 sauces in separate containers and used them as dressing. The nori didn’t even get funky. Yum!!! April 30, 2018 at 1:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great idea! So glad you enjoyed the recipe Cheryl! May 1, 2018 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Katie: Made this for my husband and I for dinner tonight. It was a rousing success! Thank you for the recipe. We haven’t had a chance to get sushi recently and this hit the spot. February 26, 2018 at 8:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it! February 27, 2018 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Vera: This is an amazing recipe. I have served it to guests many times and they have all loved it. Making it again right now. Thanks for making sushi SO simple ???????????????? January 31, 2018 at 5:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Vera! February 5, 2018 at 12:23pm Reply

  • Nikki: Silly question:::: should this be served with cold rice like the “typical” California roll or served warm? I’m confused. I don’t eat it but my husband and children LOVE Sushi and the California rolls….? January 6, 2018 at 5:17pm Reply

    • Barbara: We used room temperature, but you could use warm or cold, just depends on their preference. July 12, 2018 at 3:14pm Reply

  • Heather: AMAZEBALLS!!!!!!! January 4, 2018 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Heather! January 8, 2018 at 12:18pm Reply

  • Lorraine A Levan: Imitation crab is NOT allium-free! BEWARE! January 1, 2018 at 11:40am Reply

  • Hallie H: Would you be able to give me the nutrition facts on this recipe? October 17, 2017 at 4:00pm Reply

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