Real Crab California Rolls

I made california rolls two times before today, and though the pictures came out okay, the rolls were very fragile and falling apart by the time I ate them. This time, I decided to try using real crab meat instead of the usual imitation crab meat that I made them with, and it turned out SO much better. However, cracking the shells and getting the meat out took a good hour of my time. I used two crab chunks(?) from the Ralph’s seafood section and paid $5.51 to make 3 rolls of sushi. It is pretty expensive if you compare the price of the real crab with the fake, but it’s SO much cheaper and healthier to make at home. You’re going to need a sushi roller (the bamboo kind) and if you can’t get one, just use a flexible piece of cardboard (LOL!). Sounds funny, but you gotta do what you gotta do!


  • 1 1/2 cups of rice (before cooked)
  • 1 cup of shredded crab meat
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used Kewpie)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons brown or white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 sheets of nori cut in half


  1. Add the salt, vinegar, and sugar to the rice and mix in well without breaking or mushing the rice
  2. Add the mayonnaise to the crab meat and mix well
  3. took a LONG time to get the meat out

    took a LONG time to get the meat out

  4. Shredded crab meat

    Shredded crab meat

  5. Cut your avocado in half and then into strips (as think as you want)
  6. beautiful avocado

    beautiful avocado

  7. Cover the bamboo mat with saran wrap and place the nori rough side up
  8. Place about half a cup of rice onto the rough side of the nori
  9. Spread using damp hands so that the rice doesn’t stick to your fingers
  10. Flip the nori over and place 2 avocado slices and some of the crab meat. Try to pack the crab meat tightly so that it is in a long clump
  11. Avocado under crab meat

    Avocado under crab meat

  12. Grab the closest part of the roll to you and roll away from you
  13. Tuck the roll and finish rolling
  14. Use the bamboo mat to tighten the roll
  15. Cut the roll in half, and then into thirds. Use a damp knife and light rapid pressure to cut the rolls
  16. ENJOY!!
  17. One roll

    One roll


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