Imagine sushi deconstructed. This makes it so much easier to enjoy at home without all the fuss of rolling sushi. This deconstructed California roll will be a hit at your next party. Or simply adjust the ingredients to serve for dinner or as rice bowls. Anyway you eat this, it is still way easier to do than to make sushi rolls.

Makes 9” x 13” pan

Ingredients

For the sushi rice
3 rice cups Japanese rice
3 rice cups water
⅜ cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1½ teaspoon kosher salt
1-2 tablespoons furikake

For the crab
3 cups imitation crab, chopped
⅔ cup Japanese mayonnaise
Pinch kosher salt
1 green onion, chopped

For assembling
2-3 avocados, thinly sliced
1 green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons tobiko
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon furikake
2-3 packages Nori seaweed, cut into 2 inch x 3 inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Rinse rice until the water runs clear and drain the rice well. To make rice in the Instant Pot, add the rice to the inner cooking pot then add water to the two (2) line. Equal parts rice to water. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Close and lock the lid, making sure the steam knob is on Sealing/Locked. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the crab, mayo, salt and green onions. Set aside.
  4. Once the pressure cooking is done, natural release the pressure for 10 minutes. Then quick release the remaining pressure.
  5. In a small bowl, heat up rice vinegar in the microwave and dissolve sugar and salt. Add the liquid to the cooked rice and mix well.
  6. In a 9 inch x 13 inch baking pan or casserole dish, evenly spread the rice in a flat layer covering the bottom of the pan or dish. Evenly sprinkle furikake over top.
  7. Evenly spread the crab mixture on the rice. 
  8. Place the avocado slices in a single layer on top of the crab. Zigzag Japanese mayo over top. Top with remaining green onion, tobiko, furikake and roasted sesame seeds.
  9. Serve with nori seaweed.
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5 from 1 vote

Deconstructed California Roll

Imagine sushi deconstructed. This makes it so much easier to enjoy at home without all the fuss of rolling sushi. This deconstructed California roll will be a hit at your next party. Or simply adjust the ingredients to serve for dinner or as rice bowls. Anyway you eat this, it is still way easier to do than to make sushi rolls
Makes 9” x 13” pan
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: california roll, sushi

Ingredients

For the sushi rice

  • 3 rice cups Japanese rice
  • 3 rice cups water
  • cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons furikake

For the crab

  • 3 cups imitation crab chopped
  • cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 green onion chopped

For assembling

  • 2-3 avocados thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tobiko
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon furikake
  • 2-3 packages Nori seaweed cut into 2 inch x 3 inch pieces

Instructions

  • Rinse rice until the water runs clear and drain the rice well. To make rice in the Instant Pot, add the rice to the inner cooking pot then add water. Equal parts rice to water. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Close and lock the lid, making sure the steam knob is on Sealing/Locked. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the crab, mayo, salt and green onions. Set aside.
  • Once the pressure cooking is done, natural release the pressure for 10 minutes. Then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • In a small bowl, heat up rice vinegar in the microwave and dissolve sugar and salt. Add the liquid to the cooked rice and mix well.
  • In a 9 inch x 13 inch baking pan or casserole dish, evenly spread the rice in a flat layer covering the bottom of the pan or dish. Evenly sprinkle furikake over top.
  • Evenly spread the crab mixture on the rice.
  • Place the avocado slices in a single layer on top of the crab. Zigzag Japanese mayo over top. Top with remaining green onion, tobiko, furikake and roasted sesame seeds.
  • Serve with nori seaweed.

One Comment

  • 5 stars
    We had this as an appetizer for a party and it was absolutely amazing. Delicious and fun to eat. Cannot recommend enough.

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