Sushi Recipes

California-Inspired Roll recipe

Catch a wave with this groovy sushi roll! Tender smoked salmon, smooth cream cheese, and zesty garlic are combined into an unforgettably tasty sushi roll that will have everyone at the table reaching for seconds. This simple sushi roll featuers crunchy cashews and delicate flavors for a truly original and delicious meal. Pair with miso soup and seaweed salad for a wonderful dinner that brings the flavors of Japan – and California – right to your table.


  • 2 sheets nori
  • 1 c. uncooked medium grain white rice or sushi rice
  • 1 ¼ c. water
  • 1 ½ Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp white sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 oz cold cream cheese, cut into thin strips and divided
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic, divided
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 2 oz smoked salmon, cut into thin strips and divided
  • 1 Tbsp crushed cashews
  • soy sauce and wasabi paste, for serving


  1. Wash rice in a colander or strainer until water runs clear. In large saucepan combine rice and 1 ¼ c. water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until cooked through, apr. 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 20 minutes more to steam.

  2. In large bowl combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Add rice and using a wooden spoon, mix to combine. Spread rice out on a metal sheet pan or aluminum foil to cool.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. Place nori in oven for 4 minutes to soften. Remove and place shiny side down a plastic wrapped bamboo mat. Press a layer of rice onto nori leaving a 1/2-inch margin at the top of the roll. Sprinkle with ½ tsp garlic, ½ of the crushed cashews, and half of the green onions. Arrange half of the strips of smoked salmon and cream cheese on the rice.

  5. Pick up edge of bamboo rolling sheet, fold bottom edge ofs heet up to enclose the filling, and tightly roll the sushi into a firm cylinder, pressing firmly to seal. Wrap in mat and gently press and roll to seal.

  6. Repeat with remaining nori and ingredients.

  7. Cut each roll into 6 slices using a very sharp, wet knife. Chill until ready to serve, and serve with soy sauce and wasabi paste.

Author: Catherine Herzog.

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1 cupabout 237ml (236.59 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
1 ¼ cupsabout 296ml (295.7375 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
3 ozabout 85g (85.0485 grams based on 28.3495 grams in an ounce)
2 ozabout 57g (56.699 grams based on 28.3495 grams in an ounce)


Published: March 9, 2012
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