California Roll in a Jar

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + standing


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I'm a big sushi fan, but I don't always have time to make those intricate rolls at home. This jar is layered with my favorite California roll ingredients, so I can get the flavor I love without the fuss. —James Schend, Dairy Freed


  • 1 cup uncooked sushi rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 2 nori sheets, thinly sliced
  • Optional toppings: Pickled ginger slices, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds


  1. Wash rice in a colander until water runs clear. Combine rice, 1 cup water and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover. Simmer until water is absorbed and rice is tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine rice vinegar and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir into rice.
  2. Place 1/3 cup rice into each of four 1-pint wide-mouth canning jars; layer with half of the avocados, crabmeat, cucumber and nori. Top with remaining rice and repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Transfer into bowls; toss to combine. Serve with toppings as desired.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Imitation crabmeat is a very acceptable substitution for the more costly lump crabmeat. Tuna fish, smoked salmon or smoked trout are also good replacements for the crab.
  • Have fun and add other ingredients you like, such as matchstick carrots or cubed cream cheese!
  • To keep avocados green, toss in rice vinegar before layering.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 349 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein.

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