Main Dish | July 2, 2019

California Roll Sushi Bowl Recipe

Everything you love about the classic California roll – in a bowl!  This sushi bowl recipe combines sticky white rice, crisp cucumber, creamy avocado, and hearty crab together for a quick, light, and delicious meal.

This post was sponsored by BRIANNAS.  All opinions are my own.

California roll sushi bowl in black rimmed bowls.

Bowls are the new plates.  It’s true.  Martha Stewart said it, so it’s true.  Ha ha!  Really though!  Have you noticed how popular meals served in bowls have become? Today I’m serving up a California roll…in a bowl.  Who is a sushi lover out there?  If I’m being honest – I’m pretty reserved when it comes to sushi.  No sashimi for me.  I’ll stick to the spicy crab rolls and shrimp tempura rolls.  The California roll is your standard, safe, roll.  It was the first sushi roll I ever tasted and I still enjoy them.  Served deconstructed in a bowl is a modern twist on the classic taste.

Brianna's dressing being poured onto sushi bowl.

What Do I Need To Make This Sushi Bowl Recipe?

You’ll need:

  • cooked white rice
  • cucumber
  • avocado
  • imitation crab meat
  • black sesame seeds
  • BRIANNAS Organic Honey Ginger Vinaigrette

Sushi roll ingredients.


I’ve been a long time fan of BRIANNAS salad dressing.  I fell in love with their poppy seed dressing nearly 10 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.  So, I was thrilled when they announced their organic line.  I am always trying to eat things that are better for me – so this is the perfect addition to my recipes.

BRIANNAS was founded in Austin, TX – and has been around for more than 35 years. Today, BRIANNAS is one of the most popular salad dressings in the world.

Their dressings are not just for salads, I use them in all sorts of recipes – like our honey mustard chicken.  Check out their store locator to find out where you can pick up a bottle of BRIANNAS delicious dressings.

How Do I Make A California Roll Sushi Bowl?

  1. Prepare your white rice.  For tips on making perfect rice – check out a few tips from our recent post.
  2. Place cooked rice in the bottom of you bowl.
  3. Add diced cucumber, imitation crab, and avocado.
  4. Top with sesame seeds and a drizzle of BRIANNAS Organic Honey Ginger Vinaigrette.  It is the perfect finishing touch to this sushi bowl.

Pro Tip: Black sesame seeds can be difficult to find.  You can purchase them online, or you can substitute white sesame seeds that are readily available.

California roll sushi bowl in black rimmed bowls.

Sushi Bowl Q&A

What is the difference between a sushi bowl and a poke bowl?

Poke is a Hawaiian dish that includes a raw fish (often tuna) salad served in a bowl with a variety of flavorings and toppings. A sushi bowl is a Japanese dish served with white rice, fish, and a variety of toppings.  They sound pretty dang similar – but the flavors and spices are very different.

Is a sushi bowl good for me?

Sushi bowls are very good for you.  They contain fresh, minimal ingredients.

Is a sushi bowl raw fish?

Sushi is Not Raw Fish. Sashimi is raw fish. Sushi is any food dish consisting of vinegared rice, usually served with other toppings.

California roll bowl in a black rimemd bowl.


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5 from 3 votes
California roll bowl in a black rimemd bowl.
California Roll Sushi Bowl
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A different take on that delicious California Roll we know and love!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese-American
Keyword: California roll bowl
Servings: 4
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 24 oz imitation crab meat chopped
  • 1/8 cup black sesame seeds
  • 6 tbsp BRIANNAS honey ginger vinaigrette
  • 12 tbsp soy sauce
  1. Assemble bowl by placing rice, cucumber, avocado, and crab next to each other.
  2. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle with BRIANNAS Organic Honey Ginger Vinaigrette and soy sauce.

Recipe Notes

Pro Tip: Black sesame seeds can be difficult to find.  You can purchase them online, or you can substitute white sesame seeds that are readily available.

Nutrition Facts
California Roll Sushi Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 3975mg173%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love the idea of deconstructing a traditional sushi roll to make it a bowl! I will be trying this tonight :)