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Spicy California Sushi Bowl

 I am one sushi loving gal. Seriously. I could live off of the stuff. With so many flavor combinations, it’s pretty hard to get sick of. When I eat sushi, I usually eat it at a restaurant or I pick it up from the seafood department of my grocery store. I even tried to make it at home one time. Actually, my boyfriend and I successfully made it at home one night and it tasted excellent. But it was entirely too much work to do. We decided that it’s easier to pay the extra money and dine at a sushi restaurant than to make it on our own. Then one day I stumbled upon this recipe on Budget Bytes and then I knew I would live a peacefully happy life for all of eternity. Haha, not really but I was thrilled that I had found an easy sushi type recipe that I could make in under an hour. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Spicy California Sushi Bowl

Spicy California Sushi Bowl

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 C uncooked short grain rice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8oz imitation crab, cut into small pieces
  • 1 avacado, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, cut into sticks (be sure to remove the seeds. Its easy to do. Just half the cucumber length wise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.)
  • 1 carrot, cut into sticks
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

For the spicy sauce

  • 2 tbsp of chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tbsp mayo


  1. Rinse and drain the rice until the water runs clear and is no longer cloudy.
  2. Cook the rice according to package directions (I cooked mine in a rice cooker)
  3. Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a microwave proof bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds or until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  4. Mix the rice with the vinegar mixture.
  5. Place the rice into bowls and top with the carrots, avacado, cucumbers and spicy crab mix.
  6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with soy sauce and wasabi paste.

For the spicy sauce

  1. Whisk together the chili garlic sauce and the mayo
  2. Add the imitation crab and mix well

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10 comments on “Spicy California Sushi Bowl”

  1. You are a lifesaver! I've been craving sushi like CRAZY lately, but there's no sushi places where I live and our local grocery store stopped carrying it. So thank you :)

  2. Yum! I think that's a great way to make your own sushi, a real time saver for sure! And it looks delish…now I'm totally wanting sushi and it's after 9pm!

  3. I like the sound of this– it would definitely fill the gaps in between my trips to a restaurant for sushi. Have you tried rolling it before? I haven't and it's on my list of things to make at home.

  4. I am going to have to try this! It looks amazing!

  5. This looks fantastic! And now I'm definitely going to have to make it…so thanks!

  6. This is a GREAT idea! I have no clue why I have never thought of this!
    Oh, and I LOVE the Budget Bytes blog- that lady is a fabulous! ;)

  7. I wish that was going to be my lunch today!

  8. Yum! Reading your blog makes me hungry! Haha

  9. Great idea! Looks delicious, pinned!

  10. Looks delicious. :)