Easy Avocado Roll (Japanese Sushi Roll Recipe)

Satisfy your sushi cravings with the delectable Avocado Roll. Enjoy the perfect harmony of taste and texture in every bite with this easy recipe!

Avocado roll served on a plate.

This delicious Avocado Roll is a modern Japanese sushi roll with creamy avocado as a star ingredient. Whether you’re a sushi enthusiast or simply craving a fresh and flavorful bite, the avocado roll will surely hit the spot.

Perfect for vegetarians and vegans, it’s a delightful option to enjoy. Follow my easy avocado sushi roll recipe and make your own sushi at home!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese sushi.
  • You are looking for an avocado roll recipe.
  • You are looking for an easy sushi recipe.

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About This Recipe

  • Delicious avocado sushi recipe
  • Modern veggie sushi rolls
  • Easy to make using simple ingredients
  • Refreshing and light

What is an Avocado Roll?

Avocado roll served on a plate.

The avocado roll is a type of sushi with slices of avocado at its center, wrapped in nori seaweed and rice. It is a popular choice for vegetarian or vegan sushi rolls, as it does not include raw fish like traditional sushi.

A Brief Introduction to Sushi Roll (Maki Sushi)

Futomaki and hosomaki illustrations.

The sushi roll, known as Maki sushi or Nori maki in Japanese, is created by wrapping a nori sheet (seaweed) around a layer of vinegared rice seasoned with a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt, along with the chosen main ingredient in the center.

Maki sushi comes in two different sizes:

  • Hosomaki refers to thin sushi rolls, typically containing one main ingredient inside the roll. Avocado roll is a type of hosomaki thin roll.
  • Futomaki, on the other hand, refers to thicker sushi rolls that can contain multiple ingredients.

I hope this simple knowledge will make ordering sushi at restaurants a more enjoyable and effortless experience for you!

📋 Ingredients

Here are the avocado roll ingredients (the amounts are in the recipe card below).

Avocado roll ingredients list.
  • Cooked Japanese rice: See below
  • Avocado: See below.
  • Nori Sheet: See below.
  • Rice Vinegar, Sugar, and Salt: We blend them well and mix them into the rice to make vinegared rice. Other types of vinegar might be a little too strong for the rice, so I highly recommend using rice vinegar. You can also use store-bought seasoned rice vinegar.

Japanese Short-grain Rice

Japanese rice on a plate

The best rice for sushi rolls is short-grain rice, which is more starchy than long-grain rice and helps maintain the desired shape of the sushi roll and onigiri rice balls.

Koshihikari rice is the most famous and popular brand of Japanese rice. Or you can use the one labeled “sushi rice” on the packaging. Both white and brown rice can be used for sushi, depending on your preference.

I won’t go into how to cook rice in this recipe, so please refer to the “How to Cook Japanese Rice on the Stove” recipe.

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Nori Sheet

Nori sheet

Nori seaweed sheets are dried seaweed that is crisp and comes in sheet form, as shown in the picture above.

Get this full-size sheet of nori (8.3″ x 7.5″ or 21 x 19 cm) at a grocery store, and we will divide it into half to make this avocado roll recipe.

Avocado

Avocado

With its creamy texture and subtle flavor, avocado is the key ingredient in the avocado roll. Be sure to choose ripe avocados for their rich buttery taste, which perfectly complements the vinegared sushi rice in the roll.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

Makisu (Bamboo Mat)

makisu, bamboo sushi mat

A Makisu, a bamboo mat or sushi rolling mat, is a traditional tool used in Japanese cuisine for rolling sushi. It is made from thin bamboo strips woven together with string. The Makisu provides support and helps shape the sushi roll while keeping the ingredients tightly wrapped.

When you closely observe the side profile of Makisu, you’ll notice that one side is flat while the other is round. Place the nori sheet on the flat side to achieve a smooth surface for your sushi roll.

If you don’t have a Makisu, you can still make sushi using a sheet of plastic wrap as a substitute.

🔪Instructions

Here are the detailed instructions for making avocado rolls. The process consists of the following four straightforward steps!

  • Step 1: Preparing the Rice
  • Step 2: Preparing the Ingredients
  • Step 3: Assembling the Roll
  • Step 4: Cutting the Roll

Step 1: Preparing the Rice

Step for preparing sushi rice.

1. Blend rice vinegar, salt, and sugar well to make sushi vinegar.

Step for preparing sushi rice.

2. Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl, and gradually pour the sushi vinegar mixture over the rice while gently mixing it with a rice paddle.

Step for preparing sushi rice.

3. Mix until the rice is evenly coated with vinegar. Be careful not to mash the rice.

Step for preparing sushi rice.

4. Cover with a wet cloth over the bowl while preparing the ingredients. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature before making sushi rolls.

Helpful Tips for Preparing the Rice

  • When preparing the sushi rice, avoid mashing the grains while stirring. Use a gentle folding motion to mix the rice and seasonings.
  • If the sushi rice is still hot, you can use a paper fan to cool it down to room temperature.

Step 2: Preparing the Ingredients

Preparing nori sheet.

1. Divide a nori sheet in half. Follow the lines on the seaweed and cut along their direction with your hand or scissors.

Preparing avocado slices.

2. Slice the avocado into even 1cm (1/2-inch) wide slices.

Step 3: Assembling the Roll

Step for assembling sushi roll.

1. Place a bamboo sushi mat on a flat surface and place the nori sheet, shiny side down and rough side up, on the mat.

Step for assembling sushi roll.

2. Wet your hands with a little water to prevent the rice from sticking, grab a handful of rice, and shape it into a cylindrical form.

Step for assembling sushi roll.

3. Evenly spread the rice on the nori sheet using your hand. Leave half an inch (1.2 cm) of the nori uncovered at the top.

Step for assembling sushi roll.

4. Place the avocado slices in the center of the rice.

Step for assembling sushi roll.

5. Align the nori sheet with the bottom edge of the sushi mat. Use your middle finger to hold down the avocado, lift the mat with your thumb, and start rolling from the front until the end of the rice. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.

Step for assembling sushi roll.

6. Lift the sushi mat and roll the sushi to seal the roll. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.

Oshinko roll on a cutting board.

The first one is complete! Repeat the rolling process to make four more rolls. Allow them to sit for a few minutes before cutting.

Helpful Tips for Assembling the Roll

  • Use around 70-80g of rice for each roll as a guide to avoid overflow when rolling.
  • When spreading the rice, ensure it is evenly distributed on the nori sheet. Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking, as rice tends to be quite sticky. You can also use a rice paddle as it can make the spreading process easier.
  • Nori sheets have a shiny side and a rough side. When placing the nori sheet, ensure the shiny side faces down. Once the sushi roll is completed, the shiny side of the nori should be on the outside.
  • Ensure that the smooth side of the sushi mat faces up and the knot is positioned on the upper side.

Step 4: Cutting the Roll

Step for cutting avocado roll.

1. Prepare a damp cloth (or kitchen towel) and a very sharp knife to cut the avocado rolls into bite-sized pieces.

Step for cutting avocado roll.

2. Wet the knife with the damp cloth and cut the sushi roll in half.

Step for cutting avocado roll.

3. Align the two halves of the sushi rolls and cut them into thirds.

Step for cutting avocado roll.

4. Done! Serve the sushi rolls with the cut side facing up.

Helpful Tips for Cutting the Roll

  • Position the end of the roll facing down and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting. This will make it easier to cut. Have a damp cloth ready to wipe the knife after each cut, ensuring clean cuts.
  • Make sure to cut each sushi roll to the same length. It looks visually appealing when each piece has the same height when serving.

Serve

Avocado roll served on a plate.

Serve the avocado sushi rolls alongside soy sauce for dipping. You can also offer wasabi (Japanese horseradish) and pickled ginger on the side for added flavor. Enjoy!

Hosomaki Variations

Kanpyo roll served on a plate.

If you substitute avocado with other filling ingredients, you can create even more variations. Here are some classic hosomaki sushi recipes:

Customize Avocado Rolls

  • Cream Cheese: Include a layer of cream cheese for a creamy and tangy taste.
  • Veggie: Load up on fresh veggies like carrots, red cabbage, and sprouts.
  • Spicy Mayo: Drizzle spicy mayo sauce over the rolls for extra flavor.
  • Sesame: Roll the avocado rolls in toasted sesame seeds for a nutty crunch.
  • Lemon: Drizzle fresh lemon juice over avocado slices before rolling them up for a refreshing twist.

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Dipping avocado roll with soy sauce.

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Easy Avocado Roll (Japanese Sushi Roll Recipe)

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 rolls
Author: JURI
Satisfy your sushi cravings with the delectable Avocado Roll. Enjoy the perfect harmony of taste and texture in every bite with this easy recipe!

Equipment

Ingredients

Sushi vinegar

Instructions

Preparing Sushi Rice

  • Blend rice vinegar, salt, and sugar well to make sushi vinegar.
  • Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl, and gradually pour the sushi vinegar mixture over the rice while gently mixing it with a rice paddle.
  • Cover with a wet cloth over the bowl while preparing the ingredients. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature before using it for making sushi rolls.

Preparing the Ingredients

  • Nori sheet: Divide a nori sheet in half. Follow the lines on the seaweed and cut along their direction with your hand or scissors.
  • Avocado: Slice the avocado into even 1cm (1/2-inch) wide slices.

Assembling the Roll

  • Place a bamboo sushi mat on a flat surface and place the nori sheet, shiny side down, on the mat.
  • Wet your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking, grab the sushi rice, and shape it into a cylindrical form.
  • Evenly spread the rice on the nori sheet using your hand. Leave half an inch (1.2 cm) of the nori uncovered at the top.
  • Place two avocado slices in the center of the rice.
  • Align the seaweed with the bottom edge of the sushi mat. Use your middle finger to hold down the avocado, lift the mat with your thumb, and start rolling from the front until the end of the rice. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.
  • Lift the sushi mat and roll the sushi to seal the roll. Apply gentle pressure to shape the roll.

Cutting the Roll

  • Wet the knife with the damp cloth and cut the sushi roll in half.
  • Align the two halves of the sushi rolls and cut them into thirds.

Video

Notes

  • When preparing the sushi rice, be careful not to mash the grains while stirring. Use a gentle folding motion to mix the rice and seasonings.
  • If the sushi rice is still hot, you can use a paper fan to cool it down to room temperature.
  • Use around 70-80g of rice for each roll as a guide to avoid overflow when rolling.
  • When spreading the rice, ensure it is evenly distributed on the nori sheet.
  • Nori sheets have a shiny side and a rough side. When placing the nori sheet, ensure that the shiny side is facing down.
  • Make sure to cut each sushi rolls to the same length. It looks visually appealing when each piece has the same height when serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: avocado roll, sushi roll
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