How long do California rolls last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long do California rolls last in the fridge?, and how to make California rolls at home?

How long do California rolls last in the fridge?

California rolls last only 24 hours in the fridge. The one with cooked crab or fish will be good for 2 days in the fridge. After 2 days, the quality degrades to a significant extent. 

Why do California rolls have a longer shelf-life than traditional sushi?

Sushi contains raw fish that limits its shelf-life. Traditional sushi is best consumed within 24 hours of refrigeration. Raw fish is labeled unsafe for consumption if it sits for even 30 minutes outside. 

Some of the raw fish varieties used to make traditional sushi have a shelf-life of 2-3 days under refrigeration. But the quality won’t be the same on the second or third day. California rolls, on the other hand, contain cooked seafood. 

Therefore, they can be consumed past the 24-hour window If stored in the fridge in vacuum-sealed packaging. The initial quality of the fish along with its type are the factors that determine its shelf-life.

How to identify spoiled California rolls?

Rely on your sense of smell and taste to judge the quality and safety of California rolls. The most obvious sign of spoilage is a smelly fish. 

If the crab meat or fish gives off a musty smell, the rolls are done for. Similarly, rubbery or tough rice is another indication of spoilage.

How to safely store California rolls?

Tightly wrap each California roll with a plastic sheet. Put the wrapped or vacuum-sealed California rolls inside an air-tight container. Make sure the lid of the container has a tight seal. 

Minimizing the air contact will help prolong the shelf-life of California rolls. Always use the freshest seafood when making California rolls at home. This will ensure a longer shelf-life than the 24 hours window.

What ingredients are required to make California rolls?

CrabMeat (Real or Imitation): California rolls are incomplete without the tender and salty cooked crab meat. Adding cooked crab meat also enhances the shelf-life. 

However, many people are allergic to crab meat. For such individuals, imitation crab meat comes to the rescue.

Cucumbers: Julienne cut cucumbers with their seeds removed is ideal for the California rolls. Opt for Japanese or Persian cucumber varieties because of their fewer seeds.

Avocado: It is not compulsory to use an avocado. You could also use bell peppers, green onions, mangoes, sweet potatoes, frozen bananas, and so on. 

It all boils down to personal preference. If you do go with the avocado, make sure they are completely ripe and cut into small cubes.

Mayonnaise: This is an optional ingredient. If you choose to add mayonnaise, go with the Japanese mayonnaise to get that distinct taste. However, do not fuss over the Japanese mayonnaise if you can’t find it, opt for the American mayonnaise instead.

Sesame seeds: Roast the sesame seeds in a frying pan until fragrant. Add the toasted beans in the cooked crab mixture or the rice before wrapping the California rolls. Sesame seeds are a delish crunchy addition to your homemade California rolls.

How to make California rolls at home?


  • Bamboo sushi mat to roll the sushi
  • 8 nori sheets
  • 2 cups sushi rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 small cucumber, de-seeded and julienned cut (same length as nori sheets)
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, julienned cut into 0.5 cm thick slices
  • 3 ounces crabmeat, julienned(you may also use imitation crab meat)
  • Soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger slices (optional)


  1. In a saucepan, let the rice soak in water for about 30 minutes. Then bring the water to a rolling boil. 
  1. Reduce the heat and let the rice simmer in the covered saucepan for about 15-20 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat when rice becomes tender. Do not immediately uncover the rice. Let the rice sit for 10 minutes undisturbed.
  1. In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, and salt until homogenous.
  1. Transfer the rice to a bowl and toss them with the vinegar mixture using a wooden paddle. Clever with a damp cloth. Do not refrigerate.
  1. Line the bamboo sushi mat with plastic wrap. Scoop  3-4 cups of rice. Place them onto the plastic wrap and form into an 8-inch square using a spoon. Top with one nori seaweed sheet.
  1. Place the filling(meat, fruit, cucumber) and roll it while removing the plastic wrap. Leave out 1 or a ½ inches from the top and bottom edges.
  1. Roll the sushi onto a plate containing sesame seeds for coating.
  1. Cut the rolls into 8 pieces and serve with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger slices.


In this article, we answered the question “How long do California rolls last in the fridge?, and how to make California rolls at home?


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