The California roll is a popular type of sushi made with cucumber, avocado, and cooked imitation crab, all wrapped in nori (
Also called surimi, imitation crab is made from a type of fish called pollock. Because pollock is low in mercury, the California roll is a safer option for those who are pregnant but still want to enjoy sushi (
Because imitation crab is precooked, this roll is also a great option for those who want to try sushi but are wary of eating raw fish.
Two to three pieces (100 grams) contain (
- Calories: 93
- Protein: 2.9 grams
- Carbs: 18.4 grams
- Fat: 0.7 grams
- Sodium: 428 mg, or around 18% of the Daily Value (DV)
Spicy tuna and salmon rolls
These rolls are made with white rice with vinegar, avocado, cucumber, sesame seeds, and a chili sauce that adds a kick of flavor and spice.
They contain either raw tuna or salmon. In Japanese, raw fish is called sashimi.
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of spicy tuna roll contain (
- Calories: 175
- Protein: 7.5 grams
- Carbs: 16.7 grams
- Fat: 7.5 grams
- Sodium: 217 mg, or 9% of the DV
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of spicy salmon roll contain (
- Calories: 190
- Protein: 6 grams
- Carbs: 24 grams
- Fat: 6 grams
- Sodium: 330 mg, or 13.6% of the DV
Shrimp tempura roll
“Tempura” is a Japanese term that indicates that a food — seafood, meat, or vegetables — is lightly battered and deep-fried.
For this roll, shrimp is dipped in a batter of flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs; deep-fried; and served with an accompanying tempura sauce made of soy sauce, sugar, and a type of rice wine called mirin.
Shrimp tempura is another great sushi option if you prefer cooked seafood to raw or prefer crispy textures.
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of shrimp tempura contain (
- Calories: 175
- Protein: 3.7 grams
- Carbs: 28 grams
- Fat: 5.9 grams
- Sodium: 421 mg, or 17% of the DV
Although sushi is best known as a dish that contains raw fish, there are many varieties to choose from, including vegetarian options.
The avocado roll is a vegetarian sushi dish made with avocado, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and wasabi — a spicy horseradish paste — wrapped in seaweed (
Two to three pieces of avocado roll (100 grams) contain (
- Calories: 140
- Protein: 2 grams
- Carbs: 24.8 grams
- Fat: 3.7 grams
- Sodium: 483 mg, or 20% of the DV
The rainbow roll can be considered a more adventurous sushi dish, as it combines imitation crab with raw seafood like tuna, salmon, tilapia, or shrimp.
It also contains avocado, cucumber, mayonnaise, and sesame seeds, all wrapped in seaweed and served with wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce.
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of rainbow roll contain (
- Calories: 146
- Protein: 7.3 grams
- Carbs: 17 grams
- Fat: 5.7 grams
- Sodium: 301 mg, or 12.5% of the DV
Another popular sushi dish is the Philadelphia roll. It’s made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, sesame seeds, pretzel salt, and cucumber (
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of Philadelphia roll contain (
- Calories: 170
- Protein: 7 grams
- Carbs: 20.5 grams
- Fat: 6.5 grams
- Sodium: 285 mg, or around 12% of the DV
Salmon avocado roll
This roll is made with raw salmon.
Mashed avocado is rolled up with raw salmon, white rice, sushi vinegar, avocado, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, seaweed, and lettuce (
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of salmon avocado roll contain (
- Calories: 179
- Protein: 5.8 grams
- Carbs: 30 grams
- Fat: 4.6 grams
- Sodium: 357 mg, or around 15% of the DV
There are several varieties of dragon roll sushi, including vegetarian options and versions made with eel.
Other ingredients can include imitation crab, tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, mayonnaise, and an unagi sauce made with soy sauce, sugar, and caramel color (
There is a notable difference in ingredients and calories between packaged dragon roll sushi and freshly made versions from a restaurant. For the most accurate information, make sure to read any available nutrition tables on restaurant menus or product packages.
Generally, 100 grams (2 to 3 pieces) of prepackaged dragon roll sushi with eel and imitation crab may contain (
- Calories: 175
- Protein: 4.8 grams
- Carbs: 20.6 grams
- Fat: 7.9 grams
- Sodium: 397 mg, or 16.5% of the DV
The cucumber sushi roll is made with raw tuna, imitation crab, avocado, and radish sprouts (
It features a variety of sauces, including spicy chili sauce, a blend of burdock and soy sauce known as gobo, and a type of soy sauce called ponzu (
Two to three pieces (100 grams) of cucumber roll contain (
- Calories: 78
- Protein: 4 grams
- Carbs: 5 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Sodium: 319 mg, or 13.3% of the DV
Spider roll is a type of cooked sushi made with tempura soft-shell crab and spicy mayonnaise rolled in vinegared rice and nori seaweed.
Half a spider roll (around 100 grams) contains (13):
- Calories: 214
- Protein: 6.5 grams
- Carbs: 16.5 grams
- Fat: 13.5 grams
- Sodium: 373 mg, or 16% of the DV