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Call me crazy, but I have never been a fan of rice. Even before I paid attention to carbs. Maybe it’s something about the texture? Needless to say, sushi has always been a challenge for this reason, even though I love all other aspects of it. So, it’s only natural that I would post a keto low carb sushi rolls recipe that is made without rice. Not even cauliflower rice.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually don’t mind cauliflower rice. But, in an effort to make keto sushi ultra simple, I left it out.
Low Carb Sushi Options – Is Sushi Low Carb?
Sushi on a low carb diet is a challenge! Usually, low carb sushi choices are pretty limited. Pretty much all sushi is not low carb, because of the rice in it, and sometimes also due to the sauces.
At most sushi restaurants, you really have just one keto friendly option, which is sashimi. Sadly, sashimi is pretty boring. It’s basically just eating fish plain, served over rice, which you can’t eat if you’re carb conscious. Even though there’s nothing wrong with that (I love fish!), sometimes it’s not enough.
Some places have something called naruto, which is a roll wrapped in cucumber instead of rice. If you’re eating out, I definitely recommend ordering that if it’s available! Unfortunately, I’ve heard about this but haven’t actually seen it anywhere around. You can try a homemade recipe for naruto rolls if you want those, though.
I’ve always wished that I could have actual sushi without rice in it! As in, the wrapper, the fish, and other fillings. Just no rice! I have yet to find a restaurant that will actually make this for me.
Sometimes, I’ve even been known to take out the center of sushi at a Japenese restaurant, just so that I could enjoy the combination of flavors in there, leaving the rice behind. I hate doing that, though. It looks ridiculous and is a complete waste of food.
It was about time to investigate some better low carb sushi options – even if that meant making them at home!
Easy Keto Sushi Rolls
My friend actually introduced me to this keto sushi recipe. Her entire family is gluten-free and mostly low carb, plus she’s an incredible cook. I keep telling her she needs to start a blog. Since she refuses, she agreed to let me share her recipe here instead. I won’t mention her name for privacy reasons, but suffice to say I always get the best ideas when I’m over there!
She made these low carb sushi rolls when we went to her house a couple of months ago. They were amazing! Without the rice, they qualified as paleo sushi, too. I may be a little biased saying this, but who needs the rice anyway? 😉
Before trying my friend’s keto sushi, it was already on my list to experiment with ways to make it. My original plan was to try making paleo sushi with cauliflower rice and figure out some way to bind it together. It sounded like a bit of a hassle and I kept putting it off.
After getting a taste of my friend’s version, I knew I had found what I needed. Even my husband said that this sushi without rice was better than normal sushi with rice in it!
How To Make Sushi without Rice
Making homemade sushi without rice is incredibly simple. You only need five ingredients and it takes about fifteen minutes from start to finish!
Yep, skipping the rice saves a lot of time. The other time saving part is not slicing the rolls. You can if you want to, but I just left them the same size as the seaweed sheets. Why not?!
You can customize the filling based on what you like in your low carb sushi rolls. I used smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, and red pepper. That way, my whole family could eat it, since I didn’t want to give my daughter raw fish. Plus, she loves avocado and salmon, so it was a good way to get her to try sushi. You can definitely swap in raw fish, if you prefer.
I didn’t use any sauce for my paleo sushi, as it didn’t seem necessary. My friend didn’t, either. If you feel that you need to, I recommend coconut aminos over soy sauce.
The actual process to make the keto sushi rolls is quick and easy. Chop up all your fish and veggies in uniform pieces ahead of time. Lay out the seaweed sheets, wet the edges with some water, place your fillings inside, and roll them up! That’s it. The water on the edge will help the roll seal and stay shut. You can thank my friend for sharing this method with us!
Keto Low Carb Sushi Rolls Recipe without Rice (Healthy) - 5 Ingredients:
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- 4 oz Smoked salmon
- 1/4 large Red bell pepper
- 1/2 medium Cucumber (~8" long)
- 1/2 medium Avocado
- 20 sheets Seaweed snacks (about 1/2 0.6 oz package)
RECIPE TIPS + VIDEO in the post above, nutrition info + recipe notes below!
Cut the red peppers and cucumbers into very narrow matchstick pieces of even length - about 1/4 in (about 1/2 cm) wide and the same length as the narrow side of a seaweed snack sheet. Cut the salmon and avocado into pieces the same length, but wider. You'll need 20 pieces of each.
- Arrange a row of 5 seaweed snacks in a single layer on a cutting board. Pour some cold water in a bowl nearby. Wet your finger with water and wet the short edge of each seaweed sheet, Place one piece each of salmon, red pepper, cucumber, and avocado at the opposite edge of the first seaweed snack.
- Repeat step 2 for the entire row. Once the whole row is done, roll up the first seaweed snack and press the edge to seal. (The water should have softened the edge by this point, making it easy to seal. The wet edge from the first piece will soften naturally by the time you finish adding to the last.) Place seam side down onto a plate.
- Repeat steps 2-3 until you use up all your seaweed snack sheets.
Serving size: 4 pieces
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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