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Cooking Video: Low-carb Sushi Rolls

By Dietdoctor @DietDoctor1

You don't have to say goodbye to sushi on a low-carb diet. In this version, we substitute the rice for cauliflower rice so that you can still enjoy this fresh, fast food without the carbs.

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  1. Using a grater or food processor, shred the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces. Steam or microwave the cauliflower rice on high for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

  2. Squeeze out excess liquid using a cheesecloth or a clean kitchen cloth.

  3. Add rice vinegar and salt.

  4. Assemble the sushi rolls. Start by placing the rectangular nori sheets with the shiny side down on a bamboo mat (included in most sushi kits).

  5. Spread the cauliflower rice in a ½ inch (1 cm) thick even layer so it covers ¾ of the sheet. Leave some space at the far edge so you can close the roll later.

  6. Add thinly sliced salmon, cucumber, avocado, and daikon in the middle. Add some mayonnaise and sesame seeds, if you're using.

  7. Start rolling firmly but carefully, and close by brushing water on the rice-free edge.

  8. Lift from the mat and cut with a very sharp damp knife. Serve with ginger, soya and wasabi paste.


You can add cream cheese to the cauliflower rice for extra flavor and stickiness. Add 1/4 cup (55g) of cream cheese per serving to the cauliflower rice with the vinegar and salt in step 3.

How many rolls per serving?

We are counting a well-packed nori sheet per serving, which corresponds to a lighter meal of 8-10 sushi bites.


The only limit is your imagination when it comes to filling the sushi rolls. Here are suggestions for alternative fillings: omelet, shrimp, crab, roe, tuna - both raw and canned, white fish, mackerel, pickled herring, tofu, zucchini, carrot, lettuce, chillies, peppers and cilantro.

Is it safe to eat raw fish?

If you buy your fish from a fish market, ask for sushi-grade salmon. To completely eliminate the risk of parasites, fresh salmon should be frozen - especially wild salmon. One day is enough if the fish is already sliced. Otherwise freeze for 2-3 days if it's a whole fillet.

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