Rice Free Sushi Recipe

how to make sushi without rice

I’d been wanting sushi for a while, but hadn’t yet found a way to get it without rice. As I’ve found with many things, if you want a healthy option, you have to make it yourself … so I did.

If I’d known it was this easy to make sushi, I would have done it long ago! It is also much cheaper than buying it pre-made. Since I was pregnant at the time, I made it with meat and cooked fish, but any protein could work.

Seaweed is part of a healthy diet in many cultures around the world and is an excellent source of micronutrients including folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, and iodine.

how to make sushi without rice

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Rice Free Sushi Recipe



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Delicious homemade sushi without the rice. There are endless variations to enjoy!


  • 5 sheets of nori
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 medium cucumber, julienned
  • cream cheese, softened
  • guacamole
  • protein of choice


  1. Put a piece of nori on a piece of waxed paper or sushi mat, if you have one.
  2. Carefully spread cream cheese along one end. This will be the outside end that you close when you roll it. The cream cheese helps it stick.
  3. Spread guacamole in the center of the seaweed.
  4. Place pieces of cucumber and carrot at the opposite end of the seaweed as the cream cheese. You want to make sure everything runs lengthwise.
  5. Add protein of choice in thin layer between veggies and cream cheese.
  6. Starting at the end with the veggies, carefully roll the waxed paper to begin rolling the sushi seaweed. This took a little trial and error, but you have to roll it and remove the waxed paper as you go. When you finish, you should have about a 1.5 inch diameter roll.
  7. Repeat the process with the other sheets of seaweed.
  8. Place all rolls together and slice into 1 inch pieces. Keeping them together helps protect the seaweed from breaking when cutting.
  9. Serve fresh! Yum!


Nori is sushi seaweed, julienned means cut into short thin strips

Courses Appetizer

Cuisine Asian

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 roll

Amount Per Serving

Calories 453

% Daily Value

Total Fat 28.7 g


Saturated Fat 7.1 g


Cholesterol 81 mg


Sodium 864 mg


Total Carbohydrates 10.4 g


Dietary Fiber 4.9 g


Sugars 3.4 g

Protein 38.6 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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