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Rice Free Sushi Recipe

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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.

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Rice Free Sushi Recipe

Delicious homemade sushi without the rice. There are endless variations to enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 453kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Put a piece of nori on a piece of waxed paper or sushi mat, if you have one.
  • 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.
  • Spread guacamole in the center of the seaweed.
  • 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.
  • Add protein of choice in thin layer between veggies and cream cheese.
  • 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.
  • Repeat the process with the other sheets of seaweed.
  • Place all rolls together and slice into 1 inch pieces. Keeping them together helps protect the seaweed from breaking when cutting.
  • Serve fresh! Yum!


Nutrition Facts
Rice Free Sushi Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 258
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.7g44%
Saturated Fat 7.1g44%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 864mg38%
Carbohydrates 10.4g3%
Fiber 4.9g20%
Sugar 3.4g4%
Protein 38.6g77%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


15 responses to “Rice Free Sushi Recipe”

  1. Courtenay Avatar

    sushi means sour rice. Can’t have rice without rice so these are just seaweed rolls but w/e

  2. Michelle Avatar

    5 stars
    What type of healthy soy sauce (or substitute) do you recommend? Is Braggs Liquid aminos healthy?

  3. Jarra Avatar

    Would tofutti be a remplacement option for the Cream cheese? I’m not sure if tofutti is ok with autoimmune.

      1. Matt Avatar

        Soy is okay if it’s bern fermented like they do in Asia. Fermentation removes the things associated with negative effects. I use a double-fermented soy sauce at home.

      2. Matt Avatar

        You can also try using riced cauliflower in place of rice. You can get it at the grocery or make it yourself with a food processor. Cook it/steam it to soften it up.

  4. Dave Walsweer Avatar
    Dave Walsweer

    Watch the fish when you are pregnant. It is contaminated with mercury. Largest predatory fish are the worst. Go for fish lower on the food chain, like sardines and shrimp. I like to eat California roll sushi. The ingredients are sliced avocado,fish and cucumber . you could wrap the outside with a layer of goat cheese and roll it in some kind of roe.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      It’s fine in moderation if you don’t have any allergy or autoimmune issue, but can be left out in place of guacamole, which is healthier in this recipe.

  5. Jess Avatar

    Jusrt to let you know “Sushi Seaweed” is actually “Nori”.  Just make sure you get the untoasted version.  My two year old eats it straight out of the packet as a snack (not to my tasting though)!   

  6. Tarah Locke Avatar
    Tarah Locke

    I made this with a orientalish marinated chicken, wasn’t as good as fish…. But what kind of fish would I use, that’s available and really healthy?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I’ve used canned wild caught salmon, shrimp and other cooked
      fishes… all were pretty good.

  7. Abby Avatar

    Mmmmm…I was craving sushi the other day. I never thought of just making it without the rice! I got all the ingediants at the store today, so I am totally having sushi for dinner tonight! Thanks for the idea!

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