Keto Sushi

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When you feel like sushi but want to skip the rice and extra carbs, make keto sushi at home using this simple recipe that uses a suitable replacement to sticky rice that will have you doing a double taste.

Skip the expensive sushi restaurant and make Keto California Rolls at home with this easy recipe you can make in less than 30 minutes.

Close up of wasabi cream drizzled over sushi rolls and topped with black sesame seeds.

Unless you’re a fan of sashimi, traditional sushi rolls are not keto approved since they contain rice. Furthermore, California rolls use imitation crab meat which is loaded with starch and sugar. To get around this, you could resort to make a cucumber roll without rice or you can use this keto sushi recipe as your guide when those sushi cravings hits.

To make Keto California Rolls, or any custom keto sushi roll, we will use cauliflower rice instead. Before you turn your nose up at riced cauliflower, know that a few special ingredients are added to the rice to make it taste more authentic without the pungent cauliflower smell. Some keto sushi recipes suggest omitting the rice all together, but I love the texture and flavor the rice provides.

Instead of imitation crab, a simple low carb solution is to used canned crab meat. Fresh crab could be used if available but canned crab is easily assessible and more cost effective.


“Thanks, so far this is the best keto style sushi I have come across. I’ve missed going out for sushi, although I do get the occasional salad based poke bowl with spicy yellowtail and salmon. Yummy all around.”

➥ from YouTube subscriber @4449John

How to make keto sushi

  1. Prepare sushi cauliflower rice. Prepare riced cauliflower by sautéing it in a dry skillet to remove as much of the moisture as possible. This is key to removing the stinky cauliflower aroma from the rice. Then stir in rice wine vinegar and toasted sesame seed oil.
  2. For super sticky cauliflower rice, you could stir in the cream cheese into the rice, but this is only necessary if you are trying to make an inside out roll where the rice is on the outside of the nori seaweed.
  3. Prepare the crab meat by combining drain canned crab with mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.
  4. Layer your sushi roll on a prepared bamboo mat.
  5. Starting from the end with all of the sushi ingredients, roll tightly.
  6. Before cutting your sushi, pop in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up. Cut rolls with a wet, sharp knife.

Equipment needs

  • Nori sheets – The seaweed sheets that will encase your keto sushi roll. You can find them in the international cooking section of your grocery store.
  • Bamboo sushi mat – This helps to tightly roll the sushi.
  • Plastic wrap or parchment paper
  • Soy sauce and wasabi – You can still dip your sushi rolls in these keto friendly ingredients. An alternative to soy sauce would be be use tamari or liquid aminos.

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Keto Sushi Ingredients

  • 10 oz frozen riced cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 4.25 oz canned crab meat, drained
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • nori seaweed sheets
  • 1/4 cucumber, julienne
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 4 oz cream cheese

Keto Sushi Directions

  • Keto Sushi
  • Metal chopsticks holding a sushi roll upright to show the layers of crab, cream cheese, avocado and cucumber.

    Keto approve sushi ideas

    You can make your own custom low carb sushi rolls. Just remember to use keto friendly ingredients. Most sushi filling ingredients are naturally low in carbs and sugar. The main components to stay away from are imitation crab, rice, and anything with tempura as they are not keto approved. 

    Sushi filling ideas

    • avocado
    • cucumber
    • asparagus
    • jalapeno
    • radish
    • green onion (aka spring onions)
    • bell pepper
    • sprouts
    • cream cheese
    • shrimp, cooked
    • crab, canned or freshly cooked
    • salmon, sashimi grade or canned
    • smoked salmon
    • smoked trout
    • tuna, sashimi grade
    • scallops, cooked

    Sushi topping ideas

    • sesame seeds
    • sliced almonds
    • sriracha
    • sriracha mayo
    • wasabi cream
    • furkake
    • teriyaki sauce

    How to roll sushi

    1. Place a sheet of Nori seaweed shiny side down in the center of the sushi mat.
    2. Spread out your cauliflower rice in a thin layer all the way to the side edges of the nori sheet, but leave a small gap on the top and bottom of the sheet to allow for sealing the edges together.
    3. Line your ingredients out in the row towards the bottom of the sheet.
    4. Wet your fingers with water and spread a thin layer of water on the top of the Nori sheet. This will help seal the end of the sushi roll together after you finished rolling.
    5. Start rolling the bottom of the mat ¼ of the way and squeeze to press the ingredients together,then unroll the mat. Repeat the process until everything is rolled together. Give a final squeeze.
    6. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 1 inch pieces. To keep the knife from sticking to the sushi roll, dip the blade in water. Freezing or refrigerating the rolls for several minutes helps to keep the sushi roll firm for ease in slicing. 
    Keto sushi rolls on a plate next to sesame seeds in a bowl.

    Sticky cauliflower rice

    Although not necessary for added flavor, you could mix in your cream cheese into the cauliflower rice to make it a little sticky. Usually sticky rice helps roll and hold your sushi roll together, but this roll stays together just fine without this hack.

    If you want an inside out roll with the rice on the outside of the roll, then adding cream cheese to the cauliflower rice is ideal.

    Keto Sushi: FAQS

    How can I roll sushi without a bamboo mat?

    You don't absolutely need a bamboo mat to roll sushi. You can use a clean kitchen towel instead. Lay out the towel flat and place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the towel. Lay down your seaweed and sushi ingredients. Then roll as you would with using a bamboo mat.

    What sushi is keto friendly?

    If you are going out for sushi at a restaurant, you can safely order sashimi without the rice. This is just raw sushi grade fish that is filled with flavor and excellent dipped in soy sauce and wasabi. Another option is to ask the serve if any of the rolls can be prepared without rice.

    Where can I find sushi grade fish?

    Most grocery stores don't always carry sushi grade salmon or tuna. This sashimi grade seafood is usually found at some Asian markets or you can easily find it online to be shipped frozen to you.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Sushi

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 400
    Fat 36.4g
    Protein 9.9g
    Total Carbs 9.2g
    Net Carbs 4.8g

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      1. It depends on how many rolls you make and how big a roll you make. Generally a serving is 6 pieces of sushi.

    1. I think this is a great easy to follow recipe and I made it today and its fabulous! Thanks! I used smoked salmon and mixed the cauliflower rice with cream cheese to make it easier to roll. Added small sliced cucumber and some sriracha sauce. Next time I will use your wasabi recipe!

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