These delicious keto sushi rolls are a fresh and easy meal that’s also low in carbs. It’s perfect for when you are craving something satisfying and seafood-inspired!
One of the biggest things I miss since starting a low carb diet is sushi. Really good sushi with fresh fish and shrimp, rolled perfect in nori sheets and rice.
Now, I have a way to satisfy my sushi craving without breaking my diet.
This keto sushi recipe makes a wonderfully tasty meal if you are a seafood or shrimp lover. They are just as good as the rolls that you would get in sushi restaurants.
Making the keto-friendly rolls is surprisingly simple. Once you get the hang of it, you might find yourself making them all of the time!
I make these quite frequently as they are perfect for satisfying seafood or sushi cravings without having too many carbs.
This low-carb sushi rolls recipe is simple and delicious, with every ingredient creating a harmony of flavors.
Here’s what you need to make it:
Homemade cauliflower rice is used in place of traditional rice to make keto sushi. It’s very versatile and super low-carb.
The cream cheese adds a rich creaminess that pulls everything together in the rolls. It's the perfect add to cauliflower sushi rice.
The addition of cooked shrimp adds that seafood element that everyone looks for in a fresh sushi roll! It's also safer to use than pieces of raw fish. But you can use smoked salmon instead.
Cucumber adds a burst of freshness, while the avocado slices add another rich and fatty element. You will also get plenty of seafood flavor from the shrimp and sheet of nori that holds everything together.
How your keto sushi rolls taste can also be changed according to the type of dipping sauce that you choose. You could make them spicy and rich with sriracha, wasabi, and spicy mayo.
And, of course, you can’t forget the soy sauce! If you can't find gluten-free soy sauce, I recommend using liquid aminos or coconut aminos as an alternative.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Season your cauliflower rice to get the best tasting keto sushi. This makes the nori rolls a lot more flavorful. Rice wine is the perfect seasoning for sushi.
- Squeeze it together as you roll it. Squeezing is the secret to nice and tight roll that won’t fall apart on you. This helps all of the ingredients to become completely compact and hold together.
- Don’t overstuff! The biggest cause of sushi that falls apart or is hard to cut and roll is overstuffing. Be careful to not overstuff the seaweed, or it won’t come together properly. Less is better than more!
- Try salmon sushi rolls. Just replace the shrimp with smoked salmon! For safety reasons, I prefer not to use raw fish. You can also make a spicy tuna roll with cooked and shredded fish meat.
It may seem like a lot of work to make keto sushi rolls, but it is really pretty simple. It just takes a little time to assemble and requires no cooking time.
For the full list of instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Mix The Rice
Begin by mixing the chilled cauliflower rice with cream cheese and rice vinegar in a small bowl. Mix everything well to create a paste. You can pulse the mixture in a food processor if you want it well blended.
Spread Paste Onto Seaweed Wrap
Roll out your seaweed and place it on the sushi mat or bamboo roller. Spread a thin layer of your cream cheese and cauliflower rice mixture on the seaweed.
At the bottom of your nori sheet, layer a line of shrimp, cucumber, and avocado. Make sure not to add too much.
Now that all of your ingredients have been added and layered, you can start to roll the keto sushi. Begin at one end, slowly rolling and squeezing until it has created a tube.
Chill the roll and then slice to serve!
️ Serving suggestions
Low carb sushi is a meal all on its own. It's usually just served with a little bit of soy sauce. But there are a few things you can serve with it that make it even better.
Traditionally sushi is eaten with pickled foods such as ginger or with edamame. However, you could also eat it with a light seaweed salad with bean sprouts or a low-carb Japanese miso soup.
Try serving it with this Japanese cucumber salad for an extra bit of refreshment in the meal.
Before we get to the keto sushi rolls recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about low carb sushi rolls.
Is sushi keto?
Traditional sushi is, unfortunately, not keto-friendly. This is because it contains sushi rice which is a carb-heavy food, making it a no-go for a keto lifestyle.
Is wasabi keto?
Even though wasabi is high in carbs, it's also very hot, so you will likely not be eating enough of it for it to matter. Its number of carbs should not really be a concern.
Is ginger keto?
Most types of pickled ginger that are served with sushi have been marinated in vinegar and sugar. Therefore, it's not the best option for those on a keto diet.
You can eat the type of ginger that has just been pickled in vinegar, however, as long as it hasn't been in sugar as well.
Is soy sauce keto?
Because soy sauce is low in carbs, it can be enjoyed on a keto diet. But, I have found coconut aminos is a better option.
If you are craving sushi, then this keto sushi roll recipe is just for you. This delicious yet simple recipe is perfect for satisfying those cravings - without having to sacrifice your diet!
This recipe can be adapted depending on what dipping sauces you choose. It gives you a variety of options to choose from when making your own homemade sushi rolls.
If you are a seafood lover and this keto sushi recipe hit the spot, try these other low-carb seafood recipes next.
- 15 Of The Tastiest Keto Shrimp Recipes is a list of the best shrimp recipes you can enjoy on a keto diet.
- Keto Baked Cod is amazing as it has zero net carbs and is an excellent source of omega-3’s and protein while being a tasty dish.
- Easy Baked Crabmeat Casserole Bake is a delicious seafood bake made with any kind of crab that you have on hand.
- Easy Keto Lobster Bisque is a delicious seafood soup that is low in carbs and is gluten-free as well.
- Chicken and Shrimp Stir-Fry with Broccoli this stir-fry is fresh and healthy while still being satisfying. It is paleo, keto, and low-carb friendly.
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Keto Sushi Rolls
- 5 seaweed sheets
- ½ cucumber seeded and cut into long thin strips
- avocado thinly sliced
- 2 cups cauliflower rice prepared and chilled
- 3 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
- ½ pound Cooked shrimp peeled and tails removed cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
- In a bowl, combine the chilled cauliflower rice, rice vinegar and cream cheese.
- Lay a sheet of seaweed out on the bamboo mat.
- Place a layer of the cauliflower rice mixture over the bottom ⅓ of the wrap.
- At the bottom of the layer of cauliflower rice, place some of the avocado slices, cucumber strips and pieces of shrimp in a row.
- Tightly roll the seaweed wrap around the filling to form a roll.
- Chill the rolls and slice to serve.
- Mix together the ingredients for the sauce and drizzle over the keto sushi before serving if desired.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 194 [carbohydrates] => 6 [protein] => 12 [fat] => 14 [saturated_fat] => 4 [trans_fat] => 1 [cholesterol] => 135 [sodium] => 506 [potassium] => 295 [fiber] => 3 [sugar] => 2 [vitamin_a] => 256 [vitamin_c] => 35 [calcium] => 101 [iron] => 1 )
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Maybe a stupid question, but I'm assuming the 5 servings refer to 5 full rolls since the recipe calls for 5 seaweed wrappers. Is that correct, or does it mean 5 cut pieces from a roll? Thanks!
Yes. You are correct!
I'm so excited you figured this out. I've been wanting to make keto sushi for years but didn't have the confidence or ideas of how! Thanks for the lovely process photos and tips, too, of how to roll the sushi successfully!
Wow, this is way easier than I thought it would be and so delicious!
These look soooo good! I love sushi rolls, and can't wait to try this keto version.
This is such a great keto sushi recipe! I can't wait to make it for lunch.
Love this idea - low carb and hits the sushi craving spot!
A gluten-free alternative to soy sauce can also be tamari, keeping also the carbs lower than coconut aminos and a more similar taste to regular sushi (being always careful reading the label to be sure there aren't sugar nor other undesired ingredients); I've also found some low carb sushi recipes that use Brag's amminos instead of soy sauce, but I personally haven't experimented this way.
Fot everything else, this sushi recipe is one of the simplest yet satisfying I've found in several LCHF blogs: thank you for sharing 🙂
Thanks for that info! Coconut aminos is a bit sweet so there's natural sugar that does add carbs. Gluten-free tamari is certainly more keto-friendly.