Is Sushi Keto Friendly?

There are numerous recipes of low-carb sushi that you can do at home.

keto-friendly sushi

If you are looking for keto-friendly sushi, it might be a bit challenging. Firstly, sushi is just full of carbs because of rice. Perhaps if you eliminate its rice it will somehow low in carbs. But how about the other ingredients?

Perhaps, the most keto-friendly sushi recipe might be the one they called naruto. Naruto is wrapped in cucumber instead of rice. This is a good way of eliminating the carb content. However, it seemed that only a few restaurants serve the dish.

So, if you are a sushi lover but on a ketogenic diet, this is a problem! Sushi is not keto-friendly. But what if you just do an experiment? It will not hurt. If sushi is not keto-friendly, then make yourself a friendly one instead.

Written below are some homemade low-carb sushi recipe. For instance, rice is eliminated out of the dish, and the other ingredients, it’s all yours to read.

  • No Rice Sushi

This no rice sushi recipe is very simple. You only need 5 ingredients and preparation time would be just 15 minutes, and that’s it. You may serve and eat the dish.


  • Smoked salmon
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Seaweed sheets


  1. Preparing the no rice sushi roll is very simple. First, you have to cut the ingredients uniformly depending on your time, may it be strips or something else.
  2. Arranged the chopped ingredients on the seaweed sheet, then roll it.
  3. Lastly, seal the seaweed sheet using water.

You may chop it or let it stay as a long roll. The shape will depend on your type. As for the sauce, it is originally without it. But if you are the type who cannot live without sauce. Go, and make your own.

  • Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl

This sushi mix is different from most sushi you know which are wrapped and rolled in a seaweed mix. It will be odd if it is not wrapped, right? And how can you call it sushi if it’s not rolled? Well, this is what cool about this recipe. It is on a bowl but still is sushi.

Bowl Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower rice – ¾ cup
  • Smoked salmon – ½ packet
  • Cucumber – ½ cup spiralized
  • Avocado – ½
  • Dried seaweed – 2 sheets
  • Wasabi (optional) – ½ teaspoon
  • Low sodium soy sauce – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce Ingredients:

  • Mayo – 3 tablespoon
  • Sriracha – 1 to 2 teaspoon (or adjust depending on your taste)


  1. Cauliflower rice will be the base of this keto meal, you may start by steaming and seasoning it with salt and pepper.
  2. After steaming, put the cauliflower rice in the bottom of a bowl. Add soy sauce and other seasonings.
  3. Arrange the avocado, cucumber, seaweed, and salmon around the bowl.
  4. Mix the sriracha and mayo on your taste and heat preference then drizzle it over the bowl.
  5. Lastly, garnish the bowl using pepper and sesame seed, but this is optional.
  • Keto Sushi

The maker of this recipe advice not to rice the cauliflower too much. Overdoing it may cause more paste than making rice texture. So, to cook the cauliflower rice, make the pan very hot. Additionally, when rolling the sushi, she advises using a bamboo roller so that the sushi would hold tighter.


  • Cauliflower – 16 oz
  • Smoke salmon (or any seafood of your choice) – 5 oz
  • Cucumber – 1 to 6 inch
  • Avocado – ½ of the medium size
  • Cream cheese – 6 oz and softened
  • Nori – 5 sheets
  • Soy sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Rice vinegar (unseasoned) – 1 to 2 tablespoons


  1. Cook the cauliflower rice on a very hot pan and season it with soy sauce.
  2. Once the rice is cooked and dried, place it on a bowl then add cream cheese and rice vinegar. Mix well before setting it side.
  3. On a bamboo roller, place the nori and spread the cauliflower rice on top of it.
  4. Place the all the other ingredient inside of it such as the avocado, cucumber, and salmon.
  5. Roll the bamboo roller, and seal your sushi. Cut it as well into sushi shape.

Sashimi, your best keto sushi

The sushi option that you may look over in Japanese restaurants is one with fish and rice as the ingredients. This one is called sashimi. If you are too conscious about carb, the small amount of rice in it might push you away. However, according to most keto dieters, sashimi is your best bet if you are on a keto diet. In fact, one of the keto dieters stated that sashimi perfectly fit the keto lifestyle.

To fully describe what sashimi is, it is a sliced raw fish served with shiso leaves, daikon radish, soy sauce, and wasabi.

Can it be Served and Eaten While on a Keto Diet?

Definitely! Sashimi’s based ingredient is raw fish, and the fish, if you do not know, is filled with omega 3 fatty acid. The oil is very well known for its benefit for heart health and other conditions.

Sometimes, sashimi is served with rice. But the rice can simply be eliminated. Besides, sashimi is most often served with the white-carrot like radish called daikon. It is common in Asia and relatively low in carb, which makes it keto-friendly.

Shiso is another common ingredient of sashimi. It is also known as perilla which is part of the mint family plant. Because of that, it is not surprising if the herb has an interesting flavor. Shiso has no sugar content and is rich in fiber, which adds to the nutritional value of sashimi.

The wasabi sauce will add flavor and kick to your sashimi. It is related to horseradish. Soy sauce, on the other hand, will add flavor to the sashimi. It contains wheat, but only in a small amount.

How to Eat Sashimi?

The ideal way of eating sashimi is to start from the lightest and move forward to the heaviest as your taste preference adapts with it. This method will avoid the strong flavors from instantly overpowering the gentler one.

To eat it, add wasabi on top of the fish depending on how much you can take before folding it in half. Ideally, the amount of wasabi should be small, but if you can take a bigger amount, go for it. Once the wasabi is added, and the fish folder in half, dip the sashimi in soy sauce. This technique will stop the wasabi from diluting the wasabi. Additionally, it will not burn your tongue.

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