Sushi is a great paleo-friendly food, with one small amendment- no rice! It can seem strange to make sushi rolls without the sticky, white rice to hold them together, but there are a couple of great substitutions that can be used to make your sushi rolls, delicious, healthy and paleo-friendly.
Sushi contains a variety of great paleo foods, from fish and other proteins, to vegetables and sea vegetables, so it’s something that can be enjoyed on a paleo diet, as a meal or even as a snack.
Rice isn’t a food known for having a lot of flavor, so when you’re making sushi without the rice, you likely won’t lose the flavor, but you will lose the “glue” that holds the roll together. One option for replacing rice in sushi is to use a fried egg, as a way to hold your rolls together more tightly. To use a fried egg in place of rice in your sushi, simply whisk an egg, fry it in a thin circle, and use this as the first layer of your homemade sushi roll.
Another great tip for making delicious paleo sushi is to substitute the fish for another protein such as beef. Fish, of course, is a great, nutritious paleo food, but if you don’t have fresh, sushi-grade fish lying around the house, you can cut flank steak or another type of beef or protein into thin strips and use it in place of fish in your rolls.
If you’re attempting to create your own California rolls, it’s important to remember that the imitation crab meat you see so frequently in your local supermarket isn’t actually crab meat, and is therefore not paleo. Imitation crab meat contains sugar, and other processed ingredients. To make a paleo California roll, purchase real blue crab meat, rather than the less expensive imitation crab.
Another great substitute for the rice in sushi is to make your own cauliflower “rice.” Cauliflower rice will have a taste and texture that is very similar to rice, and it will hold your rolls together effectively. To make cauliflower rice, remove the stems, and grate the head of cauliflower with a cheese grater, then sauté in a small amount of a paleo-friendly oil, such as coconut, for about 5 minutes on a medium heat setting, and then let the sautéed cauliflower cool. You can then place a thin layer of the cauliflower on a sheet of seaweed, and then proceed to place the rest of your ingredients on the cauliflower.