You’re probably not going to get these paleo friendly sushi in your local Japanese joint but I think they are a great alternative if you feel like having some Japanese inspired food at home. I’ve seen a few people post photos of their no-rice sushi, in which different ingredients are wrapped in nori (dried seaweed sheets) but I thought a cucumber shell would be a really good substitute as well. Not only do the cucumber rolls look fun, they also don’t get soggy and hold the ingredients well together. I made my cucumber rolls with salmon and avocado but you can also use such stuffing ingredients as cooked egg, smoked salmon, cooked prawn or chicken, tinned tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, pickles, spring onion and even cream cheese if you’re ok with dairy.
- Ghee or coconut oil
- 1 medium salmon steak or fillet
- Sea salt and pepper
- ½ red onion, finely diced
- 2 long continental cucumbers (also known as Telegraph), try to pick the fattest ones
- 1 avocado, roughly chopped
- Coconut aminos & wasabi for dipping (Tamari wheat free soy sauce can also be used)
- Heat a little ghee in a frying pan until sizzling hot. Season salmon steak with a little sea salt and pepper, fry over medium-high heat for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Set aside and once cooled down, pull the flakes apart and remove any visible bones. Mix with the red onion.
- Cut cucumbers into even 1½ – 2 centimetre thick rolls. Using a small knife, carefully cut out the flesh of the cucumber making sure the walls stay in tact. The easiest way to do it is by placing the rolls flat side down and rotating them slightly as you cut through the flesh. You can always cut the flesh out roughly and then carve the walls carefully by holding the ring in your hand.
- Using your fingers fill each ring with some cooked salmon. Press the mix inside the ring down leaving the top half unfilled. Fill the top half of the ring with the avocado. Push the mix down well, even if some of it starts spilling over the top. You can just wipe the edges before serving.
- Serve right away or refrigerate for later. You can take these to work for lunch or bring a large platter to a party.
Want more seaweed in your diet, try one of these 12 seaweed kelp noodle recipes.