Sushi Rolls (GF/Paleo)

25 Mar

Give me a family-sized platter of sushi & sashimi and I’ll show you some power-eating with my eyes glazed over in delirious joy. Eel & its delicious sauce is one of the best foods on the planet. I honestly save it for last because it’s like dessert. But sushi restaurants aren’t particularly cheap. And not paleo-friendly with all the gluteny (glutenous?) starchy rice.

So we tried making our own rolls at home and it was rad. It’s also a flexible recipe so you could use whatever veggies you have on hand or love. There’s no “wrong” when it comes to sushi. Bonus points for wearing a sushi chef hat.

Paleo / Gluten-Free Sushi Rolls

Paleo / Gluten-Free Sushi Rolls


  • 1 medium avocado
  • spicy mayo (liberal amount of sriracha mix with mayo)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 2-3 scallions, green tops only
  • 4 ounces cooked, chilled shrimp (I bought one of those cocktail shrimp rings because I’m lazy & cut each in 2 pieces)
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 sheets nori
  • wasabi


  • Lay a piece of nori on a bamboo rolling mat, shiny side down, with the guidelines for slicing vertical.
  • Smear about a 1″ stripe of either avocado or spicy mayo along the edge closest to you. You’ll make 4 rolls, so we did 2 avocado & 2 spicy mayo.
  • Then start making little rows of your goodies.
  • Finish with another smear of something sticky on the far edge.
  • To roll them up, start at the edge closest to you. Use the bamboo mat to fold the sticky edge onto the first row of ingredients. Then just keep rolling it up & squeezing the roll as you go to make sure it’s compact. Note: the bamboo mat doesn’t get rolled up into the roll. Yeah we learned that quick.
  • Once you’re at the far end, again make sure you’re giving it a nice little squeeze to “seal” it. Somehow we managed to get sriracha-mayo all over the bamboo mat & each subsequent roll got… stickier. But it’s all good. Life is messy.
  • To slice the rolls, first sharpen your knife then wet it a little bit. Slice along the guidelines into 1″ rolls.

Serve with wasabi, sriracha and/or soy sauce (or amino acids if you do that kinda thing).

Peace out!


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