Easy Sushi Hand Rolls

Anyone who knows us knows that our favorite food, hands down, is sushi. We are not into rolls – we do straight up sushi and sashimi and will eat just about anything. Rarely we look at a menu when going to a sushi bar, as we prefer to let the sushi chef decide what to give us.

What we love so much about sushi is that it is very simple and very clean eating – just some raw fish, possibly a touch of soy sauce or fresh lemon. While our husbands prefers nigiri sushi (fish atop of rice), we prefer sashimi (just the raw fish).  Because it’s basically a pure protein dinner for us, we like to start off with a cucumber sunomono salad (thinly sliced cucumber marinated in rice vinegar) so we can get some veggie in our meal. Let’s not forget that fish happens to be an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which helps to decrease inflammation and boost immunity.

When we can’t get to the sushi bar, we like to make our own sushi. If we can get to the farmer’s market, where our local fish market guy has a stand, we can buy really fresh fish to use for sashimi. Any other day, we turn to the ingredients we already have at home – smoked salmon, canned crab, and canned salmon – into hand rolls that everyone in the house loves.

Making your own hand rolls is far easier than making cut rolls. All you need are sheets of seaweed (sold in the Asian section of traditional supermarkets), cooked short grain brown or white rice (optional), thinly sliced cucumbers, sliced avocado, and fish (or tofu if you prefer to go vegetarian). Here are some ideas:

Smoked salmon and avocado hand roll

  • 1 oz. smoked salmon
  • 1 sheet seaweed
  • 2 tbs. cooked rice (optional)
  • 2 slices avocado
  • a few slices of cucumber
  1. Place the seaweed on a cutting board, shiny side down. Place rice on the left half of the seaweed and top that with the salmon, avocado, and cucumber. Take the bottom left corner of the seaweed and bring it toward the middle of the seaweed to start to form a cone; continue to roll into a cone shape.  That’s it – you’re done!

1 serving with rice: 171 calories; 9.5 (g) fat; 12.3 (g) carbs; 9.1 (g) protein

California hand roll

  • 1 sheet seaweed
  • 2-3 oz. canned lump crab meat, drained
  • 2 tbs. cooked rice (optional)
  • 2 slices avocado
  • handful of sliced cucumber
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  1. Mix the crab with the lemon juice. Place the seaweed on a cutting board, shiny side down. Place rice on the left half of the seaweed and top that with the crab, avocado, and cucumber. Take the bottom left corner of the seaweed and bring it toward the middle of the seaweed to start to form a cone; continue to roll into a cone shape.

1 serving with rice: 153 calories; 7.8 (g) fat; 10.7 (g) carbs; 11.4 (g) protein

Veggie Hand Roll

  • 1 sheet seaweed
  • 2 oz. extra-firm tofu, drained
  • shredded carrots and cucumber
  • 2 slices avocado
  • 2 tbs. cooked rice (optional)
  1. Place the seaweed on a cutting board, shiny side down. Place rice on the left half of the seaweed and top that with the tofu, avocado, carrots, and cucumber. Take the bottom left corner of the seaweed and bring it toward the middle of the seaweed to start to form a cone; continue to roll into a cone shape.

1 serving (with rice): Per serving: 172 calories; 8.4 (g) fat; 19.4 (g) carbs; 6.4 (g) protein

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