Friday, September 20, 2013

Rice Free Spicy Tuna Rolls - #lowcarb #paleo #gluten free

Sushi, that, glamorous, yuppie and not so "farm girl" type of food.  I remember many years ago when my sister took my mom and I for our first sushi lunch date.  We loved it immediately, however when we tried to take my dad The Farmer..well let's just say it ended with "I thought that was avocado!" while gulping wasabi. 

After a few more attempts he started to love it and when a farmer can love sushi, anyone can!  My family loves to eat at this "all you can eat" local sushi place that is delicious, but once my husband and I started eating paleo/grain free, we started avoiding rice.  When you are avoiding rice...all you can eat sushi places are not very friendly.  They want you to fill up on the rice, not the pricey fish!  

Did you know that sushi rolls traditionally have about 1 to 2 cups of rice!

How many rolls do you normally eat at a night out for sushi?  I would have to guess the average is 2, maybe even 3.  Would you ever consider eating 3-6 cups of rice?!  That is a LOT of rice, even when you are not avoiding it. 

I decided to try my hand at making a Rice Free Spicy Tuna Roll at home. Umm hello - it is GREAT!  

Rice Free Spicy Tuna Roll:


Bell Peppers

Tuna Filling:
2 cans pole caught, dolphin safe,wild tuna, when using this brand there is no need to drain the tuna
1/4 cup mayonnaise (or more depending on your likeness) make it like you would normally make a tuna sandwich.
1-2 Tbsp Garlic Chili Sauce 

Start out with some avocado, scoop them out with a spoon and slice onto a plate

Slice fresh veggies like bell pepper and cucumber.  
Carrots, radish, and other crispy veggies are great too.

Mix your spicy tuna filling: tuna, mayo, and garlic chili sauce

Place a "log" of the spicy tuna filling onto a sheet of seaweed paper

place the avocado and veggies on top of the tuna

Roll the seaweed paper tightly around the filling,
 tucking in the contents ends they try to escape. Have a small bowl or cup of water handy.  
Touch your finger tips into the water and run them along the edge of the seaweed to help make it sticky so you can seal the roll upon itself. Think of an envelope.  You don't want to saturate it... otherwise you have a mess... just dab it on and press.  You will get the feel for it. 

Set your rolls aside, until you are done making all of them.

Now get a sharp (non serrated) knife, dip it in water and slice the rolls into 1- 1 1/2 inch thick pieces. 

That's it!  Home made, yummy, rice free, gluten free, low carb, Spicy Tuna Rolls.  

Serve them with Tamari (that is wheat free soy sauce) - yes soy sauce has wheat in it!

I think these are the cutest little sushi plates --> cheap and free shipping too! These ones are a little more traditional --->  

I LOVE serving these rolls on special sushi plates, I feel like I am eating out! The set I have was hand made by a women who sold pottery next to my parents at the farmers markets in Napa Valley, she gave me this set for Christmas one year.  She diet not long ago and I think of her every time I pull them out.  

Have you ever made sushi at home?  What is your favorite roll?


  1. OMG, I can't wait to try this! My husband and I love sushi and since going grain free haven't had sushi :( This is going to be amazing, thank you for sharing!

  2. I made these tonight and my husband and I loved them. Thanks for the idea! We are going to try some variations with salmon and other veggies!! Yum Yum!

  3. Hey Lisa, what kind of mayo do you use? Have you made your own yet?
    I still would love to get together and make lotion bars and other fun things like ketchup and now I'll add mayo to the list!

  4. thank you your sharing.... nice receipe.. i will try it soon


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