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Cucumber-wrapped sushi rolls

Level up your January lunches with this super easy sushi recipe.

Written by Beth Williams
Published 10.01.2024

Makes: 2 large rolls, cut into 16 pieces.



2 medium cucumbers

½ cup spreadable cream cheese

½ cup uncooked Japanese short-grain rice (makes about 1 cup cooked)

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp mirin

8-10 pieces of smoked salmon (about 150g)

½ of an avocado, peeled pitted and thinly sliced

Japanese furikake (optional)

Toasted black and/or white sesame seeds for garnish



Wash and cook rice according to your usual method (stove top, rice cooker, pressure cooker). Fluff and let it cool slightly while whisking rice vinegar, sugar, salt and mirin in a small bowl until granules are fully dissolved. While rice is still warm, drizzle vinegar mixture over rice, stirring gently but thoroughly to coat rice grains.

Place cucumber vertical on cutting board in front of you. Using a vegetable peeler, press firmly and slice along the full length to get a thin, long strip of cucumber. Repeat until you reach the core where the channel of seeds are and you can no longer get full-width slices. You can still use the small strips on either side, or just cut the centre for snacking rather than using in the recipe.

Arrange sliced cucumbers on a bamboo sushi mat or large piece of plastic food wrap, vertically next to each other and overlapping to create one large square “sheet” of cucumber slices. Pat very dry with a paper towel.

Spread a thin layer of cream cheese all over. Arrange smoked salmon slices in a row about 1” up from the bottom border. Spread seasoned rice above and slightly overlapping the row of smoked salmon, followed by avocado slices above and slightly overlapping the rice. Sprinkle furikake over the rice, if using.

Using the bamboo mat (or plastic wrap) to aid, roll up snugly, pulling the bamboo mat or wrap back and away as you roll so it does not get rolled up into the cucumber roll. Watch my recipe video linked in the blog post for a visual demo of this step! Cut cucumber sushi roll crosswise into 8 pieces. Arrange on serving plate and garnish with black/white sesame seeds.



Recipe credit: Salt n Pepper Here

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