Iif you have taken a sushi making class or watched Jiro dreams about Sushi on Netflix, you can quickly see how difficult mastering the art of sushi can be. Between fixing the perfect ratio of rice and seaweed to carefully and meticulously rolling the ingredients together to form a uniform, compact and ideal sushi roll without all the fillings spilling aside from the sides, this dish is really not to be missed in the park. UGH, if only.
So, what to do when a sushi craving hits – which, admittedly, happens all too often – but you still haven’t become a self-proclaimed sushi master? Well, we have good news for you. No need to tear apart a bamboo roll mat to make your sushi dreams come true, thanks for this not-so-easy 5-minute cucumber sushi roll “sushi” trick. Seriously: You can finish this roll in just a few minutes.
Indeed, cucumbers can do more than we thought. Aside from making super hydrating cucumber pickles or one of our favorite snacks – pickles, of course – they’re perfect for making your new favorite sushi roll recipe. Read on to learn how to use cucumbers to make sushi rolls that are easy, rich in omega-3s, and require almost no cleanup or prior sushi making experience.
Health benefits of this cucumber “sushi” roll recipe
Honestly, each ingredient in these cucumber sushi rolls is packed with health benefits and boosts hydration. Cucumbers (the star of the show) are packed with vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, B vitamins, manganese, and copper. Additionally, the high vitamin C content in cucumbers can act as a powerful antioxidant that helps fight oxidative stress and inflammation associated with a number of chronic diseases. Meanwhile, potassium can play a role in fluid balance and lowering blood pressure, and vitamin K supports bone health, says Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT, registered dietitian and owner. owner of Kara Lydon Nutrition, told Well + Good.
And if cups aren’t sheer enough for you, this recipe contains omega-3-rich ingredients like avocados and fish, which have been linked to longevity, as well as brain, gut, and heart health. For example, fish like salmon are an important source of brain-supporting omega-3 fatty acids, nutritionist Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN previously told Well + Good. In addition, this dish also has carrots rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, which are good for skin and eye health. Finally, white rice offers great gut health benefits along with B vitamins, magnesium and iron. Ready to roll?
How to make no-roll cucumber sushi roll
A recent TikTok video by @eva.koper shows how to make sushi with cucumbers instead of a sheet of seaweed as a background. To start, Eva Koper cuts off the two pointed ends of the cuke and then splits the fruit in the middle to create two small logs. Next, mom scraped the inside to create an empty cavity before adding steamed rice, avocado, imitation crab, fish and carrots inside the cucumber.
@ eva.koper Cucumber Sushi 😍 #cucumbersushi #sushi #cucumber #sushilover ♬ I want to ride a horse – quentin
Next up, arguably the most impressive (and our personal favorite) part about this recipe: how she cuts the rolls. Koper shares her genius sushi recipe — she simply chops pre-stuffed cucumbers into bite-sized rounds, about half an inch thick. The end result are “sushi” rolls that look incredible.
Keep in mind that this super refreshing (and watery) snack is completely customizable, so feel free to stuff it with whatever you want or turn it into an all-veggie or vegan treat. delight to mull over all summer. Prefer tuna, salmon, yellowtail or oysters over fake crab? Yes at it. Want to take it up a notch? Add sriracha — or better yet, sriracha mayo — inside and on top. The world is (ahem) your oyster!
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