I honestly didn’t think these would taste like sushi rolls, but now that I take another look at the ingredients, I’m surprised I didn’t think of that earlier. So I don’t really know if I should call these keto cucumber rolls with smoked salmon, or simply keto sushi cucumber rolls. This is a really easy recipe full of healthy fats (combine smoked salmon, avocado and MCT oil together – you can’t get any better than this). This recipe is fully keto, paleo and AIP compliant. Exactly something I was going for, since for the past eight days I removed dairy, nightshades, seeds and nuts from my diet. Why? My labs showed some hormonal imbalances and possible inflammation in my body. Thankfully, my sugar levels are as beautiful as they can get, so it’s not insulin related.
These keto sushi cucumber rolls are a good keto appetizer recipe, whether you want to use it at a party or simply eat it for lunch all by yourself. Interestingly, these taste like sushi because of horseradish – which is probably the only spicy thing you can eat while on the autoimmune protocol.
Are keto friendly sushi rolls healthy?
It all depends on the ingredients you add inside! Smoked salmon is a great source of lean protein, vitamin B, vitamin D, magnesium, selenium and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Your body can’t produce omega-3’s, so you’re essentially getting them only from the foods you consume. This calls for a longer article or blog post, but in our regular Western diet we eat too much of omega-6 fatty acids which cause a lot of inflammation. Our body needs them too, just not in big quantities.
Thousands of years ago our ancestors’ ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 was probably around 1:1. Nowadays, the ratio is around 15:1 – and a lot of modern day diseases are exactly caused by that – inflammation! Aside from food, you can also get them from supplements. Just to throw it out there, I’ve been using Ultimate Omega from Nordic Naturals for over six years and trust me, it’s one of the best kind of fish oil on the market (they have one of the widest ranges of omega products too).
You can never go wrong with avocado.
Avocados are another wonderful source of healthy, monounsaturated fats. Did you know they contain more potassium than bananas? Also, they’re full of fiber – 7g per 100g! Due to its fiber content, they’re higher in total carbs, but each 100g serving is only around 2g net carbs.
On the other hand, cucumber is the perfect keto vegetable. Not only does it contain a range of vitamin B’s, vitamin A and antioxidants called lignans, but also it only has 3.6g of total carbs per 100g! If you’re counting net carbs, it’s 3.1g.
To add more healthy fats, I often use MCT oil in my dishes. You can’t cook with it, but it’s surely the purest, healthiest type of fat you can get. A lot of people use it in their bulletproof coffee, however, I rarely drink coffee (it upsets my stomach often and has my heart racing through the roof) so I try to put it in shakes, salad dressings or yogurt bowls. I previously didn’t really care for MCT oil and couldn’t stand it’s taste and texture (I’m picky, I know), but if you’re in for a tasteless, healthy MCT oil I urge you to check out BeKeto MCT Oil C8. Plus, I’ve never seen a company that fills their bottles to the absolute top which is a huge plus for frugal me.
What are coconut aminos?
Ever since I bought coconut aminos, I don’t miss soy sauce one bit. It’s so similar in taste, it doesn’t even make sense for me to buy soy sauce. If you’ve never tried coconut aminos, I highly recommend you do. It’s a savory and salty liquid, made out of fermented sap of coconut palm and sea salt. It isn’t packed with vitamins and nutrients, but it’s a great alternative for those who are soy-, wheat- and gluten-free. I use Bragg Organic Coconut Liquid Aminos.
How to make keto cucumber sushi rolls?
The key to making these is cutting your cucumber correctly. The ultimate tool to do this would be a mandolin, but you can easily do it yourself with a knife. If you’re not well versed with your knife skills, you’ll most likely need some practice. Make them thin enough so that they can roll easily, but thick enough to hold all the ingredients inside.
I used horseradish in my sauce mixture, but you’re more than welcome to swap it for wasabi. You can also swap coconut amigos for soy sauce, but that wouldn’t really be a smart, healthy choice. However, do not substitute MCT oil for olive oil – this would change the taste completely.
Let me know in the comments if you make these! I’d love to hear your thoughts.