Cauliflower Rice Sushi

  • Date March 10, 2013
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Here it is! My new and favorite way to make sushi.  The main difference is that I switch out the rice for cauliflower. Essentially half the calories compared to a small tuna or avocado maki roll. This recipe makes 6 rolls for 600 calories, that's 100 calories a roll! If you want to make and take some for lunch the next day, leave them in the roll shape and don't cut them until right before you serve it. It was a bit mushier the next day, but I devoured it nonetheless. Other trick is that once the cauliflower rice has chilled is to lay out on paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible (the seaweed paper does get wet if the rice is too moist). 


  • Sushi Nori, Raw Untoasted, 6 sheets
  • Seasoned Rice Vinegar, 2 tbsp
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Cauliflower, raw, 1 head, large (6-7" dia)
  • Carrots, raw, 1 cup, chopped
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 1 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Cucumber (with peel), 0.5 cup


  1. Grate the cauliflower using a hand held grater. You could also try a food processor (but given my aversion to cooking why would I own a food processor?).  You are trying to get around 5-6 cups of rice looking cauliflower. 
  2. Either in a fry pan or the microwave cook the cauliflower until it is soft (usually about 7 minutes in a pan and 5 minutes in the microwave). 
  3. Add in egg whites and cook some more (1-2 minutes).
  4. Add in rice vinegar. Option here is also to add in some hot sauce, soy sauce, bbq sauce, whatever you might like the cauliflower to take the flavor of. 
  5. Put aside to cool.  You might want to consider doing this process the night before so when you go to make the sushi the cauliflower has cooled enough.
  6. Cut the cucumber, avocado, carrots into thin strips (use the sushi paper to determine length of the vegetables). 
  7. There are a number of options to make the sushi. You can spread out the cauliflower rice just like you would for regular sushi.  One trick I have learnt since the cauliflower is not as sticky as regular rice is to spread out the avocado first on the seaweed paper and then the cauliflower rice to help it stick together. One coworker also suggested mashed black beans first as an alternative to avocado.  
  8. Place your veggies on the cauliflower rice and roll using bamboo sushi roller. 
  9. I recommend putting in fridge for 20 minutes before you cut up and be very careful cutting as it wont be as easy as regular sticky rice sushi. 
An update (with some added directions) are also found here: Cauliflower Rice Sushi (Take 2)

There you have it! Enjoy this delicious alternative to regular sushi.

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