Dining out for sushi can be a real indulgence when you are on a diet. Between the deep-fried tempura and sugary sauces, some of the most popular rolls can spell complete diet sabotage.
The good news is that you can avoid the extra fat, calories and simple carbs by whipping up your own healthy sushi at home. Rolling homemade sushi isn’t just a way to be healthier either. It’s a great way to try new flavor combinations and a fun activity for the whole family.
Sound intimidating? It’s not as tricky as you think. Your rolls may not be perfect the first couple of times around, but with a little bit of practice and the right sushi recipes, you can become your own personal sushi chef at home.
Try your hand at these delicious sushi recipes (just click on the name of the recipe for the full recipe). For added flavor, add a small splash of low-sodium soy sauce, a small dab of wasabi and pickled ginger.
1. California Sushi Roll
Delight in the flavor and texture combination of crisp cucumber, creamy avocado and succulent crab wrapped in brown rice and sushi nori. This classic roll is a great first recipe for homemade sushi adventurers, appealing to adults and kids alike.
2. Spicy Smoked Salmon Roll
Enjoy savory, smoked salmon wrapped around brown rice, sushi nori, cucumber and scallion. Topped with a creamy, spicy sauce of light mayonnaise and sriracha sauce, this melt-in-your-mouth roll is delicious, beautiful and fun to make. You won’t miss your sushi takeout after making this at home!
3. Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce
Heat things up a bit with a classic sushi staple in this Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce. Your taste buds will be begging for more of this savory, salty Asian cuisine and… without the high restaurant prices, you can give them what they want. The Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce might be a breeze to make, but you’ll have a homemade fancy finger food that’ll surprise all of your friends and family!
4. Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Cilantro Sauce
Nothing says a night out for sushi, like a good, ol’ fashioned, vegetable spring roll. This recipe for Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Cilantro Sauce is a total restyling of the traditional stuff that will delight vegetarians and meat lovers, alike. The subtle, sugary flavors of mango and the cilantro sauce adds pizazz to a colorful combination of fresh vegetables. And guess what? These Vegetable Spring Rolls are not only flavorful and beautiful, they are also a rainbow of vitamins and nutrients. You’ll never want to go back to the conventional stuff.
5. Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Peanut sauce is all the rage these days. And with all of the healthy oils in peanuts, it’s no wonder Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce can fit into your new and improved diet. Try out this recipe the next time you’re craving your favorite roll because even though this fare’s devilishly delicious, it is still 100 percent guilt-free.
6. Salmon Sushi Bowl >
Fill up with this hearty Salmon Sushi Bowl and reap the benefits of salmon including protein, Omega-3s and of course, deliciousness. Clocking in at just 425 calories for the entire bowl, this easy-to-make sushi classic is the perfect go-to when you’re craving sushi after a long day at the office.
7. Teriyaki Chicken Sushi Burrito >
Who said you can’t enjoy sushi and a burrito in the same meal?! This Teriyaki Chicken Sushi Burrito combines all your favorite parts of a classic sushi roll with a hearty (chicken-filled) burrito.
Sushi for breakfast is about to be your favorite meal… ever! This Everything Bagel Sushi Roll will liven up your morning and your meal plan thanks to hearty smoked salmon, cream cheese and delicious Everything Bagel seasoning.
9. Fruit Sushi >
Fill you sweet and sushi fix with this light and tasty Fruit Sushi Roll. Rolled with shredded coconut and packed with juicy mango, strawberry and kiwi (or choose your favorite fruits to fill you sushi!), this is one dessert you won’t regret!