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Fresh and Light Cucumber Sushi Rolls Recipe

Sushi is often associated with raw fish, but there are many variations that offer a fresh and light twist without any seafood involved. One of the refreshing and easy-to-make alternatives is the Cucumber Sushi Roll. This recipe is perfect for those who want a low-calorie, vegetarian option or are simply looking for a light snack or appetizer. Here’s how you can make these delicious rolls at home.


  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, julienned
  • Sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)
  • Soy sauce, for dipping


Step 1: Prepare the Sushi Rice

Rinse the sushi rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Cook the rice according to the package instructions or use a rice cooker for best results. Once the rice is cooked, let it cool slightly.

In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Microwave the mixture for about 30 seconds or until the sugar and salt dissolve completely. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cooked rice and gently fold to coat the rice evenly. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 2: Prepare the Cucumbers

Using a vegetable peeler or mandoline, slice the cucumbers into thin, long strips. These strips will serve as the ‘nori’ or seaweed in traditional sushi rolls. Make sure the strips are wide and long enough to be rolled easily. Alternatively, you can use a cucumber slicer tool that creates thin, continuous sheets of cucumber.

Step 3: Assemble the Sushi Rolls

Lay a cucumber strip on a flat surface. Place a small amount of sushi rice at one end of the cucumber strip. Spread the rice evenly along the strip, but leave a small border at the top and bottom.

Place a few slices of avocado, red bell pepper, and julienned carrot on top of the rice. Be careful not to overfill as this can make rolling difficult. Gently but firmly roll the cucumber strip, starting from the rice-filled end, to form a tight cylinder.

Secure the roll with a small dab of rice at the end if necessary. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

Cut each roll into bite-sized pieces with a sharp knife. Arrange the rolls on a serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Serve with soy sauce for dipping.

Tips for Success

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: The freshness of the cucumber, avocado, and other vegetables greatly impacts the overall taste and texture of the rolls.
  • Keep Rice Cool: It’s important that the sushi rice is cooled to room temperature before you start assembling the rolls. Hot rice can make the cucumber soggy.
  • Be Gentle but Firm: When rolling, use gentle but firm pressure to ensure the roll holds together without squeezing out the filling.

Cucumber sushi rolls are a light and refreshing treat that are easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients. This versatile recipe can be customized with your favorite vegetables or even some thinly sliced fruit for a sweet twist. Whether you’re making these rolls for a party appetizer or a healthy snack, they’re sure to be a hit!

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