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Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl Recipe

Summer Yule
Get the flavors of your favorite sushi roll with my EASY salmon sushi bowl. It's keto, low carb, low calorie, gluten free, and Paleo!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 3
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces smoked salmon (227 grams)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 seedless cucumber (about 8 ounces/227 grams)
  • 3 ounces carrots, shredded (85 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ sheet nori (torn into small pieces)
  • soy sauce and wasabi (optional, for serving, use coconut aminos for Paleo or gluten free diet)

For the sushi rice:

  • 24 ounces riced cauliflower, frozen (680 grams)
  • cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Swerve, granular
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger, fresh
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Microwave the frozen riced cauliflower according to the package directions. We’re making a lot of it, so you’ll probably want to cook it in two batches. Drain it if needed (I didn’t need to do this). Let cool.
  • Grate the ginger root and finely chop the garlic. Stir together the rice vinegar, Swerve, garlic, ginger, and salt. Microwave it for 40 seconds on high to mostly dissolve the Swerve. 
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over the cooked riced cauliflower. Stir and let cool. 
  • Chop the smoked salmon into bite sized pieces. Cut the avocado into ½-inch dice (1.27 cm). Quarter the cucumber and cut it into ½-inch slices (1.27 cm). Grate the carrot (if you did not buy it shredded). 
  • Divide the cauliflower rice between three bowls. Top with the chopped cucumber, salmon, avocado, carrot, crumbled nori, and sesame seeds. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi if desired.

Notes

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). These smoked salmon sushi bowls are a great example of a keto diet meal that can support weight loss goals. You’re getting a large volume meal of veggies and protein for under 300 calories. If you practice intermittent fasting, you will need to add sides to make this a higher energy meal.
I recommend using rice instead of cauliflower here for growing children, teens, and active adults. That will increase the carbs and calories provided.
But what if you’re on keto and don’t want to make a separate meal for other members of the family? I’ve got you! Make the meal with cauliflower but add a side of whole grain bread or crackers for non-keto family members.
Like classic California rolls, these deconstructed salmon sushi bowls are on the lower end for protein (approximately 19 grams per serving). If you want a protein boost, either add more salmon or pop a sliced hard-boiled egg on there. You could also serve the meal with a glass of milk (zero sugar milk for keto) for more protein and calcium.
A common criticism of keto and low carb diets is that they are not heart healthy. However, like other special diet patterns, it really depends on how you construct the diet.
You can have a keto diet that is mostly bacon, butter, and hot dogs. You can also have a keto diet that is filled with fatty fish, veggies, berries, and lean protein. If you’re using keto to lose weight and get healthy, this deconstructed sushi may help with both goals.
Nutrition information is for one serving without added soy sauce or wasabi mustard. Carbohydrates listed are net carbs (total carbs minus fiber and erythritol).

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 10.8gProtein: 19.2gFat: 12.7gSaturated Fat: 1.2gSodium: 1367.7mgPotassium: 682.8mgFiber: 9.1gVitamin C: 106.3% DVCalcium: 14.2% DVIron: 9.7% DV
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