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Naruto Rolls – Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Extra Special Naruto RollsCucumber Sushi RollsKeto Sushi Rolls or Maki Roll – call them to your liking – are the best Keto Appetizer to serve during your Japanese evening or as a part of the Sushi Night. Those are the Best Sushi Rolls Without Rice that are fully Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Diabetic Friendly, and the Healthiest Sushi Rolls made out of the sliced cucumbers

Naruto Rolls Cucumber Sushi Rolls on a black stone plate.
Naruto Rolls Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Asian Keto Recipes

Our Naruto Rolls are a part of the great Asian dishes you can prepare in our keto lifestyle. They are a great addition to the famous Keto Sushi Rolls made with cauliflower rice. 

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With Keto Ramen Chicken Noodles, your Asian evening can be made fully keto with unforgettable flavors. 

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 Cucumber Roll

Our Naruto Roll, also called cucumber roll, cucumber sushi rolls, or cucumber maki, is a bit different sushi roll you are used to, but the most popular sushi roll in our household. 

Keto Sushi

Naruto rolls are completely low carb and made at home as a perfect combination to go with your sashimi plate. You can fill them with whatever you want. In our case, it is avocado and salmon. 

Naruto Cucumber Rolls on a stone plate.
Cucumber Roll
What is Naruto?

Naruto is a Japanese animation cartoon, and some might think the name for Naruto Roll comes from there.

But Naruto is also whirlpools in the Naruto Straits between Awaji Island and Naruto.

The actual Naruto Maki resemble the spiral patterns, and this is the exact reason the name Naruto Rolls came from. 

What is a Naruto Sushi Roll?

Naruto Sushi Roll is a Roll of sliced cucumbers used instead of Nori Sheets.

Sliced cucumbers are placed onto a sushi bamboo mat, filled with vegetables and raw fish, and rolled the same way ordinary sushi is.  

Why do they call it a Naruto Roll?

After cutting them into maki rolls, they resemble the exact Naruto Whirlpools I have mentioned above. 

The whirlpools of the Naruto straits between Japanese Naruto and Awaji Island.

What is Cucumber Sushi Rolls called?

Apart from calling cucumber sushi rolls naruto rolls, various names have been used throughout the years.

You might find them under Rainbow Rolls, Cucumber Rolls, Naruto Rolls, Cucumber Maki, or Naruto Sushi Rolls.

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What sauces can you add to cucumber rolls?

If you like your sushi rolls with sauces, you are free to add cream cheese, spicy mayo, and even salsa or salsa dressing

What stuffing can be added to Naruto Rolls?

As you see, I have chosen our favorites, avocado, and raw salmon only.

But you can experience any type of sashimi, raw fish such as tuna, halibut, squid, octopus, yellowtail, sea bass, or snapper. 

Regarding vegetables, you can use slices of cucumbers, radishes, paprika, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, onion, ginger, or garlic chives. 

You can even add cauliflower rice before rolling naruto rolls, as I did in our sushi recipe

What toppings go with Naruto Rolls?

Once you plate your cucumber sushi rolls, you can sprinkle them with sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning

And do not forget a bowl of soya sauce with pickled ginger and wasabi. 

Naruto Rolls
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How did I discover Naruto Rolls?

I had no idea Naruto rolls existed just a few years ago. 

We love sashimi. Whenever there is an opportunity to go to a restaurant, we either choose Steakhouse or a Japanese restaurant. One day, we ordered a sashimi plate, and with it came those Naruto rolls.

We immediately fell in love with them since they are completely low carb and something slightly different from the sashimi orders we always made.

Japanese Restaurants

We went to a different Japanese restaurant on another occasion, and I wanted to order a plate of only Naruto rolls. 

First of all, they did not even know what it was. I searched quickly on my phone and showed them some images. When the chef saw that, he immediately refused with an excuse that this is very difficult to make and they do not offer it.

A month later, we went to the same restaurant where we got our Naruto Rolls previously and happily ordered all of them. 

But what happened? 

We got the same answer. “It is difficult, and we do not offer it.” With our explanation, the last time we got it here, they said, “Our chef changed.” 

That was the end story of ordering those rolls anywhere. We have then tried a few more restaurants with the same negative answer.

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Making Naruto Rolls at home

As you know me already, I could not just leave it.  This was my motivation and decision to do our own at home.

I went onto google and started researching and checking how to make them. It looked really easy how the Japanese chefs were slicing the cucumbers in the videos. So I went, bought a few pieces of long cucumbers, and planned a day to prepare them.

Unfortunately, as it always looks so easy on the videos, this was not the case. I used 5 cucumbers, which I completely destroyed and still could not get thinly sliced sheets properly.

How to slice cucumbers for sushi rolls?

I started thinking. How else can I slice it? I just wanted them so much that I was unwilling to give up. I went to buy a few more cucumbers and tried some other easier ways.

Then one of my trials worked, and therefore I can give you the kitchen tips and solutions on how to make them without cutting your fingers or trying the professional Japanese way.

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Naruto Rolls
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How to make Cucumber Sushi Naruto Rolls?

Kitchen Gadgets needed:

  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Sushi Bamboo Mat
  • Plastic Wrap

Ingredients needed:

  • Long Cucumbers
  • Avocado
  • Raw Salmon

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING NARUTO ROLLS  – CUCUMBER SUSHI ROLLS

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare all of the ingredients together, in our case, long cucumbers, avocado, and raw salmon.

At the same time, place a sushi bamboo mat together with cling film on a wooden board for rolling.

Naruto Sushi Roll ingredients needed.
Avocado Cucumber Roll

Second Step: Slice Cucumbers

First, we slice the cucumbers.

It is best to pick long cucumbers which are straight and identical in size.

Using your vegetable peeler, slice the cucumber’s outer layers. Avoid the middle of the cucumber as this contains most water, and those slices are difficult to use for Naruto Maki.

Healthiest Sushi Rolls slicing cucumber.
Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Third Step: Place cucumber slices on a sushi mat

Having your sushi bamboo mat already prepared, layer the slices of cucumbers, making sure they are halfway covering each other.

Once all of the slices are layered, cut the ends to make sure the pieces are the same size.

Keto Sushi Rolls layering cucumber slices.
Naruto Sushi Roll

Fourth Step: Add fillings

Onto the one corner of the cucumber slices, place your toppings horizontally.

In our case, it is fresh avocado slices and raw salmon.

Naruto Rolls Cucumber Sushi Rolls adding salmon and avocado.
Keto Sushi Rolls

Fifth Step: Roll sushi rolls

As you see in the video, start rolling Naruto rolls exactly the same way as you would roll standard sushi into a log.

Cucumber Roll rolling into sushi.
Naruto Rolls Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Sixth Step: Wrap and freeze

Once your cucumber is rolled, cover it with cling film and tighten it from each side for the roll to hold its shape.

It is advisable to either place the Naruto roll in the fridge for an hour or freeze it for a few minutes for the cucumber to hold its shape before cutting.

Cucumber Maki rolling into clingfilm.
Healthiest Sushi Rolls

Seventh Step: Cut and serve

Take your naruto roll log out of the fridge or a freezer, open the cling film, and gently cut it into six cucumber naruto rolls.

You can sprinkle them with sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning.

Serve and enjoy immediately.

Avocado Cucumber Roll cutting log.
Cucumber Maki

Tips and Tricks:

  • Slicing – avoid slicing middle of the cucumber as this contains most water, and those slices are difficult to use for Naruto Maki.
  • Layering – make sure the cucumber slices are layered halfway on top of each other to avoid gaps in between
  • Cooling – wrapping naruto rolls and cooling them before cutting helps rolls to hold their shape

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What to serve with Cucumber Naruto Sushi Rolls?

Apart from sushi must, which is wasabi, pickled ginger, and soya sauce, you can also add a side dishes such as:

How do you store Naruto Rolls?

As naruto rolls consist of fresh avocado and raw fish, I do not suggest storing them. Naruto Rolls are best to serve and enjoy immediately.

If you skip raw fish and avocado, which might darken, naruto rolls filled with various vegetables can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

Can you freeze Cucumber Naruto Rolls?

I do not suggest freezing naruto rolls as the cucumbers contain lots of water, and by thawing them, they will become very liquid and not pleasant to the taste. 

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Cucumber Sushi Rolls filled with salmon and avocado.
Naruto Rolls Cucumber Sushi Rolls

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Naruto Rolls - Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Naruto Rolls Cucumber Sushi Rolls on a black stone plate.

Extra Special Naruto Rolls - Cucumber Sushi Rolls - Keto Sushi Rolls or Maki Roll - call them to your liking - are the best Keto Appetizer to serve during your Japanese evening or as a part of the Sushi Night. Those are the Best Sushi Rolls Without Rice that are fully Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Diabetic Friendly, and the Healthiest Sushi Rolls made out of the sliced cucumbers.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Long Cucumber
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 6 slices of Raw Salmon

Instructions

  1. Prepare all of the ingredients together, in our case, long cucumbers, avocado, and raw salmon.
  2. Using your vegetable peeler, slice the cucumber's outer layers.
  3. Having your sushi bamboo mat already prepared, layer the slices of cucumbers, making sure they are halfway covering each other. Once all of the slices are layered, cut the ends to make sure the pieces are the same size.
  4. Onto the one corner of the cucumber slices, place your toppings avocado and salmon horizontally.
  5. As you see in the video, start rolling Naruto rolls exactly the same way as you would roll standard sushi into a log.
  6. Once your cucumber is rolled, cover it with cling film and tighten it from each side for the roll to hold its shape. It is advisable to either place the Naruto roll in the fridge for an hour or freeze it for a few minutes for the cucumber to hold its shape before cutting.
  7. Take your naruto roll log out of the fridge or a freezer, open the cling film, and gently cut it into six cucumber naruto rolls.

Notes

  • Slicing - avoid slicing middle of the cucumber as this contains most water, and those slices are difficult to use for Naruto Maki.
  • Layering - make sure the cucumber slices are layered halfway on top of each other to avoid gaps in between
  • Cooling - wrapping naruto rolls and cooling them before cutting helps rolls to hold their shape

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Nutrition Information

Yield

3

Serving Size

4

Amount Per Serving Calories 81Total Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gCarbohydrates 2gProtein 7g

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Paul Allen

Sunday 16th of January 2022

If you have a Kitchenaid mixer, you can buy an attachment that will thinly cut the cucumber sheets for you. No cut fingers etc. One cucumber can make about 3 rolls. It comes with a thick or thin blade. I use the thick to make the roll sturdier. It makes it so easy I have cucumber rolls every week. I fill them with tuna, crab mixed with onion and mayo siracha with avocado slices. Very easy. If you sometimes find your rolls falling apart as you slice, just buy some sturdy toothpicks to put through the roll at about the thickness you want each of your pieces. I usually have about 4 toothpicks for each of my rolls I'm cutting. Works great.

Zuzana

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

That is a great idea. Shame that I do not have Kitchen Aid, but have seen attachment on several occasions already.

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