Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

I have a confession to make. It is a sushi confession. Yes, I am an adventurous eater and I can’t get enough of raw yellow tail, spicy tuna and grilled unagi (eel). Flying fish eggs, great! Sea Urchin? Bring it on. So my confession? I also love California Rolls.

I know. California Rolls are like sushi training wheels – made for beginners. But I can’t help it; I love them.

But the problem is that unless you go to a really great place, chances are that the crab they use is that imitation stuff. And besides being just WRONG, the imitation crab contains wheat. So what with the hassle of having to bring my own wheat-free soy sauce with me to a sushi joint, I usually can’t eat the California Rolls. It is enough to make this gluten-free gal take up the art of sushi making.

But tonight, I just wanted the taste of a California Roll without having to perfect my knife and rice- making skills. So I had a bright idea! How about a rice paper roll packed with California roll type flavors? Quick, easy and a lot less carbs! I added a few non-traditional flavors to my rolls because I thought they would work well, so go ahead and experiment.

I made my very first rice paper roll under the excellent tutelage of Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple when I visited them in Southern California. They taught me not to over-soak the rice paper, not to over-stuff and to show the rice paper who is boss. Click here for their Rice Paper Spring Roll 101.

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Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe
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Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 256kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 12 ounces crab – freshly cooked, frozen or canned (if canned, rinse and dry well)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ - 2 teaspoons prepared Wasabi
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce - plus more for serving
  • Zest of 1 lime – finely grated
  • 1 large carrot – peeled and grated with large holes of a box grater
  • 1 seedless cucumber – grated with large holes of a box grater
  • 2 scallions - white and green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 avocados – sliced lengthwise
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves - ribs removed
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves removed from the stems
  • 6 large rice papers


  • Mix crab with mayonnaise, Wasabi, wheat free soy sauce, lime zest, grated carrot, cucumber and the sliced scallions.
  • Place lettuce leaves on prepared rice paper, put 1/6th of the crab mixture on the lettuce leaves, add two slices of avocado and top with some cilantro leaves. Roll and cut in halve. Serve with extra wheat-free soy sauce on the side.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 358mg15%
Potassium 555mg16%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 4350IU87%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Asian Avocado California California Roll Crab Cucumbers Rice Paper
  1. Lauren
    March 22, 2009

    I’m not big on sushi, but these california rolls look really good. I think I’ll have to try them =D!

  2. Peter G
    March 22, 2009

    Carol, these look great and quite easy…a great Asian fusion dish!

  3. Arwen from Hoglet K
    March 23, 2009

    I love avocado, so I have a soft spot for California rolls too. Nice idea to make rice paper rolls instead of sushi. It does sound more straight forward.

  4. Jennifer
    March 23, 2009

    I admit it with you, I am a california roll junkie. Just ate sme yesterday but they were not baeutiful like these, they were the kind you get in the local store near their seafood section. I want to fly out to see you now and eat the leftovers. ok?

  5. GFE--gluten free easily
    March 23, 2009

    Those look divine! Of course, anything with crab and I’m there. :-)


  6. Carrie
    March 23, 2009

    OMG… i want some RIGHT NOW! I am SO addicted to sushi!! and I need a low carb option! this is PERFECT!!! I might have to make them TONIGHT! ;-) thank you SO much for sharing this carol!!

  7. thewholegang
    March 23, 2009

    These look great. Do you know if any wrap paper that is gluten free and rice free? I miss those type of goodies.

  8. Helene
    March 23, 2009

    I love sushi, we try to eat sushi once a week. Those are beautiful.

  9. Carrie
    March 24, 2009

    Carol — tried these last night! FANTASTIC!! They were absolutely delicious!! Thanks SO much for sharing!! Loved it!! And i have enough for lunch today and tomorrow! ;-)

  10. WendyGK
    March 24, 2009

    I’ve been following the discussion on your Yahoo group and now with pictures and tips, I think I’m brave enough to use the rice paper that’s been in my pantry for months.

  11. Easy Recipes
    March 24, 2009

    Summer time is almost here which means I have to work on the beach body.

    Thank you for this new recipe! Will let you know how it turns out.

  12. Steph
    March 24, 2009

    i love california rolls too :)
    i really miss not being able to go out and eat sushi anymore. thanks for sharing a great, easy-looking recipe! i’m so excited to try it!

  13. WendyGK
    March 25, 2009

    Hey Carol. Just call me lost and confused. Food does that to me sometimes.I get so excited, I forget where I am. Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Jennifer
    August 1, 2009

    I LOVE sushi, as does my hubbs and it's hard for him to eat out at sushi places due to gluten sometimes in different rolls. He would LOVE (and I know I will) these rolls!! Thanks for such a great idea!! :)

  15. Anonymous
    July 18, 2010

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I just whipped some up, using shrimp instead of crab because our grocer had no fresh crab meat, and it worked beautifully! Glad to have spring rolls added to my repertoire.

  16. February 15, 2013

    Great recipe. My son loves sushi and will love this idea!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      February 15, 2013

      Thanks. I hope you and your son enjoy!

  17. May 27, 2015

    I can’t wait to make these! Curious about the rice paper rolls and where to get?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      June 9, 2015

      You can find rice paper at any Asian market or if your super market has a good international section they should have it there too. :)
      Enjoy! xo, Carol

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  20. Yve
    March 23, 2017

    These are delicious .. I would recommend draining the water out of the shredded cucumber before mixing in .. my first attempt as very soggy ☺

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