Closeup of a hand dipping Cucumber Sushi into soy sauce in a white ramekin

Cucumber Sushi

If you’re on a low-carb diet but you’ve got to have your sushi fix, might I suggest this fun, delicious, and rice-free version of sushi? This Cucumber Sushi is a low-carb way of enjoying sushi and it’s so much easier than rolling it!

This light and fresh sushi alternative is made with simple ingredients like cucumber, imitation crab, avocado, carrot, and cream cheese – it’s a California roll, essentially – minus the rice and nori. Make sure the imitation crab you buy is gluten-free! For the dipping sauce, simply combine rice vinegar, sesame oil, chopped green onion, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and San-J 25% Less Sodium Tamari for a delectable sauce that complements the sushi and is just the right amount of salty.

This is my new favorite way to enjoy the flavors of sushi without the extra time of rolling them and the extra carbs from the rice. Delish!

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Overhead view of Cucumber Sushi in two columns on a white rectangular serving dish with a ramekin of soy sauce

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Closeup of a hand dipping Cucumber Sushi into soy sauce in a white ramekin
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Gluten-Free Cucumber Sushi

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ¼ cup San-J 25% Less Sodium Tamari
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 green onion , finely chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch sesame seeds
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 8 ounces cold cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce package) gluten-free imitation crab
  • 2 avocados , cut into strips
  • 1 carrot , peeled and cut into matchsticks


  • Combine the tamari, vinegar, and sesame oil. Mix well. Pour into dipping dishes and top with the green onion, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.
  • Cut the cucumbers in thirds widthwise and scoop out the seeds with a butter knife or small spoon, creating hollow tubes.
  • Cut the cream cheese into strips as long as the cucumber lengths and stuff into the cucumber pieces. Continue to fill the cucumbers with the crab, avocado, and carrot. Slice into rounds and serve with the dipping sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Cucumber Sushi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 1312mg55%
Potassium 964mg28%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 2870IU57%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Asian Avocado Crab Cream Cheese Cucumbers Japanese San-J Soy Sauce Sushi Tamari
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