I have long been a fan of deconstructed sushi rolls as an easy dinner option. They can help with sushi cravings, be a fun build-your-own-dinner for small groups, or make nice light summer dinners that don’t require cooking. Or, you can make them just because you want to. You don’t need any other reason. This was a great dinner option for the elimination diet (Part II) we have been doing.
Sushi rice is obviously the best. White or brown. You can use other rice in pinch, but it really isn’t as good. Wash the rice first. Once cooked you need to season your rice*. Seasoning rice is tossing rice with salted, sugared rice vinegar. (!)Pay attention to if you are using rice vinegar or Seasoned rice vinegar. There are some types that are already seasoned. 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1 tbs sugar, 1 tsp salt.
*Note: while following the elimination diet I did not do the sushi rice seasoning.
I try and use vegetables with a range of textures. You just need to make sure that they are cut into bite size pieces. There are some vegetables like green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower that benefit from a quick parboil to take bit of the super crunchy rawness out of them. I like to use cabbage as well, but I toss thinly sliced cabbage with a bit of rice wine vinegar and sesame oil and let it sit while I prepare all the other ingredients including the rice.
This is totally optional. You can go vegetarian and use a seasoned tofu. For meat options you can really use anything, but I tend to like shrimp or fresh tuna (if this is an option). Crabmeat and shrimp are also nice. Personally, I like to stick to seafood, but there is no reason you could top these with thinly sliced grilled steak or chicken.
Avocado is a must, in my opinion. Plus, some pickled ginger, green onions, wasabi and toasted sesame seeds are all perfect finishing touches. I often use them all. All the things!!
Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowls
This is the recipe for the bowl I according to the elimination diet. It did not have seasoned rice, sesame seeds, or soy sauce. But, if making this dish without any dietary restrictions I would include all of those!
~250g Smoked Salmon
3 cups brown sushi rice, cooked
1 large carrot
2 cups red cabbage, finely sliced
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil (or olive oil)
2 green onions
apple cider vinegar, olive oil and salt to taste
In a medium bowl add 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp of sesame oil, generous pinch of salt and pepper. Toss together and set aside until ready to assemble. Follow the directions on the package for cooking ratios of the brown sushi rice. Remember to rinse it first.
Chop cucumber and carrots into matchsticks. Slice avocado and green onions. Then assemble vegetables in bowl over rice. Top with pickled ginger, green onions, wasabi and toasted sesame seeds.