Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese California Roll LowCarbingAsian Cover

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese California Roll


Sushi is a hard one to replicate while being low-carb/keto!  It typically uses 2 main ingredients and one of them is rice (did you know that a bowl of rice has about the same amount of carbs as a can of Coke!).

For the traditional sushi or nigiri, you have the option of making it sashimi (without rice), so that it’s pretty low-carb/keto.  However, for the fusion type rolls like California Rolls, it’s harder since if you eliminate the rice, all you get is the sushi mixture wrapped in soggy seaweed.

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So anyway, one day my father-in-law brought a pack of California Rolls over and as I was looking at it, I got inspired to make a low-carb/keto version of it!  After thinking of how I was going to pull this off, I started putting some ingredients together and ended up with something that went above my expectations!

I started with eliminating the rice all together and stuffing some more avocados and cucumbers in the roll, which was easy enough.  But then I started having issues with the seaweed getting soggy from the crab mixture, and who wants to eat soggy seaweed! 

So I popped the fridge open, saw a pack of bacon sitting there and that’s when the idea hit me, Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese California Roll!

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But before getting started, I had to figure out a way to get the bacon to form the roll of the California Roll.  So the first way we did it was just sticking a bunch of toothpicks in it to hold the shape while baking, which worked but we did use a lot of toothpicks. 

So after going back to the drawing board, we figured out a better way to make these bacon rolls!  We instead wrapped aluminum foil around a cylinder object (we used a small squeeze bottle) and then just wrapped the bacon around the aluminum foil with 1 toothpick holding the conjuring ends together.  It worked perfectly and much better than the 1st version!

After that, it was just simply making sugar crab free low-carb/keto crab mix for the California Roll, which was easy enough. 

The end result was this fusion sushi where the flavors complimented each other so well, I knew I had to share this one with everyone here on LCA.  So hope you guys all enjoy this fusion California roll sushi, low-carb/keto style!

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For this dish, the only special ingredients you would need are Kewpie MayoSwerve/Monkfruit and Rice Vinegar.  You can pick up everything up on Amazon or a local Asian supermarket. 

Now, let’s get cooking!

Prepping Time 10M

Cooking Time 20M

Total Time 30M

Net Carb/Serv ~.1g

Servings 10 Rolls

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Preheat oven to 400F.  Line oven tray with aluminum foil or use a silicone baking mat.

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3) Cut bacon into ~5″ slices (you should end up with 10 slices).  Cut aluminum foil into 3-4″ width strips and wrap onto a cylinder shaped object with a diameter of about 3-4″ (or you can use your fingers).  Wrap the bacon around the foil and place a toothpick at the end to hold the bacon together.  Place bacon along with the rolled aluminum foil onto the oven tray making sure it’s standing up vertically.  Repeat for all 10 bacon rolls.   Transfer to center of the oven and bake for 16-19 minutes until crispy. 

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4) In the meantime, cut the cucumber into 1″ x 1/2″ pieces and set aside.  You’ll need a piece for each roll.

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5) Peel the avocado and cut into 1″ x 1/2″ pieces and set aside.  You’ll need a piece for each roll.  Here is how we cut avocado if you are interested.

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6) Cut cream cheese into 1 oz slices (using the marker on the cream cheese wrapper).  Then cut into 1/8, so each 1 oz of cream cheese will yield 8 pieces and set aside.  You’ll need a piece for each roll.

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7) Drain canned crab meat from water VERY well by pressing the meat with a spoon.  There can be no water in there or it will affect the end texture.  In a mixing bowl, add crab meat, Kewpie MayoSwerve/Monkfruit and Rice Vinegar.  Mix well until potato salad-like consistency and set aside.

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8) Once the bacon is done and cool to touch, remove toothpicks.  With 2 fingers, undo the bacon rolls and place 1 piece of cucumber, cream cheese, avocado, and a tsp worth of crab mix into the center of bacon.  Roll back the bacon to form roll and plate.

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9) Sprinkle with optional Sesame Seeds and enjoy!  Note – no need to dip in soy sauce as the bacon is plenty salty enough.

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Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese California Roll!

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Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese California Roll

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Bacon Cream Cheese California Roll. Super easy to make at home and only ~0.5 Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
4.8 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: bacon sushi rolls, keto california rolls, keto sushi, low carb california rolls, low carb sushi, no rice sushi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Rolls
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Ingredients

  • 5 Thick Cut Bacon Slices
  • 6 oz Can Crab Meat in Water shredded or lumps
  • 4 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp Swerve/Monkfruit
  • 1/4 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1/2 Whole Avocado
  • 1/2 Whole Persian or Japanese Cucumber
  • 1 1/4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/8 tsp Sesame Seed optional
  • 10 Toothpicks
  • 1 Sq Ft Aluminum Foil

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line oven tray with aluminum foil or use a silicone baking mat.
  • Cut bacon into ~5″ slices (you should end up with 10 slices). Cut aluminum foil into 3-4" width strips and wrap onto a cylinder shaped object with a diameter of about 3-4" (or you can use your fingers). Wrap the bacon around the foil and place a toothpick at the end to hold the bacon together. Place bacon along with the rolled aluminum foil onto the oven tray making sure it's standing up vertically. Repeat for all 10 bacon rolls. Transfer to center of the oven and bake for 16-19 minutes until crispy.
  • In the meantime, cut the cucumber into 1" x 1/2" pieces and set aside. You'll need a piece for each roll.
  • Peel the avocado and cut into 1" x 1/2" pieces and set aside. You'll need a piece for each roll. Here is how we cut avocado if you are interested.
  • Cut cream cheese into 1 oz slices (using the marker on the cream cheese wrapper). Then cut into 1/8, so each 1 oz of cream cheese will yield 8 pieces and set aside. You'll need a piece for each roll.
  • Drain canned crab meat from water VERY well by pressing the meat with a spoon. There can be no water in there or it will affect the end texture. In a mixing bowl, add crab meat, Kewpie Mayo, Swerve/Monkfruit and Rice Vinegar. Mix well until potato salad-like consistency and set aside.
  • Once the bacon is done and cool to touch, remove toothpicks. With 2 fingers, undo the bacon rolls and place 1 piece of cucumber, cream cheese, avocado, and a tsp worth of crab mix into the center of bacon. Roll back the bacon to form roll and plate.
  • Sprinkle with optional Sesame Seeds and enjoy! Note - no need to dip in soy sauce as the bacon is plenty salty enough.

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