Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll

Delicious Cream Cheese California Sushi Rolls made with real crab meat and wrapped with a thinly sliced cucumber. This healthy version of a sushi roll is low-carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free!

If you’re looking for a healthy, low carb sushi roll, you’ve come to the right place. Learn how to make no rice sushi using this easy recipe and satisfy those sushi cravings!

No rice cream cheese California sushi roll being picked up with chopsticks and dipped into soy sauce.

What is Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll?

Crab meat, cream cheese, and sliced avocado are rolled in a thinly sliced cucumber. This no rice California roll with cream cheese makes for a delicious appetizer or healthy low carb snack. 

Although many low carb sushi rolls use cauliflower rice, this recipe just includes crab meat, cream cheese and sliced avocado. 

Perfect to enjoy as keto sushi recipe!

Fun Fact – did you know that California rolls were created in America? When sushi cuisine was first introduced in the States, the market wasn’t used to the idea of eating raw fish. So to make sushi appeal to the masses, sushi chefs created a non-raw fish California roll. 

So if you were looking forward to ordering some California rolls on your trip to Japan, sadly you won’t be able to!

What does this no-rice sushi California roll taste like?

Typically what is in a California roll sushi is rice, seaweed, crab meat, avocado, and cucumber. 

This no-rice version has the same delicious flavors! The addition of the cucumber wrap makes for a creamy and crunchy roll that also serves as a nutritious filler. 

No rice cream cheese California sushi roll served on a wooden serving plate.

Does sushi have low carbs?

Sushi’s main ingredients are made up of rice and fish, which means it is not a low carb dish. 

The other ingredients like soy sauce, fish, seaweed and vegetables are generally all low in carbs, but for the most part as a whole, sushi is not low in carbs. 

On the other hand, this recipe has net carbs of 2g per roll and is the perfect healthy alternative to traditional sushi. 

Pro Tip – imitation crab meat is processed with sugar, so it contains carbs that aren’t friendly for a keto diet.

What is in a California sushi roll?

  • Crab Meat in Water – buy canned crab meat. We have found higher-quality crab meat will contain fewer shells in the crab meat. 
  • Kewpie Mayo – a richer and sweeter Japanese mayonnaise. 
  • Sweetener  use your preferred sweetener. 
  • Rice Vinegar – is found in most Asian supermarkets. Look for sugar-free if preferred. 
  • Cucumber – thinly sliced using a vegetable peeler. 
  • Avocado – use ripe, sliced avocado. 
  • Cream Cheese – cut into long cubes.
  • Jalapeno – used to give California rolls a little kick. Optional. 
  • Toasted Sesame Seed  – found in most Asian supermarkets. 

How to make low carb California sushi roll?

Instructions to make low carb California rolls at home are quite easy. 

Mix the ingredients for the crab, sweetener, mayonnaise, and vinegar and stir to mix. 

Place a spoonful of the mix onto a slice of cucumber. Add in your desired toppings like cream cheese, avocado, cucumber and roll them together. 

Dip the rolls into soy sauce and wasabi! If you are looking for a bigger kick, a little sriracha or spicy mayo goes perfectly on these rolls! 

These rolls go great with a side of miso soup and edamame. 

Extra Info – we didn’t use any nori sheet because we found once the moist crab mixture touched the seaweed, it became soggy over time. Cucumber held up much better for texture. 

What is the nutrition information for this California roll recipe? 

  • 36 Calories 
  • 1g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 2g Protein
  • 3g Fat 
  • 10mg Cholesterol
  • 87mg Sodium
  • 19mg Potassium
  • 7mg Calcium
  • 1mg Iron
  • 48ui Vitamin A
  • 1mg Vitamin C

No rice cream cheese California sushi roll served on a wooden serving plate, top down shot.

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  • Prepping Time 10M
  • Total Time 10M
  • Net Carb/per 12 Pieces ~2g
  • Servings 24 Pieces

Ingredients

Cream Cheese California Roll

  • 6oz Can Crab Meat in Water (shredded or lumps)
  • 4 tbsp Kewpie Mayo (can sub with American mayo but will alter taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Sweetener (sugar alternative or preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Persian or Japanese Cucumber
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 3 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 Medium Jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seed

Dipping Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Peel the avocado and cut into 1/4″ slices longways and and then again in half short ways per picture below. You will need 24 pieces.

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3) Cut cream cheese into 1 oz slices (using the marker on the cream cheese wrapper). Then cut into 1 oz sticks into 1/8s, so each 1 oz of cream cheese will yield 8 pieces and set aside. You will need 24 pieces.

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4) De seed jalapeno (leave some seeds in there for the spice) and finely dice.

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5) Drain canned crab meat from water VERY well by pressing the meat down 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, sweetener, Rice Vinegar, and diced jalapenos. Mix well until potato salad-like consistency.

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6) On a plate or assembling board, sprinkle Toasted Sesame Seed and set aside.

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7) Use a slicer to make 24 thinly sliced cucumbers long ways. Place the sliced cucumbers on top of a paper towel and use another paper towel to pat dry. Once dried, transfer cucumber slices on top of the sprinkled Toasted Sesame Seed as pictured below.

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8) In the middle bottom half of each sliced cucumber, place a piece of cream cheese and avocado. Follow this up with about 1/2 tsp of the crab mix as shown on picture below. Note – If your cucumber slices has a thicker side, it’s better to place the cream cheese, avocado and crab mix on that side. Otherwise, the rolls might come undone.

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9)  Grabbing the bottom of each cucumber, carefully roll upwards to form roll. Repeat with all the rolls and transfer to serving plate. Serve with optional dipping Soy Sauce.

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No rice cream cheese California sushi roll served on a wooden serving plate.

Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll

Delicious Cream Cheese California Sushi Rolls made with real crab meat and wrapped with a thinly sliced cucumber. This healthy version of a sushi roll is low-carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: California roll with cream cheese, low carb sushi, no rice sushi, what is in a California sushi roll
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 Pieces
Print Recipe
Calories: 36kcal

Ingredients

Cream Cheese California Roll

  • 6 oz Crab Meat shredded or lumps
  • 4 tbsp Kewpie Mayo can sub with American mayo but will alter taste
  • 1/2 tsp Sweetener sugar alternative or preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Whole Cucumber Persian or Japanese
  • 1/2 Whole Avocado
  • 3 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 Whole Jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seed

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (15)
  • Peel the avocado and cut into 1/4" slices longways and and then again in half short ways per picture below. You will need 24 pieces.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (6)
  • Cut cream cheese into 1 oz slices (using the marker on the cream cheese wrapper). Then cut into 1 oz sticks into 1/8s, so each 1 oz of cream cheese will yield 8 pieces and set aside. You will need 24 pieces.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (1)
  • De seed jalapeno (leave some seeds in there for the spice) and finely dice.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (10)
  • Drain canned crab meat from water VERY well by pressing the meat down 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, sweetener, Rice Vinegar, and diced jalapenos. Mix well until potato salad-like consistency.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (9)
  • On a plate, sprinkle Toasted Sesame Seed and set aside.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (16)
  • Use a slicer to make 24 thinly sliced cucumbers long ways. Place the sliced cucumbers on top of a paper towel and use another paper towel to pat dry. Once dried, transfer cucumber slices on top of the sprinkled Toasted Sesame Seed as pictured below.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (31)
  • In the middle bottom half of each sliced cucumber, place a piece of cream cheese and avocado. Follow this up with about 1/2 tsp of the crab mix as shown on picture below.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (23)
  • Grabbing the bottom of each cucumber, carefully roll upwards to form roll. Repeat with all the rolls and transfer to serving plate. Serve with optional dipping Soy Sauce.
    Keto Cream Cheese California Sushi Roll Recipe (33)

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Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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