These Low Carb Shrimp Sushi Bowl fulfill all of my sushi cravings without ever having to call for takeout. These bowls have everything you would find in a spicy shrimp roll piled high on a bed of cauliflower rice.
I can’t say enough good things about these low carb sushi bowls. Since making them last week, I have eaten them every day for lunch and don’t see that stopping any time soon. They are just so good. From the shrimp in a semi-homemade spicy mayo to the edamame to the seaweed to the rice vinegar cauliflower rice. I just love it all. Plus these are awesome for meal prep. Other than the avocado, everything can be made in advance and packed up to take for lunches.
When making a low carb or keto sushi bowl, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is the rice. Since rice isn’t an option on low carb plans, you will need a rice substitute. The most obvious answer is cauliflower rice. To make it easy, I always buy the frozen version. It is so easy and cooks really quickly. However, if cauliflower rice isn’t your thing or you are sick of it, there are a few other options I have included below. Think broccoli rice, low carb noodles, spaghetti squash, veggie noodles, or just using lettuce wraps and skipping the rice altogether.
More Low Carb and Keto Sushi Bowl Ideas
- Low carb poke bowl: Swap out the shrimp for tuna or salmon. Toss the fish in two tablespoons of soy sauce, one tablespoon of sesame oil, one tablespoon of rice vinegar, and Sriracha to taste. If you like a sweeter poke, you may want to add some sugar-free sweetener to the poke sauce.
- Spicy tuna sushi bowl: Use raw or cooked tuna in place of the shrimp.
- Budget spicy tuna bowl: Instead of using sushi grade tuna, which can be expensive, use canned tuna. Toss it with the spicy mayo and it’s delicious.
- Salmon sushi bowl: Use either fresh cooked or raw salmon in place of the shrimp. You can also use canned salmon for a more budget-friendly option.
- Salmon and cream cheese keto sushi bowl: If you love a cream cheese sushi roll, then this is for you. Make the spicy mayo recipe below but use cream cheese instead of mayo. You can use Sriracha or leave it out for a non-spicy version. If the cream cheese is too thick, thin it out with a little mayo.
- Chicken sushi bowl: If you don’t like seafood, this actually works great with cooked chicken as well. It’s like a spicy Asia chicken salad.
- Low carb sushi rice substitutes: There are lots of options instead of rice when it comes to making low carb sushi. Cauliflower rice is the most common but you can also use broccoli rice, cabbage rice, or rutabaga rice. For a noodle option, use low carb shirataki noodles, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles.
Low Carb Sushi Options When Eating Out
If you decide to go out for sushi, there are actually a lot of options for someone eating low carb or keto. Here are some safe bets
- Miso soup
- Sashimi salads (just be careful of the dressing, which may contain sugar
- Seaweed salad (again ask about the dressing which may contain sugar)
- Rice free rolls – more and more sushi spots now offer rice free rolls as more people adopt the low carb lifestyle. It’s also always worth asking if they can make some rice free rolls, most places will