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On a low-carb diet, these Smoked Salmon Sushi Rolls are the perfect way to satisfy your sushi cravings!

This meal comes together quickly and is packed with flavor thanks to soft and salty smoked salmon, crisp cucumber, creamy avocado, and sour cream cheese.

What Gives This Recipe Its Flavour?

  • This dish doesn’t require any cooking! Yes, you did hear me correctly. No. Cooking. Required. You don’t even need to combine anything!
  • With 0g net carbs, you can eat as much sushi as you want and still stick to your macros. Is it possible to eat as much keto sushi as you want? I’ll be there!
  • This dish contains no rice, cauliflower rice, seaweed, or nori. Instead, we’ll use the salmon to make a sort of inside-out sushi roll.
  • It’s a great recipe for making light lunches ahead of time. After opening the packaging, the smoked salmon can be refrigerated for up to one week. Sushi should be kept on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator because it is the coldest. Place it in an airtight container after wrapping it with plastic wrap.

Key Ingredients for Blackened Salmon

Smoked Salmon Sushi Healthy
Food: Smoked Salmon Sushi Rolls (Source: 40 Aprons)

Salmon with a Smoked Flavor – Nova is my favorite smoked salmon to use in keto sushi. Nova differs from lox in that it is salt-cured and then cold-smoked, whereas lox is generally salt-cured but not smoked.

In certain locations, it’s known to as Nova lox. Nova refers to both the smoking method and the region from where the salmon is sourced — Nova Scotia.

Cream Cheese – Philadelphia brand original cream cheese is the lowest carb count of any brand I’ve found in the grocery store, so I always recommend it!

Chef’s Advice

  • If you like your sushi with a little kick, top your roll with wasabi paste or a spicy sriracha mayo made with 1/2 cup mayo and 2 teaspoons sriracha (more if you like it extra spicy). To enhance the flavor, add a few drops of sesame oil or lime juice.
  • A mandoline is the easiest way to cut a cucumber into matchsticks. Matchsticks resemble julienne cuts, except they’re thinner and shorter… like matchsticks!
  • It can be difficult to get an avocado that is completely fresh. Look for avocados that are dark green in color and yield somewhat when gently pressed but aren’t mushy. Instead of pressing on the sides, press on the stem with the same amount of pressure you’d need to click a mouse. If you make a dent in the avocado, it’s no longer edible. If you’re buying avocados a few days ahead of time, look for ones that are a little lighter in color, since they will ripen more by the time you’re ready to consume them.

Smoked Salmon Sushi Rolls

15-minute prep time
15 minutes to cook
30 minutes to chill
1 hour in total

On a low-carb diet, these keto smoked salmon sushi rolls are the perfect way to satisfy your sushi cravings! This meal comes together quickly and is packed with flavor thanks to soft and salty smoked salmon, crisp cucumber, creamy avocado, and sour cream cheese.


  • Black and white sesame seeds for garnish
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon thinly sliced, cold
  • 2 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese cut into sticks
  • ½ cucumber medium, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ avocado sliced
  • soy sauce or tamari optional, for dipping


  • Plastic wrap
  • Sharp knife

Instructions For Smoked Salmon Sushi Rolls

Smoked Salmon Sushi
Food: Smoked Salmon Sushi Rolls (Source: 40 Aprons)
  1. Using a large piece of plastic wrap, cover a level work surface with sesame seeds.
  2. Place salmon pieces on plastic wrap, overlapping them to form a rectangle about 6 inches wide by 12 inches long. The longest sides of the table should be towards you.
  3. Carefully place cream cheese, avocado slices, and cucumber sticks on top of the salmon, taking care not to dislodge any of the pieces. Start the line around 12 inches from the salmon’s edge.
  4. Roll the fish tightly around the filling as you go. Plastic wrap can be used as a guide, but it should not be rolled into the sushi roll.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap securely. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until the mixture is stiff.
  6. Cut the salmon roll into 16 half-inch thick pieces using a sharp knife. Serve with dipping soy sauce.


  • Use tamari or a gluten-free soy sauce to make it gluten-free.

This recipe makes approximately 16 1/2-inch thick sushi pieces. You can make as many servings as you wish.

The nutritional statistics displayed are for one piece of sushi made with Philadelphia brand cream cheese. The macros may differ slightly based on the ingredient brands utilized.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1piece, Calories: 40kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 68mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 28IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg