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Cucumber sushi is an easy recipe to put together with friends and family. It's easily adaptable to any diet or taste preferences, and a fun twist on sushi.

During the summer, I love trying no-cook recipes that are made with fresh vegetables and seasonal produce. A great way to do that is with this fun Cucumber Sushi idea. It’s basically a large cucumber that’s been cored and stuffed with anything you’d like. I usually try to mimic a sushi roll with the ingredients I use. But it’s a versatile and adaptable recipe that you can adjust to your taste.

Large plate showing the cucumber rolls sliced into large bite-size pieces and served with soy sauce and spicy mayo

Ingredients to make cucumber wrapped sushi

The most important ingredient for making this cucumber sushi recipe is the cucumber. Go for the large and wide cucumbers for best results. All other ingredients are negotiable. Because I tend to emulate the taste of sushi, I love using sushi rice (not pictured below), along with smoked salmon, avocados, red peppers and carrots.

These are all just optional ideas. If you want to keep it vegetarian, you can skip the smoked salmon. And if you want to keep it grain free, there’s no need to add the rice. I like using the rice because it helps everything stick together. And it makes it more filling if you’re making it for kids.

Ingredients to make the recipe: cucumbers, smoked salmon, carrots, red peppers and avocado

Other ingredient ideas of cucumber sushi

  • Sushi-grade fish (salmon, tuna, crab, etc.)
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Nori (seaweed paper)
  • Cream cheese
  • Green onions
  • Asparagus
  • Radish
  • Jalapeno

How to make cucumber sushi

Step 1: Cut the cucumbers in half and seed the cucumbers to create a hallow center with a thin wall around.

Step 2: Stuff the rice, then the remaining ingredients one by one by laying them flat on top of each other. I recommend using a dull knife to compress each layer against the previous ones. Keep adding ingredients until the cucumbers are fully packed without any hallow openings.

Collage showing the cucumbers hallowed out and then stuffed

Step 3: Slice the cucumbers into thin rounds and enjoy! While you’re cutting the cucumber wrapped sushi, if you notice any filling feels loose, you can stuff in more rice and vegetables as needed.

This is the part where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. There is just something fun about slicing the cucumber sushi and seeing the round green cucumbers full of delicious colorful sushi fillings! When you dip it in a spicy mayo sauce (recipe below) or soy sauce, it really has all the taste of sushi without the nori wrapper or fancy rolling equipment.

Two hands serving a large plate of cucumber sushi

The presentation is so cute! They can be a bit tedious to make, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually pretty fun. And the result is just adorable! This cucumber wrapped sushi is so much fun during the summer and works for so many events like:

  • Potlucks
  • Appetizers
  • Kids DIY “cooking”
  • Kids lunchboxes
  • Bridal/baby showers

So if you’re not in the mood for cooking this summer, and just want to have some fun with fresh produce, try this homemade cucumber sushi recipe. It’s very easy to adapt it to your taste preferences and/or diet restrictions and everyone always gets a kick out of how cute and delicious these are!

Best part?! You have an excuse to use those chopsticks you brought home from the Japanese restaurant a year ago!

Chopsticks removing on roll from the large dish

If you’ve tried this healthy-ish feel good Cucumber Sushi recipe or any other recipe on FeelGoodFoodie, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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Large plate showing the cucumber rolls sliced into large bite-size pieces and served with soy sauce and spicy mayo
Cucumber Sushi
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Cucumber sushi is an easy recipe to put together with friends and family. It's easily adaptable to any diet or taste preferences, and a fun twist on sushi.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, gluten-free pizza, Seafood, summer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Cucumber Sushi
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 cup sushi cooked rice
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon optional
  • Avocado sliced
  • Red bell peppers sliced
  • Carrots julienned
Spicy Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions, but do not stir when it is cooked. This allows it to stay sticky.
  2. Cut each cucumber in half lengthwise, and hallow it out by removing the seeds with a knife or spoon.

  3. Place a small amount of rice inside one half cucumber, then compress towards one side to make room for the other ingredients. Carefully add the smoked salmon, avocados, peppers and carrots, compressing as you add until the cucumber is packed full. Repeat for the remaining cucumbers.

  4. Using a sharp knife, slice cucumbers into ½ inch thick pieces.
  5. Serve immediately or cold with soy sauce or spicy mayo sauce, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 2 days in the fridge. If you don't use any avocados, they will last up to 4 days in the fridge

Make Ahead Tips: This is a great recipe for using leftover rice, so feel free to use what you have or make the rice ahead of time. 

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • Instead of sushi rice, you can use short grain white or brown rice, but make sure to cook with extra water to keep it soft and clumpy for easier assembly.
  • Feel free to add or change any of the ingredients included inside the cucumbers.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving which is about half a cucumber or 4-5 slices of sushi with some of the spicy mayo sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Sushi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 298mg 12%
Potassium 254mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 6.7%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    June 15, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Lengthwise would be cutting the length of the cucumber. You want to cut them in half.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      June 15, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      Oops…I updated the instructions! Thank you!

  • Reply
    June 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Kept it strictly vegetarian. Love the presentation and the taste. Great idea. Thanks

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