Entrées, Food

Quick Pickle Sushi

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Low-FODMAP, Nut-free, Vegan*

slices of sushi with carrot

Last year I discovered that it’s quite simple to make your own sushi at home. Not only that, but it’s cheap, it’s fun, and it makes for a great stay-at-home date-night experience. One of the best parts about it (other than how inexpensive) is that you can customize the sushi to your heart’s content.

That’s how I ended up with these delicious mackerel-pickle rolls. You might be wondering if that was a typo. Pickles in sushi? Really?

Yes! And they’re amazing. In fact, I’d say they are the star of the show in this simple sushi roll. The homemade sauerkraut quick pickles pair brilliantly with the sour rice vinegar, while the brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness and the carrots a satisfying crunch. I found these little rolls so flavorful that soy sauce and wasabi wasn’t even necessary to make for an enjoyable meal.

If you’ve never made sushi before, it’s really not all that hard. You don’t need any fancy equipment to make a basic roll and this simple recipe will serve you fine and help you to make some delicious rolls.

The great thing about sushi is that it you can put whatever you want to in it. If you don’t like one of the veggies I used, swap it out for one that you do! If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, trade the mackerel for avocado slices. It’s easy and it’s fun to make your own custom sushi.


How to Make Your Own Sushi At Home


5 or 6 sheets of nori
2 cups of uncooked rice
2 cans of mackerel
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
5 pickle spears, halved
1/2 cup of rice vinegar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
wasabi, soy sauce, and ginger to taste


First, cook your rice. I used parboiled wild rice because that’s what we had on hand, but if you want to be a bit more traditional use sushi rice. While the rice is cooking, prep your veggies.

Then, pour vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat on medium and stir until sugar dissolves. When the rice is cooked, stir in the vinegar mixture. Continue stirring until fully combined. Allow rice to cool until you are able to work with it.

Next, lay a sheet of nori on a flat, dry surface with the rough side facing you. Cover the sheet with a thin layer of rice, leaving one inch uncovered at one edge. This makes it easier to seal the roll.

Lay several pieces of carrot, pickle, and mackerel in a vertical line, about 1/4 of the way across the sheet. This is how your sheet should look when you’re done.

Start rolling your roll to the right until you’re finished. Repeat until you use up the rest of your ingredients.

That’s it! Slice and serve with your favorite sushi toppings!

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What did you think? Aren’t pickles and sushi a match made in heaven?

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