Avocado Cucumber Sushi Roll

Learn how to make sushi with this easy sushi recipe! Filled with mango, avocado & cucumber, it makes a healthy, delicious sushi roll.

Avocado Cucumber Sushi Roll Recipe

We love sushi. We love it so much that we rarely make it at home, well, because Uchi is just down the street. But this homemade sushi recipe is a fun kitchen project to do with your significant other when you’re looking for something new to do together in a Friday night. Plus, making this sushi roll is way less expensive than ordering sushi at a restaurant.

Sushi Roll-Making Tips!

First things first – don’t be scared! The only thing required for “sushi date night” is a bamboo mat and a positive attitude. You need to be in the kind of mood where you can laugh at each other when you get rice stuck all over your fingers and when your sushi rolls don’t turn out perfectly but they’re delicious anyway.

When you’re ready to start cooking, prep your components: the sushi rice and your fillings.

Avocado Cucumber Sushi Recipe Ingredients

How to Make Sushi Rice

While white rice is traditional, I opt for healthier short grain brown rice which works great. Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, water, and olive oil and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove the rice from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 more minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork and fold in the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cover until ready to use.

Sushi Recipe Fillings

I love to make my veggie sushi roll with avocado and cucumber… but the special ingredient here is mango! I like how it replaces the soft texture of raw fish, and it adds a wonderful sweet pop of flavor. You could also play with the fillings here and try blanched asparagus, boiled sweet potato, thinly sliced red cabbage, scrambled egg, or tofu.

Make sure you slice your fillings thinly so that a little of each ingredient will fit nicely in the center of the sushi roll.

P.S. if you’re intimidated by rolling sushi, you can make a deconstructed sushi rice bowl using this same delicious ingredient combination. 

How to make sushi

How to Make Sushi

When the rice and the fillings are ready, it’s time to roll!

  1. Place a small bowl of water and a kitchen towel near your work area as your hands will get sticky.
  2. Place one nori sheet, glossy side down, onto a bamboo mat and press a handful of rice onto the lower two-thirds of the sheet.
  3. At the bottom of the rice place your toppings (see picture). Don’t overfill or it will be more difficult to roll.
  4. Use the bamboo mat to tuck and roll the nori. Once rolled, use the bamboo mat to gently press and shape the roll. Place the roll to the side, cut side down.
  5. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the sushi. Wipe the knife clean with a damp towel between cuts.
  6. Serve with soy sauce, ginger, and sesame seeds or yummy coconut peanut sauce and enjoy!

Hands rolling veggie sushi

If you love this sushi roll recipe…

Try this variation with roasted shiitakes, or make a bigger meal complete with miso soup and a salad with carrot-ginger dressing!


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Avocado Cucumber Sushi Roll

 
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Learn how to make sushi with this easy sushi recipe! Filled with mango, avocado, and cucumber, it makes a healthy, delicious sushi roll.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, main dish
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Sushi rice
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
For the Rolls:
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into long strips
  • 1 ripe mango, sliced into vertical strips
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ⅓ cup micro greens, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional
  • 4 nori sheets
Serve with
Instructions
  1. Make the sushi rice: In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, water, and olive oil and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the rice from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 more minutes. Fluff with a fork and fold in the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cover until ready to use.
  2. Assemble the sushi rolls: Place a small bowl of water and a kitchen towel near your work area as your hands will get sticky. Place one nori sheet, glossy side down, onto a bamboo mat and press a handful of rice onto the lower two-thirds of the sheet. At the bottom of the rice place your toppings (see picture). Don’t overfill or it will be more difficult to roll. Use the bamboo mat to tuck and roll the nori. Once rolled, use the bamboo mat to gently press and shape the roll. Place the roll to the side, cut side down. Repeat with remaining rolls.
  3. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the sushi. Wipe the knife clean with a damp towel between cuts.
  4. Serve immediately with tamari or ponzu sauce and coconut peanut sauce, if using.

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  1. Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands
    05.16.2016

    Cute sushi that you made! Looks easy to roll as well 🙂

  2. Roxana from atreatsaffair.com
    05.16.2016

    What a great combination of flavors! I love the idea of rolling your own Sushi. Very brave of you. Not sure I would have the patience, but I want to try it!!

  3. Ah this is my favorite sushi combination! I’m so glad you shared a recipe for it!! It’s definitely time to find out if I have some hidden sushi rolling skills. If not deconstructed rice bowls will be the way to go!

  4. This looks wonderful although I’d have to replace the avocados (tear!) because of my intolerance.

  5. Wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing a lot of amazing recipes. I just purchased a new rice cooker, so the first try will be the rice for sushi in this recipe.

  6. Helen
    06.16.2016

    This is exactly the recipe I wanted! I tried the whole foods avo cucumber brown rice maki last week and fell in love, so this is perfect!

  7. Marina from Saladmenu.com
    06.27.2016

    I like how this sushi is cute and has a bit of bright color!

  8. Jessi F.
    07.21.2016

    Oh my, these turned out great! I added a little mirin to the mango, and that give it just a little more ‘pop.’ This is my new favorite veggie sushi, and I’m sure I’ll make it often. Thanks!

  9. Andy from fitnessatrium.com
    07.26.2016

    I love sushi, especially the ones with mangoes in it, but I’m extremely lazy at making it. These are lovely, but I’ll probably go ahead and just mix everything up in a “deconstructed” sushi bowl like you said, and eat everything with a spoon. 😉

  10. Bridget
    04.23.2017

    Thanks for share this article, it very useful for me.
    I look forward to your new article.

  11. Zozora from zozora.net
    08.14.2017

    I’m so glad I found your blog on Google! I just found out recently that I have Gluten allergies and now I have to change my diet. Now there is a collection of Gluten free recipes that I can reference YAY! I also love sushi so this is the perfect post for me. Thank you so much keep the great work =)

  12. I have REALLY been craving sushi, but I prefer brown rice sushi for more nutrient-dense rolls! This looks amazing, and I definitely have to try it!

  13. Steve Taylor
    09.18.2017

    This sushi looks amazing!!! I love making sushi at home with my sushi making tools because it is much cheaper than at the restaurant and so much fun too. I hope I can make the perfect avocado & mango brown rice sushi for my kids with the help of this article. Thanks for sharing such an amazing sushi recipe.

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