Cucumber Sushi Boats

Sushi is probably what I would pick if I was given only one thing to eat for the rest of my life. It. is. the. best. Sure, there are lots of other things I absolutely love, but sushi is the one that I love the taste, and how I feel after just as equally. That is if you stay away from the overly fried and saucy rolls. Anyway, I know this isn’t exactly a sushi dish. In fact after my travels to Japan a couple years ago I’m hesitant to call anything other than sashimi or fish over rice true sushi… the rolls are really a pretty American thing. Even here in France, rolls are not very common, even though sushi is one of the most prevalent types of restaurants I see! However, unless you are a sushi chef or know where to buy the sushi grade fish, it’s not the easiest thing to make at home. Trust me, I’ve done it. I actually made what I would consider restaurant quality rolls  just one time, but between finding the fish and getting the rice right it was an all day project… and honestly, who has got time for that?! That leads us here, to these cucumber rolls with shrimp and crab that kill that sushi craving but are super easy to put together. 

I still added some sushi rice to these, which you could omit for easy, but it was an awesome layer and brings the roll flavors together, but is still way less carbs ratio wise than typical sushi! On top of the sushi rice I layer sliced avocado, crab stick, shrimp and spicy mayo with a little bit of soy sauce stirred in. This recipe calls for the sushi rice to be cooked, I advise using approximately 1/4 cup dry and cooking per instructions on your rice packaging. You will most likely need to stir in a little rice vinegar, salt & sugar, but since the rice is optional and not the star here, go with the package directions if you are making. As for the spicy mayo sauce, I provide amounts and instructions, but know that this sauce could easily be purchased at the grocery store if you have spicy mayo already on hand, or can be adjusted with less or more sriracha based on your level of heat desired! 

Cucumber ‘Sushi’ Boats

Cucumber stuffed with sushi rice and topped with crab, shrimp, avocado and spicy mayo.


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup cooked sushi rice
  • 2 imitation crab sticks
  • 10 cooked & peeled shrimp
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp soy sauce


  • Slice cucumber in half long ways and scoop out seeds and soft center with spoon.
  • Press sushi rice into two cucumber boats.
  • Peel crab sticks into thin strips, they should come apart easily. You can slice if you’d prefer.
  • Layer avocado slices, crab and shrimp onto cucumber boats.
  • Mix together mayo, sriracha & soy sauce in a bowl and drizzle over top of cucumber boats.
  • ENJOY!
Keyword Crab, Cucumber, Shrimp, Sushi

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