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KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS (HEART HEALTHY)

KETO SMOKED SALMON ROLLS

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Keto Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Rolls are a fun way to enjoy sushi without the rice.  Longe before my Keto Low-Carb journey and at age 26 I tasted sushi and sashimi for the first time and have loved Japanese cuisine ever since. I crave Japanese fare, so much so that I choose all-you-can-eat restaurants to indulge in until my belly is round. Now, reaching age 60 this year, however, I refrain from eating sushi and sashimi regularly. I cannot burn off the carbohydrates from the white rice that stored as fat in my body. Soy sauce is also ridiculously high in sodium.

Consuming too much salt leads can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Now it’s easy to make sushi rolls at home with or without white rice! My sushi roll recipe possesses almost no carbohydrates and offers a good source of protein and fiber. I also use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. Coconut aminos has less than half the sodium. My little gems are filled with creaminess, crunchiness, saltiness, fattiness, and umami (roundness and depth of flavour). I devour these rolls regularly because they are so healthy and low in carbohydrates.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF OF SMOKED SALMON?

Smoked salmon is a delicious and nutritious food that is enjoyed by many people around the world. It is a rich source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals. A 3-ounce serving of smoked salmon contains approximately 120 calories, 17 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fat. It is also a good source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in smoked salmon are beneficial for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation in the body. Additionally, smoked salmon is low in carbohydrates and is a great option for those following a low-carb or keto diet. Overall, smoked salmon is a healthy and tasty addition to any diet.

WHEN CAN YOU EAT THESE KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS?

KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS

KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS

You can enjoy these Keto Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Rolls for lunch, brunch, as an hors d’oeuvre, or for dinner. I can devour 3 rolls in one sitting, no problem! The rolls need not include raw seafood. Use fake crab, cooked shelled shrimp, smoked salmon, or canned tuna and canned salmon.   Or prepare a vegetarian version. 

WHAT CAN YOU PUT INTO YOUR KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS?

To prepare these Keto Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Rolls add substantial raw veggies, such as lettuce, cucumber, avocado, and carrots. Boston lettuce has large leaves and is soft and pliable and tastes great in sushi rolls. This lettuce is higher in folate, iron, and potassium than romaine. For making rolls, romaine lettuce is too hard and makes it difficult to roll the Nori paper. The Nori paper breaks. Butter lettuce is pliable, too, and an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and iron.

I don’t need a white rice substitute. However, you might like one. For the interior, you can use brown rice, wild rice, or cauliflower rice. Or you might like a combination of these.  

Higher Protein:

For a higher protein roll version substitute white rice with raw cashews or raw sunflower seeds. I know it sounds weird. But raw nuts and seeds have a mild nutty flavour. Not overpowering. Soak the raw nuts or seeds in water for 24 hours and rinse. Much like rice, the raw nuts and seeds are al dente and chewy.

Use the raw nuts or seeds in a roll with small chunks of cooked chicken, lettuce, avocado, and cucumber. Crush the nuts so they are comparable in size to rice kernels. Instead of dipping the rolls in soy sauce make a Thai spicy peanut sauce using coconut aminos. To make the sauce in a bowl add ½ cup of unsweetened peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 tablespoon stevia, 2 teaspoons chili sauce, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 3 minced cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger and 2 to 4 tablespoons warm water. Mix together in a bowl. Delicious!

For Crunch:

For crunch in your roll, add cucumber, carrots, broken raw cauliflower florets, snow peas, or even broken broccoli florets. Be creative. For creaminess, add cream cheese, fresh avocado slices, sriracha mayonnaise, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, the choice is yours.  For bursts of flavour add fresh lime or lemon juice, wasabi, grated fresh ginger, and sesame oil.  

The Roll:

Now for the roll.  Sushi rolls are made with Nori paper.  Nori is the name for dried, edible seaweed made into sheets. It is created from a species of red algae called Porphyra, including Porphyra yezonensis and Porphyra tenera. Nori is high in umami (depth of flavour) and is salty. 

Nori Health Benefits:

However, it is also low in carbohydrates and packed full of vitamins. Nori contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as niacin, folic acid, and taurine. Due to its level of vitamin C, the bio-availability of Nori’s iron content is increased. Once the package is open, Nori begins to dry out, making it difficult to use a few days later, even if stored in a freezer bag. If you have Nori paper leftover and want to make rolls a few days later, you can revive it. Preheat a toaster oven or oven to 200 degrees F.

Preparation:

On a dry, non-greased cookie sheet, arrange the Nori sheets in a single layer. Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 2 minutes. Check every minute to see if it has become more pliant for rolling. Because it comes from the sea, Nori works well with seafood like salmon, tuna, smoked salmon, and shrimp. It also complements vegetarian rolls. If you don’t like Nori, you can use other wrappers, such as rice paper, soy paper, Boston lettuce leaves, smoked salmon, or Boston lettuce. Instead of putting the smoked salmon on the inside, use it as the wrapper and fill the roll with cream cheese and veggies. Or use the lettuce to wrap your ingredients.

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO PREPARE YOUR KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS?

You’ll need a bamboo mat to roll the sushi and Nori paper for the rolls. The bamboo mat costs about $5.00.  The mat and the Nori paper are both available at Asian grocery stores and often at most supermarkets. Amazon.ca also sells the mats inexpensively.

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH YOUR KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS?

This Keto Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Rolls complement a crisp, dry white wine. The saltiness of the smoked salmon and bacon demands a brut sparkling wine, Pinot Grigio, bone-dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chenin Blanc.

Here are some other roll combinations: 
  • California Roll: Nori, imitation crab meat, avocado, cucumber, and lettuce. Sprinkle with toasted black sesame seeds. Pair with a big, buttery white wine, such as Chardonnay. The fattiness and richness of the crab meat and avocado will pair nicely with the wine’s creamy texture.
  • Spicy Crab Roll: Nori, imitation crab, cream cheese, avocado, lettuce, cucumber. Drizzle in sriracha sauce. The heat from the sriracha demands a wine with sweetness. If you drizzle just a little hot sauce you can pair this roll with an off-dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer. Remember, the hotter the sauce, the more sweetness required in the wine.  Add a little stevia to a glass of dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer so that the wine bridges nicely with the dish. 
  • Shrimp Roll: Nori, cooked jumbo shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, lettuce, and cucumber. This is another roll with some fattiness and richness from the cream cheese and avocado. Sprinkle with toasted black sesame seeds. Choose a big, buttery white wine, such as Chardonnay.
  • Tuna Salad Roll: Nori, canned tuna, avocado mayonnaise (because it’s often sugar-free), avocado, lettuce, carrot, and cucumber. Sprinkle with toasted black sunflower seeds. The delicate flavors of this roll, plus its fattiness from the avocado and mayonnaise call for a rich white wine like Chardonnay.
  • Salmon Salad Roll: Nori, canned salmon, avocado mayonnaise, avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber.  This is another rich roll deserving of a big, buttery white, such as Chardonnay.
  • Chicken Roll: Boston lettuce (for the wrap), chicken chunks, bacon, avocado, carrot, and cucumber.  Serve with Thai peanut sauce instead of soy sauce.  Due to the spicy sauce used alongside this roll choose an off-dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer.  Add a little stevia to a glass of dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer so that the wine bridges nicely with the dish. 

WINE TIPS:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

Keto Lazy Japanese Crab Noodle Salad

Tuna Cheddar Pasta Casserole

Turkey Pot Pie

Zoodle Caprese Salad

Matzo Ball Soup

Japanese Crab Noodle Salad

Cheddar Biscuits

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

HOW TO YOU PREPARE YOUR KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS?

To Prepare:

To prepare your Keto Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Rolls, lay out your bamboo mat with an optional piece of plastic wrap on top (to keep the mat clean).  (Normally, I often don’t use the plastic wrap until after the roll is made.). Make sure that the Nori sheet has its rough side facing upward.

Lay the lettuce on Nori at the end closest to you.  Place the smoked salmon on top of the lettuce.  Add the bacon, then cream cheese, followed by cucumber.

Place your thumbs underneath the bamboo mat and lift the edge that is closest to you up and over the filling in the center. Curve the rest of your fingers over the bamboo mat and gently press along the length of the “log.” This motion presses the filling together and prevents the roll from being too loose. 

Pull the edge of the bamboo toward you to fold it underneath your hands, then continue to roll the sushi away from you until you’ve rolled past the far edge of the Nori sheet.  Wrap the roll in plastic wrap twisting the ends to keep it tight.  Refrigerate for about a half hour or longer. 

To Serve:

To serve, lay the roll on a cutting board.  Using a sharp knife, cut the ends off the rolls about 1/8th inch thick to make the ends smooth.  Then cut the roll into pieces, on a diagonal, about a half inch per slice, making 5 or 6 per roll.

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KETO SMOKED SALMON ROLLS

KETO LOW-CARB SMOKED SALMON ROLLS


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Keto Smoked Salmon Rolls use nori paper, smoked salmon, cream cheese, bacon, lettuce, and cucumber.  Fabulous with non-alcoholic wine! 


Ingredients

4 sheets Nori paper (1 sheet per roll)

1 head cleaned Boston lettuce (2 to 3 large leaves per roll)

8 smoked salmon filets (2 filets per roll)

8 slices (sugar-free) cooked bacon, 2 slices per roll (turkey bacon for Keto Heart Healthy)

1 package cream cheese (3 slices per roll) (fat-free cream cheese for Keto Heart Healthy)

1/2 cucumber, cut lengthwise and quartered (1/4 quarter per roll)

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (for garnish, as desired)

Mayonnaise Sugar-Free (for garnish, as desired)*


Instructions

  • *https://ketopaleosharimac.com/keto-lowcarb-mayonnaise/
  • Lay out your bamboo mat with an optional piece of plastic wrap on top (to keep the mat clean).  (Normally, I often don’t use the plastic wrap until after the roll is made.). Make sure that the nork sheet has its rough side facing upward.
  • Lay the lettuce on nori at the end closest to you.  Place the smoked salmon on top of the lettuce.  Add the bacon.  Add 3 slices of cream cheese.  Add a piece of cucumber.
  • Place your thumbs underneath the bamboo mat and lift the edge that is closest to you up and over the filling in the center. Curve the rest of your fingers over the bamboo mat and gently press along the length of the “log.” This motion presses the filling together and prevents the roll from being too loose.  Pull the edge of the bamboo toward you to fold it underneath your hands, then continue to roll the sushi away from you until you’ve rolled past the far edge of the Nori sheet.  Wrap the roll in plastic wrap twisting the ends to keep it tight.  Refrigerate for about a half hour or longer.  To serve, lay the roll on a cutting board.  Using a sharp knife, cut the ends off the rolls about 1/8th inch thick to make the ends smooth.  Then cut the roll into pieces, on a diagonal, about a half inch per slice, making 5 or 6 per roll.

Notes

  • The recipe is based on the keto version and is approximate only.  One serving has 4 grams of net carbs per roll.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: PREPPING
  • Cuisine: APPETIZER, LUNCH, BRUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 265
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 1050
  • Fat: 8
  • Saturated Fat: 8
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 19
  • Cholesterol: 55

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