Quinoa Sushi – Fabulous Foodie Fridays #41

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Last week I loved the look of this Salt & Pepper Calamari from Lime and Mortar. I always get a bit freaked out by the idea of cooking seafood, but this recipe sounds great.


I fell in love with these Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches from Love Swah. Actually I love everything this lovely lady makes, but these cookies really had me swooning!


I always love coming across new blogs and was so excited to find The Sassy Cook this week. Check out this beautiful Lemon, Polenta and Ricotta Cake… but while you’re there, make sure you spend some time getting lost in all of the other amazing recipes too.


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This week I’m going to share with you one of my favourite lunch recipes. First of all though – a little confession. I am absolutely obsessed with sushi. I love it so much. To be honest, I’m not a ‘real’ sushi fan (as in the raw fish variety), but gosh I love every other variety. Give me a crispy chicken, tuna, or teriyaki beef sushi roll any day! The only thing is that white rice and me aren’t the best of friends. I can eat a little bit of it, but I tend to get really bloated if I eat too much. So, when I’m at home I make my sushi rolls using quinoa – it’s the perfect alternative because you still get that delicious sushi flavour but without the bloating afterwards. Double yay!

Quinoa Sushi

To make the sushi rolls you simply cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions. Once the quinoa is cooked, stir through some rice wine vinegar. Meanwhile, prep your fillings (this time I used leftover beef schnitzel, avocado, BBQ sauce and Kewpie mayo – but you can use whatever you like!). Place the nori sheet onto a bamboo mat and dampen slightly. Add the cooked quinoa and spread out (leaving a 1 inch gap at one end). Place your fillings in a straight line, and roll the sushi into a long, thin cylinder shape using the bamboo mat to help you.

Quinoa Sushi

Quinoa Sushi

Cut into small pieces and serve with soy sauce (you may also like to add wasabi and ginger). And that’s it! It’s so simple and easy to make sushi that is just as yummy but way less bloating than the white rice variety.

Quinoa Sushi

Quinoa Sushi - Fabulous Foodie Fridays #41

One of my favourite lunch recipes - and the quinoa makes a nice change from rice too!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner, Light Meals, Lunch, lunch box, Lunch or Dinner, Snacks
Cuisine: Dinner, Healthy, Healthy Snacks, Japanese, Lunch, lunch box, Snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Bake Play Smile


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 nori sheets
  • 3 tbs Kewpie mayonnaise
  • soy sauce optional, wasabi and ginger to serve
  • Filling suggestions: sliced cooked chicken breast and avocado terikayi beef, tuna and corn, vegetable strips, crispy chicken strips and sweet chilli


  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water.
  • Place the quinoa into a saucepan, cover with a lid and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Place the quinoa onto a plate and cool to room temperature before placing into the fridge to cool completely.
  • Place a nori sheet onto a bamboo mat.
  • Spread the quinoa 2/3 of the way across the nori sheet (leaving a 1 inch gap on the side farthest from you).
  • Place 1/3 of your fillings in a straight line on top of the quinoa.
  • Moisten the opposite end of the nori sheet with water (the part that doesn’t have any quinoa).
  • Use the bamboo mat to tightly roll the end closest to you toward the farthest end. You should end up with a long cylinder shape.
  • Cut each sushi roll using a sharp knife into small pieces.


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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

We have a sushi kit and a big bag of quinoa gathering dust in the cupboard. Might have to dig both of them out and magic up some sushi – this is inspired!

Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

My daughter (both of them actually, well, to be honest the whole family) loves sushi and I know that it would be perfect for her lunch box but haven’t made it in a while. I love your quinoa version!

Cindy @ Your Kids OT
Cindy @ Your Kids OT

Oh wow Lucy, I have never heard of quinoa sushi before! Sounds and looks amazing! What a great idea!

Jess @ Sweet Menu

Quinoa sushi? Well I never! Thanks for hosting FFF!