Keto Tempura Shrimp Cream Cheese Sushi Roll w Spicy Mayo

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  • prep time

    prep time

    20 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    5 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    25 min

Keto Tempura Shrimp Cream Cheese Sushi Roll w Spicy Mayo

Enjoy this Keto sushi warm or cold! Jumbo shrimp are lightly coated in a pork rind tempura breading and fried in Keto avocado oil. Then, the shrimp are wrapped inside a cucumber roll with a layer of tangy cream cheese. The directions walk you through an easy way to roll up the perfect sushi roll, so anyone can make this recipe. You won’t want to include this recipe in your meal prep, but it makes a great lunch on weekends or can even be eaten as a snack. To make a filling meal, pair the sushi with your favorite Carb Manager Keto side dish. Eat with a pair of chopsticks or enjoy as a fun finger food. If you’d like a spicier sushi roll, either add extra Sriracha to your spicy mayo or use spicy pork rinds when making your tempura shrimp.

I Want Rice In My Sushi

You’re probably used to sticky white rice in your sushi. While you obviously cannot include this ingredient, you can make mock white rice with riced cauliflower. Cook cauliflower rice to your liking in a pan with some salt and rice vinegar. To give the rice a sticky effect, you’ll need to coat the rice in melted butter. You can press cooled cauliflower rice into a thin layer on top of the nori seaweed when making your sushi. Make sure to leave empty space around the edges of your sushi to avoid making a cauliflower rice mess. If you utilize this step, make sure to include the cauliflower in your food log when tracking your macros.

Keto Sushi Toppings

The sushi you buy at restaurants and stores always has fun toppings for a variety of flavors and textures to enjoy. On the Keto diet, you still have plenty of options! This recipe features a spicy mayo, which is a super easy way to add fat macros to your meal. Traditional soy sauce for dipping is also a completely Keto ingredient to include on the side. For a crunchy topping, sprinkle some extra pork rind crumbs on top as if they were tempura breading crumbs. Make the Carb Manager Keto Teriyaki Sauce or Carb Manager Easy Teriyaki Sauce for a sweeter dipping sauce. You can even enjoy pickled ginger in small amounts to cleanse your palate between bites.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    4.3 g

  • Fiber

    1.9 g

  • Total Carbs

    6.3 g

  • Protein

    17.5 g

  • Fats

    38.7 g

437 cals

Keto Tempura Shrimp Cream Cheese Sushi Roll w Spicy Mayo

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  • Shrimp Raw

    Shrimp Raw

    6 large

  • Fried Pork Rinds

    Fried Pork Rinds

    ½ ounce

  • Avocado Oil

    Avocado Oil

    1 tablespoon

  • Cucumber, Raw, With Peel

    Cucumber, Raw, With Peel

    3 ounce

  • Laver (nori), Dried

    Laver (nori), Dried

    1 sheet

  • Cream Cheese

    Cream Cheese

    1 ounce

  • Mayonnaise


    1 tablespoon

  • Hot Chili Sauce (Sriracha)

    Hot Chili Sauce (Sriracha)

    ¼ teaspoon

Recipe Steps

steps 7

25 min

  • Step 1

    Prepare tempura shrimp by patting whole jumbo shrimp dry. Peel and devein the shrimp if necessary. Leave the tails on to help prevent the shrimp from shrinking too much while cooking. In a small bowl, toss the shrimp with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Set the shrimp aside for the next step.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Make pork rind breading by pulsing fried pork rinds in a food processor until you have a fine crumb. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a bullet blender or crush the pork rinds in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin. Arrange the pork rind breading on a plate and coat the shrimp. Press the crumbs into the shrimp so they adhere, leaving a thin and even coating.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Brush the oil across the base of a cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast iron, a non-stick skillet will work here too. Heat the skillet to medium-high heat until you see the oil just begin to smoke. Place the shrimp in the hot skillet and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Use a pair of tongs to turn the shrimp over until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Set the cooked shrimp aside to rest and cool.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Use a vegetable peeler to peel slices off a whole cucumber. Choose 10-12 slices of cucumber and arrange them into a flat layer on a paper towel by laying them vertically with each slice overlapping the previous one halfway. Press a second sheet of paper towel over the top of the cucumber layer to soak up excess moisture. Your layer of cucumber slices should look like the picture.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Lay a sheet of nori dried seaweed on top of the cucumber layer. Microwave room temperature cream cheese for just 10 seconds to soften. Use the back of a spoon or a small frosting spatula to spread the cream cheese in a horizontal strip across the edge of the nori sheet nearest to you. Leave about 1 inch of space between the cream cheese and the very edge of the sushi roll, as pictured.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    Remove the tails from the tempura shrimp. Arrange the shrimp across the strip of cream cheese. Starting from the edge nearest you, lift the cucumber and nori layers and fold them over the cream cheese and shrimp filling. You can use the paper towel to help you lift the cucumber and roll the sushi up into a tight roll. Use a sharp knife to slice the finished sushi roll into 6 pieces. If you’d like to include shrimp tails like the recipe photo, leave the tails on the two shrimp on the ends of the sushi roll, and leave the tails sticking out as you roll and slice.
    Step 6
  • Step 7

    Make the spicy mayo by whisking together the mayo and Sriracha. Spread the spicy may on one side of your serving plate, and arrange the shrimp sushi around it. You may also dollop the spicy mayo directly onto the top of your sushi pieces. At your discretion, garnish the plate with extra Sriracha and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Other Keto garnishes you can include with the sushi is soy sauce or small amounts of wasabi.
    Step 7

Comments 2

  • RealisticKetoMama

    RealisticKetoMama 2 years ago

    Man that many carbs for one little roll? Where are these carbs coming from? I mean if they’re 4 carbs each then you can have what, 4 rolls and your pretty much capped for the day. That’s crazy. Lol.

    • Iamesp

      Iamesp 2 years ago

      1 sushi roll makes 6 pieces which is one serving at 4 carb per the whole roll of 6 pieces. .