Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Quinoa Sushi

Sushi is usually made with rice but this one is with cooked quinoa. Seasoned with rice vinegar and sugar. Another healthy version on my favorite food.

Source: The Conscious Cook

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained (use a mesh strainer, they're so tiny they'll just run through a collander)
2 cup water
2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
4-5 sheets of nori


After rinsing the bitter oils from the quinoa, add the soy sauce to the water and pour the water over the quinoa. and  bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Unlike rice, you can stir the quinoa around during cooking if needed. Cook until the water is gone (there should be little steam chimneys in the quinoa). Throw into a big bowl and toss around with the rice vinegar and sugar. Toss for a little while or let it sit to cool for 30 minutes or so. It's a little easier to work with the quinoa when it's slightly warm.

Sushi fillings can be whatever you want, but I recommend:
(most should be cut into matchstick-like pieces)

avocado, sliced
green onion
red pepper
shiitake or protabella mushroom
mung bean sprouts/white bean sprouts

Lay down a piece of your nori on a bamboo rolling mat that has been covered with plastic wrap. Gently spread the quinoa on the nori leaving 1/2 inch space at the top.
Yes, quinoa is much harder to work with than sushi rice because of it's size and inability to stick as well as sushi rice
Place the fillings on the lower section of the nori, and roll that sucker up. You can also add wasabi in there at this point.
Cut it like regular sushi and serve with soy sauce. Enjoy!

The rolls were a success, except quinoa seemed to fall out everywhere when eating.


  1. I've always wondered what to do with quinoa but sushi is a fantastic idea! I don't know why i never thought of it! Yours look delicious!

  2. Hey Janine, indeed it was delicious with a healthy bite. Try and enjoy.