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Black rice sushi rolls?  Yes, and they are so good!  I know that white sushi rice is the traditional version but I have been seeing sushi rolls made with brown rice so why not black rice?

Black rice sushi rolls
Black Rice Sushi Rolls

 It seems that I have been on a black rice kick lately with my black rice-mango salad, our Instant Pot black rice, and the quiche with black rice crust so this is my version of healthy black rice sushi rolls. We also have salads with black rice. Check out this black rice salad with tomatoes or our sweet potato and black rice salad.

This was a nice addition to our spread of snackies while we watched the Seahawks lose at the Super Bowl.  I had made a tray of appetizers that included polenta points with sun dried tomato pesto, artichoke-olive bruschetta, freshly made hummus with pita chips and these black rice sushi rolls.

Black rice sushi rolls
Black Rice Sushi Rolls

What Is In These Black Rice Sushi Rolls:

Half of the sushi rolls are filled with the vinegary black rice, ahi tuna slices and pickled ginger and they are delicious.  The other half of the rolls are filled with the black rice mix, cucumber, carrot slivers, radish slices, avocado and arugula. 

These veggie black rice sushi rolls are my favorite with the crisp crunchiness from the carrots and cukes, the zing from the radish and arugula plus the creamy avocado.  Yum, good!

Black rice sushi rolls
Ingredients for Black Rice Sushi Rolls
Black rice sushi rolls filled with fresh ahi tuna, and a crunch veggie mix. This is a great appetizer when in the mood for something other than chips.

Ingredients and Tools to Make Black Rice Sushi Rolls:

Sushi rolls are not that difficult to make although it is important to buy the best nori seaweed wrappers.  They can be found in most grocery stores but I like to buy them in one of the Asian stores where I can ask a clerk which is the best quality.  Also, I will pick up some pickled ginger while I am there, a can of powdered wasabi and a bottle of soy sauce if I don’t have any at home.

Black rice sushi rolls
Black Rice Sushi Rolls

What Is Sushi?

The definition of sushi is cold vinegary rice that is formed into a variety of shapes. 

One version that I make is not to roll it but to squeeze a bit together in my hand and form it into a small elongated shape, press an indentation on top with my finger and place a slice of ahi tuna, fresh salmon or cooked shrimp or vegetables on top.  That makes a quick snack if I don’t feel like making the rolls.

Tips To Roll The Black Rice Sushi Rolls:

These rolls are made with a bamboo mat which helps get the roll started and keeps it firm.  After it has been rolled I wrap the mat around it and squeeze it gently to keep it tight. 

These black rice sushi rolls can also be made without using a bamboo mat in which case you could use parchment paper or plastic wrap.  Actually, they are kinda fun to make.

Black rice sushi rolls filled with fresh ahi tuna, and a crunch veggie mix. This is a great appetizer when in the mood for something other than chips.
Black rice sushi rolls filled with fresh ahi tuna, and a crunch veggie mix.

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Black rice sushi rolls

Black Rice Sushi Rolls

Yield: 32 slices
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Black rice sushi rolls filled with fresh ahi tuna, and a crunchy veggie mix

Ingredients

For the Sushi Rice:

  • 2 cups black glutinous rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons plain rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Roll Fillings:

  • 1 package of roasted seaweed sheets
  • 2-3 ounces sushi quality ahi tuna, fresh salmon or fresh fish of choice
  • pickled ginger
  • wasabi paste
  • cucumber sticks
  • carrot sticks
  • radish slices
  • avacodo slices
  • arugula greens
  • soy sauce for dipping

Instructions

For the Rice:

  1. Rinse the rice and add it and 3 cups of water to a medium size pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add a tight fitting lid and cook for 30-35 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
  2. While the rice is cooking, slice and cut the fish and vegetables and set up a station to assemble the rolls. Add the vinegar, sugar and salt to a small dish and zap it a couple seconds in the microwave to dissolve completely. Allow the vinegar mixture to cool before adding to the rice.
  3. Transfer the cooked hot rice to a large non-metal shallow bowl and sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the top. Using a plastic or silicon spatula, slice and toss the rice gently to mix and cool it down. The grains of rice should be a little sticky and hold together when a lump is formed. You can also help the cooling and drying by fanning it with a hand-held item such as a magazine, or set up a table fan to blow on the rice as you lift it.

To assemble the rolls:

  1. Lay the bamboo mat flat on a cutting board and place one sheet of the seaweed on the mat shiny side down. Spoon about a 1/2 cup of the rice onto the seaweed and gently spread it to the edges but leave a 1-inch boarder at the far end.
  2. Add a strip of your ingredients across the end closest to you and, using the mat as your helper, begin rolling and pressing to form the roll. Continue to the far end of the seaweed, stop rolling long enough to dampen the open edge with your fingers dipped in water which will seal the roll. Place the finished roll on a plate and continue making the remaining rolls.
  3. To serve, slice each roll in 1 or 1-1/2-inch sections and place on a serving plate with soy sauce and the remaining wasabi and ginger.

Notes

Be sure to transfer the rice from the metal pan to a large shallow wooden, glass or plastic bowl as the reaction of the vinegar and metal will change the flavor of the rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 9.1gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 2.9gProtein: 3.7g

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Black Rice Sushi Rolls
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jayne

Thursday 14th of July 2016

These look wonderful! I think black rice makes them look so fancy

Pat

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Hi, Jayne...Thanks for your comments, they are so good and they are always a hit at a party :)

Nancy | Plus Ate Six

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Stunning photos! Can I get invited over to the next Super Bowl party because your game snacks are sounding pretty special :)

Pat

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Thanks, Nancy....Yes, you can absolutely join us on Super Bowl Sunday.....you are required to bring one snack to add to our spread :)

Elizabeth

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Such beautiful little works of art! A great sounding recipe too. I've never made my own sushi before, I need to remedy that!

Pat

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Thanks, Elizabet...Making sushi is a lot easier than you would think and you can get so creative with the process.

Laura | Wandercooks

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Holy moly these are GORGEOUS! Look how much that colour pops against the black rice! I am totally sold and can't wait to try. I bet they taste even better than brown rice and are just all round way more fun to eat. Yum, can't wait to try!

Pat

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Hi, Laura...Oh, yes! The black rice really does taste better than the brown rice. I hope you enjoy them :)

Sara

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

What gorgeous photos! That black rice really makes the sushi look even more incredible than usual!

Pat

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Thanks for the nice comments, Sara.....these are so good! Black rice is one of my favorites! :)

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