Sushi is a popular Japanese dish that has been traditionally made using vinegared rice. Alternative sushi bases have become increasingly popular due to dietary restrictions, allergies and creative culinary ideas. Here are seven different sushi rice alternatives to try if you want to change things up, or to accommodate dietary restrictions.
This ancient grain from South America contains all nine essential amino acid. The nutty taste and slightly crunchy texture makes it a great substitute for sushi rice. To maintain the traditional sushi taste, season quinoa using rice vinegar, salt, and sugar.
- Cauliflower rice
The low-carb, ketogenic diet is a favorite of cauliflower rice. It’s made by pulsing the raw cauliflower until it looks like rice grains. It has a fresh, light taste and texture which pairs well with traditional fillings.
- Brown Rice
Brown rice is still rice but it’s a healthier alternative to sushi. Whole grain rice retains bran and germ. It is therefore more nutritious than regular white rice. The slightly chewy texture of the rice and its nutty taste give it a unique but delicious taste.
Barley’s natural stickiness allows it to be worked with easily, even though it is chewier than rice. The hearty taste of barley pairs well with fillings such as grilled eel and tempura shrimp.
- Shirataki Rice
Shirataki rice, or “miracle” rice, is made from konjac, which is low in calories, carbs, and gluten. Nori wraps are a great way to keep your sushi rolls intact, even though they don’t have as much stickiness as sushi rice.
Although not as sticky, couscous is a great base for sushi rolls. It’s light and fluffy and works particularly well with Mediterranean-inspired fillings, creating a fusion between Japanese and Mediterranean flavors.
- Black Rice (Forbidden Rice)
The deep purple color of this ancient grain makes sushi rolls stand out. The black rice has a richer, nuttier flavor and is slightly stickier. It’s also packed with antioxidants.
By exploring alternatives to traditional sushi rice, you can not only cater to different dietary needs but also add a new twist to a classic dish. These substitutes will give your sushi a new lease of life, whether you are looking for health benefits or a change in pace. Next time you want to make sushi, try one of these grains and bases. You’ll be surprised at the culinary innovations that await!
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