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Brown Rice Sushi with Smoked Salmon and Quick-Pickled Carrot

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 50 mins

Serves 12 (serving size: 3 pieces)

Sushi-making is not hard, but it sure does seem to impress. I like to make inside-out rolls, where the rice is on the outside. If you want to get really fancy, you can lay slivers of avocado on the outside of the rolls, and wrap in plastic wrap to shape. Chill that way for 30 minutes, and then slice into rolls. Serve with wasabi and lower-sodium soy sauce for dipping. You can save about an hour if you use precooked brown sticky rice, found in Asian markets and in the Asian section of large grocery stores. You’ll need 5 cups.



  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked short-grain brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar


  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 4-inch-long matchstick strips

Remaining ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 4 nori sheets (seaweed)
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced cold-smoked salmon
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 114
  • fat 1.3 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.3 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • sugars 2 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g
  • cholesterol 2 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 134 mg
  • calcium 23 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare rice, bring 3 cups water and rice to a boil in a medium saucepan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Uncover; drizzle with 3 tablespoons vinegar, tossing well to combine. Spread rice out onto a jelly-roll pan to cool. Cool to room temperature.
  2. To prepare carrot, bring 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add carrot; cook 2 minutes. Let cool in saucepan 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Cut a 4-inch-long chunk of cucumber. Cut in half lengthwise; cut each half lengthwise into 4 pieces.
  4. Wrap a sushi mat entirely in plastic wrap. Arrange 1 nori sheet on mat, rough side up; using damp hands, pat about 1 1/4 cups rice over nori. Flip nori over, rice side down. Arrange 1 ounce salmon, 2 cucumber pieces, and one-fourth of carrot along edge of nori closest to you. Roll up nori tightly using mat. Place roll, seam side down, on a cutting board. Repeat procedure with remaining nori, rice, salmon, cucumber, and carrot. Sprinkle rolls with sesame seeds, pressing gently to adhere. Cut each roll into 9 pieces.

Cook's Notes

Executive Editor at Cooking Light, Ann Pittman, explores whole grain's all-around awesomeness in her new book, Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice. This complete guide to healthy, hearty, and incredibly versatile whole grains includes something for everyone and offers innovative new techniques to ensure the most flavorful results. From simple, delicious sides to satisfying mains and sublime desserts, this James Beard Award-winning author educates, inspires and does not disappoint. Discover a whole new way of looking at whole grains, how they are prepared, and how they can be incorporated into a healthy diet at every meal.

Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, March, 2016, Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice;