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Sushi Rice (Grain Free, Paleo, AIP)

Not all rice is created equally…

I didn’t partake in cauliflower rice for a long time. It was one of those things, that to me, didn’t even come close to the real thing, so why bother. I love roasted cauliflower and cauliflower mash so why go through the hassle of grating it… because you know it always makes a mess. Welp… I digress.

I was really missing sushi a few months ago, and Chosen foods had sent me chia seeds. Well, since I’ve done really well with introducing seeds back in to my diet, I ventured to make cauliflower rice, and add chia seeds to bind it. It worked, and it was delicious! The recipe is in my eBook.


What about my AIP folks…. the people who can’t eat chia seeds… or those who can’t find them. I wanted to try another version. Beef gelatin of course was my binder of choice. Not only would it add protein to the rice, but gut healing properties! Whoot Whoot.

I used coconut milk in the recipe and it works really well. I’ve also used homemade cashew milk (not AIP), and I think it works even better to be honest.

sushi rice


The apple cider vinegar gives it the sushi rice flavor, and the milk is there to cook the gelatin and then as your rice cools it will begin to get sticky. Don’t worry, it’s not gummy! The ratio is just enough cauliflower and milk to gelatin that you get the hold with out the chew.

So get your nori ready! Sushi is back on the menu!

Need more reasons to make this rice? Check out why Cauliflower is a SUPERFOOD!




Paleo Sushi Rice (AIP!)
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  • 1 large head cauliflower, about 5 cups riced (grated)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil or other fat (sesame oil works really well!)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Great Lakes Beef Gelatin, red can


  • First shred your cauliflower. I like to use the grater attachment of my food processor, but you can also use a cheese grater.
  • In a large pot heat oil on high heat.
  • Add in the riced cauliflower and saute for two minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add in the salt, apple cider vinegar and sprinkle in the gelatin.
  • Stir well.
  • Add in the milk and stir it continuously as it comes to a boil.
  • Continue to stir until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  • As you stir it, if the liquid still pools at the bottom, keep cooking.
  • It's done when you can see the bottom of the pan when you make a hole in the rice with a spoon.
  • Then flatten the rice to the bottom of the pot and set to cool under a fan or by a window. I suggest you let it chill in the fridge for a while, the cooler it gets the stickier it will be.





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39 Thoughts to “Sushi Rice (Grain Free, Paleo, AIP)”

  1. Donna
    I have never had sushi...what did you add to the inside? Thank you
    1. I've done bacon, cucumber, mango and avocado. Or turkey, lettuce and mayo... or my favorite Kalua Pulled Pork! You don't have to do sushi! It's just a grain free way to wrap up food!
  2. Rachel
    Id love to see a post on how to make sushi/other topping ideas that are AIP & what you use as your wrapper!
    1. Hi Rachel! That's a great idea for a Facebook live feed! I do those every Tuesday. I have put kalua pork (AIP compliant) in my sushi rolls, like burritos. Another favorite is mango, bacon, avocado and cucumber! I will do a paleo sushi video this coming tuesday on my FB page. Stay tuned :)
      1. OMG... that mango, bacon, avocado and cucumber combo sounds boss!
  3. Candace
    What is the purpose of the Great Lakes Beef Gelatin? Could it be omitted?
    1. The gelatin is what makes it sticky! There is a similar recipe that uses chia seeds as the binding agent in my low carb paleo ebook. If you use code januarywhole30 you can get it for $2!
  4. What a fantastic recipe! I love sushi and still eat it quite a bit (despite it being not-paleo). I will definitely be giving this a go. Yours look really stunning!
    1. Do it! It's also a lot of fun to roll your own sushi :) I like ahi tuna or smoked salmon and avocado. YUM!
  5. Oh this is so clever! What a neat way to get that "rice" to set up just so for sushi!
  6. What a good excuse to make some sushi! Mastering the sticky stuff is no small feat. Thanks for this brilliant recipe. It looks like it works REALLY well.
    1. Yes! Any excuse for sushi! It actually comes together really easily. Hope you love it <3
  7. Faith
    Do you think this would work in a rice cooker?
    1. I don't think so, it would cook it too long. This is a really easy recipe, it only takes a few minutes stove top :)
  8. Oh wow - how freakin cool! I don't like sushi but i LOVE sushi rice, and what a great idea to prepare cauliflower this way. So exciting!
    1. Thanks!!1 You know I love making non-sushi rolls, like smoked salmon and bacon or turkey and greens!
  9. This is brilliant! We are huge homemade sushi fans in our home but I don't do so well with rice the way the rest of my family does. I can't wait to make this!
    1. I hear ya, I love white rice and had added it back into my diet until I realized my body wasn't a fan of the blood sugar spike :(
  10. BRILLIANT!! I have to try this!
  11. Mona
    I just made this. It wasn't sticky at all. Haven't made the rolls yet but I am sure it will taste fine. Tip ( maybe why it wasn't sticky) grate your own cauliflower. I already had a bag of "riced" cauliflower so I used that and it isn't small enough. Guess you could put it in the food processor. I will do better next time :)
    1. Hi Mona! Yes, the frozen cauliflower could be a factor... but I bet it will still get sticky. Put the rice in the fridge for 30 min or so before you roll the sushi. That should activate the gelatin. Let me know!
      1. Mona
        I meant to either delete my comment or add to it last night.... Yes it did get sticky once I put it in the fridge, not sure why I didn't think of that. The cauliflower wasn't frozen but I would still probably rice it myself next time but maybe not because it turned just fine with less work. It did take a lot longer that 4 or 5 minutes to cook the liquid out. I put the salt in but I didn't see it in the instructions when to do it. Thanks for the recipe, we eat tuna almost every Friday (poke, blackened etc) last night I also wanted a roll without making rice.
  12. I love sticky rice. So very creative that you added gelatin to make the cauliflower rice sticky/ So awesome for sushi!
  13. I LOVE Sushi ! Now this Paleo sushi rice just made everything so much better. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe !
  14. This is such a cool idea! I love sushi rice, and this version is just genius.
  15. You are genius! This looks like real deal rice! Yum!
    1. It tastes like it too!! and I'm in Hawaii so I have some experienced sushi eaters to convince!
  16. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
  17. This does look eerily similar to sushi rice
    1. It has a similar mouth feel too! Total win!
  18. This is genius! Like seriously genius!
  19. I do eat sushi as a treat, but I love this super healthy version that I can eat everyday!
  20. Amy
    Another fun way to make cauliflower rice! Love it, as I'm always looking for a good rice sub in my Asian dishes :)

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