Why most sushi is not gluten-free and 2 GF recipes to make at home


2017-02-14 14:53

If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, then you have to be aware that most sushi is not gluten-free and is not safe. However, these two delicious GF sushi recipes will help you make it at home.

Although rice, which is the main ingredient in many sushi recipes, is gluten-free, the final rolls are usually not safe for celiac disease or gluten intolerance. From wheat in soy sauce to wheat in imitation crabmeat, there are several reasons why you have to be careful with sushi on a gluten-free diet.

Soy sauce in most sushi is not gluten-free

Unfortunately, many soy sauce brands are made with fermented wheat. In addition, wheat flour is frequently used as a thickener or binder in sauces. There is also the possibility of cross-contamination with gluten products during the manufacturing process.

Imitation crabmeat in most sushi is not gluten-free

The imitation crabmeat in sushi is not gluten-free because it is usually mixed with wheat. Imitation crabmeat consists of white fish and wheat flour as a binder. They use the flour to give texture to the product.

Rice vinegar in most sushi is not gluten-free

Although there are a few brands that claim to be gluten-free, the majority of the rice vinegar used in restaurants is not safe for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The Mayo Clinic points out that vinegar can contain gluten, so you have to be careful.

Other sources of gluten in sushi

The possibility of cross-contamination is always high with sushi that is not prepared in a dedicated gluten-free facility or restaurant. In addition, you may find wheat flour used as a coating for sesame seeds or other products.

Two gluten-free sushi recipes to make at home

You can make your own gluten-free sushi at home without worrying about cross-contamination or gluten ingredients. The key is to find gluten-free products and to read every label carefully. One of the hardest parts is learning how to roll the seaweed nori sheets, but you can master this.

1. Easy GF sushi rolls with avocado

Ingredients:
1 cup of cooked white rice
1 thinly sliced avocado
Large gluten-free seaweed nori sheets
1/4 teaspoon gluten-free rice vinegar
2 to 3 pinches of white sugar

1. Cook the rice and later combine it with the rice vinegar and sugar.
2. Spread out the nori sheets and add the rice mixture to them in a thin layer.
3. Add the sliced avocado on top of the rice.
4. Gently roll the sheets to make them tight. Cut them into small sections to make individual rolls.

2. Easy GF sushi rolls with mixed vegetables

Ingredients:
1 cup of cooked white rice
Large gluten-free seaweed nori sheets
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free rice vinegar
1 teaspoon of white sugar
1 cup of chopped vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, sweet peppers)

1. Cook the rice and later add the vinegar and sugar to it.
2. Cut up the vegetables into thin strips and slices.
3. Spread out the nori sheets and add the rice mixture to them in a thin layer.
4. Add the mixed vegetables on top of the rice.
5. Gently roll the sheets to make them tight. Cut them into small sections to make individual rolls.