Is Sushi Keto?

The staggering number of sushi options can seem very intimidating. Sushi menus comprise so many different rolls and ordering choices including options like Nori, Fugu, Nigiri, Sashimi, Maki.

Here is a quick rundown of sushi options and items that may not be strictly sushi but are often labeled as such. Sushi itself is most definitely keto-friendly when the rice is minimal and Sashimi is 100% keto until something is added in the preparation that would change that, such as sweet sushi rolls.

Maki Sushi: A traditional sushi roll consisting of fish, veggies, and rice, rolled up in seaweed.  Can be cooked as well as raw.

Nigiri Sushi:Thin slices of raw fish served over a sushi rice base

Sashimi: Sliced raw fish served without rice.  Not strictly Sushi but VERY keto-friendly unless sweetened with marinade or sauce.

Maki: Rice and seaweed rolls with fish/veg. Most maki have nori on the outside, but some sushi rolls, California Rolls/Rainbow Rolls, have the rice on the outside.

Nori: Dried seaweed used in maki.

Fugu:  Puffer fish, a delicacy, though it contains poisonous toxins. In Japan only licensed fugu chefs are allowed to prepare fugu.