Cucumber Sushi For Kids


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I love sushi, and I want my kids' to love sushi. As babies, they were sushi lovers, but then their pickiness set in.  The seaweed now puts them off.  But I have not given up hope.

This cucumber sushi for kids recipe is seaweed free, easy to make and so far kid approved. So I am a happy camper.


slice of cucumber, centre stuffed with rice and tuna


How to make sushi for kids without the seaweed?

The answer, just use a cucumber! I first saw this idea on Kid Spot, I made their version and all though very gorgeous it was a little fiddly to eat as I found the filling fell out.

So I came up with my own tuna and avocado filling idea, and it has been a winner!

To make cucumber sushi for kids you will definitely need an apple corer. If you have one of these the process is really really easy.

Pieces of cucumber sushi on a wooden board with a set of chopsticks


Table laid out with a platter of cucumber sushi, lemon slices, avocado and colourful plates


A note on sushi for kids and food safety

Ensure the leftover rice you are using for this recipe has been stored in the refrigerator, as cooked rice can be a source of food borne illness if not stored properly.

Cooked rice should not be left at room temperature for extended periods of time. So once cooked, cool and store in the refrigerator until required. My kid's lunchboxes are also kept cool in a cooler bag with an ice pack.


Table laid out with a sushi platter and colourful plates, child hand reaching for a piece of sushi
My kiddos have been gobbling up this sushi for kids, if only there hands had been stamp free for the picture


Cucumber sushi for kids, easy, healthy recipe with no seaweed. A fun snack or lunchbox item

Cucumber Sushi For Kids

Yield: 20 pieces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 long telegraph cucumber
  • ½ Avocado
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup cooked rice
  • 80 g can tuna
  • Squeeze of lemon juice


  1. Wash the cucumber
  2. Cut it into approximately 10cm long lengths (be guided by how long your apple corer is, ie you want your apple corer to be able to reach the end of the length. 
  3. Using an apple corer make a tunnel through the cucumber. You can either do one narrow hole, or widen the hole by passing the corer through the cucumber a few times
  4. Drain the tinned tuna
  5. In a bowl mash the avocado, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add the tuna and rice, mix well
  6. Fill the tunnel of the cucumber with the rice mixture, it packs in quite easily, just give it a gentle push with clean fingers.
  7. Slice the filled cucumber into 1.5-2cm thick slices, serve


  • I make my own 30 second mayonnaise  and use that in the recipe, but store bought will be fine too 
  • Ensure the leftover rice you are using for this recipe has been stored in the refrigerator, as cooked rice can be a source of food borne illness if not stored properly

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 4 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing

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  1. This is such a cool idea! Sadly none of my kids like cucumber either so I might have to come up with an alternative!!!

    1. I use bread rolled with a rolling pin as the outer. Not as healthy but good start to get them into sushi 🙂