Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on March 22, 2009

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Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

I have a confession to make. It is a sushi confession. Yes, I am an adventurous eater and I can’t get enough of raw yellow tail, spicy tuna and grilled unagi (eel). Flying fish eggs, great! Sea Urchin? Bring it on. So my confession? I also love California Rolls.

I know. California Rolls are like sushi training wheels – made for beginners. But I can’t help it; I love them.

But the problem is that unless you go to a really great place, chances are that the crab they use is that imitation stuff. And besides being just WRONG, the imitation crab contains wheat. So what with the hassle of having to bring my own wheat-free soy sauce with me to a sushi joint, I usually can’t eat the California Rolls. It is enough to make this gluten-free gal take up the art of sushi making.

But tonight, I just wanted the taste of a California Roll without having to perfect my knife and rice- making skills. So I had a bright idea! How about a rice paper roll packed with California roll type flavors? Quick, easy and a lot less carbs! I added a few non-traditional flavors to my rolls because I thought they would work well, so go ahead and experiment.

I made my very first rice paper roll under the excellent tutelage of Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple when I visited them in Southern California. They taught me not to over-soak the rice paper, not to over-stuff and to show the rice paper who is boss. Click here for their Rice Paper Spring Roll 101.

Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe


12 ounces crab – freshly cooked, frozen or canned (if canned, rinse and dry well)
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ – 2 teaspoons prepared Wasabi
1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce, plus more for serving
Zest of 1 lime – finely grated
1 large carrot – peeled and grated with large holes of a box grater
1 seedless cucumber – grated with large holes of a box grater
2 scallions, white and green parts – thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 avocados – sliced lengthwise
6 romaine lettuce leaves — ribs removed
1 handful cilantro leaves removed from the stems
6 large rice papers


Mix crab with mayonnaise, Wasabi, wheat free soy sauce, lime zest, grated carrot, cucumber and the sliced scallions.

Place lettuce leaves on prepared rice paper, put 1/6th of the crab mixture on the lettuce leaves, add two slices of avocado and top with some cilantro leaves. Roll and cut in halve. Serve with extra wheat-free soy sauce on the side.


This Gluten Free California Rice Paper Rolls Recipe makes 6 gluten free rolls.

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Lauren March 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I’m not big on sushi, but these california rolls look really good. I think I’ll have to try them =D!


Peter G March 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Carol, these look great and quite easy…a great Asian fusion dish!


Arwen from Hoglet K March 23, 2009 at 3:06 am

I love avocado, so I have a soft spot for California rolls too. Nice idea to make rice paper rolls instead of sushi. It does sound more straight forward.


Jennifer March 23, 2009 at 4:09 am

I admit it with you, I am a california roll junkie. Just ate sme yesterday but they were not baeutiful like these, they were the kind you get in the local store near their seafood section. I want to fly out to see you now and eat the leftovers. ok?


GFE--gluten free easily March 23, 2009 at 6:24 am

Those look divine! Of course, anything with crab and I’m there. :-)



Carrie March 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

OMG… i want some RIGHT NOW! I am SO addicted to sushi!! and I need a low carb option! this is PERFECT!!! I might have to make them TONIGHT! ;-) thank you SO much for sharing this carol!!


thewholegang March 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

These look great. Do you know if any wrap paper that is gluten free and rice free? I miss those type of goodies.


Helene March 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I love sushi, we try to eat sushi once a week. Those are beautiful.


Carrie March 24, 2009 at 5:31 am

Carol — tried these last night! FANTASTIC!! They were absolutely delicious!! Thanks SO much for sharing!! Loved it!! And i have enough for lunch today and tomorrow! ;-)


WendyGK March 24, 2009 at 5:58 am

I’ve been following the discussion on your Yahoo group and now with pictures and tips, I think I’m brave enough to use the rice paper that’s been in my pantry for months.


Easy Recipes March 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

Summer time is almost here which means I have to work on the beach body.

Thank you for this new recipe! Will let you know how it turns out.


Steph March 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm

i love california rolls too :)
i really miss not being able to go out and eat sushi anymore. thanks for sharing a great, easy-looking recipe! i’m so excited to try it!


WendyGK March 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

Hey Carol. Just call me lost and confused. Food does that to me sometimes.I get so excited, I forget where I am. Thanks for stopping by.


Jennifer August 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I LOVE sushi, as does my hubbs and it's hard for him to eat out at sushi places due to gluten sometimes in different rolls. He would LOVE (and I know I will) these rolls!! Thanks for such a great idea!! :)


Anonymous July 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe! I just whipped some up, using shrimp instead of crab because our grocer had no fresh crab meat, and it worked beautifully! Glad to have spring rolls added to my repertoire.


Bunratty February 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Great recipe. My son loves sushi and will love this idea!


Carol Kicinski February 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks. I hope you and your son enjoy!


Nancy May 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I can’t wait to make these! Curious about the rice paper rolls and where to get?


Carol Kicinski June 9, 2015 at 12:26 pm

You can find rice paper at any Asian market or if your super market has a good international section they should have it there too. :)
Enjoy! xo, Carol


Yve March 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

These are delicious .. I would recommend draining the water out of the shredded cucumber before mixing in .. my first attempt as very soggy ☺


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