This may be one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.
Well, actually my crazy list is looong and everyone knows I’ll do anything for my pups—cook for myself? Nope, but cook 8 pounds of dog food? Hand me my veg peeler.
This is definitely just a snack and it’s not daily, weekly or even monthly. And it’s not raw. I’ve been reading that it’s a definitely no on feeding your dogs raw salmon because they can contain bacteria and parasites.
BTW, did you know there is an actual sushi bar for dogs in New Zealand? They get it. Anyways, salmon is full of good omega-3s, as we all know, and we feed the pups salmon at least every other week. Throw in some veggies (carrots + cucumbers for this recipe or add zucchini + green beans etc), plain rice with no sugar or salt and wrap it all up in seaweed paper which is full of good dog-friendly vitamins + minerals.
Let’s start the recipe!
- cooked salmon fillets
- 1 cup cooked rice
- carrot, peeled + sliced
- cucumber, peeled + sliced
- seaweed/nori paper
1. Spread a small amount of rice evenly on the seaweed paper. Leave about an inch of empty space on one side of it (this is where we’ll apply water later to seal the roll).
2. Put a few pieces of veggies and a thin line of salmon pieces right in the center.
3. Start rolling! Yes, I bought a sushi mat especially for this occasion. If you’re going to be making sushi rolls, YOU NEED ONE.
4. Apply some water at the edge of the paper and seal the roll tight.
5. Slice with a verrry sharp knife!
Don’t they look DELISH?
I don’t know why I had so much fun making these for the pups—like, absolutely giddy over it. Weston + Fira gobbled them up but did leave some of the rice and a few of the veggies here and there. They have been known to leave little green peas in their bowl when finishing a meal.
A thought: stirring in some coconut oil in the rice would probably make it similar to sushi rice and stick better. These make cute, bite-size treats but they don’t keep in the fridge too well. The rice hardens and falls apart a bit. But they’re definitely human-friendly too. So, just make a handful, invite some four-legged friends over + have a sushi party!
Sushi party over here…
We invited our friend Sushi (yes, her name is Sushi!) over to show you guys how to make these rolls!
Disclaimer: use your own judgement and of course, speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.