Spring Time Asparagus Hand Rolls


You know it’s spring when every market you hit & every magazine you pick up has asparagus plastered all over it.  What a amazing little sprout to celebrate the beginning of spring.  Steamed, grilled, roasted, pickled, blanched, pureed in soup…..no matter how you make it, it’s an nutrient packed spring vegetable.

I love whole grain brown rice for any type of sushi, it doesn’t necessarily need to have something that was breathing oxygen at one time either, most of the time the brown rice is quite filling.  If you use a  little fat, it will soothe the craving for meat, I use a soy base mayo this time, maybe a half teaspoon in each roll.  I do have to admit, these would be over the top with bacon.


  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • Hand Full Basil
  • Roasted Seaweed Sheets
  • 2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • 2 Tbs. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Agave Nectar (can use sugar)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Mayo (can use regular)
  • 1 Tbs. Sriracha Sauce
  • Drizzle Sesame Oil
  • Drizzle Olive Oil
  • Drizzle Soy Sauce

Method to the Madness:

Preheat oven 400 Degrees.

Clean asparagus in a full sink of water, rinse & shake a couple times to make sure all the dirt is out of the tops, cut from the top down about 5 inches.  Discard the bottoms or let your birds have the ends for shredding fun.  Pat dry asparagus, put in shallow baking pan, drizzle with olive oil, soy sauce & pepper, Bake 12 minutes on 400 degrees & let cool.

Assemble the rice using the rice vinegar, agave nectar & salt mixed together, the brown rice is not really sticky unless you use sweet brown rice, it still rolls fine & maybe falls out just a bit.

Prepare the spicy mayo using the soy mayo, Siriracha Sauce & sesame oil, mix well until smooth & creamy.

Assemble seaweed by laying rice on top using about a teaspoon of spicy mayo, two spears of asparagus shredded basil leaves & roll up!  If you don’t know how to roll, you can either read the package directions or check out a video on YouTube. Practice makes perfect.  ;D

Spring is also the perfect season to grow herbs, in the tropical deep south, the temps are just perfect.  Fresh organic basil adds a zip of added flavor to the hand rolls or anything else that needs added flavor.

Hand rolls have so many options, they are just little healthy pick up & nibbles, you can fill them with vegetables or leftovers, these were actually inspired with leftover brown rice & asparagus staring at me in the refrigerator.

Bon Appetit!



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