Cucumber Rice Sandwiches

cucumber rice sandwich
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins

Forget grocery-store sushi! Whip up these rice "sandwiches" filled with cucumbers and cream cheese instead. They make an excellent post-game, study group, or tea party snack for the kids. The best part? You can prepare the whole thing in advance.


  • 4 cups cooked warm sushi rice

  • 2 ½ tablespoons rice-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temperature

  • ½ English (hothouse) cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Line 8-inch-square glass baking dish with plastic. Toss warm rice with vinegar and salt in a large bowl. Firmly press half into dish. Spread with 1/4 cup cream cheese. Layer half the cucumber slices on top, overlapping. Repeat. Cover with plastic; top with a weighted baking dish. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Lift out; transfer to cutting board. Cut into 1-by-2-inch rectangles. Dip 1 short and 1 long side of each sandwich in sesame seeds. Serve within 4 hours.

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