Vegan Sushi Recipe

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This vegan sushi recipe is a wonderful lunch or dinner recipe – and such fun to make!

Make Your Own Vegan Sushi

I’m really trying to be more conscious about packing my meals with a variety of colorful veggies. This recipe is incredibly versatile so get creative with the veggies (or fruit!) you’d like to add to your roll. Here are a few ideas of what you can add to your vegan sushi:

  • Zucchini
  • Roasted or Raw Zucchini
  • Pickled Purple Cabbage
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Kimchi
  • Pineapple (maybe even grill it?)
  • Mango
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Asparagus (raw or sautéed)

Ingredients to Make Vegan Sushi

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe. You can use whatever veggies you’d like for the filling, but we recommend a mix of crunch (like the bell peppers) and creamy (like the avocado).

  • 1 cup of sushi rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 sheets nori
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped greens
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • optional – tamari or soy sauce

How to Make this Recipe

Here’s how to make vegan sushi. If you’re new to rolling nori, check out this video on how to roll sushi.

  1. Rinse the rice in a colander or metal sieve until the water runs clear. 
  2. Combine the sushi rice and water in a medium stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let the rice rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, chop all vegetables.
  4. Mix together the oil, vinegar, sugar, and salt. 
  5. Pour the oil and vinegar mixture over the rice and stir to combine. 
  6. Lay a nori sheet flat on a sushi mat. Cover with rice, leaving 1/4 inch empty on the bottom and 2 inches on the top of the nori sheet. If the rice becomes too sticky, moisten your hands with water and press it out across the nori.
  7. Lay a few slices of the bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, and greens across the middle of the nori roll and rice.
  8. Moisten the ends of the nori roll with a little water, so it will stick together.
  9. Using the sushi mat, roll the nori away from you, keeping a firm grip so the roll sticks together. 
  10. Using a very sharp knife, cut through the center of the roll. Place the two pieces next to each other and cut identical 3/4 inch pieces.
  11. Repeat with the other 3 sheets of nori.
  12. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with your choice of sauce.

More Vegan Recipes to Try

If you like plant-based recipes, check out some of our other favorite vegan meals.

  • Tropical Vegan Summer Rolls – these delicious rice paper rolls are stuffed with mango and avocado and then are served with a zingy peanut sauce.
  • Chickpea Curry Recipe – hearty and warming, this golden chickpea curry is a phenomenal dinner recipe.
  • Vegan Lentil Soup – A hearty soup of veggies and lentils that is totally comforting.

Tips for Making Nori Rolls

This recipe is not necessarily difficult, but rolling the nori is a little finicky. Here are tips for rolling the sushi.

  • Don’t overstuff the rolls with veggies. Keep it to a maximum of 4 to 6 sticks of each veggie type spread out on each roll.
  • Don’t use too much rice. Don’t leave empty spots, but make sure it’s a thin layer of rice.
  • Once you start rolling, keep a firm grip, and don’t stop!

I hope you have lots of fun making this vegan sushi.

Yield: 2 servings

Vegan Sushi Recipe

Vegan Sushi Recipe

This vegan sushi recipe is a wonderful lunch or dinner recipe - and such fun to make!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sushi rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 sheets nori
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped greens
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • optional - tamari or soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice in a colander or metal sieve until the water runs clear.
  2. Combine the sushi rice and water in a medium stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let the rice rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, chop all vegetables.
  4. Mix together the oil, vinegar, sugar, and salt.
  5. Pour the oil and vinegar mixture over the rice and stir to combine.
  6. Lay a nori sheet flat on a sushi mat. Cover with rice, leaving 1/4 inch empty on the bottom and 2 inches on the top of the nori sheet. If the rice becomes too sticky, moisten your hands with water and press it out across the nori.
  7. Lay a few slices of the bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, and greens across the middle of the nori roll and rice.
  8. Moisten the ends of the nori roll with a little water, so it will stick together.
  9. Using the sushi mat, roll the nori away from you, keeping a firm grip so the roll sticks together. 
  10. Using a very sharp knife, cut through the center of the roll. Place the two pieces next to each other and cut identical 3/4 inch pieces.
  11. Repeat with the other 3 sheets of nori.
  12. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with your choice of sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2175mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 9gSugar: 10gProtein: 9g
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