How To Make Your Own Sushi {vegan}

reading time: ca. 2 min

Preparation time: 20 min + 25 min cooking time
Main ingredients: seaweed, rice, vegetables
difficulty level: moderate
serves: 3-4
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo

Here we go - another adventurous dish for my Day-Zero-Project-"Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures" series! this episode: Nr 03 Sushi (Japan.)

My first time making and eating sushi (vegan, of course), i'm excited! 

As a side dish i decided to include some raw-vegan Carrot Hummus, as well as soy sauce and veggie sticks. 

Have fun! : )


Sushi Rolls
5 seaweed sheets (nori)

Filling *
½ - 1 cup rice
½ - 1 cup water
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp rice vinegar **
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
a good chunk of soy or tofu or seitan, cut into sticks
½ ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
some green leaves


#step 1:
Rinse and drain the rice and fill it in a medium saucepan or pot along with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to very low and let simmer - pot covered tightly - until all the water is absorbed, around 15 mins. Remove pot from the heat - don't uncover - and set aside for 10 mins. 
In the meantime, place your sliced soy or tofu into a frying pan on medium heat, add a bit of oil, let the slices sizzle until they get golden brown. Now deglaze with a dash of soy sauce and let sizzle again very shortly on low heat - not too long, or else it will scorch and taste bitter!
Mix cooled rice with vinegar and salt.

#step 2: Spread a thin layer of rice evenly over a sheet of Nori, leaving around 1/3 of space at one end. Sprinkle it with a bit of soy sauce or any other sauce you like. Place in your filling ingredients at the bottom and roll up like a pro!
it definitely helps using a bamboo sushi mat, but... i didn't have one. so i used a moist kitchen towel. oh well.
As Lauren says, it's kind of like rolling a sleeping bag or a yoga mat, gently but tightly. Then seal the end by dabbing it with a bit of water.
Keep doing this until nothing is left.

#step 3: Using a sharp wet serrated knife, cut your sushi into even pieces. Now you can dip those pretty little rolls into some soy sauce, wasabi or hummus (recipe) and enjoy! 

Or as they say in Japan: どうぞめしあがれ (or something like that :)

*other possible fillings:
- shrimp
- raw fish (sashimi)
- bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
- scallion
- beet
- mushrooms, marinated
- sprouts
- egg
- radishes
- celery stick
- broccoli
- tomatoes, sundried or fresh
- olives
- pine nuts
- arugula
- kale 
- spinach
- Chinese cabbage, steamed
- zucchini, peeled and sliced lenghtwise
- sugar snap peas 
- sesame seeds
- ginger
- Wasabi
- raw Wasabi: ½ avocado + 3 tbsp finely shredded horseradish or twice as much daikon radish

** can be substituted with white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, balsamic vinegar or even Sherry. maybe water it down a bit or add a tiny bit of sugar.

5 meals from 5 different cultures:

1] Greek Salad (+ raw vegan Feta cheese)
2] French Ratatouille
3] Japanese Sushi (+ raw vegan Carrot hummus) 
4] Swedish Honey Buns
5] Russian Beet Soup (+ raw vegan Sour cream)


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  1. Sushi is one of my very fave foods! I have never had raw carrot hummus. I will have to give that a try! Thank you for the recipes!

    1. Thank you for commenting! You should really try the carrot hummus some time, and i'm not just saying that because i blogged it. I could eat the whole bowl in one go, even without any veggies to dip in. It was soo good! ~ maisy

  2. They look amazing! Great job! We love adding kimchi in ours!

    1. thanks for stopping by, Mari! yes, kimchi sounds like the perfect addition to the dish. maybe i'll try it some time. have a great weekend ~ maisy


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