Sushi is one of my absolute favorite foods, but that often confuses people who also know that I’m a vegetarian. “There’s vegetarian sushi?”, people often ask. Oh hell yeah there is and IT’S AMAZING. With vegetarian sushi, the options are practically endless: avocado sushi, cucumber sushi, mushroom sushi, mango sushi, and any other fruit or vegetable your heart desires.
Today, I’m going to walk you through how to make my 2 favorite kinds of vegetarian sushi: an avocado and mango roll and a sweet potato roll. I am by no means a chef, but I have an unending love for food. If I can do it, you can do it!
Here’s what you’re going to need…
- Sushi rice
- Rice vinegar
- Soy sauce or liquid aminos
- Seaweed sheets aka Nori
- A sweet potato
- A mango
- An avocado
- A sushi rolling mat
- A pot (to boil the rice)
- A wooden spoon (to stir the rice)
- A sharp knife (to cut the sushi rolls)
STEP 1: Bake Your Sweet Potato
- Bake the sweet potato for 45 mins- 1 hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
STEP 2: Boil Your Sushi Rice
- Rinse the sushi rice in a strainer thoroughly until there’s no white residue.
- Boil with 2 cups of sushi rice with 3 cups of water and 2 tbsp. of rice vinegar for around 20 minutes, or until the water evaporates.
- Scoop rice into a large bowl or tupperware container.
STEP 3: Chop Your Fruits And Veggies
- Chop up your fruits and vegetables into thin slices that will easily fit into your sushi roll.
- Once you’re sweet potato is baked and cooled, chop up the sweet potato as well.
STEP 4: Compile And Roll Your Sushi
- Lay your rolling mat down on a flat, hard surface and place a sheet of seaweed on the edge of the mat.
- Spread a thin layer of rice on the sheet of seaweed, leaving 1-2 inches of seaweed uncovered.
- Place your fruits or veggies in the center of the roll. Be careful not to overfill the roll.
- Spread a spoonful of the rice vinegar on the 1-2 inches of seaweed that you left uncovered.
- Now, it’s time to roll! Carefully lift the end of the rolling mat where your sushi sheet is set and slowly roll the sushi sheet until the whole mat has been rolled. Try to roll the mat firmly, so the roll doesn’t fall apart. This part takes some getting used to, so don’t get discouraged if it’s not perfect the first time.
STEP 5: Slice Your Sushi
- Carefully unroll the mat and your sushi roll should look a little something like this.
- Place your sushi roll on a cutting board or plate and use your sharp knife to slice the sushi roll into 6-8 pieces.
STEP 6: Eat Your Sushi (THE BEST PART)
- Enjoy! Dip your sushi in soy sauce or liquid aminos for extra flavor.
I hope you enjoyed this delicious sushi recipe and give it a try at home!