The Spork Sisters, Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, have come up with an easy and delicious way to enjoy homemade vegan sushi! This recipe from their latest vegan cookbook, Vegan 101, hits all the right flavor notes and has the makings of a becoming a staple in your household.
Heather and Jenny are vegan cooking experts who’ve been active on the LA food scene for years. They do it all…from catering services and private chef work, to offering healthy eating consultations and hosting private vegan cooking parties!
Bring over some friends, get out the sake and have fun making these delicious vegan sushi hand rolls!Print
This hand roll has all the flavors of a veggie sushi roll but takes half the time to prepare. The best part? It’s so much fun forming the sushi—it is edible art, after all. Plus, there are so many different fillings you can add to your hand roll, making it a great addition to an impromptu dinner party. The best part is that you get to enjoy it with a glass of your favorite cold Japanese beer or hot sake, depending on the weather.
FOR THE RICE
- 1 cup of sushi rice (or brown rice)
- 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of evaporated cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
FOR THE FILLING
- 1 (6-ounce) block of gluten-free baked tofu, cut into thin matchsticks
- ½ ripe avocado, peeled and cut into thin segments
- ½ red or orange bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks
- 1 carrot, cut into long strips
- 1 Persian (or ¼ English) cucumber, halved and cut into thin strips
- 4 toasted nori sheets, halved
- 2 tablespoons of wasabi powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (optional)
- ½ cup pickled ginger
FOR THE GINGER-TAMARI SAUCE
- ½ cup of vegan mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons of tamari
- 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, grated
- 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of brown rice syrup
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
TO PREPARE THE RICE
- Cook rice according to package directions. When cooked, transfer to a large bowl. With a wooden paddle, incorporate the rice vinegar, sugar, and sea salt into rice until slightly sticky. Set aside to cool.
TO PREPARE THE FILLING
- Arrange the tofu, avocado, bell pepper, carrot, and cucumber on a plate within easy reach.
TO FORM THE HAND ROLLS
- Place 1 piece nori (shiny-side down) in one hand. With dampened other hand, spread about ¼ cup cooked sushi rice evenly over half the nori in a square.
- Place small amount of desired fillings in a diagonal line across rice, pointing toward thumb.
- Gently roll into a cone shape and seal edge with a few grains of sushi rice or with prepared wasabi (if using). Serve with ginger.
TO PREPARE THE GINGER-TAMARI SAUCE
- Whisk the mayonnaise, tamari, ginger, vinegar, brown rice syrup, sea salt, and pepper in a bowl until uniform.
- Drizzle sauce over hand rolls and serve with pickled ginger and wasabi.
- Tip: Don’t overstuff your sushi! It’s a beginner’s mistake to get overzealous and fill your hand roll to the brim. You’ll make it very difficult to seal and eat.
Keywords: fish-free, hand roll, Japanese, nori, sushi, tamari, vegan sushi
Hooray for Homemade Hand Rolls
Homemade vegan sushi doesn’t have to be scary or complicated! As long as you have your rice ready and a few sheets of nori handy, you’re ready to fill up your rolls with whatever you’d like! Here are a few ideas of how to make your sushi sparkle:
- Pickle It Up – Pickled veggies are perfect for these homemade vegan sushi rolls. Daikon, carrots, cucumbers, and kimchi are all great ideas for making your sushi deeply delicious.
- Tango With Tempura – If you’ve got a favorite recipe for vegan tempura then go ahead and fry up some of your favorite veggies! Zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato, eggplant, and bell pepper are all classic choices. Tempura would also make a great side dish for your vegan homemade sushi!
- Plenty of Protein – Baked tofu is a perfect choice for these rolls but you can totally use tempeh, seitan strips, or even jackfruit tuna salad if you really want to take things up a notch.
How to Serve It Up
If you’re wondering what else to enjoy with your sushi rolls, look no further! Here are a few ideas for keeping your belly happy and full:
- A Side of Salad – This Asian-Inspired Chickpea Salad is a great way to round out your sushi roll lunch or dinner! Full of protein, fruit, and plenty of umami flavor, your taste buds will be absolutely elated. If you insist on veggie noodles, check out our Asian Zucchini Noodle Bowl.
- Fry Up Your Favorite Rice – Have a favorite recipe for fried rice? Get some corn, peas, mushrooms, garlic, scallions, carrots, and maybe even a little vegan egg to mix into your preferred brown, white, or cauliflower rice.
- Nom the Noodle – Ever thought about enjoying your sushi with a side of noodles? It’s truly a delightful combination and one that warrants various suggestions! If you want to keep things pretty simple, try this Ten-Minute Miso Noodle Soup. Want your home to feel more like a restaurant? Cook up some of this Easy Vegan Ramen Noodle Soup and thank us later. Not feeling soup? Our Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce will pair wonderfully with your homemade vegan sushi rolls.
If you’re not going to eat all of your sushi in one sitting or if you’re looking to prep ahead of time, be sure to store the components of your sushi separately since the nori will quickly get soggy if left in the fridge for much longer than a few minutes. The rice, veggies, and tofu will keep for several days in the refrigerator when kept in airtight containers. When you’re ready to roll again, just take your nori out from its package and enjoy!
More Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes to Try:
- Thai Vermicelli Noodle Soup
- Vegan Teriyaki Stir Fry Over Noodles
- Rainbow Spring Rolls With Peanut Dipping Sauce
Vegan Sushi Rolls With Ginger-Tamari Sauce recipe by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel from Vegan 101. Photos by Michelle Cehn. Article edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links that support our work here at World of Vegan.