Sushi is famed for its elegance, delicate flavors, and versatility. As one of the oldest styles cuisine on the planet, scholars estimate that sushi’s history spans around 1,800 years and began in Japan. Nigiri sushi was one of the earliest forms of sushi, the dish was a choice slice of fish laid atop perfectly cooked rice – it was the fast food of the day. But while nigiri may have started as a fast food, it has become a refined culinary experience perfected by world-class chefs like Jiro Ono.
In recent years, the art of making sushi is being perfected around the globe. And that’s not the only change to the sushi scene. Due unsustainable fishing practices, human rights concerns in the fishing industry, and heath concerns about eating fish, many sushi lovers have turned to vegetable-centric sushi – and it’s amazing! Restaurants like Beyond Sushi, in particular, have been blazing a trail when it comes to plant-based sushi. But you don’t have to go out to get your sushi fix – you can make your dream roll, right down to the perfect sushi rice, in the comfort of your own kitchen. Making the perfect roll is even more exciting with vegetables and we’re about to show you how to do it right.
Making the perfect roll is even more exciting with vegetables and we’re about to show you how to get creative with your rolls, impress your dinners guest, and have a blast in the kitchen. Since its June 18th, National Sushi Day, we thought we would help you out with a little inspiration in your fishless-endeavors this afternoon with 15 of our favorite, veganized sushi rolls. If your planning on making one of these rolls later, don’t waste paper printing out the instructions, download the Food Monster App and you can have all these recipes and so much more on your phone. Have fun!
This easy Kimchi Cucumber and Avocado Sushi is great because it takes almost no time to make, it’s absolutely delicious, and the spicy ‘mayonnaise’ that is drizzled on the top is too good for words. The sushi’s flavor is a delicate balance – the cucumbers offer the freshness, avocados offer the creaminess and finally, the kimchi adds just the right sourness and punch of flavor.
This Cauliflower Turmeric Sushi is a perfect way to eat healthy, with minimal carbs, and enjoy the fabulous flavors of sushi. Cauliflower and turmeric provide the base for these rolls and they are tied together with some creamy avocado and a tangy sauce.
You don’t need a bamboo rolling mat to make these Avocado Sushi Balls — all you need is your hands! Creamy avocado is enveloped in rice that’s been seasoned with rice vinegar and maple syrup and then covered with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. These are the perfect light lunch you can make ahead of time or have them for dinner served with a side of soup and salad.
Veganized eel? It can be done! This dish calls for chickpea-based Burmese tofu in a caramelly, sweet sauce that is typically served over eel kabayaki. Pair it with some black rice for the perfect Sweet Mock Eel Nigiri.
These Raw Sushi Rolls With Shiitake Mushrooms are beautiful, colorful, and most importantly, delicious! Sweet, succulent jicama is chopped into rice-like pieces, and then together with Shiitake mushrooms, cucumbers, avocado, and red cabbage, rolled into nori sheets. Try these for a light and refreshing twist on sushi!
This Buffalo Peanut Inside-Out Sushi is a fusion of Japanese and American flavors; fresh vegetables and spicy, crunchy Buffalo peanuts are wrapped in seasoned rice and then drizzled with a creamy Buffalo sunflower seed sauce. If you don’t have a bamboo rolling mat, or if you’re just not into rolls, you can also serve this amazing meal as a rice bowl.
Inspired by the beauty and simplicity of Asian food, these Tempeh Maki Rolls are simple and delicious! Nori and tempeh are both excellent sources of plant-based protein, which makes these a filling lunch or dinner choice that comes together quickly for a satisfying meal.
By now, you’ve probably noticed that unicorn food, or gorgeous, colorful food is taking over Instagram. These easy Unicorn Sushi Doughnuts combine two eye-catching food trends — unicorn and the sushi doughnuts. Sushi rice is seasoned with vinegar and a bit of sugar, then brought to life with pretty colors. The best part? These don’t contain any food coloring, but are dyed with natural ingredients: beet sauerkraut juice, turmeric, and spirulina. Have fun making these gorgeous “doughnuts”!
These Pink Sushi Rice Stacks are bite-sized, adorable, and super tasty. The rice is tossed in a tangy, vinegar and dragonfruit marinade and then layered with fresh cucumber, avocado, and lemon and finished with some sesame seeds. This is a great recipe to make when you need finger food for a party.
Liven up your appetizer table with something unique, like these Kabocha Temaki. You don’t need to be a chef to make picturesque hand rolls. Stuffed with roasted kabocha, rice seasoned with homemade sushi vinegar, and crispy kale chips, these delicious fusion rolls will disappear in an instant.
This Buckwheat Sushi With Beetroot Juice, Tempeh, and Avocado is a healthier, more colorful take on a traditional sushi roll. Substituting sushi rice with cooked buckwheat (alkalizing fruit seed) makes it more nutritious and adds that complex carb that keeps you full longer. Adding freshly pressed beetroot juice helps the grains stick together (like traditional sushi rice) and transforms the grains into a beautiful deep purple color plus adds some extra nutrients to your nori rolls.
If you want to have truly magical sushi, try this Rainbow Unicorn Sweet Potato Sushi. A true feast for the eyes, the vibrant rice in this sushi is colored naturally with ingredients like turmeric, beet powder, spirulina, and purple cabbage. Each roll is stuffed with roasted sweet potatoes and crisp, colorful bell peppers, but feel free to swap in your favorite ingredients.
Have leftover quinoa and don’t feel like just making a veggie bowl? Try out these Quinoa Sushi With Wild Herbs for a fun twist! Filled with avocado, radish, and plenty of wild herbs, this dish is sure to satisfy. Pair with soy sauce and ginger for a kick of flavor.
This Crispy Tofu and Rainbow Veg Sushi is a great staple to know how to make, comes together relatively quickly (especially if you have some veggies pre-sliced and/or tofu pre-baked) and is always a winner with friends and family. Sushi isn’t hard to make at all, you don’t need a special rolling mat or any special tools. Just a pot to cook rice in and a cutting board. Enjoy!
Once you learn how to master sushi rolling, this is a perfect light lunch you can whip up in no time. The Sesame Miso-Spinach Salad (Goma-ae) and Vegetable Sushi is particularly delicious with its tangy dressing.
Now it’s time to get the ball rolling on some of these rolls!
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Image Source: Rainbow Unicorn Sweet Potato Sushi