The idea of eating raw fish may not seem appealing but sushi is a hot, trendy food choice these days. But guess what? The word “sushi” is not synonymous with raw fish. Nope, that’s a misconception. The actual definition of sushi is “cold rice dressed with vinegar, formed into any of various shapes, and garnished with bits of raw seafood or vegetables.” So there!
There are several types of vegan sushi, some with just vegetables and others with plant-based versions of seafood. Maki sushi is the most common. It’s made from rolls of rice, vegetables, and nori seaweed. The vegetable filling can be anything including cucumber, avocado, daikon, mushrooms, carrots, yams, or soy beans. Nigiri sushi has veggies pressed into a rectangular block of rice and covered with nori. Inari sushi is rice that is stuffed in marinated tofu.
With more people looking for non-fish options at their favorite restaurants, vegan sushi is in demand. If you’re planning to dine out, here are 10 Restaurants in America Offering the Most Epic Vegan Sushi Rolls. Or you can try making your own. It may look intimidating, but it’s actually not so hard. Check out How to Reinvent Your Sushi, Vegan Style and How to Make Vegan Seafood Dishes Without the Fish. When you make your own sushi, you can get as creative as you want. So, here are 15 new takes on veggie sushi that you’ll love.
1. Sriracha Miso Glazed Sushi
This spicy Sriracha and Miso Glazed Sushi is a must-try for all sushi-lovers. Carrots and tofu are roasted in the oven with the spicy-umami glaze until they achieve just the right amount of crispiness. The filling is then rolled up with seasoned sushi rice and creamy avocado, creating the perfect balance between flavors. Dip these rolls in the remaining sriracha-miso glaze and serve with pieces of pickled ginger.
2. Deconstructed Sushi Bowl
This Deconstructed Sushi Bowl has all the flavors you’ll find in sushi, but you don’t have to bother rolling it up. It starts with a bed of sticky sushi rice, followed by avocado and fresh vegetables that are drizzled in a sweet umami sauce. A sprinkle of black sesame seeds for garnish adds just a touch more flavor and creates a lovely presentation.
3. Raw Sushi Rolls With Shiitake Mushrooms
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!
4. Buffalo Peanut Inside Out 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.
5. Purple and Pink Sushi
This Purple and Pink Sushi is an eye-catching show-stopper. They have colorful kale, sweet prunes, and tangy pickled red onions. You definitely want to serve these at your next party. This creative sushi looks almost too good to eat but don’t worry, they’ll disappear in no time.
6. Kabocha Temaki
You don’t need to be a chef to make these picturesque hand rolls called Kabocha Temaki. They’re filled with sweet roasted kabocha squash, rice seasoned with homemade sushi vinegar, and crispy kale chips for a bit of crunch. It’s all wrapped up in nori sheets for a creative take on veggie rolls.
7. Buckwheat Sushi With Beetroot Juice, Tempeh, and Avocado
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 makes it more nutritious and adds that complex carb that keeps you full longer. Adding freshly pressed beetroot juice helps the grains stick together and transforms them into a beautiful deep purple color.
8. Sesame Miso Spinach Salad and Vegetable Sushi
Once you learn how to master sushi rolling, this Sesame Miso Spinach Salad and Vegetable Sushi is a perfect light lunch you can whip up in no time. The sesame miso spinach salad or goma-ae is particularly delicious with its tangy dressing. Add some avocado, sushi rice, and cucumber and you have one delicious roll.
9. Avocado Zucchini Sushi With Brown Rice
This Avocado Zucchini Sushi With Brown Rice is technically maki. The avocado is creamy, rich, and pairs really well with the light, fresh and juicy zucchini. Wrap it all up in seaweed and brown rice and you have a delicious light lunch or dinner in no time.
10. Crispy Tofu and Rainbow Veg Sushi
We eat first with our eyes and this Crispy Tofu and Rainbow Veg Sushi is definitely a colorful treat. Fill the rolls with your favorite veggies like red bell pepper, carrots and avocado. This is a great dish to know how to make, comes together relatively quickly, and is always a winner with friends and family.
11. Sushi With Sprouts and Tahini Ginger Miso Sauce
When you bite into this Sushi With Sprouts and Tahini Ginger Miso Sauce, you’ll swear you can taste the energy from the healthy mung bean sprouts. The sauce brings everything together deliciously with savory, sweet, and salty flavors. The avocado adds a rich creaminess, the bell pepper gives you that juicy crunch, and finally, the cucumber makes it all taste fresh and delicious.
12. Tempeh Maki Rolls
Inspired by the beauty and simplicity of Asian food, these Tempeh Maki Rolls are simple and delicious. Filled with tempeh, daikon, carrots, and wasabi, these rolls are packed with flavor. 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.
13. Teriyaki Tofu Roll With Avocado, Cucumber, Potato, and Black Rice
These Teriyaki Tofu Rolls With Avocado, Cucumber, Potato and Black Rice are really something special. Filled with tofu, potatoes, avocado, and cucumber, these rolls are delicious. The black rice raises the meal to another level of sophistication and it’s a superfood, so it’s a win-win!
14. The Green Sushi Roll
The Green Sushi Roll – just hearing the name tells you this is going to be good. This veggie sushi roll is green because it’s got avocado, zucchini, and cucumber as its filling. It tastes amazing and it’s easy to make so you can enjoy this any time you get a craving.
15. Sweet Potato Sushi Burrito
You love sushi and you love burritos, so why not combine them for a tasty two-in-one lunch? This Sweet Potato Sushi Burrito has roasted sweet potato, avocado, and shredded red cabbage all rolled up in brown rice that is seasoned with rice vinegar and a big sheet of nori. It’s the perfect fusion dish when you can’t decide between two favorites.
Make any of these incredible veggie sushi dishes any time you want to impress your guests. Each recipe is delicious and makes a beautiful presentation.
Lead image source: Sriracha Miso Glazed Sushi