How to make Vegan Sushi with plant-based ingredients - This recipe is gluten-free, healthy, delicious, and easy to make in many different ways. The sushi sandwiches (Onigirazu) are also great as a grab and go snack.
*Note: I recommend checking out the recipe video + tips + step-by-step pictures above!
Cook Sushi Rice
Add the sushi rice and water to in pot and bring to a boil according to package instructions. Then reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. Then remove the pot from the heat and let the rice steam out for about 5 minutes without a lid. Then transfer into a large bowl, spread it out a bit and allow to cool.
Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and bring to the boil until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Then let cool and fold into rice gently.
Finely slice the veggies and prepare the other ingredients for your vegan sushi filling. Coarsely chop the walnuts and, optionally, toast briefly in a pan for more flavor.
Sushi Rolls (Maki):
Place a nori sheet on a sushi bamboo mat. Spread the rice evenly on it, leaving an approx. 0.5-inch (1-2 cm border) at the top (as shown in the step-by-step photos above).
Top with toppings of choice (cream cheese, spinach, avocado, mango, tomatoes and walnuts). Moisten the nori ends with a little water and roll up using the sushi mat, applying a little pressure.
Finally, cut the roll into equal pieces with a sharp knife.
Sushi Sandwiches (Onigirazu):
Place a nori sheet on a sushi mat. Place about 1-2 tbsp of rice in the center of the nori sheet and flatten slightly. Then top with the toppings and optionally finish with another layer of rice.
Carefully fold the corners toward the center and press them together slightly with wet fingers. Flip the sushi sandwich over, bring it in shape, and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting in half.
Garnish your vegan sushi with scallions and sesame seeds as desired and serve with the dipping sauce. Enjoy!