I make a mixture of vegan and vegetarian recipes here along with meat ones. This is because we like to eat a variety of foods and there are many different diets here as my husband and I try to eat ‘healthy’ (a very broad term that we have defined for ourselves to basically mean less fried food and packaged food and more fresh food) and my stepdaughter eats exclusively vegan. I find it fun to come up with easy ways she can enjoy vegan versions of some of her favorite dishes and since sushi was a favorite of hers before she adopted a vegan lifestyle, I helped her create this easy vegan sushi. If you want to do it yourself, here is how we did it.
Vegan Sushi Recipe
Ingredients to make Vegan Sushi:
2 Cups cooked Sushi Rice (you need sushi rice because it is sticky. You can purchase sushi rice here.)
1 whole Carrot
1 Medium to Large Avocado
Sesame seeds and dipping sauce (optional)
To make sushi the way we did it, you will need a sushi press (sometimes called a musubi mold). You can find them on Amazon. I found ours at a second-hand store, but you can find a similar one like this Nigiri press on Amazon as well. I decided to skip the bamboo mat because it takes some skill to do it and frankly, I don’t have it yet. I wanted this recipe to be easy for anyone to do as well.
How to Make Easy Vegan Sushi:
Start by cooking your rice. Because my step-daughter is vegan, we often have lots of rice cooked up so we had cooked a batch of this sushi rice the day before. You want it chilled to work with.
Next, while that is cooking or cooling, you should cut up your filling. I used a simple filling of carrot, cucumber, and avocado. You can use any that work for you but these are easy to work with and hold up well in the sushi so that is partly why I chose them. You want to julienne your carrots, avocado, and cucumber.
Steam your carrots in a double boiler. Don’t cook them until super soft. You don’t want them mushy. Instead, blanche them by cooking about halfway through (just as they start to soften) and then dunk them in icy cold water to stop the cooking process.
Start assembling your sushi in the nigiri press by spraying each pod with coconut oil and placing enough rice in to be about 1/3 full.
Place your carrots, avocado, and cucumber in any order you want. just keep in mind that you don’t want to fill it to the top and you need room for the rice on top as well.
Spray the tops of your press with coconut oil and add in the rice to finish each one off. Place the top on the mold and give it a good press. Using a small spoon or bamboo skewer, carefully remove each one and place on a plate. If they are hard to remove or fall apart, you may have not sprayed the molds well enough or pressed down hard enough.Continue this process until you make the amount you desire. This recipe will make around a dozen and a 1/2 when I did it.
Top each piece with some sesame seeds and place some wasabi or another dipping sauce on the side. Check your wasabi before you add it if staying vegan is important to you. Sometimes they use whey to thicken it.