Last night I went on a vegan sushi date…in the comfort of my own home. We spent hours making different sushi rolls for the first time, and it was so much fun! It’s a great cooking project to do with a partner because you can prepare all the ingredients together and brainstorm cool filling combinations. If you have the time and resources, I definitely recommend trying it. Once you get the hang of rolling the sushi, it’s pretty easy, especially if you prep all the ingredients first.
Also, it’s much more cost efficient than going out. Not only that, but standard Japanese restaurants usually only serve simple vegan sushi rolls with avocado, cucumber, sweet potato, etc. Simplicity is great, but it’s rare to find vegan sushi other than that. Vegan options tend to be an afterthought to the non-vegan special rolls on the menu. Making vegan sushi at home allows you to be as creative as you’d like and get the variety that is generally lacking at Japanese restaurants.
The staples that you need for a seamless sushi-making experience are nori sheets, sushi rice (it’s a specific kind of rice), a bamboo rolling mat, and plastic wrap. The rest of the ingredients are pretty much up to you.
The sushi we made included:
- Avocado, Cucumber and Carrot Roll (pictured)
- Avocado over Rice (pictured)
- Sweet Potato Roll (pictured)
- Spicy Shitake Roll (pictured)
- Spicy Cauliflower, Avocado, and Cucumber Roll (pictured)
- Tofu Teriyaki Roll (not pictured)
- Sea Kelp and Shitake Roll (not pictured)
Since this was my first experience making sushi, I spent more time focusing on technical aspects and creative variety than making a recipe. I wanted to make this post just talking about my initial impressions, but this certainly will not be my last time making homemade sushi. There will be recipe posts about it in the future.2