Easy Vegetarian Sushi Recipe - Veg For Din

Easy Vegetarian Sushi Recipe

Easy Vegetarian Sushi Recipe. This vegetarian variation of sushi is packed with avocado and cucumber and is my favorite go to recipe. It’s quick, easy and always a winner. The hardest part is trying to get the sticky rice off of your fingers while assembling!

Vegan Sushi

What will you need to make homemade vegetarian sushi?

Let me just start out by saying this…. it is NOT as difficult as you many think. You don’t need any fancy equipment to make a successful roll. Heck, I don’t even use one of those bamboo sushi mats. Hands are the best tools!


  • Sharp Knife – having a sharp knife really makes everything so much easier. The cuts are clean and precise. A honing steel is a great option to keep those knife edges super sharp.
  • Cutting Board – this is a given. I prefer a wooden cutting board because they are more durable. In my experience a plastic cutting board isn’t great when using a sharp knife. It can cut the plastic and I’m nervous that small pieces will end up in the food.
  • A Pot – for making the sushi rice.
  • Measuring Cups – also for the sushi rice.
  • Your Hands – for sushi rolling magic.
  • Plates – for serving.
  • Chopsticks – optional but they are so fun to use!

What’s the best sushi for beginners?

This one! Even when I go to my favorite sushi restaurant I always order the Avo Kyu which is their version of avocado cucumber sushi. It has everything you need for a filling and satisfying roll. If you wanted to make it even simpler and are a huge fan of avocado then an avocado roll is the way to go.

What vegetables are used in sushi?

The possibilities for vegetables in sushi are endless. Here is a list of some vegetables that would be delicious for a vegetarian sushi recipe:

  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Red Cabbage
  • Sprouts

More options for vegetarian sushi fillings:

I like to keep things simple hence the easy vegetarian sushi recipe but if you’re feeling more adventurous you could definitely add tofu or tempura vegetables but there are more steps to that process.

What ingredients do you need to make vegetarian sushi?

Vegetarian Sushi Recipe

Rice, fillings and sauce is all you need to make vegetarian sushi. I’ll break it down for you:

Sushi Rice

Vegetarian Sushi

Wasabi Ginger Aioli

How to make vegetarian sushi: step by step

Here is the fun part, I’ll walk you through the easy step by step process of making vegetarian sushi with photos. I am a visual learner so I am confident there are others that would benefit seeing the process visually.

Step 1: Make Sushi Rice

I didn’t take a photo of this step because it’s pretty self explanatory if you follow the sushi rice instructions on the package. The recipe below is doubled as I often do because we like to make this our dinner meal so the more sushi rice, the better.

Sticky Sushi Rice Recipe

  • 2 cups sushi rice, rinsed well until water runs clear
  • 2 1/2 cups of water

Bring the rice to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 15-20 mins. Once the sushi rice is done cooking grab a small bowl and add:

  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix together until the sugar and salt dissolves then add it to the cooked rice. Fully incorporate by fluffing the rice.

Step 2: Mise En Place

Slice the avocado and cucumber thin. I used a julienne peeler for the cucumber to save some time and it’s great because it can be used with lots of different vegetables! Once they are sliced then lay out all of your mise en place. The vegetables, nori sheets, cutting board, plate, knife, sushi rice and a small bowl of water to remove rice that gets stuck on your fingers.

Vegetarian Sushi Recipe

Step 4: Assemble

Now you’re going to assemble everything. I like to add some drops of water from my fingertips to the nori before adding the rice to make it more pliable.

Start out with 1/4 cup sticky rice and add more as needed to fill the nori. Dip your fingers in the water when rice sticks to them before proceeding to the next roll. Lay the veggies out along the lower quarter of the nori.

Step 5: Roll

Roll gently up nice and tight without causing any rips or tears in the nori.

Step 6: Slice

Slice about 1/2 to 1 inch rounds very carefully with your super sharp knife and set aside on the serving place.

Vegetarian Sushi Recipe

Step 7: Make Wasabi Ginger Aioli (optional)

Wasabi Ginger Aioli

  • 1 tablespoon wasabi paste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tsp raw peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Grab a blender or food processor, add all of the ingredients and blend until everything is fully incorporated.

Step 8: Serve and Enjoy!

See that was easy! I was always intimated to make homemade sushi but once I gave it a go even with the lack of special sushi equipment I was surprised to find that it is entirely possible and super easy!

We have this vegetarian sushi recipe at least once a month and always look forward to it. I like to serve with wasabi ginger aioli, soy sauce, sesame seeds and pickled ginger. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Sushi Recipe

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Easy Vegetarian Sushi

Easy Vegetarian Sushi Recipe

This vegetarian variation of sushi is packed with avocado and cucumber and is my favorite go to recipe. It's quick, easy and always a winner. The hardest part is trying to get the sticky rice off of your fingers while assembling!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6 rolls
Calories 224 kcal


Sticky Sushi Rice

  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • cups water
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Vegetarian Sushi

  • 1 pot prepared sticky sushi rice
  • 6 nori sheets
  • 3 avocados thinly sliced
  • 2 cucumbers peeled and cut into matchsticks or julienned
  • pickled ginger for serving
  • soy sauce for serving
  • wasabi ginger aioli optional
  • sesame seeds garnish

Wasabi Ginger Aioli

  • 1 tbsp wasabi paste
  • ¼ – ½ cup mayo
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp raw ginger, peeled
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce


Sticky Sushi Rice

  • Add the sushi rice to a pot or strainer and rinse until water runs clear.
  • Add the water to the sushi rice and bring to a boil. One boiling reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking add the rice vinegar, sugar and salt to a small bowl and mix until everything is dissolved.
  • When the rice is done, add the sticky rice vinegar. Fluff to incorporate and set aside.

Vegetarian Sushi

  • Slice the avocado thin. Peel and julienne the cucumber (or matchstick slices).
  • Lay your mis en place out in front of you: cutting board, sharp knife, serving plate, nori sheets, prepared sushi rice, avocado, cucumber and a small bow of water.
  • Place a nori sheet down on the cutting board and dab a little water over it with your fingertips to make it more pliable, especially around the edges.
  • Start by adding ¼ cup sushi rice over the nori. Spread thin and leave about ½ inch free from rice on all sides. Dip your fingers in the water to release any sticky rice from your fingers before proceeding to the next step.
  • Add a few slices of avocado and cucumber to the lower quarter of the nori, closest to you.
  • Start rolling up, slow and steady. Keep it tight but be mindful of tears. Nori can be fragile.
  • Once the roll is finished you may want to use a little extra water to seal the ends.
  • Slice the roll into ½-1 inch rounds.
  • Serve with wasabi ginger aioli (optional), pickled ginger, sesame seeds and soy sauce.

Wasabi Ginger Aioli

  • Grab a blender or food processor, add all of the ingredients and blend until everything is fully incorporated.
Keyword sushi, vegetarian

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