40+ “Traditional” Vegan Sushi Recipes

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Hello, fellow sushi enthusiasts! As a longtime lover of those beautifully crafted, flavor-infused bites of pure joy, I am elated to share a collection of vegan sushi recipes that are sure to delight your taste buds, and perhaps even your soul. Trust me, you don’t have to be a strict vegan to fall head over heels for these delicious, creative sushi rolls. Whether you’re exploring plant-based alternatives, accommodating a loved one, or just curious about what vegan sushi has to offer, this roundup has something for everyone. 🍣

As we dive into this vegan sushi voyage, we’ll explore a much wider world beyond the classic avocado and cucumber rolls (though we still love those classics!). Get ready to discover the tantalizing flavors of recipes such as vegan unagi nigiri, where you’ll find recipes packed with bold, savory flavors like marinated shiitake mushrooms and eggplant. Or perhaps, venture into the world of classic rolls, where you’ll be met with a colorful array of nutritious and aesthetically pleasing veggies such as beetroot and red cabbage. And for the spice lovers out there, we have some recipes dedicated to Spicy that will have your tongue singing as you sample zingy combinations of veggies and Sriracha. So, rest assured, even without a hint of fish or seafood, the world of vegan sushi is bursting with flavors and textures that will leave you coming back for more.

Sushi Rice

Sushi rice, also known as shari, is a sticky, short-grain Japanese rice seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt, forming the perfect base for various sushi dishes and enhancing each bite with its delicate flavor and texture.

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Classic Sushi Rice

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Prepare perfect sushi rice with this simple recipe, combining sushi rice, sugar, salt, and rice vinegar. Follow easy steps to rinse, cook, and season the rice, then fan it to achieve the ideal temperature and texture for your sushi creations.

Brown Sushi Rice

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Nutritious and delicious sticky brown sushi rice. For those who want to add a little more texture to their sushi rolls, this recipe is your new go-to.


Nigiri sushi is a traditional Japanese dish featuring hand-pressed, bite-sized mounds of seasoned sushi rice topped with fresh, expertly sliced toppings, showcasing a harmonious balance of flavors and textures in every delicate piece.

Avocado Nigiri

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Enjoy a delightful vegan sushi experience with this Avocado Nigiri recipe, featuring thinly sliced avocado wrapped in sushi rice and seaweed, and elevated with a sprinkle of sea salt and a splash of lemon juice.

Vegan Tamago Egg Nigiri

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Try something new with this unique and tasty vegan sushi recipe that replaces traditional fish with flavor-packed sun-dried tomatoes, ensuring a delicious and different option for your sushi cravings.

Red Pepper Nigiri

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A stunning vegan nigiri featuring marinated roasted red pepper fillets atop seasoned sushi rice. With its vibrant contrast of tangy lime-tamari-wakame marinade aside the delicate rice, you’re in for a truly extraordinary sushi experience.

King Oyster ‘Vegan Fish’ Nigiri

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King Oyster Mushrooms are perfect for making this vegan “Fish” Nigiri Sushi recipe. The combination of vinegared sushi rice, tender and flavorful marinated king oyster mushrooms, and a variety of toppings like onion, scallion, lime, and Hawaiian salt create a copy-cat vegan fish that is sure to delight even the most seasoned sushi-lovers!

Vegan Unagi ‘Eel’ Nigiri

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Your mouth will immediately begin to water when you see this vegan unagi, featuring flavorful caramelized eggplant and protein-rich rice for an elevated and wholesome meal.

Vegan Tuna Nigiri

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Indulge in a unique plant-based sushi experience with this Tomato Tuna Nigiri recipe, featuring marinated tomatoes as a fish substitute. Paired with perfectly seasoned sushi rice and garnished with sesame seeds and nori strips, this dish offers a refreshing and flavorful twist on traditional nigiri sushi.

Teriyaki Tofu Nigiri with Crispy Shallots

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Experience the exciting combination of chewy teriyaki glazed tofu, crispy shallots, and nori-wrapped sushi rice in this Teriyaki Tofu Nigiri recipe. This easy-to-prepare vegan sushi alternative offers an umami-packed appetizer or entrée without the need for rolling rolls.

Classic Rolls

Classic sushi rolls encompass a diverse range of rolled delicacies, typically featuring a combination of seasoned sushi rice, fresh fillings, vegetables, and nori seaweed, offering a delightful array of flavors, textures, and creative presentations to satisfy every palate.

Oshinko ‘Pickled Radish’ Roll

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Savor the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy with this delightful Oshinko roll recipe, featuring yellow radish pickles, sushi rice, and a seaweed sheet for a refreshingly crunchy vegan sushi alternative.

Avocado Roll

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A delightful and creamy plant-based sushi option. This avocado roll recipe features ripe avocados, perfectly seasoned sushi rice, and nori. This dish delivers a refreshing and satisfying experience that’s perfect for those seeking a delicious, wholesome, and vegan-friendly sushi adventure.

Cucumber Roll

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Cucumber rolls are one of the most popular sushi rolls! This recipe captures the balance and simplicity of just three main ingredients, coming together to form a lovely bite.

Avocado Cucumber Roll

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Indulge in this delectable vegan Avocado Roll recipe, featuring a delightful combination of cucumbers and avocados, and enhanced with tasty sesame seeds and sriracha mayo, setting it apart from other vegan sushi dishes.

Inside-Out Cucumber Avocado Roll

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Discover the surprisingly flavorful and versatile Cucumber Avocado Roll, a vegan sushi recipe with a creamy, refreshing balance that can be used as a base for creating various “special” rolls by adding toppings like sliced salmon or spicy shrimp.

Sweet Mango Avocado Cucumber Sushi Roll

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Elevate your homemade sushi experience with this avocado cucumber sushi roll recipe that features the unique addition of mango for a surprising sweet flavor and soft texture to mimic raw fish.

Shiitake Mushroom & Carrot Roll

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Indulge in a delicious and nutritious Shiitake Mushroom & Carrot Sushi, perfect for a fun night with friends or family. This vegan-friendly recipe combines sautéed mushrooms, carrots, and avocado for a delightful twist on traditional sushi rolls.

Vegan Sushi Rolls with Crispy Tofu

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This vegan sushi roll recipe features crispy tofu, fresh vegetables, quick-pickled onions, and spicy mayo, offering a delicious and easy-to-make special-occasion dinner without any special equipment needed. Taking inspiration from Korean gimbap, the rolls showcase a variety of textures and flavors for a unique vegan sushi experience.

Mixed Tempura Veggie Maki Roll

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This Mixed Tempura Veggie Maki Roll recipe creates a delicious and unique vegan sushi experience by incorporating crispy tempura vegetables for added texture and flavor. The rolls are served with a dip sauce made from Eden Shoyu Soy Sauce and cold water, mixed with finely grated ginger or daikon.

Sweet Potato Roll

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Here is a wholesome and scrumptious crispy Sweet Potato Roll recipe. Showcasing crispy sweet potato, creamy avocado, and expertly seasoned sushi rice wrapped in nori sheets, this easy-to-make dish is ideal for sushi enthusiasts seeking a customizable and vegan-friendly option.

Vegan Scallop Roll

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A truly elegant, one-of-a-kind recipe. Experience king oyster mushrooms, seasoned sushi rice, and a zesty sriracha-Vegenaise dressing. Wrapped in toasted nori sheets and garnished with your choice of vegan caviar and pea shoots, this dish offers an exquisite and creative vegan sushi option for all to enjoy.

Vegan Tuna Roll

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Whip up a delicious vegan chickpea tuna with simple ingredients like chickpeas, vegan mayo, capers, dill, green onion, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. Paired with sliced veggies, and wrapped in a seasoned brown-rice, this vegan tuna roll is sure to be a new favorite!

Vegan Spicy Tuna Roll

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A vegan twist on one of the most popular sushi rolls! Marinated tomatoes take place of the traditional spicy tuna in this recipe. Brown rice makes for a wholesome roll that is great for a quick lunch or an addition to a sushi dinner.

Vegan Dynamite Rolls

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Vegan Dynamite Rolls are an incredible mix of crispy chopped king oyster mushrooms, creamy avocado, and a spicy mayo sauce. This mouth-watering sushi recipe showcases an amazing combo of flavors and textures, making it a delightful vegan alternative to traditional sushi.

Eggplant Dragon Roll

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This Eggplant Dragon Roll recipe offers a scrumptious plant-based sushi variation featuring cajun spiced cream cheese, crunchy veggies, creamy avocado, and miso-marinated eggplant, creating an Asian-inspired flavor and texture experience that is both easy to make and delicious.

Vegan California Roll

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Many people’s first experience with sushi is the popular california roll. While commonly made with imitation crab, this vegan recipe uses silken tofu to mimic the traditional texture. Quick and easy to prepare, the whole family will enjoy this roll.

Vegan Philly Roll

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Marinated carrots take place of traditional smoked salmon in this vgan Philly Roll recipe!

Rainbow Veggie Sushi Roll

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Indulge in delicious and vibrant Rainbow Veggie Sushi Rolls, loaded with crisp red pepper, cool cucumber, creamy avocado, and sweet mango. This versatile recipe allows for various ingredient swaps to accommodate veggies you have on hand, perfect for dunking into soy sauce for a tasty vegan sushi experience.

Hand Rolls

Sushi hand rolls, or temaki, are a popular Japanese dish featuring a cone-shaped nori seaweed wrap filled with seasoned sushi rice and various ingredients, providing a casual and interactive dining experience that allows for personalized flavor combinations and textures.

Crunchy Rainbow Hand Rolls

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The most beautiful handrolls you have ever seen! These crunchy rainbow handrolls are pure excitement for your tastebuds. Unlike traditional hand rolls which feature nori, these are wrapped in a crunchy soy wrap. You’ll find yourself wanting more than just one!

Green Theme Vegan Hand Roll

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These hand rolls are green through and through! Avocado, cucumber, green peppers, cilantro, and nori come together with rice for this bright and refreshing snack!

Fresh Rolls

Sushi fresh spring rolls are a fusion dish that combines delicate rice paper wraps with seasoned sushi rice and vibrant vegetables, offering a refreshing and light alternative to traditional sushi rolls, while still delivering a harmony of flavors and textures in every bite.

Vegetable Spring Rolls

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These fresh vegetable spring rolls are colorful, full of flavor and healthy! Serve with a sweet and spicy chili sauce for dipping!

Fresh Vegan Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

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Indulge in a delightful and colorful Vegan Vegetable Spring Rolls recipe that is perfect as an appetizer or a light meal, and can be customized with any vegetables you desire. This simple and healthy dish is best served with a creamy peanut sauce adding a burst of flavor to the mix.

Sushi Burritos

Sushi burritos are an innovative fusion of Japanese and Mexican cuisine, featuring a large nori seaweed wrap filled with seasoned sushi rice and an array of ingredients like avocado, vegetables, and sauces, resulting in a portable, flavorful, and satisfying meal that blends the best of both culinary worlds.

Teriyaki Tofu Sushi Burrito

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Enjoy a burst of flavor with this vegan sushi burrito recipe, featuring a delightful combination of crispy fried teriyaki tofu and a rainbow of fresh vegetables. This scrumptious and adaptable fusion food is the perfect marriage of two great dishes in one portable package.

Rainbow Spicy Tofu Sushi Burritos

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Experience the fusion of flavorful tofu sushi and the convenience of a burrito in these Rainbow Spicy Tofu Sushi Burritos. They’re perfect for on-the-go lunches and packed with veggie goodness, making them a unique and delicious spin on traditional vegan sushi.

Sushi Bowls

Sushi bowls, also known as poke bowls or deconstructed sushi, are a versatile and customizable dish that combines seasoned sushi rice with an assortment of fresh vegetables, and flavorful toppings, offering a delicious and satisfying meal that captures the essence of sushi in a convenient, easy-to-eat format.

Tofu Sushi Bowl

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Experience the flavors of deconstructed sushi with this Tofu Sushi Bowl, a nutritious and delicious vegan and gluten-free meal option. The recipe boasts an enticing combination of tofu, jasmine brown rice, and vegan spicy mayo, making it a standout among other vegan sushi recipes.

Vegan Dynamite Sushi Bowl

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Indulge in a delightful vegan sushi recipe that stands out with its mouth-watering flavors and enticing presentation. This unique culinary experience will leave you craving more!

Elevated Vegan Sushi Bowl

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This vibrant vegan sushi bowl recipe offers a fun and delicious alternative to traditional rolled sushi, featuring colorful, crunchy veggies and a selection of epic dipping sauces. This creative take on a popular Japanese fast food offers sushi lovers an easier way to enjoy their favorite flavors, perfect for a satisfying and nourishing dinner option.

Sauces, Sides, and Toppings

Sushi sauces, sides, and toppings elevate the sushi experience by adding a burst of flavor and texture to each dish, including spicy mayo sauce, umami-rich eel sauce, and vegan fish eggs, artfully enhancing the taste and presentation of every sushi creation.

Simple Spicy Mayo Sauce

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This vegan spicy mayo is an interesting and delicious twist, using only two main ingredients – mayonnaise and Sriracha hot sauce. The tangy and rich flavors of this sushi condiment will elevate your meal to new heights.

Vegan Unagi Eel Sauce

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Create a delectable vegan Unagi eel sauce with just three simple ingredients – soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. This easy recipe results in a thick, flavorful sauce perfect for elevating your sushi experience.

Vegan Roe Fish Eggs

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Indulge in a vegan fish egg alternative with this faux-roe recipe, using finely diced beets, water or beet juice, and amaranth grain. Enjoy a guilt-free, toping for your vegan sushi cravings.

Vegan Tamagoyaki Egg

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Create a delightful Vegan Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette) using a homemade vegan egg mix with ingredients like silken tofu, nagaimo, mung bean flour, and seasonings. Enjoy this sweet and savory dish for breakfast, as a sushi topper, or as a side dish.

Vegan ‘Smoked Salmon’ Carrot Lox

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Indulge in a delightful vegan alternative to traditional lox with this Vegan Smoked Salmon recipe, featuring thin strips of marinated carrot that perfectly complement bagels or crackers. This scrumptious, easy-to-make treat is perfect for a Christmas breakfast or party food.


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Discover the deep-fried delight of Inari sushi featuring seasoned aburaage (deep-fried tofu pockets) filled with rice and a variety of seasonings or extra ingredients such as tuna. This delicious and adaptable snack is surprisingly easy to create at home while offering a fantastic introduction to preparing sushi and Japanese cuisine.

Seaweed Salad

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Here’s a flavorful wakame seaweed salad recipe, with ingredients like dried wakame, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and fresh veggies. This delicious and nutritious salad is the perfect accompaniment to your sushi meal or as a standalone dish.

Serving Suggestions

Sushi, while spectacular on it’s own, is elevated into a whole spread when paired with the following:

Miso Soup: A warm and savory miso soup is a classic accompaniment to sushi. Make it vegan by using seaweed-based dashi and miso paste, and add tofu and green onions for a delicious side dish.

Edamame: Lightly salted and steamed edamame beans make for a healthy and satisfying appetizer to enjoy alongside your vegan sushi rolls.

Tempura Vegetables: For a crunchy and delicious side, try battered and fried vegetables like sweet potatoes, bell peppers, or zucchini. Use a vegan-friendly tempura batter to ensure it’s cruelty-free.

Cucumber Salad: A light and refreshing cucumber salad, dressed with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a hint of sugar, can provide a cool and tangy contrast to the rich flavors of vegan sushi.

Inari Sushi: Complement your vegan sushi rolls with inari sushi, which is sushi rice stuffed into a sweet fried tofu pocket. This dish adds unique flavors and textures to your sushi meal.

Seaweed Salad: A tangy and flavorful seaweed salad, made from marinated wakame seaweed, sesame seeds, and a soy sauce-based dressing, pairs perfectly with any vegan sushi recipe.

Vegan Gyoza: Give your meal a Japanese flair with vegan dumplings, filled with ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, and tofu. Serve with a flavorful dipping sauce made from soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.

Pickled Vegetables: Add some tang and crunch to your vegan sushi spread with an assortment of pickled vegetables, like radishes, carrots, and cucumbers. These pair well with sushi and can cleanse your palate between bites.

Storing Sushi

To store vegan sushi recipes, use airtight containers that are specifically designed for food storage to keep the sushi rolls fresh and maintain their taste. For short-term storage, place the rolls in the fridge where they can last for up to 24 hours, while for longer-term storage, store them in the freezer for up to one month. To thaw frozen sushi, transfer it to the fridge to slowly defrost for several hours before consumption, but avoid heating it as it may cause the rice to become mushy and alter the overall texture.

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