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This traditional Japanese Inari sushi consists of seasoned tofu pouches filled with sushi rice. It is juicy, with a balance of sweet, salty, and sour. Super easy to make, no rolling required! Plus, I’m sharing 4 delicious topping ideas!

Close up of inari sushi with meat floss.

🍱 What Is Inari Sushi?

Inari sushi (稲荷寿司), also called Inarizushi, is a type of Japanese sushi. It consists of seasoned fried tofu pouches, called Inari Age, filled with sushi rice.

The thin tofu pouches are often seasoned with soy sauce and sugar or cooked in a dashi broth, resulting in a tender and juicy texture.

Ingredients like inari age, rice, scrambled tofu, avocado, sesame seeds.

🥣 How to Make It

Inari sushi is probably my favorite type of sushi for two reasons. 1. It’s fuss-free and very easy to prepare. There is a need for a bamboo mat, just fill pouches, and you are done. 2. The tofu pouches add a ton of flavors and make it a portable and easy-to-eat meal.

Here is what you will need to make inari sushi:

  • Sushi rice – Japanese short-grain rice works best. I highly recommend buying high-quality rice, not the supermarket kind.
  • Sushi vinegar – Homemade or store-bought. Here, I made my own with just 3 ingredients: white rice vinegar, sugar, and salt.
  • Inari age – These tofu pouches, often sold under the name of “seasoned fried bean curd,” can be found in most Asian stores. They sell them in cans or in packets. You can also buy inari age online.
  • Additional toppings – Optional and versatile. Adding a topping is up to you!

The process of making inari sushi is quick and simple:

  • Cook the sushi rice: Rinse the sushi rice 2-3 times or until the water is clear. Rinsing not only yields a better flavor but also prevents the water from bubbling over during cooking. Once your rice is clean, cook for 7-8 minutes covered or until no water remains. Next, remove it from the heat and let it steam for another 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the sushi vinegar by heating white rice vinegar, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Once the sugar has melted, remove it from the heat and transfer it to the cooked rice. Let cool at room temperature.
  • Fill the tofu pouches with the sushi rice. To do so, shape about 1/3 cup of the sushi rice into a long ball (use wet hands to prevent it from sticking) and stuff a pouch of tofu with the rice. Repeat with the remaining rice and pouches, and enjoy!
Inari age filled with sushi rice.

If you plan to serve these without any toppings, fold the edges to enclose the filling. Then, place the seam upside down so the bottom of the tofu pouch appears on top.

Many different types of inari sushi on a cutting board.

🥢 Toppings

Inari sushi is delicious as is, but adding toppings takes it to another level. Here, I am sharing 4 ways to make different inari sushi. Each one requires some preparation, so feel free to pick your favorite or make all of them if you have the time!

  • Wasabi Mayo Meat Floss: Vegan mayo combined with wasabi paste for spiciness and topped with homemade vegan meat floss! Definitely my favorite!
  • Jackfruit Tuna: Fish-y shredded jackfruit with seaweed and lime juice.
  • Beet Pickle: Shredded beet soaked in a vinegar brine adds extra tanginess and earthiness to the sushi.
  • Scrambled Tofu: Sautéed tofu infused with nutritional yeast, turmeric, and black salt and served with avocado slices.

Check out the recipe notes for detailed instructions on how to make the toppings.

Inari sushi is super versatile, so feel free to be creative with the toppings! I’m sure steamed asparagus, baby broccoli, or even vegan smoked salmon would make nice additions!

Close up of inari sushi with meat floss and mayo.

💬 FAQ

  • Where can I find tofu pouches? We can find tofu pouches in most Asian stores or online. The ones I usually get are sold in a packet and contain about 16 pouches.
  • Can I make my own tofu pouches? It is possible, but it’s a long process and requires frying the tofu twice at different temperatures. I highly recommend buying the prepared tofu pouches instead.
  • How long does vegan Inari sushi keep? Inari sushi is best served the same day but will keep for up to 1 day in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator one hour before serving.
  • How many calories are in a piece of Inari sushi? Tofu pouches are pretty low calorie, so one filled inari sushi without topping is approximately 115 calories.
Inari sushi on a cutting board.

If you have never tried Inari sushi, you should definitely try this recipe! It’s fun to prepare and makes an amazing weekend dinner! The sweet and juicy tofu pouches go so well with the vinegary rice!

Inari sushi with vegan meat floss and jackfruit tuna.

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Close up of vegan inari sushi.
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Recipe
Vegan Inari Sushi (4 Ways!)

Vegan Inari Sushi (4 Ways!)

5 from 1 vote
Author: Thomas Pagot
Learn how to make this traditional Japanese sushi! These seasoned fried-tofu pockets are filled with sushi rice. It is incredibly flavorful with a balance of sweet, salty, and sour. No rolling is required!
Prep Time : 25 minutes
Cook Time : 20 minutes
Total Time : 45 minutes
Servings 10 sushis
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Wash the rice 2-3 times or until the water is clear. Drain well and transfer the rice to a large saucepan. Cover with the water and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook covered for 8-9 minutes or until no water remains. Remove from heat and let the rice steam for another 15 minutes (with the lid on).
  • In the meantime, prepare the sushi rice seasoning: add the white vinegar, sugar, and salt to a small saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat until the sugar is dissolved (do not bring it to a boil).
  • Transfer the sushi rice to a large baking dish and spread it evenly. Pour in the sweet and salty vinegar, toasted sesame seeds, and stir to combine well. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let cool for 1-2 hours at room temperature.
  • To assemble: Drain the tofu pouches (inari age). Using wet hands, scoop out about 1/4-1/3 cup of sushi rice and shape it into a long ball. Carefully open a pouch of tofu and fill it with the sushi rice. The pouch should be filled to the 4/5. Tuck in the edges of the pouch inside to have nice-looking edges. Transfer to a serving plate and repeat with the remaining rice and pouches.
  • You can serve as is, or decorate with your favorite toppings. Check out the notes below for topping ideas!
  • Inari sushi is best served immediately, at room temperature. It will keep for another day in the refrigerator, but the rice will slightly harden.

Notes

Here are 4 topping ideas:

 

Wasabi Mayo Meat Floss

Instructions: Combine the vegan mayo with the wasabi paste. Spread a thin layer on top of Inari sushi and top with vegan meat floss.

Jackfruit Tuna

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 14-oz can young green jackfruit, hard core removed
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon seaweed flakes
Instructions: heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and shallot, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Add the chunks of jackfruit and soy sauce, and sauté for another 2 minutes. Use a spatula to shred the jackfruit. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. 
Transfer to a bowl and add the vegan mayo, lime juice, and seaweed flakes. Stir to coat well. Top inari sushi with the chilled jackfruit “tuna.”

Tofu Scramble

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 3.5 ounces (100g) medium tofu, scrambled
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of kala namak salt (optional, for an egg flavor)
Instructions: Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the scrambled tofu and sauté 1-2 minutes. Add the nutritional yeast, turmeric, salt, and kala namak salt if using. Cook for 1 more minute, remove from the heat, and let cool. 
Top inari sushi with some of the tofu scramble, a few slices of avocado, and sesame seeds.

Beet Pickles

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 beet, finely shredded
Instructions: Heat the water, sugar, and salt over medium heat just to dissolve the sugar. Transfer to a clean jar and add the white vinegar and shredded beets. Let cool and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, preferably 1-2 days. Feel free to use other raw veggies if you are not a fan of beets!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 inari sushi (without toppings) | Calories: 117 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.9 g | Protein: 3.5 g | Fat: 2.2 g | Fiber: 0.7 g | Sugar: 3.6 g
Course : Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine : Asian, Japanese
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Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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5 stars
I personally love this Inari sushi recipe because it’s pretty low calories. And no rolling needed. Plus, it tastes super good, especially the tofu pouches, so juicy and sweet. This is definitely an amazing dish for our weekend dinners. Thank you!!!