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Deconstructed vegan sushi bowls with chewy seaweed tofu, avocado, sushi rice, and a spicy wasabi sauce! It’s fresh, nourishing, and healthy! My favorite plant-based sushi bowl!

Vegan sushi bowl with seaweed tofu, avocado, wasabi mayo, and carrots.

📘 What Is a Sushi Bowl

A sushi bowl is basically seasoned short-grain rice served with a variety of toppings. It’s like sushi but in a bowl form! The best part is that there is no rolling required!

🥣 How to Make It

These sushi bowls come together in just a bit more than 1 hour and consist of 3 main elements: the rice, the tofu, and the wasabi sauce.

I didn’t go with a ton of different toppings, but each one brings something interesting in terms of texture and/or flavor, so while this recipe is easy, it doesn’t lack in flavor!

Ingredients like avocado, rice, tofu, carrots, and nori.

1. Rice

First, we start by preparing the rice that needs to cool down for about 1 hour.

Rinse the rice 2-3 times or until the water is clear. This will prevent too much foam from forming during cooking. Next, add it to a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a simmer.

Cover with a lid and cook for about 8 minutes. Next, remove from the heat and let it rest covered for another 15 minutes. This will allow the rice to steam and finish cooking.

To season, simply pour in a few tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar and stir to combine. You can find seasoned rice vinegar online, in Asian grocery stores, or simply make your own. Check out this Inari Sushi recipe to learn how to make your own seasoned rice vinegar.

Sushi rice in a saucepan.

2. Seaweed Tofu

The tofu is, without a doubt, the star of this recipe! It consists of medium tofu that is pan-fried until golden brown, wrapped in a sheet of nori, and simmered in a sweet/salty/spicy sauce!

Fried tofu in a bowl.

To make the tofu:

  1. Cut medium tofu into small rectangles. The size doesn’t matter too much as long as it’s bite-size pieces.
  2. Pan-fry the tofu in a non-stick skillet until it is golden brown on both sides.
  3. Cut a sheet of nori into thin strips long enough to wrap each rectangle of tofu.
  4. Wrap each piece of tofu in a strip of nori and seal it by slightly wetting the end of the strip with the cornstarch slurry.
  5. Simmer the tofu in the sauce for a few minutes or until the tofu is glazed!

To make a cornstarch slurry: simply stir one teaspoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of water.

Tofu wrapped in nori sheets.

3. Wasabi Mayo

Finally comes the sauce that consists of just two ingredients: vegan mayo and wasabi paste. Stir until fully combined and adjust the spiciness to taste by adding more wasabi paste for a spicier sauce or more mayo to tone it down.

Want to lower the calories? Feel free to use yogurt instead of mayo! Simply swap the mayo for vegan yogurt, add a pinch of salt and a quarter of a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice.

4. Toppings

For the toppings, I went with avocado for creaminess and healthy fats, raw carrots, and fried shallots for some crunch, and micro greens for extra vitamins!

Close up of vegan sushi bowl with tofu and avocado.

These vegan sushi bowls are super fresh, healthy, and packed with flavor! The tofu is chewy, sweet, and salty and balances perfectly with the spicy wasabi mayo!

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Recipe

Vegan Sushi Bowls with Wasabi Mayo

Author: Thomas Pagot
Fresh and healthy vegan sushi bowls with glazed nori tofu, avocado, carrots, and a creamy wasabi mayo!
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 10 minutes
Resting Time : 1 hour
Total Time : 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
 

Sushi Rice

Seaweed Tofu

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 7 ounces medium tofu cut into 2×1-inch rectangles of about 1/2-inch thickness
  • 1 sheet of nori cut into 1/2-inch thick strips
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar or white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch

Wasabi Mayo

The Rest

  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 2 tbsp fried shallots
  • 1/2 carrot finely shredded

Instructions
 

Sushi Rice

  • 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).
  • Transfer the sushi rice to a large baking dish or bowl. Pour in the seasoned rice vinegar and stir to combine. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let cool for about 1 hour at room temperature.

Seaweed Tofu

  • Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu rectangles and fry on each side for 5-7 minutes, or until the tofu is golden brown. Remove from the skillet and transfer to a plate lined with a kitchen paper towel to remove the excess oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside.
  • Wrap each rectangle of tofu with a strip of nori and slightly wet the end of the strip with the cornstarch mixture to seal.
  • To a non-stick skillet, add a tablespoon of oil and fry the nori-wrapped tofu for about 2 minutes. Next, add the water, soy sauce, coconut sugar, sriracha, and cornstarch. Stir to combine. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, flipping regularly to coat the tofu with the sauce.
  • Remove from heat once almost all of the sauce has been absorbed by the tofu.

Wasabi Mayo

  • In a small bowl, stir together the mayo with the wasabi paste. Taste and adjust the spiciness to your liking.

To Assemble

  • Divide the sushi rice between two serving bowls. Top with the nori-wrapped tofu, avocado slices, fried shallots, carrots, and drizzle with the wasabi mayo!
Course : Entree, Main Course
Cuisine : Asian
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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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Hi Thomas, Thanks again for the delicious recipes. I am interested in trying a few vegan sushi ideas with your vegan salmon and I noticed you have two ways of flavouring the bell peppers marinating and boiling in a broth. Which one would you say gives better results?