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Easy Homemade Vegan Sushi Rolls

Veggie Sushi Rolls

For the past 9 years, I have had to entertain many people from many different ethnic backgrounds due to my husband’s work at a missionary college with students from all over the world.

Fortunately,  many of them have shared with me and taught me to make their traditional dishes, I then researched and experimented with many ethnic dishes then include my own touch, of course.

What Types Of Sushi Are Vegan?

I learned about 3 different types of Sushi

  • Maki Rolls are made of rice and filling wrapped in seaweed.
  • Uramaki Rolls are similar to maki rolls except the seaweed is wrapped around the filling and the rice is on the outside. Also known as California Rolls.
  • Temaki Rolls are seaweed wrapped as cones with the filling on the inside.

Vegan sushi is made of vegetables, pickled ginger, and Ponza sauce rolled in nori sheets.

How To Make Vegan Sushi 

To make homemade sushi rolls, make rice, prepare vegetables. Combine lemon juice, sugar, black sesame seeds, salt and add to cooked rice and allow to marinate for 5 minutes.

Using a bamboo mat or tea towel, place a sheet of nori with the shiny side down. Spread rice over nori sheets, leaving a 1/2 inch clear space at the top and bottom. Arrange vegetables,  roll vegetables into a cylinder. Using the mat as your guide, roll tightly then cut with a wet knife.

It’s best to use glutinous rice, sushi rice, or sweet rice for the sushi, I used medium grain brown rice though with great results.

To cook brown rice, for each cup of sushi rice, I cooked it with 2 cups of water. Rinse brown rice and add cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes turn off the heat and allow to sit covered for 15 more minutes.


Sushi Fillings

I also made Ponzu sauce with lemon juice, coconut aminos, and maple syrup. I used raw coconut aminos as a substitute for soy sauce (it’s Gluten-free). Many soy sauces contain wheat and preservatives, this is a great gluten-free alternative.

It also contains 63% less sodium than soy sauce, and because it’s made from coconut it’s also soy-free. It is also raw and unfermented.

I made fresh pickled ginger (Gari) using maple syrup, lemon juice, and beet juice for the coloring. Traditionally, artificial red food coloring is used in pickled ginger (Also check out my Perfect Pink Lemonade that doesn’t use artificial red food coloring.

For the filling you can add any vegetables you like, I used bell peppers, avocado, cucumber. You can also check out my Raw Vegan Sushi recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Store Vegan Sushi?

Pack sushi in a container with a tight-fitting lid and store for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

Is California Roll Vegan?

No, California roll includes imitation crab. Imitation can contain ground-up fish. Alternatives to imitation crab are hearts of palm, tofu, jack fruit, artichoke hearts.

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Easy Homemade Vegan Sushi Rolls



(Per portion)
  • Energy: 60 kcal / 251 kJ
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 11 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • For: 36


Fresh Pickled Ginger

Ponzu Sauce


  1. Wash 1 cup rice and bring to boil with 2 1/4 cups water, reduce heat on lowest and simmer for about 45 minutes until water is absorbed. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Combine lemon juice, sugar, black sesame seeds and salt.
  3. Add to rice, stir well and set aside to marinate for 5 minutes.
  4. On a bamboo sushi mat, place a sheet of nori with the shiny-side down. Spread rice over nori sheets, leaving a 1/2 inch clear space at the top and bottom.
  5. Arrange red bell pepper, yellow and orange peppers in an even strip horizontally starting from the side nearest you.
  6. Arrange cucumber alongside bell peppers, then arrange avocado slices on top.
  7. Holding the mat and the edge of the nori sheet nearest to you, roll into a cylinder. Use the mat as your guide, roll tightly so that it sticks together and encloses the filling tightly.
  8. Transfer roll seam side down onto a cutting board, use a wet knife to cut each roll into six pieces and stand them into a serving platter.
  9. Garnish with fresh pickled ginger and serve with Ponzu sauce.

Fresh Pickled Ginger

  1. Thinly slice ginger with potato peeler and set into a bowl. Add lemon juice and maple syrup.
  2. Mix grated beet plus water, then strain and add to ginger. Set aside until ready to serve.

Ponzu Sauce

  1. Combine all the above ingredients into a bowl and stir to marinate.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.