Easy Homemade Vegan Sushi Rolls

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A vegan sushi roll recipe that is easy to make at home in about 30 minutes. I used cucumbers, avocado, and red, yellow, and orange bell peppers for the filling. I used lemon juice instead of vinegar, which imparts a fresh and tangy taste that has great health benefits.

Easy Homemade Vegan Sushi Rolls

Now you can make these Easy Homemade Vegan Sushi Rolls at home, they are flavorful with step-by-step photos with sushi rice, fresh homemade pickled ginger and nori sheets.

Easy Homemade Vegan 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.

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.

How To Make Vegan Sushi Rolls

To make vegan 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.

Its 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 heat and allow to sit covered for 15 more minutes.


I also made Ponzu sauce using 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.

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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

Cooking 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.

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  1. Tanya
    September 1, 2018

    Thank you for this easy recipe, loved it

  2. michelle Blackwood
    November 21, 2012

    Nori sheet(toasted sea weed), may be found in the Asian supermarkets, online or health food stores along with other sea vegetables. They usually come in packs of 10’s or 50’s. Once opened the remaining ones should be stored in a resealable package.

  3. Amy
    November 19, 2012

    Love your pic!! Today I tried them for the first time at the restaurant. Can you please tell me where can I buy Nori from?


  4. Michelle Blackwood
    March 26, 2012

    Thanks Megan, my recipe is quite simple and I hope you’ll try it!

  5. MegansBeadedDesigns
    March 22, 2012

    Wow! This looks delicious! I have never tried to make sushi before, but I think that trying to make vegetarian sushi first would be a safer bet. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. Administrator Account
    March 19, 2012

    You are welcome, I’m happy you found the pictures helpful.

  7. SushiTail
    March 17, 2012

    The pictures are very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. Administrator Account
    March 14, 2012

    Thank you for asking, Nori is the Japanese name for edible sea vegetable which are pressed and dried. They are used in wraps (as in sushi, soups, rice and as a low calorie snack. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

  9. Chels
    March 12, 2012

    Question – I’ve never made sushi before… what are non sheets?

  10. Administrator Account
    March 7, 2012

    Thanks Samantha, I’m happy that the recipes are beneficial. You are always welcome.

  11. Samantha
    March 7, 2012

    This looks so good, I’ll have to try. Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

  12. Administrator Account
    March 5, 2012

    Thanks for your interest, let me know how you like it!

  13. myfudo
    March 5, 2012

    I am excited to try this Japanes dish…It has been a long while since I did a similar version. Thanks for sharing.