Being a sushi loving vegetarian can be pretty hard. There are not many restaurants that make the effort to explore the wide variety of vegetarian sushi options out there.
We, however, are prepared to make the effort and we have collected 15 amazing riceless sushi recipes that vegetarians and fish lovers alike will adore. This list includes some classic Japanese dishes and American takes on your sushi favorites.
1. Vegetarian Lettuce Rolls
This recipe is simple, tasty, and full of protein.
You can serve this recipe using quinoa, however, if you cannot eat quinoa, you can replace it with shredded cauliflower. If you do use shredded cauliflower, don’t forget to drain the excess moisture out of the mass.
The key to getting the best flavor out of this dish is to use fresh and ripe avocado. The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. So, a bad avocado could ruin the whole dish. To make your avocado ripen faster, massage it with your thumbs before cutting it open.
2. No Rice Sushi With Sweet Potato And Jicama
This is one for all you sweet potato fans out there. This recipe uses all of the traditional sushi techniques and some traditional ingredients as well.
You will need sheets of nori for this recipe and the patience to cut all the vegetables up into really small pieces.
If you have never cooked with Jicama before, yes, it is worth spending the time to cut up. Also, the Japanese sweet potato is meant to be that purple! Isn’t it incredible?
3. Japanese Turnips With Miso – Sushi Sides
You’re going to see a lot of miso recipes on this list. Why? Because miso is one of our favorite Japanese ingredients. It perfectly straddles the line between umami and salty. It works well in sweet and savory dishes too.
Turnips are a traditional autumn and winter ingredient in Japan and if you need a pick-me-up on a cold and wet day. Well, look no further. The turnips are so tasty that you might find yourself wanting to double the recipe and serving them as a main.
4. Low-Carb Riceless Sushi (Keto Friendly)
This is a simple recipe that makes the most of the cauliflower rice that we talked about in the first recipe.
Why have rice, when you can replace it with a low-carb equivalent, shredded cauliflower? You can either make shredded cauliflower by grating it or by putting it through a food processor – depending on how fine you would like the pieces.
We find the cauliflower rice to be more filling when it is grated, as the pieces are bigger.
5. Miso Soup – Sushi Sides
Our mouth is watering thinking about this miso soup recipe. In our eyes, the minimalist baker cannot do anything wrong when it comes to their recipes, but this is one of their real triumphs.
Miso Soup is traditionally served in small bowls with most Japanese meals, sushi included. The dish is made of miso paste, hot water, spring onions, tofu, and soy sauce. It should be drunk straight from the bowl and used as a palate cleanser between dishes. It is often paired with cups of Sencha (Japanese Green Tea).
6. Veg Stuffed Sushi Rolls
If you are not interested in using a rice replacement like cauliflower or quinoa, then you should try out this recipe. How do they deal with having no rice? Well, they stuff the nori rolls with vegetables until they are about to burst.
If you are looking for vegetarian sushi rolls to serve during a summer party then these are a great choice. They are fresh but the nutritional yeast sauce brings the rolls just onto the right side of savory.
7. Edamame Beans – Sushi Sides
Edamame Beans are an essential part of the sushi experience and we wouldn’t dream of serving up sushi without them. These delightful little mouthfuls of flavor are completely vegetarian and so easy to make.
The hardest part of the task will be sourcing fresh Edamame Beans where you live. Canned beans will do, but fresh is better.
To get the best flavors out of this recipe, we recommend using big flakes of sea salt and high end chili flakes – you will notice the difference when you take your first bite.
8. – Goats Cheese And Cucumber Rolls
Is this a very Japanese dish? No. But does it capture the spirit of sushi? Oh yeah! And is this recipe so good that you will need to make one batch for yourself and one batch for your guests? Of course. We only pick out the best recipes for you.
This recipe is very simple. You are only going to need 6 ingredients and it will take you less than 10 minutes to make a batch of these. Annoyingly these will only last for about 2 minutes once you put them out on the table.
9. Pan-Fried Teriyaki Tofu – Sushi Sides
If you want traditional Japanese flavors then look no further than tofu and teriyaki sauce.
We adore this recipe. The crispness of the tofu makes it so filling and you will find that even meat-lovers are asking for seconds.
You should serve this sushi side with a big bowl of spinach salad (see recipe 11), or wrap it up and serve it in a riceless sushi roll (see recipe 2). Both are delicious.
10. Cauliflower Summer Sushi With The World’s Best Tahini
We discovered on the Great British Bake Off this year that tahini and miso make an incredible flavor combination – so why wouldn’t sushi and tahini?!
This recipe was worth sharing just for its top of the range tahini recipe. Seriously, this is the last tahini recipe that you will ever need.
The sushi is great too! If you are in the mood for something full of flavor, fresh, and slightly on the sweeter side then you are going to want to try this recipe.
11. Gomae (Japanese Spinach Salad) – Sushi Sides
This dish is a dream come true for most food lovers. It’s good enough to eat a lot of, it’s healthy enough to eat a lot of, and it’s interesting enough to eat a lot of without getting bored.
This is a Japanese take on a spinach salad. The spinach leaves are cooked and then soaked in a really addictive sesame seed sauce.
The sauce is made from sesame seeds, sake, mirin, and soy sauce. It’s so good that we have started serving up other green vegetables with this sauce too.
12. Vegan Vegetable Sushi Rolls
We have one more cauliflower rice set of sushi rolls for you. This one is for those of you who enjoy the savory side of vegetarian food.
This sushi contains classic ingredients from Japanese salads – red cabbage, red and yellow peppers, spring onions, and sesame seeds.
If you are a fan of spice then you could turn this into a bang-bang sushi roll by mixing chili flakes into the “rice mix” and by preparing a sriracha sauce to dip them in. Or a sriracha mayo if you’re not feeling so brave.
You will want to make sure that you allow your ingredients to dry out a little before you roll them together. As you don’t want the rolls to get soggy.
13. Japanese Potato Salad – Sushi Sides
This potato salad has been popular with restaurant patrons in Japan for well over 125 years now.
The recipe traditionally is made with fresh spring ingredients, but can be adapted to suit any season. In late summer, we love to add sweet peas straight from the pod.
The recipe above includes ham, but this dish does not need it to be delicious. When we serve it at home, we include spring onions instead of ham. It makes the meal less salty and even fresher.
14. Spicy Bean Sprout Salad – Sushi Sides
When we make this at home, we make two versions. One where we follow the recipe above exactly, and with the other, we add a boatload of spice. Both are very popular at dinner parties.
This recipe is so easy to make, we serve it whenever we can. It takes less than 10 minutes but has enough flavor to suggest you spend a few hours making it.
Again, we recommend you use fresh and high-quality spices to season this dish. You will notice the difference.
15. Ramen Eggs – Sushi Sides
Is a list of Japanese food complete without a good Ramen Egg recipe? The answer to that question is no.
The secret to a good Ramen Egg is to make the dressing far enough in advance that you can soak the eggs for at least 24 hours, if not 48 hours.
While Ramen Eggs are traditionally served with Ramen (unsurprisingly), they make a great side dish to serve alongside any of the other dishes on this list, especially riceless sushi rolls.
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