Vegetarian Sushi Bowls

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Quell your sushi cravings without any meat! Vegetarian Sushi Bowls start with sushi rice and are topped with ripe avocado, shelled edamame, carrot ribbons, chopped mangoes, and crisp cucumbers. Add in some seaweed sheets and a creamy Sriracha mayo as the perfect finishing touch!

 

Overhead view of Vegetarian Sushi Bowls.

Vegetarian Sushi Bowls

My husband is obsessed with sushi, but to be honest, it’s not my favorite thing to make. However, Vegetarian Sushi Bowls? These I can get on board with making very frequently!

Not only do they take mere minutes to whip together, they don’t require any shaping or rolling. And while it might seem like they’re in need of some protein, they’ve actually got plenty of it, thanks to the edamame and seaweed. Edamame is an incredible source of plant-based protein. One cup of cooked edamame provides about 18.5 grams of protein. And unlike most plant-based protein, edamame is a whole protein source. This means, these innocent-looking beans provide all the essential amino acids your body needs. Not bad for a seafood-free “sushi” bowl!)

Keep the protein coming with seaweed sheets, which are basically thin, mini nori sheets (what is typically used in sushi). These sheets are salted and lightly roasted — they’re delicious on their own, and the perfect addition to Vegetarian Sushi Bowls. 

And while there are plenty of fruits and veggies in the bowl, we’ve still got sushi quintessential elements, starting with sushi rice and finishing with a delicious (four-ingredient) spicy sushi mayo. 

Image of sushi rice before and after cooking.

Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice is steamed, short-grain rice that’s flavored with a vinegar-based seasoning (rice vinegar, salt, and white sugar).

Unfortunately, not any rice works here, you’ll want to get a short-grained rice to make sushi rice. Sushi rice is very different from long-grain, jasmine, or basmati rice, and has a higher content of moisture to delivery that unique texture and stickiness of sushi rice.

I use Calrose® rice in these vegetarian sushi bowls, but you can also look for short grain white rice or Japanese short-grain rice (“sushi rice”).

A couple tips:

  • Make sure the rice has been thoroughly washed and rinsed a few times (until no more starch comes out which means the water is running underneath). If you have extra time, soak the rice for 20-25 minutes before cooking, to get a better texture.
  • Once the rice is steamed, we’re looking for a fluffy texture with a firm bite. Each grain of rice should be sticky, but still retain its shape (if it’s mushy, it was overcooked or had too much water).

Making the spicy mayo: Assemble mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce, lime and sesame oil; stir and drizzle over Vegetarian Sushi Bowls.

Vegetarian Sushi Bowls spicy sauce

This spicy sauce is the perfect finishing element that ties everything in these Vegetarian Sushi Bowls together. It has only four ingredients and is as easy as whisking everything together in a small bowl. If you love lots of sauce, I recommend doubling the recipe.

  • Mayo: the better the mayo, the better the sauce tastes. I love Hellman’s/Best Foods® (not sponsored) since it has a rich flavor without being overly sweet.
  • Sriracha®: This ingredient adds flavor and spice! A little Sriracha goes a long way (both in adding flavor and spice). If you’re concerned about the heat, add very slowly and keep in mind, this sauce gets hotter as it sits.
  • Sesame oil: It adds a depth of flavor to the sauce.
  • Lime juice: This acid balances the spicy from the Sriracha and tanginess of the mayo.

Overhead view of the spicy sauce being drizzled on Vegetarian Sushi Bowls.

Vegetarian Sushi Bowls toppings

Mango and Avocado

  • Ready and fully ripe mangoes and avocados are game changers for Vegetarian Sushi Bowls; these bowls are far more flavorful and creamier if both ingredients fully ripe. (See Quick Tip below)
  • I recommend honey mangoes for this salad (also known as Ataulfo or yellow mangoes). They’re sweeter and creamier than regular mangoes and don’t have the typical fibers throughout. Also, here’s a great guide on how to cut a mango!

QUICK TIP

To tell if an avocado is ripe, press gently around (not on) the stem and if it gives, the avocado is ripe (the “give” should feel like pressing the tip of your nose). No part of the avocado should be mushy to touch (this means its overripe). To tell if a mango is ripe, always judge by feel! Squeeze the mango gently; a ripe mango will give slightly (overripe will squish down).

Cucumber and carrots

  • I recommend Persian (sometimes labeled as mini cucumbers) or English cucumbers for Vegetarian Sushi Bowls. The Persian cucumbers are nearly seedless and very crisp (instead of watery). They have a sweet, mild flavor and a great crunch; they’re the perfect complement to the creamy sushi rice, smooth avocado, and juicy mango.
  • The carrots also add a nice contrasting texture. I like to shave the carrot into ribbons — not only is it visually appealing, it also means you don’t need to cook the carrots and they aren’t overly crunchy. 
  • To make carrot ribbons: Lay one large carrot (baby carrots won’t work) flat on a counter or cutting board. Using a vegetable peeler, peel along the length of the carrot to create a ribbon. Repeat the process, rotating the carrot as necessary, until the carrot is too thin to peel.

Edamame

If you aren’t familiar with edamame, it’s the same soybean that makes tofu. It’s somewhat similar to baby lima beans, but butterier, with a hint of nuttiness and a touch of sweetness. The texture is firmer than a pea, but soft with a bit of a bite.

Edamame is sold fresh or frozen in the store, but I typically grab the frozen shelled soybeans since it’s hard for me to find fresh in my area. The recipe details how to prepare frozen edamame, but don’t forget to salt it!

View of a Vegetarian Sushi Bowl.

QUICK TIP

Want to add in some seafood? Try adding in some imitation or lump crabmeat that has been chopped into bite-sized pieces.

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Vegetarian Sushi Bowl

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Quell your sushi cravings without any meat! Vegetarian Sushi Bowls start with sushi rice and are topped with ripe avocado, shelled edamame, carrot ribbons, chopped mangoes, and crisp cucumbers. Add in some seaweed sheets and a creamy Sriracha mayo as the perfect finishing touch.
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Vegetarian Sushi Bowl

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Quell your sushi cravings without any meat! Vegetarian Sushi Bowls start with sushi rice and are topped with ripe avocado, shelled edamame, carrot ribbons, chopped mangoes, and crisp cucumbers. Add in some seaweed sheets and a creamy Sriracha mayo as the perfect finishing touch.
Course Dinner, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword vegetarian sushi bowls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 417kcal
Cost $6.71

Ingredients

Rice

  • 2 cups (426g) sushi rice (or short-grain rice or Calrose rice)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (482g) water
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • fine sea salt

Sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup (44g) regular mayonnaise (I love Hellman's/Best Foods)
  • 1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce (scale up or down to personal heat tolerance)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Toppings

  • 2-3 honey mangoes, chopped (also called yellow or Ataulfo) (See Note 1)
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 large avocado, thinly sliced or diced
  • 2-3 Persian cucumbers, cut into half moons
  • 4 large carrots, sliced into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce + 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Optional: drizzle of soy sauce, seaweed sea salt snack

Instructions

  • SUSHI RICE: Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until water runs clear. Tap out excess water to throughly drain and then transfer the rice to a medium-sized pot. Add in the 2 and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a full boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, keep the lid on, but remove from heat and let stand for a full 15 minutes.
  • SUSHI RICE SEASONING: In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Microwave for 15-20 seconds to warm the mixture, then stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Once the rice is finished cooking and standing, pour about 1/3 of this mixture into the rice. Gently fold into the rice to combine. Repeat the process until all of the vinegar seasoning has been incorporated into the rice. Set aside.
  • EDAMAME: Meanwhile, bring a pot of 6 cups of water to boil, then add in 1 tablespoon fine sea salt, and the bag of frozen and shelled edamame. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until edamame is tender. Drain thoroughly and toss with salt to taste.
  • SRIRACHA MAYO: In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, mayo, Sriracha sauce (add slowly to taste preference), and lime juice. Whisk and taste, adding more Sriracha for a spicier sauce.
  • VEGGIES: Slice cucumbers in half lengthwise and then cut into thin half moons, about 1/4 inch thick. To make carrot ribbons, lay a large carrot flat on a cutting board. Using a vegetable peeler, peel along the length of the carrot to create a ribbon. Repeat the process, rotating the carrot as necessary, until the carrot is too thin to peel. Repeat with remaining carrots. Avocado: Remove peel and pit; thinly slice or chop. Mango: Peel with a vegetable peeler, cut the two halves off the large center pit. Dice the halves into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • SOY SAUCE MIXTURE: In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar. Stir.
  • SERVE: Divide the rice evenly among four bowls. Top with edamame, carrots, avocado and cucumber. Drizzle everything evenly with soy sauce and rice vinegar mixture. Top with Sriracha mayo, along with seaweed snack sheets.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Perfectly ripe mangoes and avocados are game changers for these sushi bowls. To tell if an avocado is ripe, press gently around (not on) the stem and if it gives, the avocado is ripe (the “give” should feel like pressing the tip of your nose). To tell if a mango is ripe, always judge by feel. Squeeze the mango gently; a ripe mango will give slightly (overripe will squish down). 

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17.9g | Cholesterol: 5.8mg | Sodium: 143.4mg | Fiber: 7.3g | Sugar: 22.8g

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