Bye bye cucumber maki: this is how you make the best vegetarian sushi yourself

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Unless you go to a specialized vegan sushi restaurant, the vegetarian sushi options outside the door are usually not that exciting. Okay, a few lemurs here and a few avocado rolls there, but that’s about it. However, vegan sushi can also be very exciting, and fun to make yourself.

> Read also: Make your own sushi: our tips + favorite combinations

This is how you make the best vegan sushi

1. Get creative with your ingredients

Just because they equate veggie sushi to cucumber maki at the local sushi restaurant doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with the ingredients. Really: the sky’s the limit . Vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, meat substitutes, Asian products from the toko (such as kimchi , lotus root or edamame ),…

Think about what you like and how you can taste this in combination with sushi rice and (possibly) nori. How about oyster mushroom truffle cheddar? Or vegetarian bacon-avocado-fried onions? Or chuka wakame – omelette- furikake ? We could go on and on, but think of those cool combinations yourself.

2. Smoke ingredients for your vegan sushi

With a smoke flavor you instantly make ingredients a lot more exciting. Smoking ingredients yourself is not at all such an undertaking as it seems. For example, there are small smoking devices that allow you to smoke ingredients such as mayonnaise or tofu in no time at all.

With a tube you infuse a smoke aroma into the desired ingredient. Other techniques for smoking ingredients can be found here .

3. Caramelize ingredients

Caramelizing ingredients gives them a deeply sweet, complex taste. Caramelizing means that you let ingredients reduce slowly so that the sugars heat up and not only brown, but also add that typical deep sweet taste.

Choose ingredients that naturally have a high sugar content, such as carrot or onion. Or, for example, marinate tempeh with ketjap manis and fry it slowly and patiently in a frying pan, so that the sugars in the ketjap manis caramelize.

4. Use pickles for your vegan sushi

By infusing ingredients they get an exciting crunch, perfect for giving your vegan sushi more texture. Just think of pickled radishes , cucumber or carrots , but also pickled mustard seeds or ginger (really recommended!).

Homemade sushi ginger

5. Fry ingredients

Ever had fried avocado in your sushi? Or fried pumpkin or fried eggplant ? Everyone knows that a crispy fried crust makes everything tastier (especially with a jacket made of panko , that Japanese bread crumb). Perfect for a roll of homemade vegetarian sushi.

6. Go wild with the toppings

Have you ever made rolls of the sushi? Finish the rolls with some nice toppings. Bars of scrambled eggs with furikake , a few dashes of wasabi mayo , crispy onions , your favorite hot sauce ,… In some sushi shops, even a slice of Cheddar is melted on top of the sushi. We just think: why not?

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