The world of vegan and vegetarian sushi is exciting. Zero fish doesn't mean zero flavor. In fact, omitting seafood makes this delicious Japanese food budget friendly.
Vegetarian sushi comprises a broad spectrum - there are traditional rolls and lighter options prepared with quinoa, couscous and even tofu - all of which we'll discuss below.
Vegetarian Sushi Sans Algae
The preparation of vegetarian sushi doesn't necessarily require algae, which is known as nori.
Classic nigiri can easily be topped with avocado and wasabi instead of nori. Or you can get pretty creative and make a roll using with thinly sliced zucchini (which can easily be accomplished with a mandolin or vegetable peeler).
Here's how to make the roll pictured above: roll a slice of zucchini over a small ball of sushi rice (or your preferred filling) and coat the exterior in cream cheese. Finish by rolling in sesame seeds.
The final result is stunning and scrumptious - all without an ounce of fish.
Italian Vegan Sushi
This wonderful version of vegan sushi is inspired by the flavors of Italy.
Try swapping sushi rice for arborio and layering tomatoes, zucchini, basil, tomatoes, parsley and a touch of balsamic vinegar.
Intrigued? Here's the full recipe from cookbook author Laurinda Erasmus.
Vegan California Rolls
California rolls are delicious but they are laden with cream cheese. Mary's Test Kitchen offers an outstanding vegan version that is just as tasty as the original. Take a look:
Moroccan-Style Vegan Sushi
As you can guess by the name, this vegan sushi recipe features couscous instead of rice. The delectable filling is composed of grilled eggplant, preserved lemon and harissa, this vegan sushi will leave you wanting more.
Cut down on carbs and pump up the protein by using quinoa in your vegan sushi. This colorful recipe comes The Italian Veganista who crafted vegan sushi using avocado, lime, sesame seeds, grilled zucchini, sundried tomates and even mango and hazelnuts.
It's a bit unconventional but a great vegan recipe: sushi made with tofu.
To make this grain-free tofu sushi you simply grind the tofu until it resembles couscous. Afterwards, season it with rice vinegar, sesame oil, green onions and spices. Then you are ready to rock and roll.