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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:
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.
Vegan Sushi with Quinoa
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.
Sound delicious? Find the full recipe here.
Thai Sushi With Ginger
This Thai-style vegan sushi made with exciting flavors like star anise, peanuts, cilantro and cucumbers. It is served with a possibly addictive ginger dipping sauce.
GRAIN-FREE TOFU SUSHI
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.
Want to make it at home? Here's the full recipe for grain-free tofu.