Vegan Sushi with Tomato Spicy Tuna

In case you’ve in no way attempted vegan sushi before, I encourage you to offer it a whirl! This became my first time making it myself and it was a complete fulfillment. This tomato highly spiced tuna is healthy, flavorful, and a snap to prepare. Rolling up vegan sushi rolls with no experience and no mat may additionally seem daunting but worry not pricey friends, you best need plastic wrap and a kitchen towel to get compact, restaurant great rolls inside the comfort of your personal kitchen.

That’s where the tomato spicy tuna is available in. With the proper seasonings, tomato flesh tastes remarkably like fish. In truth, the day after making those vegan sushi rolls I had some leftover in the fridge. The flavors had melded together in the way matters do overnight and the tomato spicy tuna tasted so much like real fish, I didn’t want to eat it.


  • 2 large roma tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1/2 tbsp kelp powder heaping
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 nori sheets
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado

Sushi Rice

  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Combine the sushi rice and water in a rice cooker and cook. When the rice is nearly finished, stir in the rice vinegar, salt, and sugar. Mash the rice with a fork just a bit to ensure it's sticky.
  2. While the rice is cooking, bring a small pot of water to boil. Have a large bowl of ice water ready. Pierce the tomatoes with a knife then drop them into the water. Boil the tomatoes until the skin begins to peel off then remove them with a slotted spoon. Immediately transfer the tomatoes to the ice water to prevent them from cooking further. 
  3. In a container with a lid, combine the soy sauce or tamari with the ginger, kelp powder, sriracha, and sesame oil. Stir until even. Peel the tomatoes and slice the flesh away from the watery seeds. Dice the tomato flesh into small pieces then transfer it to your marinade container. Place the lid on and shake it up so the tomato pieces are all coated. 
  4. Cut the cucumber and avocado into thin match sticks then prepare your sushi rolling station. On a counter or cutting board, lay out a kitchen towel with a sheet of plastic wrap on top. 
  5. Place a nori sheet on the plastic wrap. With wet fingers, spread a very thin, even layer of sushi rice on the nori. Leave an inch or so of space on either end of the sheet to wrap it. 
  6. Layer your tomato spicy tuna topping on the rice along with a few match sticks of cucumber and avocado. The toppings should only cover 2 inches of the rice or you'll have trouble rolling it up. 
  7. Use your fingers to carefully peel up the edge of the sushi roll. Roll the edge up and over. As soon as the veggies are covered, roll over the plastic wrap then towel, using it to shape and compress the sushi roll. Continue until it’s all the way rolled up. Make sure to seal the edges. Cut the sushi roll with a sharp knife and enjoy! 
  8. Based on the recipe from