How-To: Homemade Vegetable Sushi

Have you always wanted to make your own sushi but have never known how? I’m going to show you! Since becoming pregnant, I cannot get enough of (vegan) sushi. I’m thankful for such a healthy craving, but also cannot afford to eat out everyday! So I decided to start making it myself. Here’s how:


– 1 sushi mat
– sticky white or brown rice
– nori sheets
– vegetables of your choice (today I’m using cucumber and avocado)
– sesame seeds
– tamari sauce (I’m using organic gluten-free, but you can also use soy sauce)
– sharp knife


ALWAYS soak and rinse your rice for a few minutes before preparing it. This cleans off any excess starch and allows it to cook nice and fluffy.

1/ Combine 1 cup rice and 2 cups water in a saucepan and cook on high.

2/ While you’re rice is cooking, prepare your vegetables. I like to slice my cucumbers in thin, long slices and boil small pieces of chopped (peeled) yam so they’re easy to work with. I also cut pieces of avocado quite small.

3/ Once rice is fully cooked and the water is absorbed, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

4/ Lay your sushi mat down on a flat, dry surface, place a nori sheet on top and spoon the rice onto the nori sheet. I’m sure there are more ‘professional’ ways to this, but I use my hands to flatten out the rice. I always leave half an inch on each side of the nori sheet so it’s easier to roll later.

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5/ Once the rice is flattened, place the vegetables in a horizontal row on the side closest to you. I like to press the avocado into the rice a bit to make sure it doesn’t fall out of the roll when I go to cut it later.

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6/ Once you’ve added enough vegetables for your liking, with slightly damp hands, carefully roll the nori sheet up.

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7/ Roll your sushi mat tightly around the roll and pack it down.

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8/ Unroll it, and cut it into small pieces with a sharp knife. Optional: Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

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ASHLEY WOOD is a recipe developer and writer from Winnipeg, Canada. With a passion for health, wellness and vegetables, Ashley creates simple and inexpensive vegan recipes made from whole ingredients that are often seasonal, sometimes gluten-free and occasionally raw. Ashley believe in celebrating the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle and at the very least, hopes to inspire others to eat more plants, smile and live with some Sunshine.

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