This cauliflower rice sushi recipe is so delicious and so healthy. If you’re worried about making homemade sushi, this recipe shows a step-by-step process to make sushi at home. You’ll love this no-rice sushi served with a creamy peanut butter sauce.
If you love easy sushi recipes but you’re worried about making DIY sushi at home, this post is for you. And guess what, these are raw vegan sushi rolls. Even better!
Let me be completely honest. The first time I tried vegetable sushi, I hated it. And then I tried them again, and they were ok. And then I tried them again and loved them.
Taste buds can be so strange.
Can you Make Sushi Without Rice?
Making sushi rolls without rice seems odd, but when you realize how easy it is to make cauliflower rice, you’ll love this simple, low-carb recipe.
This is actually raw vegan sushi because it uses cauliflower rice to make this recipe low carb, and it’s also a vegan keto sushi recipe.
First, follow my instructions on How to Make Cauliflower Rice. I like using cauliflower rice instead of sticky rice in this vegetarian sushi recipe. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also much easier! Want more veggie sushi ideas? Keep reading…
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Nori Sheets — These dark seaweed sheets available in most grocery stores in the Asian or international aisle
- Cauliflower sushi rice — you can make cauliflower rice at home buy it in the freezer section of your grocery store
- Avocado — Sliced avocados add healthy fats, flavor, and texture
- Field Greens or Watercress — Adding fresh greens to your sushi will add color, nutrition, and a bit of a crunch, too
- Red cabbage — The same is true with red cabbage, it adds color and crisp
- Red and Yellow Peppers — Thinly-sliced fresh bell peppers are perfect toppings for veggie sushi
- Green onions — Adding a bit of green onion adds a distinct flavor without overpowering these cauliflower rice sushi rolls.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice Sushi
- Place a nori sheet on a sushi mat.
- Top half of it with a thin layer of cauliflower rice, followed by sliced veggies and field greens.
- Use a bamboo roller to roll the nori tightly to the end.
- Allow the roll to sit for a minute or two, seem side down.
- Make the dipping sauce by combining the ingredients.
- Slice each roll into 5 to 6 pieces.
- Serve the sushi bites with the sauce.
Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide:
Making sushi rolls at home is easy. The first thing to do is to have your vegan sushi fillings lined up and chopped. This will make the next steps much easier.
I like adding a few greens for both color, nutrition, and crunch. I like a little crunch in my sushi, what can I say?
You’ll also want to have a sushi mat. These are typically made out of bamboo and you can also find these in the Asian section of most grocery stores.
Making homemade vegan sushi rolls
Place a sheet of nori on the sushi mat. Add some cauliflower rice on the bottom half of the nori and top with red pepper slices, green onion slices, avocado slices, red cabbage slices, and field greens.
The goal here is consistency. You’re going to be chopping this sushi roll into bite-size pieces and you want each piece to have very similar ingredients. Keep that in mind as you’re placing those veggies on top of the cauliflower rice.
Beginning on the side with the filling, use the mat to begin rolling the nori up over the filling. Use your fingers to guide it and help “smush” the ingredients together in the roll. I love these tips on rolling sushi.
Keep the roll tight. The mat can help you with that — just use it to help guide the roll.
Continue rolling to the very end of the nori sheet, using both your fingers and the sushi mat to keep the roll tight.
One trick I learned is to let the sushi roll sit for a moment before slicing. That way the moisture from the rice helps to soften the nori, sealing the roll.
Slice the roll into 6 equally-sized bites. Place these on a plate and serve with the dipping sauce (see the recipe below).
Vegan Keto Sushi
Vegan keto sushi seems implausible, but this recipe works! First, if you’re not familiar with Keto, the goal is to keep your total grams of carbs between 20 to 50 per day. I have seen varying requirements for keto so I think it’s a very personal thing and there are tests to help identify if you’re actually in ketosis or not.
Either way, keto is a low-carb diet. This sushi cauliflower rice can be a part of a vegan keto diet or even a low-carb vegan diet.
Here’s the nutritional estimation per serving for this vegan keto sushi:
Calories: 116 Total Carb: 8g Fiber: 3g Net Carb: 5g
Net carbs equal total carbs minus fiber.
Vegan Sushi Dipping Sauce
The real key to success is a tasty sauce to dip your sushi in:
- Spicy peanut sauce (combine peanut butter, tamari (a gluten-free soy sauce), and chopped peanuts).
- Soy sauce combined with sriracha.
- Sriracha combined with vegan mayo.
Do you know what else goes great with that peanut dipping sauce? I love these easy healthy Vegan Spring Rolls.
Vegan Sushi Ideas
Do you want the best vegetarian sushi fillings? You know, if you’re new to homemade sushi, it’s understandable to want some great vegetarian sushi ideas. That’s why I’ve experimented with some creative sushi fillings:
- Sushi with fried sweet potatoes in the middle is amazing
- Air-Fried Tofu
More Vegan Asian Recipes
Cauliflower Rice Sushi Rolls
- 4 sheets of nori
- 2 cups cauliflower rice
- 1 red bell pepper sliced thinly
- 1 avocado peeled and sliced
- 1 cup red cabbage sliced thinly
- 2 green onions sliced thinly lengthwise
- 2 cups field greens , chopped
Peanut Dipping Sauce
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon stevia
- 2 teaspoons tamari
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha based on your hotness preference
- 2 teaspoons chopped peanuts for topping
- Place one nori sheet on a sushi mat (see below). Top about half of it with a thin layer of the cauliflower rice. Top this with thin slivers of the red bell pepper, avocado slices, red cabbage slivers, green onion slivers, and some of the field greens.
- Use the bamboo roller to roll the nori, using your fingers to press down on the nori sheet as it rolls up. Roll it tightly to the end. Allow the roll to sit for a minute or two, seem side down.
- Make the dipping sauce by combining the peanut butter, agave, Bragg (or soy sauce), and sriracha. Stir to combine. Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of water to get to a nice dipping consistency. Sprinkle the top with chopped peanuts.
- Slice the roll into 5 to 6 equally sized bites.
- Serve the sushi bites with the sauce.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.