Vegan Sushi 101: Easy Avocado Sushi Roll Recipe For First-Timers

Sushi is a classic Japanese dish that has become a global phenomenon. But if you’re vegan, you might feel like you’re missing out on the sushi experience.

Never fear! I’m here to tell you that vegan sushi is just as delicious as the traditional stuff. In this article, I’ll show you how to make an easy vegan sushi roll recipe, perfect for first-timers. My version uses avocados and other vegan-friendly ingredients, but it still has all the flavor and texture of classic sushi.

So if you’re ready to try your hand at vegan sushi, read on for my step-by-step guide to making the perfect vegan avocado sushi roll.

You’ll Love This Avocado Sushi Roll Recipe

The avocado sushi roll recipe that you'll love
The avocado sushi roll recipe that you’ll love

Making sushi can seem intimidating, but with this simple avocado roll recipe, you’ll be rolling like a pro in no time. All you need is some basics like avocado, cucumber, seaweed, and sushi rice. With just a few ingredients, you can create delicious vegan sushi rolls that are sure to please even the most discerning sushi aficionado.

I love to combine creamy avocado with crunchy cucumber and bright, salty nori for the perfect combination of texture and flavor. The best part is that you can customize these avocado cucumber rolls however you like. Add in some vegan mayo for a little extra creaminess, or some pickled ginger for a bit of zing.

This vegan sushi roll recipe is so simple and straightforward that you’ll be making veggie sushi rolls in no time. Whether you prefer maki or temaki rolls, this avocado maki recipe is sure to be a hit. And once you’ve mastered the basics, you can start experimenting with more complicated vegan sushi rolls.

So if you’re looking for an easy sushi recipe that’ll have you rolling like a pro, you’ll love this avocado sushi roll recipe. With just a few simple ingredients and a bit of practice, you’ll be able to whip up delicious vegan sushi rolls in no time. So grab your ingredients and get rolling!

Ingredient List

Try a few times and you'll make this cuisine art out of my Avocado sushi roll recipe
Try a few times and you’ll make this cuisine art out of my Avocado sushi roll recipe

To get started, let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need. The best thing about this recipe is how simple and quickly it comes together with just a few basic ingredients.

First, you’ll need 1 cup of sushi rice. This is the base of your sushi rolls and it’s important that you use a short-grain variety. Make sure to cook your rice according to the package instructions and allow it to cool to room temperature before you start assembling your rolls.

Next, you’ll need some rice vinegar, a bamboo mat, and a cutting board. The rice vinegar will give your sushi rolls a subtle flavor and can be found in most grocery stores. The bamboo mat and cutting board will help you to keep your sushi rolls neat and tidy.

You’ll also need a ripe avocado, some sesame seeds, and a bit of cling film. The avocado will give your sushi rolls a creamy texture and a bit of sweetness. The sesame seeds will add a bit of crunch and flavor. The cling film will help to keep your sushi rolls in place as you roll them up.

The Recipe How-To

The Avocado sushi roll recipe needs a few practice to perfect
The Avocado sushi roll recipe needs a few practice to perfect

Now that you have all the ingredients, it’s time to make your vegan sushi rolls! Even if you’re a sushi-making newbie, this recipe will have you rolling like a pro.

The first step is to get your workstation ready. You’ll need a sharp knife, a little water, a sheet of nori, and a rolling mat. The nori should be placed shiny side down on the mat. If you’re a sushi-making first timer, the rolling mat will be your best friend. It helps to keep the roll tight and neat.

Next, you’ll want to spoon some cooked brown rice onto the sheet of nori. Spread the rice out evenly, leaving about one inch of space at the top and bottom. Then, lay down a few slices of avocado. You may also want to add some other fillings of your choice, such as cucumber, pickled carrots, or tofu.

Using a rice paddle or your hands, gently press the fillings into the rice. This will help ensure that your roll is nice and tight. Now, it’s time to roll. Starting at the bottom, use the rolling mat to tightly roll the sushi. Make sure to press firmly and evenly, and use a little water to help the nori stick together.

Once your roll is complete, cut it into 8 pieces with a sharp knife. If you find that the roll is difficult to cut, dip the knife in water before each slice. This will help to keep the roll looking neat.

And there you have it! You’ve just created your own vegan sushi roll. Even if it’s your first time, your roll should be nicely shaped, full of flavour and ready to be enjoyed. So, grab your chopsticks and dig in!

Substitutions And Variations

The Avocado sushi roll recipe is pretty flexible, with quite a few substitions
The Avocado sushi roll recipe is pretty flexible, with quite a few substitions

If you’re looking to customize your vegan sushi experience, you can easily make substitutions and variations to the recipe. This can be a great way to add more flavor, texture, and variety to your sushi rolls. Here are some ideas to get you started:

• Cauliflower Rice: If you don’t have access to sushi rice, you can make a great substitute with cauliflower rice. Simply pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they reach a rice-like consistency. Then add a tablespoon of sesame oil and mix to combine.

• Vegetarian Avocado Roll: If you don’t like the idea of fish in your sushi, you can make a vegetarian version with creamy avocado slices. To make this roll, start by laying down a thin layer of sushi rice on the nori sheet. Then add thin slices of avocado in a line down the center. Finally, roll the nori sheet up and you have your own easy avocado sushi roll.

• Cream Cheese: If you’d like to add a bit of creaminess to your roll, you can add a thin layer of cream cheese to the nori sheet. This will give your sushi roll a smooth and creamy texture that’s sure to please.

Making your own vegan sushi at home can be a great way to enjoy the flavors of sushi without the fish. With these substitutions and variations, you can easily customize your sushi rolls to suit your own tastes. So get creative and enjoy your own easy avocado sushi rolls.

Storing And Freezing Suggestions

Once you’ve mastered the vegan avocado sushi roll, it’s time to think about how to store and freeze it. Like most sushi rolls, the avocado version is best served fresh, but it can also be stored and frozen for later.

If you opt to store your vegan sushi in the fridge, it’s best to do so in an airtight container. Be sure to put a kitchen towel or paper towel at the bottom of the container to absorb any moisture. Your rolls should last up to three days when stored in this way.

If you’d like to store your vegan rolls for a longer period of time, then you may want to consider freezing them. To do this, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the rolls on top. Make sure that they’re not touching each other and that there is room in between them. Once the rolls are frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They’ll last up to three months when stored this way.

It’s important to note that vegan sushi rolls don’t freeze as well as rolls that contain raw fish. If you’re looking for a more authentic sushi experience, you may want to consider visiting a sushi restaurant.

Storing and freezing your avocado sushi rolls is a great way to enjoy them later on. Whether you choose to store them in the fridge or freeze them for later, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll have a delicious and easy meal ready to go when you need it. Plus, you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with your vegan sushi-making skills!

Chef Chloe’s Tips

As a chef, I’m often asked for tips and tricks to make the perfect avocado sushi roll. In this section, I’m going to share with you my top tips for making a delicious vegan sushi roll that you can be proud of.

First, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary equipment ready to go. You’ll need a bamboo sushi mat, a sheet of plastic wrap, a large bowl for your vinegar mixture, and a small bowl of water for rinsing your hands. You’ll also need your filling ingredients, such as red cabbage, sweet potato, and avocado.

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to start rolling. Begin by laying out your plastic wrap and spreading your vinegar mixture over it. Next, place a sheet of seaweed on top of the mixture. Then, add your filling ingredients in a line down the center of the seaweed.

Now it’s time to roll. Start by using your thumbs to press the mixture together, and then use the sushi mat to roll the seaweed over the filling. Once you have the roll in place, use the mat to press and tighten the roll. Finally, use the plastic wrap to secure the roll and to keep it from coming apart.

Once you have your roll complete, it’s time to serve. Slice the roll into bite-sized pieces and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. You can also store any leftover rolls in an airtight container and freeze them for up to two weeks.

With these chef-approved tips, making vegan avocado sushi rolls is easier than ever. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, this recipe card will help you create delicious and nutritious vegan sushi rolls that you and your family can enjoy. So don’t be afraid to give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Bottom line

Vegan sushi is an exciting and delicious way to enjoy a plant-based meal. Following a vegan sushi recipe, such as this easy avocado sushi roll recipe, can be a great introduction to vegan sushi for first-timers. The recipe is simple and straightforward, and the results are sure to be a hit.

Vegan sushi is a great way to enjoy a nutritious and tasty meal that is free of animal products. Eating vegan sushi can be a great way to reduce your environmental footprint and introduce more plant-based meals into your diet.

Overall, vegan sushi is a great option for anyone looking to try something new and exciting. This easy avocado sushi roll recipe is the perfect place to start, and with a little practice and experimentation, you can create vegan sushi rolls that are sure to impress.

The avocado sushi roll recipe that you'll love

Avocado Sushi Roll

This recipe is for a simple and delicious vegan avocado sushi roll that can be made at home with minimal ingredients.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 8
Calories 200 kcal


  • Bamboo sushi mat
  • Sharp knife or serrated knife
  • -Cutting board
  • Small bowl of water
  • Large bowl
  • Small pot
  • Wide spatula or rice paddle
  • Plastic bench scraper or kitchen towel


  • 2 cups short-grain sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 ripe avocados sliced
  • 2 sheets of nori seaweed
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds optional


  • Rinse the sushi rice in a large bowl until the water runs clear. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil in a small pot. Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook the rice for 18-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the rice vinegar, cane sugar and salt until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and gently stir in the vinegar mixture with a wide spatula or rice paddle. Let the rice cool to room temperature.
  • Place a sheet of nori on a bamboo sushi mat shiny side down. Wet your hands and take a small amount of rice and spread it evenly over the nori, leaving a 1/2 inch border at the top.
  • Place the avocado slices in a line on top of the rice, about 1 inch from the bottom. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (if using)
  • Roll the sushi tightly with the help of the bamboo mat, using the 1/2 inch border at the top to seal the roll.
  • Use a sharp knife or serrated knife to cut the roll into 6-8 pieces. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi on the side.


  • If you prefer, you can use brown rice or cauliflower rice instead of white sushi rice.
  • You can also add other fillings to your sushi roll such as cucumber, carrot sticks or sweet potato.
  • This recipe is suitable for pregnant women, vegans and vegetarians.
  • This recipe can be a great way to enjoy sushi at home and it’s a perfect place to experiment with different types of sushi and your favorite foods.

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Calories: 200kcal
Keyword Avocado sushi roll
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