Vegan Brown Rice Sushis

So, I don’t know how it was for you, but when I was in university, ordering Japanese food was like a sacred tradition. Pretty much whenever my friends and I got together on the weekend,  we’d always order sushi. We thought it was so healthy and fresh – after all, it’s nothing but rice, no fat at all, right?

Well… not exactly. When I eventually realized how much sugar gets added to the rice, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it- after all those years spent eating sushi that I thought was super healthy, it was quite upsetting.

So, of course I decided to cut down on my sushi intake, but most importantly I discovered that it’s actually way simpler than I had realized to make them yourself. That way you can be creative with the recipes and eat what you want while still eating clean- it’s a win win!

I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy the first time… or the second, or even the third. It’s hard to get the form exactly right – my first attempts were disastrous. Everything fell apart, every piece unrolling sadly leaving me with more of a rice-and-seaweed salad than sushi rolls. So, if that happens to you, I promise it’s normal for your first try! As with most things, patience is the key – remember, practice makes perfect!

Vegan Brown Rice Sushis

Perfect Weekend Dinner

Servings: 2 hungry persons
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min


  1. Add water, rice and salt to a saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and let it simmer for about 25 minutes or until rice is tender. (You might need to add water depending on rice.

  2. Once the rice is cooked, transfer to a bowl and add rice vinegar and sugar. Mix well and set aside to let it cool.

  3. Prepare your veggies and chop them into thin pieces.

Time to roll!

  1. Place a nori sheet (shiny side down) on a bamboo sushi mat.

  2. Spread and press brown rice evenly on nori sheet. Make sure it's not to thick, otherwise you won't be able to roll properly.

  3. Arrange veggies over the rice.

  4. Lift the bamboo mat and roll over the veggies and press firmly. I found this video very useful.

  5. Repeat the process until creating one long roll.

  6. Set aside and keep going with remaining nori, veggies and rice.

  7. Cut each nori roll into 6 - 8 pieces with a sharp knife.

  8. Serve immediately with tamari or soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger or anything you like!

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