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easy tofu sushi recipes

Don’t like tofu? You almost certainly haven’t had it in the right way.  Tofu is one of the most versatile ingredients, and it’s time it took the catbird seat.

Tofu and sushi combo is something you do not want to miss. Sushi is the most popular delicacy of Japanese cuisine around the world.

These tofu sushi recipes will show you how to make some perfect and tasty vegan rolls to treat yourself or your family. This is a vegan sushi; we promise you won’t be missing fish here, not even for a second!

Let’s get things underway.

How to Make Tofu Sushi Rolls With Quinoa

Ever wrap sushi with tofu?

Vegan sushi rolls are easy to prepare, especially if you are looking for a quick and healthy meal. Here is a creative take on sushi with tofu that you should try.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves 6



  • 15 oz. firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp low sodium gluten-free tamari
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium gluten-free tamari
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp brown rice vinegar

Sushi rolls

  • 6 nori sheets
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2 Persian cucumbers

Sweet Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium gluten-free tamari


  • Remove tofu from the package and drain water. Place it in a tofu press to drain out excess water for about 15 minutes since we need it slightly crispy. Cut it into thirds, then lay it flat and slice into four squares. This makes 12 tofu squares; easy to flip. Heat sesame oil in a hot pan and add your tofu and tamari. Cook until browned and crispy (slightly) on both sides.
  • Rinse quinoa and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for about 15 minutes (until water is absorbed).
  • Add tamari, sugar, and brown rice vinegar in a pan and heat until all the sugar dissolves. Mix with cooked quinoa and allow to cool.
  • Slice the carrot in half, and then slice each half into 6 matchstick slices. Cut the ends of the cucumber and chop them into 12 thin strips. Slice the red pepper into 12 strips. Set aside in a small bowl.
  • Mix the dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Use can maple syrup instead of sugar.
  • Place a sheet of sushi seaweed (nori) on a rolling sushi mat, shiny side down. You can use a cutting board if you don’t have a sushi mat. Pour½ cup of quinoa, spread, and press it on the nori sheet, ensuring at least half an inch of the far side is uncovered.
  • Cut the tofu squares in half to make 24 rectangular strips.
  • Place 4 tofu slices, 2 carrot slices, 2 cucumber strips and 2 long red pepper thin strips on quinoa. Roll over upwards tightly and wet the edge of the nori sheet with a bit of water to make sure it sticks. Cut to the size of your liking,1 inch. Repeat with the other sushi rolls.  Cut the sushi using a sharp knife and clean the blade between slices.
  • Serve with the sweet dipping sauce.

Tofu sushi rolls recipe FAQ

Can I use other tofu instead of firm tofu?

Extra-firm tofu is crucial in these recipes since you need it slightly crispy for easier rolling.

Firm tofu will give you excellent results.

Is this easy tofu sushi recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this is a gluten-free version for an easy vegan roll. It uses tamari instead of soy sauce.

Is vegan sushi roll healthy?

Sushi is a traditional Japanese staple that consists of short-grain rice that is slightly vinegared served with vegetables. This recipe uses quinoa instead of rice. Cucumber, carrots, and red pepper are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and are a versatile addition to your diet.

Besides, seaweed, a sea vegetable used to make sushi, is a good source of nutrients, including fibre, minerals, and vitamins. This nutritional profile is thought to boost heart health and lower blood pressure.

Can you use traditional Japanese sushi rice instead of quinoa?

Yes, you can use white Japanese sushi rice (shari) instead of quinoa. Quinoa is better than rice since it is super sticky and packed with extra nutrients.

Besides, you could opt for brown rice instead of white rice for a healthier version.

Note: Japanese short-grain rice is the best for sushi due to its sticky texture. Long grain rice will not work.

These are easy recipes for those making homemade sushi rolls . They use simple ingredients to bring out a delicious vegan sushi roll.

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