How to Build a Sushi Bowl

A sushi bowl is a perfect weeknight meal. Learn how to make sushi rice, plus get ideas for all kinds of sushi bowl add-ins and some combo ideas to get you started.

A sushi bowl is a perfect weeknight meal. Learn how to make sushi rice, plus get ideas for all kinds of sushi bowl add-ins and some combo ideas to get you started.

Sushi bowls are a quick way to get your sushi fix.You save time on rolling,obviously, but you also don’t have as much waiting. With sushi rolls, you have to wait for your rice to become cool enough to handle. You candish up your sushi bowls as soon aseverything is prepped!

white and brown sushi rice

You can use white or brown rice to make your sushi bowls. Short grain is ideal, but you can really use any variety.

How to Make Sushi Rice

Sushi rice is much easier to make than you’d think. If you want your rice to belike the rice in a sushi roll, buy sushi rice or short-grain rice. You can definitely use medium- or even long-grain rice, though. The seasoning will still give you that sushi flavor.

To make your sushi rice, you will need:

  • 1 cup rice (white or brown)
  • water (1 cup for white rice, 2 cups for brown)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

You can make sushi rice on the stove or in your pressure cooker or rice cooker.

Stovetop Sushi Rice: Combine your ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, 18-22 minutes for white rice and about 45 minutes for brown. Remove from the heat, and allow the rice to sit, covered, to steam for 10 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice: Combine your ingredients in your pressure cooker basket. Bringto high pressure and cook 3 minutes for white rice or 22 minutes for brown. Let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes, then you can quick release. If you want to do a white-brown rice mix, I have directions for that here.

Rice Cooker Sushi Rice: Combine the ingredients in your rice cooker. Turn it on. When it pops, it’s done! If your rice cooker has separate buttons for brown or white rice, use the button that matches the type of rice you’re using.

ripe slice avocado on wooden cutting board

Toppings Ideas

Choose your favorite veggie sushi fillings or think outside the box when it comes to building that sushi bowl! These are my favorite sushi bowl toppings ideas:

  • shredded carrots
  • sliced cucumber
  • shredded radish
  • baked tofu or tempeh
  • sauteed baby bok choy
  • cooked eggplant
  • cooked mushrooms
  • roasted cashews
  • cooked sweet potato
  • sliced avocado
  • chopped green onions
  • sesame seeds
  • pickled ginger
  • vegan mayo
  • sriracha sauce
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • cooked adzuki beans or edamame
  • seaweed snacks or a nori sheet, cut into bite-sized pieces

What I love about a sushi bowl is that it’s a great way to use what I have on hand.Some of my favorite sushi bowls have been ones I put together on nights where it felt like we had no good food in the house.

Vegan Sushi Bowls with Adzuki Beans

Vegan Sushi Bowl Recipes

Mix and match your sushi bowl toppings using the ideas above, or you can trysome of thesevegan sushi bowl recipes.

Vegan Sushi Bowl with Adzuki Beans

Adzuki beans are Japanese red beans, and they bring the protein to this quick and easy sushi bowl recipe. They work deliciously with the vinegary sushi rice and the steamed sweet potato in this dish.

Spicy Sushi Bowl

Homemade sriracha mayo makes this sushi bowl decadently delicious! If you have some family members who don’t like spicy, like I do, you can give them regular vegan mayo instead of spicy. This is one of my family’s favorite sushi bowls!

Sesame Tofu Sushi Bowl

Tofu is one of my favorite sushi bowl toppings, and this crunchy sesame tofu makes this sushi bowl extra special.

Pickled Sushi Bowl

Quick pickled carrots and cucumbersare the stars of this easy vegan sushi bowl. These quick pickles require no boiling.You just set them aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Yam Tempura Sushi Bowl

This simple sushi bowl recipe mixes sweet and savory flavors with a crunchy tempura edge. Fresh, raw veggies are a great contrast to the sweet mango and rich tempura yam in thisrecipe.

Sushi Rice and Avocado photos via Thinkstock. Sushi Bowl photos by Becky Striepe.


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