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Homemade Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Japanese vegetable rollsKate blogs regularly at My Mommy Brain. This recipe was originally featured there.

My kids and I love (cooked) sushi. My 14-year-old will eat pretty much any kind of sushi, even the raw stuff, but I just can’t get over the raw fish factor so I stick to what I call safe things like California Rolls, Caterpillar rolls (my favorite), vegetable rolls and anything with tempura.

I did recently learn that I like seared tuna. I had the opportunity to taste some and my friends pretty much made me give it a try. I’m glad I did as I was pleasantly surprised.

Now, back to the vegetable rolls. With a family of seven, we can’t afford to go out and get sushi as often as we would like. Honestly? It’s just too expensive. Since I love to cook a friend suggested that I start making my own. Truthfully it had never crossed my mind. Make my own sushi? How difficult would that be?

So for the past few months I’ve been eyeing sushi-making kids on Amazon. (All product links included below are affiliate links.) After doing extensive research on all of the different kits, options, and recommendations, I ended up ordering this Sushi Rolling Kit, it had great reviews, simple instructions and didn’t include a lot of things I didn’t need or want cluttering up my already gadget-heavy kitchen.

I also did a lot of research on Nori before finally purchasing Sushi Nori Premium Roasted Organic Seaweed by One Organic.

I wasn’t disappointed with either item.

The only other item I would highly recommend is a very sharp knife. I ended up purchasing the non-stick Sushi Chef’s Knife. It was very sharp and made easy work of cutting the rolls perfectly.

We made three kinds of sushi: California Rolls, Cucumber Rolls, and Vegetable Rolls.

All three were a huge hit, easy to make and were gobbled up so quickly I’m surprised someone didn’t lose a finger.

Sushi Rice
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  • 2 cups sushi or short grain rice
  • 2 cups water (plus extra for rinsing rice)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  1. Place the rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water.
  2. Swirl the rice in the water, pour off and repeat 2 to 3 times or until the water is clear.
  3. Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium pan and place over high heat.
  4. Bring to a boil, uncovered.
  5. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  8. Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds.
  9. Transfer the rice into a large wooden or glass mixing bowl and add the vinegar mixture.
  10. Fold thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture.
  11. Allow to cool to room temperature before using to make sushi or sashimi.


Vegetable Sushi Rolls
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  • ½ cucumber, seeded and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ firm-ripe avocado, peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise, sprinkled with lemon juice
  • 4 sheets toasted Nori
  • sushi rice
  1. Place 1 sheet of nori, shiny side down, on the mat.
  2. Wet your fingers with water and spread about ½ cup of the rice evenly onto the nori leaving with 1½-inches uncovered at the far edge. Line up the fillings about 1-inch from the closest near edge, evenly across the rice. Leave 1-inch of rice uncovered at the far edge.
  3. Place ⅛ of the cucumber, carrot, and avocado in the center of the sheet.
  4. Grab the edge of the mat closest to you, keeping the fillings in place with your fingers, and roll it into a tight cylinder, using the mat to shape the cylinder.
  5. Open the mat, dab unsealed edge of nori with a bit of water and roll the sushi forward to seal.
  6. Transfer to a plate and cover with damp paper towels.
  7. Repeat with remaining rice and ingredients.
  8. Cut each roll into 8 pieces with a sharp, wet knife.

Head over to My Mommy Brain to find the California Rolls recipe.

I hope you’ll give these a try and let me know how they turn out!