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Simple Sushi

Vegetarian sushi is a fantastic low-fat option when you're dining out. It's also easy to prepare a whole foods version at home, using brown rice and fresh vegetables.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Yield: Serves 2 (can easily be doubled to serve 4)


You need to use short-grain brown rice for this recipe so that you can achieve the right semi-sticky sushi rice consistency.

For the Soy-Free Version: Serve your sushi without the soy sauce, and use pickled ginger or wasabi as an accompaniment instead.

For the Gluten-Free Version: Use gluten-free tamari in place of the soy sauce, or simply use pickled ginger or wasabi as an accompaniment instead.


  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 large sheets toasted nori (seaweed)
  • Fillings, such as:
    • Carrots, cut into matchsticks
    • Red peppers, thinly sliced
    • Cucumbers, cut into matchsticks
    • Avocado, thinly sliced
    • Roasted sweet potato, thinly sliced
    • Snow pea sprouts
    • Toasted sesame seeds
    • Pickled ginger
  • Soy Sauce & Wasabi, to serve (see notes for gluten and soy-free versions)


  1. Rinse the rice in cold water for 1-2 minutes. Add to a pot with the water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45-50 minutes. Do not stir.
  2. When the rice has cooked, remove it from the heat and stir through the rice vinegar and sugar. Transfer it to a bowl and place in the fridge to cool slightly.
  3. To assemble the sushi, lay the nori sheet on a dry board or sushi mat. Spread a layer of rice across the nori until 3/4 of the sheet is covered (leave the 1/4 of the nori sheet that is furthest from you uncovered.) The rice should be about 1 cm thick.
  4. Arrange your vegetable fillings in a single row, lengthways down the middle of the rice. Roll the seaweed tightly over the fillings, and continue rolling tightly until you have one long roll. Carefully slice the roll into 6 pieces with a sharp serrated knife. Repeat with remaining sheets and filling. (For a visual guide on how to do this, take a look at this short YouTube video.)
  5. To serve, arrange your sushi on serving plates, with a side of soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.