Why Vegan Sushi Rolls Are Worth It
Non-vegans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy Japanese cuisine.
With hundreds of vegan sushi chains popping up in America, we’re here to set the record straight—vegan sushi rolls are even better than the “real” thing!
More Than the Standard Cucumber Roll
When you think of traditional vegan sushi rolls, your mind may be drawn to the standard cucumber roll many sushi restaurants and grocery stores have to offer. Don’t get us wrong—we can’t get enough of these rolls—but there are so many spectacular new vegan sushi options out there today that will transform your entire sushi experience. Beyond the standard cucumber rolls, there are restaurants dedicated to perfecting the craft of making vegan sushi—infusing strong Japanese umami flavors into ingredients like tofu, potatoes, mushrooms, and jackfruit. These flavors combine for a seriously delicious and satisfying meal.
Shojin Serves up Vegan Sushi in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, Shojin serves up vegan sushi rolls like the Saturday Night Fever (torched mushroom, avocado, and tofu in a spicy mayo sauce) and Shojin Dynamite (a spicy and creamy tofu avocado roll), you can’t go wrong! Their take on a dragon roll even boasts fried tofu “eel,” seasoned avocado and mushroom “crab,” and cucumber rolled up and seasoned with a sweet tamari sauce and sansho peppers.
Beyond Sushi Brings Unconventional Flavors to New York
In NYC, Beyond Sushi brings unconventional flavors and ingredients into their rolls. Their Rainbow Roll features “tuna,” zalmon, gobo, pickled red cabbage, and vegetables seasoned with dill, hijiki, lemon zest, and smoked pepper sauce. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it tastes great as well! Bringing in other ingredients like ube and green shiso for their Ube Crunch roll, Beyond Sushi is paving the way for what vegan sushi rolls can look and taste like.
DIY Vegan Sushi Rolls
Vegan sushi restaurants like these prove you don’t have to sacrifice flavor in order to stick to a plant-based lifestyle. Aside from eating out, there are a number of DIY vegan sushi roll options that enhance the delicious flavors of vegan ingredients. The internet is bursting with vegan sushi recipes, from mainstream recipe outlets like Tasty to niche vegan sushi cookbooks like Sushi Modoki. By doing a little bit of research and stopping in at your local Japanese market for flavors and seasonings, you can elevate your sushi experience and bring out the best in your healthy vegan ingredients. Plus, the ingredients you purchase will store much better and last longer in the fridge than the non-vegan alternatives.
If you’re looking for a new and flavorful dining experience, these plant-based recipes are for you. Forget the salmon rolls and sashimi—vegan sushi rolls are deliciously addicting, and they’re here to stay!
Ready to get started? Check out this Vegan Dynamite Sushi Bowl Recipe tonight!
Natalie, a UCLA junior studying English and Film, moved to LA from Ontario, Canada, and now considers herself a full-fledged Southern Californian, loading up on tacos and guac, tanning at the beach, and blasting YG’s discography any opportunity she gets. When not writing for VegOut or UCLA’s Daily Bruin, she can be found strolling the farmers markets or binge-watching the latest Netflix docuseries.
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