Delicious Tofu Maki: A Plant-Based Sushi Delight

Bite into a slice of heaven with this vegan sushi recipe that will leave your taste buds tingling with excitement. Whether you’re a seasoned sushi connoisseur or new to the game, this dish is perfect for any occasion.

Are you looking for a dish that’s versatile, easy to make, and healthy? Then look no further! This tofu maki vegetarian sushi recipe is here to satisfy all your cravings. It also boasts a bright pop of colorful veggies that added both taste and texture to the dish.

And with the addition of crispy, extra firm tofu slices or even marinated and fried tofu, this recipe can be easily customized according to your cravings.

Gone are the days when vegan sushi rolls were hard to find, exclusively made from raw fish or not fulfilling enough. The recipe we provide here allows you to make your own vegan sushi right at home. Not only is it affordable but also satisfying with as much filling as you’d like.

This recipe is easy for everyone ranging from beginners of easy-to-make dishes to more advanced chefs who want to impress their dinner guests. So gather up some chopsticks and let’s dive right in!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tofu Maki (Vegetarian Sushi)
Tofu Maki (Vegetarian Sushi)

Vegetarian sushi is gaining popularity around the world for its health benefits and exciting flavours. We promise you won’t be disappointed with our Tofu Maki recipe! It’s packed with wholesome, crispy tofu and fresh vegetables, wrapped in chewy nori seaweed sheets.

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and easy vegan meal for lunch or dinner. The combination of the crispy tofu and the seasoned rice create an explosion in your mouth that will make your taste buds dance with excitement.

If you’re a fan of traditional sushi but want to try something new, give this vegetarian sushi a go! It’s a great way to cut back on meat consumption without sacrificing taste. Plus, it’s gluten-free, so it’s perfect for those who are sensitive to gluten.

The recipe requires ingredients that can be found easily in any grocery store, and we provide detailed instructions on how to make perfect sushi rice every time. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients once you have everything organized.

If you need any more convincing to give this recipe a try, just think about how healthy it is – packed with protein from the extra firm tofu and nutritious vegetables like cucumber, carrots and avocados.

We guarantee that once you taste our Tofu Maki recipe, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Ingredient List

 A colorful spread of vegan sushi rolls, perfect for a light lunch or dinner.
A colorful spread of vegan sushi rolls, perfect for a light lunch or dinner.

Let us now take a look at the key ingredients that are required to create this scrumptious vegan sushi roll.

  • 2 cups uncooked sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 sheets nori seaweed sheets
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Thin strips of:
    • Cucumber
    • Carrots
    • Green onion tops
    • Avocados
  • Quick pickled veggies: leftover cucumber, carrot, or daikon radish; for added tanginess and flavor (optional)

These ingredients can easily be found at your local grocery store or online. Allow us to delve into the recipe details in the following section.

The Recipe How-To

 These tofu maki rolls will satisfy even the biggest sushi-loving appetite.
These tofu maki rolls will satisfy even the biggest sushi-loving appetite.

Step 1: Preparing the Tofu

To begin, I recommend using extra firm tofu for this recipe as it holds its form well in the sushi roll. First, cut the tofu into thin strips, approximately ¼ inch thick. If you have a tofu press, use it to remove any excess water. Alternatively, wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and press down gently to remove water.

Step 2: Seasoning the Tofu

In a bowl or container, combine 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp maple syrup, and 1 tbsp sesame oil. Mix well and add sliced tofu to the marinade. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight if possible.

Step 3: Cooking the Tofu

Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and add marinated tofu strips to the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until crispy on both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 4: Preparing the Rice and Nori Sheets

For this recipe, you will need 2 cups of uncooked sushi rice, which can be found in most grocery stores. Cook according to package instructions, but with 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, added towards the end of the cooking process.

While the rice is cooking, prepare 6 sheets of nori on a flat surface such as cutting board or bamboo mat.

Once cooked, transfer rice to a wide plate or preferably sushi bowl if you have one. Season with salt and set aside to cool.

Step 5: Assembling Tofu Maki Rolls

With your ingredients prepared, now it’s time for assembling. Lay out one sheet of nori with shiny side facing down onto a flat surface.

On top of the sheet’s bottom half (the side closest to you), place two slices each of avocado, cooked tofu, cucumber, and carrot sticks along with green onion tops as desired lengthwise.

Using wet fingers and starting from closest end (tofu-cucumber-carrot-avocado-greens) begin rolling tightly up until roll comes together leaving about an inch strip of unrolled nori across top edge on opposite side from where started rolling; moisten strip lightly with water before continuing rolling it completely closed. Give roll slight squeeze so ingredients tightly packed together.

Repeat with remaining nori sheets and filling mixture(s).

Cut each roll into six pieces; thin strips (1 – 2 cm) using sharp knife dipped in water between cuts for cleanest cuts. Serve with soy sauce for dipping sauce.

That’s it! Enjoy your homemade vegan sushi rolls!

Substitutions and Variations

 Taking a bite of these vegan sushi rolls is like taking a bite out of Japan!
Taking a bite of these vegan sushi rolls is like taking a bite out of Japan!

Looking to change up your traditional sushi roll routine? The Tofu Maki recipe is versatile and open to substitutions and variations that will suit anyone’s taste. Here are some ideas:

– Vegetarian California rolls: Swap out the crispy tofu for marinated tofu, and add avocado, cucumber, and crab substitute made from seasoned or shredded carrots.

– Spicy Tofu Roll: Add some heat by tossing thin slices of tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, chili flakes before frying it. Then pair it with some sliced green onion tops.

– Stuffed Cucumber Sushi: Cut cucumbers lengthwise, scoop out the seeds with a small spoon, fill them with seasoned rice mixed with chopped toasted nori and extra firm tofu cut into small cubes, then wrap them in sheets of nori.

– Gluten-free option: Swap out the sushi rice for quinoa or cauliflower rice to create a low-carbohydrate dish.

– Crunchy Roll: Add some texture to your maki by adding some crispy tempura flakes on top.

The possibilities are endless! Experimentation is key in achieving different flavors and textures that work best for you.

Serving and Pairing

 The combination of fresh vegetables and savory tofu makes for a perfect bite.
The combination of fresh vegetables and savory tofu makes for a perfect bite.

Serving tofu maki is a fun and unique way to introduce your friends and family to the joys of vegan sushi. Add some pickled ginger and wasabi on the side for an authentic sushi experience.

Tofu maki pairs well with a variety of different dipping sauces, such as soy sauce or a homemade peanut sauce. For a unique spin, try serving it with a spicy mayo or sesame ginger dressing.

If you’re feeling like a side dish is in order, consider serving a simple miso soup or edamame beans. Or for something more filling, rice bowls topped with sautéed veggies or marinated tofu would be perfect.

As for drinks pairings, green tea, sake, or an ice-cold beer all compliment the flavors of tofu maki. And for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, a citrusy lemon water or a refreshing cucumber mint mocktail could be the perfect match.

Whether you are enjoying this dish as an afternoon snack or a light dinner, the possibilities are endless when serving Tofu Maki!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Who needs seafood when you can have these delicious veggie-packed sushi rolls?
Who needs seafood when you can have these delicious veggie-packed sushi rolls?

As with any sushi recipe, it can be time-consuming to make tofu maki. Fortunately, this recipe lends itself well to prepping ahead of time. If you’re planning a party or get-together, you can make the sushi rolls a day in advance and keep them covered in the refrigerator. Just be sure not to cut them until right before serving.

You can also store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. However, rice tends to lose its texture and flavor when refrigerated for too long, so it’s best to consume your leftovers as soon as possible.

Reheating is not recommended as it will turn the rice and nori sheets soggy. If you want to enjoy leftover tofu maki, it’s best eaten cold straight out of the fridge.

One tip when storing is to cover your sushi rolls with a damp paper towel. This will help prevent the nori sheets from drying out and cracking.

If you’re planning to make large quantities of tofu maki, you may want to invest in a sushi mat and plastic wrap. This will help you roll your sushi neatly and tightly, making it easier for you to store and transport your rolls without damaging them.

With these storage tips in mind, you can prepare a delicious batch of vegan tofu maki in advance that will provide fresh flavors anytime you are craving something crunchy, savory, and mouth-watering crunchy roll.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Featuring a variety of colorful veggies, these rolls are as beautiful as they are tasty.
Featuring a variety of colorful veggies, these rolls are as beautiful as they are tasty.

To achieve the perfect tofu maki, there are some tips that I highly recommend. These small tweaks can make a huge difference in the final product.

Firstly, make sure to press the tofu before cooking. This extra-firm tofu holds a lot of moisture, so pressing it will remove excess water and allow it to crisp up when baked or fried properly. Simply wrap the block of extra-firm tofu in a clean kitchen towel and place something heavy on top, like a cast-iron skillet or a stack of books. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Furthermore, you can choose to marinate the tofu before baking or frying it. This way, the tofu will have more flavor and depth. Soy sauce, sesame oil, and maple syrup are some ingredients you might use for this purpose.

When slicing the tofu into thin strips, try to be as consistent as possible. This makes rolling sushi easier and guarantees an even distribution of ingredients.

To avoid having your sushi rolls fall apart when cutting them, use a very sharp knife and wet it between cuts. The wet blade helps prevent sticking and ensures you get clean, smooth cuts.

Lastly, never underestimate the importance of fresh ingredients; choose only perfectly ripe avocados, fresh carrots, crispy cucumber, and green onion tops for optimal results. With these tips in mind, your tofu maki will be sure to impress even your pickiest eaters!


As with any recipe, there may be some common questions and concerns that come up while making this tofu maki. In this section, we’ll cover some of the most frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot any issues and ensure you get perfect results every time. So let’s dive right in!

What is tofu sushi made of?

In these sushi rolls, we are using crispy fried tofu, raw cucumbers and carrots, quick-pickled red onions, and seasoned rice as a replacement for raw fish. The nori serves as the perfect wrapper. While not claiming to be fully authentic, these sushi rolls share similarities with Korean gimbap rather than traditional Japanese sushi rolls.

What do you put inside a maki?

When it comes to sushi, one popular type is maki. It can be filled with various ingredients such as raw or cooked fish, vegetables, and sauces. Another version of maki is the inside-out roll or uramaki, where the rice is on the outside and the seaweed is on the inside. Nigiri sushi, on the other hand, only consists of fish placed over a mound of rice, without any seaweed wrapping.

What is usually in vegetarian sushi?

Let’s start by placing a layer of fresh spinach leaves, sliced cucumber, shredded carrots, and savory shiitake mushrooms over the lower part of the nori sheet. Remember to use your fingers to hold the veggies in place as you carefully roll the nori. Squeeze the bamboo mat around the roll to prevent any loose ends and to ensure a tight and satisfactory sushi roll.

Which traditional version of that sushi roll is vegetarian?

The kappa maki, or cucumber roll, is a well-known sushi option that both vegetarians and vegan sushi-lovers can enjoy. This particular sushi is made up of a thin layer of rice and seaweed surrounding a crisp slice of cucumber. It’s a simple yet delicious choice that can be found in many sushi restaurants.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Tofu Maki (Vegetarian Sushi) recipe offers a unique and healthy alternative to traditional sushi. Whether you are a vegan or simply looking for a meatless meal option, this dish provides a delicious, satisfying and nutritious experience. It is easy to make, versatile in terms of substitutions and variations, and perfect for sharing with friends and family.

With the use of fresh ingredients such as avocado, cucumber, and carrots coupled with extra firm tofu, this Vegan Sushi Roll brings immense flavor while incorporating healthy fats and protein. Its sesame oil dressing adds an additional depth of nutty flavor that makes you want more.

This recipe offers numerous benefits aside from its health benefits including gluten-free options and being animal friendly by using ingredients that exclude any animal products. It truly is an all-inclusive recipe that everyone can enjoy!

So go ahead and give it a shot! With our detailed instructions and tips, we guarantee that you will be able to make an amazing tofu maki without breaking a sweat. The taste alone will prove your skills in the kitchen. You won’t regret trying this quick, easy, and tasty vegan sushi roll!

Tofu Maki (Vegetarian Sushi)

Tofu Maki (Vegetarian Sushi) Recipe

Vegetarian sushi. It's heart healthy, fun to make and tasty too! For a little extra flavor, use marinated baked tofu instead of plain. Either way, have a little soy sauce on hand for dipping... or indulge with tasty plum sauce or hoisin sauce... it's up to you!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 48 pieces
Calories 275.8 kcal


  • 6 sheets nori
  • 4 1/2 cups cooked sushi rice
  • 1 lb extra firm tofu, drained
  • 2 carrots, cut into 12 thin strips
  • 1 1/2 medium avocados, cut into 12 one-quarter inch thick slices
  • 6 green onion tops, about 7 inches in length
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 12 thin strips (7-inch)


  • Drain the tofu and slice in half width wise and then slice each half in half so you have 4 short pieces.
  • Holding your knife parallel to the cutting service, slice the tofu blocks in half.
  • Take each piece and cut in half again to yield 32 short pieces of tofu.
  • Cut off top quarter of each nori sheet along short end.
  • Place one sheet of nori with the shiny side down on a sushi mat.
  • The long end should be toward you.
  • Moisten your hands and mold 3/4 cup rice in a tube like line over nori, leaving a 1-inch border on one long end of the sheet.
  • Place 2-3 pieces of tofu, 2 carrot strips, 2 slices avocado, 1 green onion top, and 2 cucumber strips along top third of the rice-covered nori sheet.
  • Lift the edge of the nori closest to you and fold it over the filling.
  • Now lift the bottom edge of the sushi mat and begin to roll toward the top edge.
  • You need to press firmly on the roll to keep it tight.
  • Continue rolling to the top edge and press the mat at the top to seal the roll.
  • Let the roll rest for 5 minutes with the seam side down.
  • Repeat the procedure until all 6 sheets of nori are filled and rolled.
  • Slice each roll into 8 pieces and serve.
  • Note: Save any extra tofu pieces for another batch of avocado rolls or use in a salad or fry them up and serve as a crispy treat.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 427gCalories: 275.8kcalCarbohydrates: 36.9gProtein: 10.3gFat: 10.9gSaturated Fat: 1.8gSodium: 34.2mgFiber: 6.2gSugar: 2.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Asian, Beans, Lunch, Soy/Tofu, Vegan, Vegetable
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