Vegan Nigiri Recipe

Vegan Nigiri Recipe

This tasty vegan nigiri is a simple and easy recipe that uses red bell peppers with sushi rice to make nigiri!

How to make nigiri vegan? Since nigiri is a type of sushi with a slice of raw fish, typically tuna or salmon, placed on top of a small bed of sushi rice, all you have to do is follow this vegan recipe by using red peppers to replicate the look, taste and texture of raw tuna or salmon and place on sushi rice, that’s it! Simple, right?

There are so many vegan nigiri sushi recipes, I wanted to make a vegan version that’s super easy to make for beginners or for those who want to whip it up with simple ingredients!

Recipe for Vegan Nigiri

Recipe for Vegan Nigiri

For this vegan nigiri recipe, all you need is red bell peppers (using roasted red peppers in jars is a quick hack to make this recipe faster), sushi rice (or short grain white rice), rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. If you prefer to have a fish-taste like nigiri, I recommend using kelp powder, but it’s optional for those who prefer not to make it taste like fish. I wanted to make this one of the easiest recipes to make!

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With the main ingredient being red bell peppers, there’s two options for you:

  • Using a jar of roasted bell peppers skips the steps of having to prepare and roast fresh bell peppers in the oven for one hour, and being able to make vegan nigiri quicker.
  • Or if you only have fresh red bell peppers, using the oven for 1 hour approximately to roast them enough to peel the outer layer (comes off easy once roasted in oven).

You can choose either way to make nigiri vegan based on what you have available at home or based on how long (or fast) you want to be in the kitchen. I’ll leave both recipe instructions in the recipe card below.

How To Make Nigiri (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Sushi Rice (or short grain white rice)
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Kelp Powder (optional but gives ocean flavour)
  • Optionally serve with:
    • Vegan mayonnaise
    • Soy sauce
    • Wasabi
    • Ginger
    • Jalapeno
    • Sriracha

To make the recipe gluten-free, simply double-check check what you buy is gluten-free.

To make this recipe soy-free, use a soy-free alternative to soy sauce such as coconut aminos


How To Make Nigiri (Vegan)

1. To make your vegan nigiri, start by cooking your sushi rice or short-grain white rice according to package instructions and deciding if you want to use a jar of roasted red bell peppers (fast method) or roasting fresh red bell peppers from scratch in the oven. If using store-bough roasted bell peppers, skip to step #3. If roasting bell peppers in oven, preheat oven to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.

2. For roasting fresh red bell peppers in the oven, prepare your peppers by slicing each bell pepper in half lengthwise, remove stem and seeds, as well as wash it. Next, place your washed bell peppers on a lined baking sheet and bake in oven for at least 1 hour until the sides become slightly blackened and the bell peppers sweat. Then, remove the roasted bell peppers from the oven and when cool enough to touch, peel the outer layer of the bell pepper. The outer layer should come off very easily (if you have a hard time peeling the outer layer, you might need to roast for a bit longer).

3. Once rice is cooked, place sushi rice in a large mixing bowl, along with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Make sure rice is cooled down enough that you can work with the rice with your hands next. (Continue to next step / come back to this step if your rice is still cooking if you went with using jar of bell peppers).

4. With your roasted red peppers, cut them into 5 to 8 long pieces (around 2 inches wide) in the shape of salmon or tuna to be placed on top of sushi rice.

5. Optionally, if you desire a fish-like taste for your vegan nigiri, make a marinade for your red pepper pieces by mixing together soy sauce, rice vinegar, kelp powder and sugar in a small bowl. Place the pieces of roasted bell pepper into the marinade and let it sit for 5-10 minutes or longer to absorb the flavours.

6. Once sushi rice is cooled enough to handle, it’s time to prepare your nigiri. Dampen your hands with water and place around 1.5 tbsp of seasoned sushi rice in your hands and shape the rice into an oval ball shape. Add a small smudge of wasabi if you desire spicy (optional).

7. Place a piece of your roasted bell pepper on top of a rice ball and repeat with the rest of the sushi rice and bell pepper pieces (repeat steps 6 and 7). Enjoy your vegan nigiri with soy sauce or move onto the next optional steps.

8. Optionally, drizzle a little vegan mayonnaise on top of each piece of nigiri, along with a slice of jalapeno.

9. Optionally, for a smokey flavour, use a food torch and torch the top of each piece to give a smokey torched flavour.

Vegan Nigiri Sushi
Vegan Nigiri

Vegan Nigiri

This tasty vegan nigiri is a simple and easy recipe that uses red bell peppers with sushi rice to make nigiri!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegan
Keyword: Nigiri, Sushi, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 722kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 2 Small Bowls
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Measuring utensils
  • 1 Oven optional
  • 1 Baking Sheet optional
  • 1 Food Torch optional

Ingredients

Sushi Rice

  • 2 cups sushi rice cooked, or short grain white rice (cooked)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Vegan Nigiri

  • 2 red bell peppers fresh or store-bought roasted bell peppers in jar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce optional marinade
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar optional marinade
  • 1/4 tsp kelp powder optional marinade
  • 1/2 tsp sugar optional marinade

Instructions

  • To make your vegan nigiri, start by cooking your sushi rice or short-grain white rice according to package instructions and deciding if you want to use a jar of roasted red bell peppers (fast method) or roasting fresh red bell peppers from scratch in the oven. If using store-bough roasted bell peppers, skip to step #3. If roasting bell peppers in oven, preheat oven to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  • For roasting fresh red bell peppers in the oven, prepare your peppers by slicing each bell pepper in half lengthwise, remove stem and seeds, as well as wash it. Next, place your washed bell peppers on a lined baking sheet and bake in oven for at least 1 hour until the sides become slightly blackened and the bell peppers sweat. Then, remove the roasted bell peppers from the oven and when cool enough to touch, peel the outer layer of the bell pepper. The outer layer should come off very easily (if you have a hard time peeling the outer layer, you might need to roast for a bit longer).
  • Once rice is cooked, place sushi rice in a large mixing bowl, along with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Make sure rice is cooled down enough that you can work with the rice with your hands next. (Continue to next step / come back to this step if your rice is still cooking if you went with using jar of bell peppers).
  • With your roasted red peppers, cut them into 5 to 8 long pieces (around 2 inches wide) in the shape of salmon or tuna to be placed on top of sushi rice.
  • Optionally, if you desire a fish-like taste for your vegan nigiri, make a marinade for your red pepper pieces by mixing together soy sauce, rice vinegar, kelp powder and sugar in a small bowl. Place the pieces of roasted bell pepper into the marinade and let it sit for 5-10 minutes or longer to absorb the flavours.
  • Once sushi rice is cooled enough to handle, it’s time to prepare your nigiri. Dampen your hands with water and place around 1.5 tbsp of seasoned sushi rice in your hands and shape the rice into an oval ball shape. Add a small smudge of wasabi if you desire spicy (optional).
  • Place a piece of your roasted bell pepper on top of a rice ball and repeat with the rest of the sushi rice and bell pepper pieces (repeat steps 6 and 7). Enjoy your vegan nigiri with soy sauce or move onto the next optional steps.
  • Optionally, drizzle a little vegan mayonnaise on top of each piece of nigiri, along with a slice of jalapeno.

Nutrition

Calories: 722kcal | Carbohydrates: 159g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3726IU | Vitamin C: 152mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg

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