This vegan sushi bowl recipe features all your favourite sushi ingredients packed in a bowl and topped with delicious spicy mayo.

Carrot, edamame, rice, cucumber and nori topped with sauce in a bowl.

Nailed the sushi flavors and satisfied my sushi craving! I will definitely be making this again!


What are sushi bowls?

Sushi bowls are similar to vegan poke bowls and are basically a deconstructed sushi roll, or maki. They offer the flavours and components of sushi but instead of being wrapped in nori, the ingredients are arranged in a bowl format.

Sushi bowls are visually appealing, easily customizable, fresh and healthy, and a popular choice for those that love the taste of sushi.

Bowls in general always make a great choice, some of my other favourites are these Vegan Dinner Bowls, Veggie Power Bowls, Harvest Bowls and Hummus Bowls. They’re so good for meal prep too!

This sushi bowl recipe is vegan, so it does not contain raw fish. Edamame is added for protein but you can also add another protein source, such as tofu.

The recipe also features rice, sweet potato, carrot, cucumber and creamy avocado for a delicious combination of fresh and cooked ingredients. Try the spicy vegan mayo to really bring everything together!


Various ingredients for making sushi in small dishes on a kitchen counter.

The full ingredient list with measurements is located in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Rice: Use white rice, brown rice, black rice or sushi rice. I like short-grain brown rice or basmati rice.
  • Fresh Ingredients: The recipe calls for carrot, cucumber and avocado but these can be swapped for your favourites or you can add ingredients like bell pepper, cabbage or radish.
  • Sweet Potato
  • Nori: Use crumbled seaweed sheets (nori) or roasted seaweed snacks, or slice either into thin strips using scissors.
  • Edamame Beans: Shelled frozen edamame works great for a convinient option.
  • Sesame Seeds: You can use black or white sesame seeds.

Swaps & Additions

  • Additional Veggies: Try shredded red cabbage, green cabbage, thinly sliced red bell pepper, thinly sliced radish or pickled red onion.
  • Crunch: Coconut bacon provides a smoky and crispy element.
  • Sweetness: Toss in some ripe mango slices for a burst of sweetness that beautifully contrasts with the umami flavors.
  • Grains: Try quinoa or cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice.

Alternative Sauces

  • Soy Wasabi Sauce: If you love your sushi with wasabit, try a drizzle of wasabi soy suace over your bowl. To make, mix your desired amount of soy sauce with wasabi powder or wasabit, to taste.
  • Nut-Free Vegan Spicy Mayo: If you don’t want to do the spicy cashew mayo or don’t have a blender, use this simple spicy mayo made from mayo, hoisin, tamari and sriracha.
  • Soy Ginger Dressing: Mix 4 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tsp each ground garlic and ginger. Drizzle over the bowl.
  • Other Sauces: Try drizzling your bowls with noodle salad dressing, teriyaki sauce, peanut sauce or miso tahini sauce to switch things up.
Homemade spicy mayonnaise in a small bowl with a spoon.

Adding Tofu or Tempeh

Below are some suggestions if you’d like to add tofu or tempeh for extra protein. I suggest the poke tofu, basic crispy baked tofu, sriracha baked tofu or sweet chilli tofu.

Step-by-Step Instructions

If you’re making the cashew spicy mayo, the cashews require soaking. If you have a high-speed blender you can soak for less time (1-2 hours) or do a quick soak for 10-15 minutes in boiled water, if not, 4-8 hours of soaking time is suggested.

After soaking the cashews, drain and rinse and proceed with the recipe.

For an alternative spicy mayo, you can either add a little sriracha to your choice or mayo or use this mayo-based spicy mayo sauce (no blender needed).

Step 1: Make the spicy mayo, if using.

After soaking the cashews, blend with the remaining spicy mayo ingredients until smooth and creamy. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, if needed.

Scooping a spoonful of sauce out of a small jar.

Step 2: Cook the rice, sweet potato and edamame.

Rinse and cook your choice or rice according to the package instructions. The suggested amount is 1/2 cup cooked rice per bowl but feel free to use more or less depending on your nutritional needs. I usually use more like 1 cup cooked rice per bowl.

Peel and cube 2 cups of sweet potato, again you can use more or less if you prefer and the amount doesn’t need to be exact.

Steam the sweet potato until tender, this should take about 10-15 minutes once the water comes to a boil. They should be tender when pierced with a fork.

Prepare the edamame according to package instructions.

Boiled edamame in a pot.

Step 3: Prepare the fresh ingredients.

Dice the cucumber and avocado and julienne or thinly slice the carrot in ribbons with a vegetable peeler.

Rice, carrot and diced cucumber in a bowl.

Step 4: Assemble the sushi bowls.

Start with a scoop of rice in each bowl then top with the rest of the ingredients and anything else you desire, drizzle with spicy mayo and enjoy.

Carrot, edamame, rice, cucumber and nori topped with sauce in a bowl.
Sushi Bowl

Recipe FAQs

Are sushi bowls gluten-free?

Yes, as long as you use coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari in place of soy sauce.

Rice, cucumber, seaweed, avocado, edamame and carrot in a bowl.

How to Store

  • Fridge: Leave off the avocado and store sauce separately, otherwise assembled bowls can be stored up to 4 days.
  • Mayo: Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, thin with water if needed.
  • Meal Prep: Make the edamame, rice, mayo and sweet potato in advance and store in the fridge for up to 5 days, assemble as needed.

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Carrot, edamame, rice, cucumber and nori topped with sauce in a bowl.

Vegan Sushi Bowls

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan
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These sushi bowls are here to satisfy any sushi craving that might come your way. If you don’t feel like take-out or making your own rolls, throw all your favourite sushi ingredients in a bowl and call it a day!


For the Spicy Mayo

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 4 hours
  • 5 tbsp water, plus more as needed to adjust consistency
  • 1 tbsp lime juice or rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce 

For the Sushi Bowls

  • 2 cups cooked white or brown rice (1/2 cup per bowl)
  • 2 cups cooked, shelled edamame (1/2 cup per bowl)
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potato (1/2 cup per bowl)
  • 1 cup julienned or grated carrot (1/4 cup per bowl)
  • 1 cup diced cucumber (1/4 cup per bowl)
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced (1/4 per bowl)
  • 8 tbsp crumbled or thinly sliced nori sheets or roasted seaweed snacks (2 tbsp per bowl)
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds (1 tbsp per bowl)
  • finely chopped green onion, for topping, optional
  • dash of soy sauce, for topping, optional


  1. Soak Cashews: To make the spicy mayo, soak the cashews for at least 4 hours covered with water in a bowl, then drain and rinse. If you have a high-speed blender, you can skip soaking or do a quick soak by pouring boiled water over the cashews in a bowl and soaking for 10-15 minutes. If you do not have a high-speed blender, 4-8 hours of soaking time is suggested. The longer you soak the cashews, the creamier the spicy mayo will be.
  2. Blend Spicy Mayo: Add the drained, soaked cashews to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Start blending on low then slowly increase speed and blend on high until smooth and creamy. You may need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides.
  3. Prepare Cooked Ingredients: When you’re ready to make the recipe, start cooking your choice of rice according to package instructions. Peel and cube the sweet potato and boil or steam until fork tender. Cook the edamame according to package instructions.
  4. Prepare Fresh Ingredients: Grate or julienne the carrot and dice the cucumber and avocado.
  5. Assemble Bowls: Assemble the bowls by starting with a scoop of rice and arranging the rest of the ingredients on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion, drizzle with the spicy mayo and soy sauce, if using.


Alternative Sauces: As an alternative to the cashew spicy mayo, you can just add some sriracha to vegan mayonnaise for a quick and easy sauce option. Plain soy sauce is just fine too or try a bit of wasabi or wasabi powder mixed into soy sauce.

Measuring: The bowl ingredients are all approximate, there’s no need to be exact!

Storage: If prepping in advance, leave the avocado off until serving and if possible, store the mayo separately. The rice and veggies can be assembled in advanced and stored up to 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 463
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 14 g

This recipe was originally published on July 23, 2018 .