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Vegan Sweet Potato Sushi

This Vegan Sweet Potato Sushi is way better than take-out! This easy, healthy sushi is a breeze to make at home.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Rolls


Sushi Rice

  • 1 1/2 Cups US-Grown Short-Grain Brown Rice
  • 3 Cups Water
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato
  • Small Drizzle of Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper

Spicy Kale

  • 1 1/2 Cups Baby or Lacinato (Dino) Kale
  • 1 Tbs Vegan Mayo
  • 1/2 Tbs Sriracha

The Rest of the Roll

  • Black or White Sesame Seeds
  • Microgreens
  • 4-5 Nori Sheets
  • Sriracha optional


Sushi Rice

  1. Add the rice, salt, and water to a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 45-50 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Let the rice cool before making the sushi rolls.

Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. While the rice is cooking, peel the sweet potato, then cut into fry-shaped pieces, about 1/4-1/2 inch in width and 3-4 inches in length.

  3. Toss the sweet potato slices with a small drizzle of avocado oil, salt, and pepper.

  4. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake your sweet potato in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Spicy Kale

  1. While the sweet potato is roasting and the rice is cooking, make the spicy kale.

  2. Chop your kale into small pieces. In a bowl, toss with the vegan mayo and sriracha. Stir well until all kale is evenly coated.

Building the Rolls

  1. Place your sheet of nori down on a cutting board, shiny side down. Add on about 3/4 of a cup of the cooled brown rice on the middle part of the sheet. (See photos for reference).

  2. Add on a layer of kale in the middle of the brown rice, then add on 6-7 pieces of the sweet potato.

  3. Dip your finger in water, and wet the top edge of the nori sheet. This will help the nori stick together when you roll it.

  4. Roll your sushi roll as tightly as you can. You can use a sushi mat if you'd like, but it can also be done without one!

  5. When your sushi is rolled, let it rest for about 5-10 minutes so that the nori can stick together.

  6. Repeat the above steps until you are out of your ingredients. Note that you may have some rice left over.

  7. Now it's time to cut the sushi into slices. First, get a tall glass and fill it with water. Quickly dunk the sharpest knife you have in the water, then slice the sushi. (You can slice it with a dry knife, but in my experience I've found that the water greatly helps!)

  8. When all the sushi is cut, garnish with sesame seeds, sriracha, and microgreens (if desired).

  9. Enjoy!