Sushi (without a mat)

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I decided to throw a vegan lunch and what better a vegan appetizer than sushi.

The only problem I had was that I don’t own a sushi mat. So I used Google and low and behold, one of my favorite recipe blogs had instructions for just that! Sushi without a mat!

This recipe is from the minimalist baker, one of my blog crushes. I adapted the recipe slightly to make it even easier!

Change the filling to whatever you want and whatever you do have some fun with it!

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For the Rice

  • 1 cup/mug sushi rice
  • 2 cups/mug water

Everything Else

  • 4 sheets nori (dried seaweed)
  • 1 cup chopped veggies – (carrot, cucumber, red pepper, avocado-whatever you like, better if you mix the colors)
  • Soy sauce, pickled ginger, wasabi for serving

(Optional extras: you can choose whatever filling you like to go into the sushi, it is pretty easy, so adapt away!)


  • Start by preparing your rice. Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer until your water runs clear. Then add to a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Once it boils reduce heat to low, cover and cook until water is completely absorbed – about 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prep your veggies by chopping them into thin pieces. If they’re too bulky they won’t allow the sushi to roll well.
  • Now it’s time to roll: grab a thick towel and fold it over into a rectangle and place it on a flat surface, then top with a sheet of nori.
  • Using your hands dipped in water (to avoid sticking), pat a very thin layer of rice all over the nori, making sure it’s not too thick or your roll will be all rice and no filling.
  • Then, arrange a serving of your veggies or preferred filling in a line at the bottom 3/4 of the rice closest to you.
  • Start to roll the nori and rice over with your fingers, and once the veggies are covered, roll over the towel, using it to mold and compress the roll
  • Continue until it’s all the way rolled up.
  • Slice with a sharp knife and set aside.

Serve with pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi.

Arigato 🙂


2 thoughts on “Sushi (without a mat)

  1. I’ve always been too scared to try and make my own sushi but this sounds so easy. I think it would make a fun date night! Is the dried seaweed from a specialty store or did you find it in a regular grocery?

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    1. I found it in the regular grocery store. I have bought it before in the UK from Waitrose when I was making panda bears out of rice and needed the nori for the eyes and paws and also in the USA from Fairway, I believe it is pretty easy to find. You should definitely give it a go, it is so easy and so much fun! Thanks so much for reading my blog and messaging, xoxo

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