Raw Vegan Sushi

by Susan on March 16, 2009

I love sushi. The first time I ate it I was so surprised by the explosion of flavor that hit my tongue. It was so different from anything that I had ever eaten with it’s refreshing and interesting combination of flavors. Even though sushi is thought of to be raw because of the raw fish, it contains cooked rice. Plus, most raw recipes are also vegan so, eating fish, even if it is raw, is not in the cards.

The challenge was to create a raw food recipe  that would replace the rice but still have a texture that was close to what people are used to. I ended up sprouting Kamut, a wonderful grain that is full of protein and goodness. Processing it in the food processor gave it the texture that it needed to hold together. A sushi mat is needed to make this, but quite easy to use.

Raw Vegan Sushi

  • 2 C Sprouted Kamut
  • 1 T Nama Shoyu
  • 1 T Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Sunflower Sprouts
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Portobello Mushroom, marinated in Nama Shoyu and olive oil
  • Avocado, Sliced
  • 2 Seaweed Sheets


Step 1: Marinate the Mushrooms!

Cut the portabello mushroom into slices about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Toss with 2 T of Nama Shoyu and 2 T oil and let sit for at least 1/2 hour.

Step 2:

Process the kamut, Nama Shoyu and toasted sesame oil  in a food processor until the kamut  starts to break apart. Set aside. Slice carrots and cucumber into match stick pieces, slice the avocado into 1/4 inch pieces. Set aside. Lay your sheet of seaweed on the sushi matt. Spread half the sheet with the kamut mixture. Place the avocado, carrots, cucumber, sunflower sprouts (not pictured) and mushrooms on top of the kamut.


Using the mat, carefully and tightly, roll the seaweed into a sushi roll. Cut with a serrated knife.

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Lauren March 17, 2009 at 6:08 am

This looks amazing! I love sushi, I will have to try this out soon!


Andrea March 17, 2009 at 9:36 am

I was so sad when i had to give up sushi as a vegan, but I’m so excited about trying this out! You should share this info on RawPeople. I think others would greatly enjoy it. http://www.rawpeople.com/?utm_source=A&utm_medium=B&utm_campaign=C


Winona March 17, 2009 at 11:48 am

I never thought of using Kamut. Interesting.


Heather March 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

That looks incredible! I love sushi!


mandy March 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm

That sounds yummy!


Kari March 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Looks fantastic! Thank you for the pictures — helps me to understand the instructions better. :)


inna March 19, 2009 at 10:50 pm

OOoo! excited to try this out =0)
thanks for sharing the amazing recipes!


Heather March 20, 2009 at 9:02 am

I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award, its on my latest blog post. :)



Sarah March 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm

that looks great! i’m still trying to like nori and i’m def trying this recipe.


Shernell March 30, 2009 at 11:39 am

I really love your blog it is amazing to say the least !


Shernell March 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

I added you to my blog roll


Sadao April 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

Great presentation!
Thank you for sharing the recipe.


cindy April 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm

finding your blog with the sushi raw twist was truly great timing. First of all I’m mostly raw and 80-10-10 EXCEPT for sushi! That’s right, I only recently learned to order “hold the rice”.

I will have to try your recipe or some variation! Found you through Twitter, so thanks so much! :-)


BJ June 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for the great idea. These look very good. I still love raw fish and that fits too.


Sheena October 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm

oh my gosh, I was looking at this recipe yesterday and thought it looked so delicious I’ll just have to try it, and then it even appeared in my dream last night…it makes my mouth water just looking/reading about it!
Thank you so much for posting this!


Yuliya April 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

this looks very delicious. i was also sad when i had to give up sushi as a vegan. so this recipe is just a salvation for me. but i have a problem here: i live in Russia, and not all the ingredients described in the recipe can be found. so i guess i’ll have to use champignons instead of portabello mushrooms and regular wheat sprouts instead of kamut.
other than that thank you for this amazing site!


Aikovenus April 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

That looks so good! I want to try going raw vegan for a week or two and show everyone on my blog that they can too. The only thing that could be missing is sushi, but you’ve helped me solve that. :)


Phil April 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Looks like a good recipe. One question… is toasted sesame oil raw?


Susan April 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

No toasted sesame oil is not raw. But you use such a small amount that it doesn’t compromise the nutritional value of recipe. If you wish to be 100% raw, you can leave that out or use cold pressed sesame oil.


Lana October 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

Looks delicious! But I’d use bell pepper instead of the carrots, cause I’m not a big fan of them.
I’ve never heard of Kamut. Where do you get it? In a health food store?
Avocado and Portobello mushrooms seems like an interesting combo. Can’t wait to try this!


Andrea December 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I really enjoyed these. Very close to regular sushi! At some point my sushi mat “disappeared” so I made a sushi salad with the ingredients and cut the nori into small ribbons to top. Thanks for the great recipe!


ana January 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

Awesome recipes! I make raw vegan sushi just about everyday because i just recently adopted this awesome diet and have no idea what to make sometimes haha. I usually use “cauliflower rice” its super amazing, i definitely wanna try this way making it this way too 😀


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