Vegan Sushi Burrito
My total new obsession! I had so much fun making these and my little one’s got in on the action also. Vegan Sushi Burritos are a fun, lunch on the go twist to your traditional sushi routine. I loaded my sushi burritos with nutrient packed veggies: beets, sweet potato sticks, bok choy, shitake mushrooms and tofu teriyaki sticks. I’ve ordered these burritos at other restaurants, but I wanted to concoct these delectable beauties in my own kitchen. The items that you’ll need to make your burritos are nori sheets, Japanese short grain white rice (you can do brown rice or quinoa), and a sushi rolling mat. You will also need to keep your hands wet when adding the sushi rice to the nori or you will end up with rice all over your hands. You will want to keep a small bowl of water near you while you spread the rice. The sushi burrito is totally customizable. Feel free to add your favorite ingredients such as teriyaki eggplant, smoked salmon, kimchi, you name it. I prepped all my veggies and arranged them on the cutting board so the kiddos could build their own burrito’s. It’s a fun family project and a great healthy snack or main meal.
Vegan Sushi Burrito//serves 4
Adapted from Cilantro & Citronella
3 cups Japanese short grain rice
½ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Teriyaki Tofu Sticks
Half a block of extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
1-2 tablespoons oil
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons sugar
½ tablespoons ginger
1 clove garlic, grated
2 tablespoons water
4-8 nori sheets
1 large sweet potato, peeled, boiled and cut into sticks
1 medium beet, julienned
1 medium cucumber, julienned
4-5 medium sized shitake mushrooms, sliced
3-4 baby bok choy, leaves only
For the sushi rice, rinse the rice with fresh water 3-5 times until the water is clear. Place the rice and 3 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Alternatively, cook the rice inside a rice cooker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
While the rice is cooking, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt until dissolved. After the rice is cooked, place the rice into a large bowl and season the rice vinegar, sugar and salt mixture. Allow to cool.
Quick tips: Do not scrape the rice out from the bottom of the pot. If it comes out easily, great. If not, don’t bother. You want perfect looking rice for your sushi, not rice that is burned. Also, use a wooden spoon as a metal spoon will damage the rice and react with the vinegar.
For the teriyaki tofu, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger and garlic in a bowl. Set aside. Cut the tofu into sticks and place in a Ziploc bag with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Shake. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Fry the tofu until they are golden brown. Add the sauce to the pan and allow to simmer. The tofu will start to get caramelized. Flip tofu sticks to the other side and caramelized on both sides. Place tofu on a plate atop paper towels.
To assemble the sushi burritos, lay one piece of nori in front of you, shiny side down on a sushi rolling mat (not a requirement, but helpful). Keep a small bowl of water beside you to wet your fingers while gently spreading the rice over the nori. Don’t squish or pat the rice onto the nori. The grains will break. Keep space at the top and bottom (about 1 cm) of the nori to allow easy rolling.
Lay down rows of tofu and the remaining fillings. Begin rolling your sushi from the top (facing you). Once rolled, wet the bottom of the nori to seal. Continue with remaining sushi burritos