Vegan Onigirazu (Sushi Sandwich) is a fun and delicious twist on traditional sushi. This dish is perfect for those who love sushi but want a more filling and handheld option. In this recipe, I'll show you how to make Onigirazu using plant-based ingredients: teriyaki tofu, avocado, cucumber and carrot slices!
Onigirazu is a relatively new addition to the world of sushi, having been invented in the 1990s in Japan. The name "Onigirazu" comes from the words "Onigiri," which means rice ball, and "Nigiru," which means to grasp or hold. The dish is essentially a deconstructed rice ball, with the rice and fillings wrapped in a sheet of nori to form a sandwich-like shape.
One of the great things about Onigirazu is its versatility. The filling options are endless, and you can use any combination of ingredients that you like. Traditional fillings include cooked fish, pickled vegetables, and umeboshi (pickled plum), but you can also use tofu, avocado, cucumber, carrots, or any other ingredients that you enjoy.
Finally, Onigirazu is a portable and convenient meal that's perfect for those who are always on the go. You can wrap each piece in parchment paper or plastic wrap to keep it fresh, making it a great option for lunchboxes, picnics, or road trips.
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To make this recipe, you'll need:
- Firm or medium-firm tofu
- Soy sauce
- Short-grain rice
- 2 ½ cups of water
- Nori seaweed sheets
- Vegan sriracha mayo (optional)
- Sesame seeds (optional)
Make the Teriyaki Tofu:
Cut the tofu into rectangular pieces.
Combine the soy sauce, mirin and sugar to make the Teriyaki sauce.
Fry the tofu pieces until golden brown and crispy on both sides, then pour the Teriyaki sauce and simmer on low heat and flip occasionally until most of the sauce has evaporated.
Assemble the Onigirazu
To assemble the Onigirazu, place a sheet of nori on a flat surface with the shiny side facing down. Spread a layer of sushi rice on top of the nori, in a square shape.
Layer the teriyaki tofu, avocado, cucumber, and carrot on top of the rice.
Add another layer of sushi rice on top of the fillings, pressing down gently to compact the ingredients.
Fold the sides of the nori over the filling, then fold the bottom of the nori over the filling and tuck it in tightly. Repeat with the other sheets of nori and filling ingredients. Transfer the Onigirazu to parchment paper or plastic wrap to close.
Another hack to make the vegan Onigirazu (Sushi Sandwich) is to use the viral TikTok tortilla folding method, check it out here!
Variations and Substitutes
- Tofu skin: I use a large sheet of dry tofu skin and rehydrate it in water. If using fresh ones or thin tofu skin, soaking is not necessary.
- To substitute tofu skin, I recommend using rice paper sheets. Soak in water for 1 second to soften before wrapping.
- King oyster mushrooms: If you don't have king oyster mushrooms, you can also use enoki mushrooms and thinly slice them before wrapping them with the tofu skin.
- Gluten-free: All the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free except for soy sauce, which can be substituted by tamari or coconut aminos.
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