Vegan Tomato “Tuna” Nigiri

Sushi is one of the joys of life, and vegan sushi should not be limited to avocado rolls. (Don’t get me wrong, I love avocado rolls!) I tried this recipe that I found on , and it’s a really good substitute for tuna. It’s super simple too – peeled and sliced tomato wedges marinated in soy sauce, smoked paprika, olive oil and nori.

Below you will find a visual step by step guide on how to make the vegan tomato tuna.

Tomato “Tuna”
3 large tomatoes
1 tbsp Japanese soy
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp warm water
0,5 tsp nori flakes/nori paper
0,5 tsp smoked paprika

2 dl sushi rice
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp caster sugar
wasabi and sushi ginger
vegan mayo
roasted sesame seeds

  • Boil water in a saucepan. Cut a cross with a sharp knife at the base of the tomato, just through the peel. Put the tomatoes in the boiling water for about 1 minute until you see the first crack in the peel. Remove, rinse in cold water and peel carefully.
  • Cut each tomato in six wedges and remove seeds and walls with a small knife or teaspoon.
  • Mix soy, olive oil, warm water, nori flakes and paprika in a bowl. Add the tomato slices and leave to marinate for at least an hour.
  • Prepare the sushi rice according to instructions on the packet and season with rice vinegar and sugar.
  • Shape 18 nigiri nuggets with wet hands, add a smear of wasabi and place the tomato slices on top. Finish off with a dot of vegan mayo. Serve with soy, ginger and wasabi.

Step by Step

Step 1

Mix the following;

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp olive oil

0,5 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp nori flakes

2 tbsp water

Step 2

Carefully cut a cross into the outer peel of the tomato.

Step 3

Put the tomatoes into boiling water for around 10-20 seconds until the tomato peel cracks.

Step 4

Move the tomatoes to a bowl of cold water and gently remove the peel.

Step 5

Cut the tomatoes in to wedges and remove the seeds

Step 6

Move the wedges to your marinade and let marinate in the refridgerator for at least an hour

Step 7

Make the rice nigiri and place your tomato wedges on top.

Add a bit of vegan mayo on the tomato.

Serve with soy sauce and ginger.