Roasted Sweet Potato, Asparagus & Basil Vegan Sushi Rolls

Roasted Sweet Potato, Asparagus & Basil Vegan Sushi Rolls

Roasted Sweet Potato, Asparagus & Basil Vegan Sushi Rolls

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Sweet Potato Asparagus Basil Avocado Vegan Sushi Rolls This sushi roll was inspired by one of my local sushi haunts.  I do it a little bit differently, avoiding the tempura for the healthier and less complicated method of simply slicing and roasting my sweet potatoes.  And while the sweet potato and asparagus combination is a good one, what really makes this roll is the inclusion of the basil.  It adds so much flavor to the roll in kind of a unexpected, but really pleasantly surprising way.

This recipe is really simple and contains just a couple of ingredients that are readily found at the supermarket: sweet potatoes, asparagus, avocado, basil, sushi nori and sushi rice. In addition, I made a very simple sweet soy glaze to drizzle over the top. If you look online, you can find quite complicated versions of this, but I make mine with 1:1.5 parts tamari and maple syrup, reduced by boiling.Vegan Sushi Recipe

You may be thinking now: “sure, the ingredients are easy, but rolling sushi?” Trust me. It’s pretty simple stuff if you have the right equipment, which is really easy to find. I bought a very simple sushi rolling kit on Amazon and it’s worked very well for me. And, rather than making my own sushi rolling video, I’ll just share the link to the video that I used on YouTube.  It’s only 47 seconds long and makes it pretty clear what you need to do.

And, if I can make one more suggestion before releasing you on your vegan sushi journey it would be to use wasabi powder and not the pre-mixed wasabi that comes in a tube.  You mix it with a little bit of water and you’ll get the nice looking wasabi that you’d find in a restaurant.  I just find the stuff in the tube to be gelatinous and a real turn off after I’ve worked hard to prepare my sushi.

Oh, and one more thing… if you’d like looking to make a meal of it, you can also try my Strawberry and Avocado Vegan Sushi Rolls with a Macademia Nut Crunch and my Red Miso Soup.


Roasted Sweet Potato, Asparagus & Basil Vegan Sushi Rolls

September 3, 2018
: 8-Piece Roll
: 30 min
: 20 min
: 50 min
: Moderate (but worth it!)

Craving sushi but wondering how to do it on plant-based, vegan diet? This simple roasted sweet potato, asparagus and basil version is sure to satisfy your tastebuds!


  • 1 sheet sushi nori
  • 1/2 c. sushi rice (it is important to use sushi rice)
  • 2/3 c. water (or water as per sushi rice directions)
  • 1 sweet potato, sliced into half inch thick strips
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 10-12 basil leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1/4 c. tamari
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. maple syrup
  • Wasabi powder
  • Step 1 Prepare rice in accordance with package directions.  Roast the sweet potato strips in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.  I wrapped mine in tin foil to avoid them drying out.
  • Step 2 While the rice and the sweet potatoes are cooking, quickly blanche the asparagus in a saucepan.  Allow the asparagus to simmer in hot water for 2-3 minutes until it is bright green, then rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.  Set aside.  Thinly slice the avocado and wash and dry the basil.
  • Step 3 In a small saucepan heat the tamari and maple syrup to a boil, stirring constantly until a thick syrup has formed. Set aside.
  • Step 4 Prepare your sushi making station and familiarize yourself with how to roll sushi. (Here is a quick and helpful instructional video on how to roll sushi).
  • Step 5 Lay out your sushi mat and cover with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Align the sushi nori with the bottom edge of the mat and cover with a thin layer of sushi rice. Flip the nori over so that the rice is facing down. About 1 inch from the bottom edge of the nori, make a thin horizontal strip of your sushi fillings – the roasted sweet potato (allow this to cool before including it in the sushi), asparagus and basil.
  • Step 6 Roll the sushi and dress the top of the roll with the slices of avocado.  Drizzle with sweet soy sauce. You may need to reheat the sweet soy sauce before drizzling.
  • Step 7 Wet the blade of a very sharp chef’s knife and slice the sushi roll into bit sized pieces.
  • Step 8 Serve with wasabi and any extra tamari, as desired.

What’s in my kitchen that made this recipe even easier?

Eden Wasabi Powder Bamboo Sushi Kit, Carbonized Rolling Mats for Mold-Resistant, Included 2 Rolling Mats - 5 Pairs Chopsticks - Paddle - Spreader - Beginner's Guide (PDF), Roll on! Beginner Sushi Making Kit

I highly recommend making your own wasabi using wasabi powder over buying the ready-made wasabi paste in a tube at the store.  You have better control over the consistency and the store-bought tube brands (at least in my experience) are a bit gelatinous and unappealing.  I really like and consistently use Eden Wasabi Powder with great results.  And, you’ll need a good sushi making kit.  This one is perfect for a beginner.  At less than $10 it’s a nominal investment and it comes with an instructional booklet (that is emailed to you upon purchase, or can also be downloaded).

Did you make this sushi?  What did you think? Did you change anything?


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