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Sushi Bowls

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Sushi Bowls are the perfect go-to meal for those who want to enjoy sushi without the fuss. Not only are they delicious, but Sushi Bowls are also incredibly easy to make! With just a few ingredients and a little imagination, you can create your own Sushi Bowl masterpiece. Try out this simple Sushi bowl recipe and see just how easy it is to make Sushi Bowls.

Buddha bowl with sushi rice, radishes, avocado, carrot, and tofu.

You’ll like these sushi bowls because you can customize them with your favorite toppings and make them exactly how you like them. Save some money by making these at home whenever you have sushi cravings!

While making sushi rolls may seem intimidating, these sushi bowls are much simpler. In a nutshell, all you need to do is cook the rice, add your favorite sushi toppings, and you’re good to go!

So next time you’re craving sushi but don’t want to make rolls, try one of these bowls instead!

🥢 Sushi bowl or Buddha bowl?

Some people call these sushi bowls, while others call them Buddha bowls.

A Buddha bowl gets its name because of the round “Buddha belly” shape. Taste of Home defines it as, “a one-dish meal consisting of rice or whole grains, roasted veggies, a dressing and protein (by way of beans, tofu, lentils, or in some cases meat or fish). It’s considered clean eating and it incorporates principles of Chinese and Japanese medicine.”

Whether you call it a sushi bowl or a buddha bowl, you’re sure to get the same delicious results!

Let’s take a quick look at how to make sushi bowls. 

🍱 Sushi Bowl Ingredients

For these tasty bowls, you need the following ingredients:

FOR THE RICE:

  • 1 cup sushi rice (Japanese style short-grain white rice)
  • 1 ¼ cups water (or amount required per package directions)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar

FOR THE SAUCE AND TOFU:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 5 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 7 ounces tofu, cut into 2 x ½ inch slices

FOR SERVING:

  • 1 cucumber, cut into strips or desired shape
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1-2 radishes, cut into thin circles or desired shape
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (white sesame seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • Nori sheets, cut into thin short strips
  • Green onions, chopped (optional)
Ingredients to make a vegan-friendly sushi bowl including tofu and rice.

👩🏻‍🍳 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Using a rice paddle, fold in seasoned rice vinegar.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, and seasoned rice vinegar. Reserve ¼ cup of sauce and marinate the tofu in the remaining sauce. Let the tofu marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet on medium heat and cook the marinated tofu for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Divide the rice between four bowls and top with tofu, cucumber, radish, carrot, and avocado slices. Sprinkle sesame seeds (black and white), green onions, and Nori seaweed on top, and drizzle 1 tablespoon of reserved sauce on top (optional). 

✏️ NOTES

  • Don’t freeze sushi bowls. They always taste best when served fresh.
  • It’s best to drain the tofu before marinating it. A tofu press makes the task easier.
  • Feel free to add pickled veggies, sprouts, and a dot of wasabi for extra flavor.
  • To make this low-carb, substitute cauliflower rice for sushi rice. Be sure to season the cooked “rice” with seasoned rice vinegar.
  • If you can’t find seasoned rice vinegar at your local grocery store, look for it at an Asian market.
  • English cucumbers work better than regular cucumbers in this dish.
  • For even more flavor, consider drizzling boom boom sauce on top of the bowls.
Chopsticks about to pick up a slice of avocado in a sushi bowl.

🍾 Rice Vinegar vs. Seasoned Rice Vinegar

Seasoned rice vinegar is basically rice vinegar that has been seasoned with a little salt and sugar. Seasoned rice vinegar is what is used when making sushi.

Who says you have to go out for sushi? These delicious sushi bowls are easy to make at home with your favorite toppings. You’ll love the fresh, tangy flavors of this simple dish. So grab some rice and get creative with your sushi bowl toppings!

Buddha bowl with sushi rice, radishes, avocado, carrot, and tofu.

Sushi Bowls

All the delicious flavors of sushi, without all the hassle. These bowls are perfect for when you’re craving something a little bit different. Plus, they’re super easy to make – just add your favorite toppings and you’re good to go!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 465kcal

Ingredients

Sushi Rice

  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar

Seasoned Sauce

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 5 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

Additional Ingredients

  • 7 ounces tofu cut into 2 x ½ slices
  • 1 cucumber cut into strips or diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1-2 radishes cut into thin circles or desired shape
  • 1 avocado cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • nori sheets cut into thin short strips
  • green onions sliced

Instructions

  • Cook rice according to package directions.  Using a rice paddle, fold in seasoned rice vinegar.
  • While the rice is cooking, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, and seasoned rice vinegar in a medium sized bowl. Reserve ¼ cup of the sauce for later and marinate the tofu in the remaining sauce. Let the tofu marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat and cook the marinated tofu for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  • Divide the rice between four bowls and top with tofu, cucumber, radish, carrot, and avocado slices. Sprinkle sesame seeds (black and white), green onions, and Nori seaweed on top, and drizzle 1 tablespoon of reserved sauce on top (optional). 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1658mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5474IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3mg
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