Simple Sushi Bowl

BY : PUBLISHED : January 28th, 2015 UPDATED: August 18th, 2021

Simple, delicious, and filling. This Sushi bowl takes most the work out of sushi, but leaves all of the taste. Add pieces of nori seaweed, slices of ripe avocado, thinly sliced carrot or cucumber, crispy tofu, or even skip the rice and serve it all on a bed of greens. The possibilities are endless. Here is our take. Enjoy!

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Simple Sushi Bowl

Renee Press
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 2


  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 1/2 lb shiitake, crimini, or white button mushrooms (or combination), sliced
  • 1 bunch kale, spinach, or swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, Japanese white, or purple are nice if available, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, white or black, toasted
  • 3-4 Tbsp soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil, optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Cook sushi rice as directed, we use 1 cup of rice to 1.75 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then cover and let simmer lightly until cooked. Usually 10-15 minutes.
  • While rice is cooking prepare veggies. Saute mushrooms over medium heat in 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil (or omit oil and use nonstick). When they have released most of their water and have dried out a bit, add 1 Tbsp of soy sauce or tamari and 1 Tbsp of vinegar and stir. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let cook until crisping up a bit, another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, set aside and keep warm.
  • In same pan, add 1/2 Tbsp of oil (or omit as directed above) and add sweet potato slices in a single even layer, cooking in batches. Let them soften and brown on one side, then flip over and brown a bit on the other. Sprinkle with salt. The thinner you slice them the faster they will cook. We used a mandolin to slice them 1/8' thick, and they cooked in about 3-4 minutes. If they're very thin, watch them closely so they don't burn. When done, remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add greens to pan with a splash of soy sauce or tamari and let cook until bright green and wilted, 1-2 minutes. Add a bit of water to the pan if necessary to prevent them form burning or drying out. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Toast sesame seeds in skillet over low heat until fragrant and lightly browning. Serve veggies over rice, topped with toasted sesame, and drizzled with soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos. Add sliced avocado, crispy tofu, nori strips, carrots or cucumbers for variation. Enjoy!
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About Renee Press

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone.

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