Sushiwhat? Sushi + Burrito = Sushirrito! Still no idea what this is supposed to be? Well, basically a sushi roll (like maki) just so giant that you roll it up like a burrito and can eat it holding in your hands. Pretty genius invention right? Sushi to-go basically.
Biting into this is like biting into soft (and sushi flavoured) rice, fried & salty peanut tofu, crunchy cucumber & aspragus, soft avocado and creamy sriracha sauce. An explosion of flavours in your mouth and it really is ultra delicious! Plus, it actually is not too difficult to make.
What is special about this dish?
First of all, it is vegan. Vegan sushi with tofu is not very traditional in Japan. Usually it is prepared with raw fish like salmon or tuna or with fresh veggies or fruits like avocado (yep, avocado is a fruit) and cucumber. Or sometimes tempura (vegan) vegetables or prawns. You see, nl tofu in here. Nevertheless this is not a reason for us not to add tofu into this dish.
And secondly, well a gigantic sushi wrap is not quite normal. Yeah, it kinda is like an ultra thick maki, just one you can take bites from. This shape is very untypical because you (obv) cannot eat this with chopsticks, at least it is a challenge. It is more like street-style, meal prep, on the go sushi. Still, is tastes at least as good!
Is this healthy?
Damn yep. The amazing thing about this is that you can add any veggies you like into these rolls. Whatever you think would taste good in combination with the tofu & rice. I love cucumber, asparagus, avocado and spring onions but you could also add sweet potato or carrots or whatever you love. Adding all these kinds of different veggies makes this really incredibly nutritious. And obviously, depending on which veggies you choose, you‘ll have different nutrients!
Besides the veggies we also have the tofu. Tofu is a great source of plant based protein and fibre. Together with the peanut sauce is also serves as a source of healthy and essential, unsaturated fat. Not to forget about the rice. This itself is not too nutrient dense, yet it provides many carbohydrates to keep you energized. If you also wanted some fibre and minerals, you could swap it for brown rice instead.
How to make this dish?
If you are a professional sushi-chef, you probably have got this ready in 5 minutes. If you are not (just like most people including myself) it‘ll probably take you 20 minutes – if even. And what takes the longest is cooking the rice. Therefore that‘s also what we‘re starting with. Here we‘re using sushi rice just because it has this special sushi flavor and texture. You can either find that at the supermarket or an asian store. This we just boil with twice the amount of water and then we mix it with a mix of vinegar and maple. This combination really adds the flavor we want.
Then we also need to marinate the tofu. This essentially is done by combining a few ingredients including peanut butter, soy sauce and lime juice. The longer this can marinate, the better. While the rice is cooking, the tofu is frying in hot oil until crispy. In the meantime we can also finely chop or slice the veggies.
Then comes the fun and challenging part; rolling (or more like folding) it up. For this we need to divide the rice into the amount of sandwiches we make. If we make two sandwiches we divide it into two. And then we need to half it again (so we have rice for the top and the bottom). We start by adding one half of it into the middle of a nori sheet and pressing this into a square or rectangle. Then we add the veggies, whichever you like, and tofu, then the sauce, more veggies and the other half of the rice. We need to make sure to keep everything in this square or rectangular form. Then we take a second nori sheet and lay it on top. Now we take a small bwol with water and dip our fingers into it to wetten the sides of the nori and then fold the sides in and roll the rest like a burrito. It is important to really keep everything very tight here so the burrito does not fall apart when eating. And that’s it!
Meal prep friendly?
Yes! Definitely! That is the great thing here – it is not only great to be eaten the next day, it also is amazing to be eaten on the go, or in the park because you do not need cutlery or chopsticks or anything. It probably lasts 2-3 days in the fridge, so you’ll have a delicious meal for several days!
20-minute (vegan) Peanut Tofu & Greens Spring Sushirrito
Like Sushi, just with Tofu and rolled up like a Burrito, so you can easilyyy eat it! An explosion of flavours and not difficult to make.
What you will need
For the tofu:
- 200 g tofu
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 5 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp garlic & ginger (dried or fresh)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp oil
For the rest:
- 120 g Sushi Rice (you can find that either at your super market or asian store – alternatively you could go for basmati rice)
- 1/4 cucumber
- 2 tso vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 avocado
- 100 g green asparagus
For the sriracha sauce
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 2 tsp mayo
- 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
- 4 nori sheets
First mix all the ingredients for the tofu marinade. Then cut the tofu into two equally sized (about 1cm thick) blocks and let them marinate for as long as possible.
Add the sushi rice, along with twice the amount of water and some salt, to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let simmer until all water is absorbed. Then turn down to very low heat and let sit until fluffy and soft.
In the meantime mix all the ingredients for the sriracha sauce. Finely slice the cucumber, avocado and asparagus. Fry the asparagus in some oil for about 3-4 minutes until soft.
When the sushi rice is done, combine the vinegar and maple and mix it with the rice. Then divide the rice into however many burritos you are making.
Then add half of each portion into the middle of a nori sheet and press it into a flat and tight rectangle or square. Now layer some veggies and the tofu on top. To with the sriracha mayo and the remaining rice. Press everything together so it sticks well and does not fall apart. Top with another Nori sheet. Then fold in the edges and drizzle a bit of water on the sides, so they'll stick. Then tightly roll in the burrito and fold in the remaining edges.
That's it! Serve with some soy saue and enjoy!
I really, genuinely hope that you’ll enjoy this as much as we do and that you’ll have a great time cooking this!
All the best,