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Quinoa Sushi Roll

What you need: 

1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water or veggie broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegan butter (I use Soy Garden spread)
4 sheets nori
1 avocado, sliced
toasted sesame seeds or gomasio (sesame salt), as needed

What you do: 

1. Start by toasting the quinoa in a dry pan until it achieves a light golden color. Then rinse the quinoa in a strainer until the water runs clear. Cook the quinoa in 2 cups water or broth and salt 15-20 minutes, until done. Stir in vegan butter. Let cool to room temperature. It helps to transfer the quinoa to a large bowl to speed the cooling time.
2. If you have a bamboo sushi mat, this will come in handy but is not totally necessary. Lay a sheet of nori on the mat if you have one (if not just lay it flat on the counter) and place 1/4 of the quinoa along the edge or the nori closest to you.
3. Lay the avocado next to the quinoa and sprinkle with sesame seeds or gomasio. Start rolling up the nori at the edge closest to you, and roll tightly!
4. Just before you finish rolling, dampen the edge with water to seal the roll. Slice with a serrated knife and enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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I used rice vinegar and agave syrup as described above. This is probably the best sushi I've ever had. At first the quinoa tasted too salty, but after it was rolled up with the avocado, sesame seeds and nori, it was absolutely delicious. I'll definitely make this again.


I loved it, I used 1 tsp olive oil instead of spread, and carrots and cucumber instead of avacado. It was great stuff!  :D


cool. that was my plan. cook plain quinoa and vinegar/agave nectar(i use agave nectar in my sushi rice.. yum) it. well, i will try it eventually, hopefully soon.



I have tried it both ways.  The way I entered this recipe does not give it the "typical" sushi flavor, but it still rocks.  If you decide to use rice vinegar and a pinch of sugar then omit the veggie broth and cook the quinoa in just water.  The vinegar way does give it more of the traditional flavor of sushi.  Also, I find that rolling this while the quinoa is still a little warm helps it to stick together, I should have put that in the original instructions.  Anyway - its sushi so play around with it!  8)


i think i am going to try this, too. one question, though: is there a reason you don't just vinegar the quinoa? i would think w/o the vinegar it wouldn't taste much like sushi at all.


What an awesome idea!!!!! I cook quinoa regularly and I make sushi as well but I have never thought of using quinoa instead of rice. I'm totally going to try this- thanks KendraKat!! :) :)



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