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Tofu Stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls

This refreshing Tofu Stuffed Cucumber Sushi Roll is a simple sushi method that involves hollowing out a cucumber, stuffing it with crispy tofu and veggies, and slicing into colorful pieces of vegetarian sushi! Served with almond butter awesome sauce for maximum tastiness.

These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!

Ever since we made the first simple prototype of cucumber sushi 119 blog years ago (that’s 3 years in normal human time), I’ve been itching to make a more substantial version of them. Don’t get be wrong, the originals are really good. As a snack. Or side dish. Or lunch. But they’re really just vegetables wrapped up in more vegetables, and I wanted something with enough protein and gumption to make it a legitimate meal.

So I picked up a carton of tofu and got to work making the crispiest tofu ever to stuff into this cucumber sushi. Then I whipped up our favorite almond butter awesome sauce to dip them in. Then I packed them in a to-go container and we ate them in the airport for breakfast on our way to Barcelona (because when you’re in an airport, beer and sushi before 10am is totally acceptable) (I think).

These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!

These refreshingly simple stuffed Cucumber Sushi Rolls are stuffed with crispy baked tofu and all your favorite vegetarian sushi fillings. Served with our all-time favorite almond butter dipping sauce!
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Tofu Stuffed Cucumber Sushi Roll

This refreshing Tofu Stuffed Cucumber Sushi Roll is a simple sushi method that involves hollowing out a cucumber, stuffing it with crispy tofu and veggies, and slicing into colorful pieces of vegetarian sushi!
Course Appetizers, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Snacks
Diet Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Game Day
Time 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 327 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

Tofu

  • 1 16-oz block firm tofu 450 g
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp each salt, chili powder, and ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oil 15 mL

Sushi Rice

  • ½ cup uncooked sushi rice 100 g
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 15 mL
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

Almond Butter Awesome Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp almond butter 45 g
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce 15 mL
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice 15 mL
  • 1 Tbsp honey 15 mL
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp hot water 15 mL, as needed

Cucumber Sushi

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • ¼ red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • ¼ orange bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions

Instructions

  1. Crispy Tofu: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Pat tofu dry with paper towels, then cut into long ½ inch thick strips. Add to a bowl with the seasonings and gently rub to coat. Heat oil in a large oven-safe or cast iron skillet over medium/high. Add tofu and cook on all sides until crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer dish to the oven and cook until tofu is dry and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  2. Rice: Cook rice according to instructions on package. When finished, don’t stir rice and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. In a small bowl combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until sugar dissolves. Stir into rice.

  3. Sauce: Combine all “Sauce” ingredients in a small bowl, adding a dash of water as needed to create a smooth sauce. Set aside.
  4. Stuff: Cut each cucumber in half and remove seeds with either a small spoon or knife to create a long, hollow tube. Spoon in a small amount of rice, then compress towards one side of the tube with a knife or chopsticks. Add a piece of tofu, a piece of green onion, and fill in the remaining gaps with slices of bell pepper. Pack it as tightly as possible!

  5. Slice: With a sharp knife, slice cucumber into ½ inch thick pieces. If you start to notice the filling is loose as you cut, stuff in some rice and peppers where needed.

Nutrition Facts
Tofu Stuffed Cucumber Sushi Roll
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.3g 24%
Saturated Fat 2.1g 11%
Sodium 537mg 22%
Potassium 578mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 36.9g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%
Sugars 11.1g
Protein 15.1g 30%
Calcium 21%
Iron 33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Thanks so much for dropping by and for making easy vegetarian recipes like this Tofu Cucumber Stuffed Sushi possible!

Comments (2)

  1. Preston says:

    AMAZING!! my first attempt at making ANY kind of sushi ever! It was super easy and the “Awesome Sauce” was for lack of a better term… AWESOME!! My wife is pregnant and has been craving sushi and I think this may become a new staple in our household. Thanks for the post, I look forward to future delicious meals.

    1. Sarah says:

      Ahh, so excited to hear that Preston!! The Awesome Sauce has a tasty way of making you forget that you’re basically eating a meal of pure raw veggies (we also love it with veggie spring rolls!) So happy these helped with your wife’s sushi cravings 😀

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