Forget takeout, you can dazzle your guests with this show-stopping spicy stacked sushi recipe at home. You'll be the talk of the party - trust me!
Vegan sushi is so delicious, versatile, and super healthy. These no roll sushi stacks are relatively simple to make, and you can layer them with all your favourite fillings! Sweet potato, avocado, cucumbers, and carrots are my favourite vegan fillings so that's what I used this time. I'm also a sushi sauce aficionado so I've included a couple of my spicy favourites here.
Hosting a sushi stacking party is loads of fun. Just make the rice ahead of time, set up a buffet bar in the middle of the table with all the fillings, seeds, and sauces then invite everyone to start stacking.
SIDE BAR: I set a place for each guest beforehand with a placemat, food ring (like this one), small finger tip bowl of warm water, a cloth napkin, some chopsticks and dipping dishes. Don't forget the Saki!!
- classic combo: mix tamari and blob of wasabi (to taste)
- super spicy: mix tamari, wasabi, sriracha & sesame seeds (to taste)
- spicy mayo: mix vegenaise, sriracha, ¼ tsp tamari (to taste)
- firecracker: mix ¼ cup tamari, 2 T sriracha, 1 T maple syrup, 1 tsp cracked black pepper, 1 clove garlic - minced, bit of freshly grated ginger root, sesame seeds
- Start the rice by soaking for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400º F.
- Peel and slice sweet potatoes and place in oven. Mash or cube avocados, peel and julienne carrots and cucumbers (I use this amazing tool).
- Put rice on to cook for 10 minutes.
- Make sauces of choice. Cut nori circles.
- Remove rice from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Make mango salsa (if using).
- Start stacking.
More Vegan Sushi and Sushi Sauce Ideas
Easy Vegan Sushi Rolls - super popular and easy with 4 dipping sauces
Vegan Sushi Bowl Ideas - incredible, better than take out vegan sushi + sauces!
Spicy Tofu Noodle Bowl - this recipe will convert everyone to a tofu lover!
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Spicy Stacked Sushi Recipe (vegan)
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- 1 ½ cups sushi rice
- 2-4 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 medium sweet potato, sliced
- squirt lemon juice or vegetable broth
- red pepper flakes, s&p
- 1 large carrot, julienned
- 1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded & julienned
- 2 avocados, mashed or cubed
- 1 mango salsa recipe* (if using)
- sprouts (optional)
- 2-3 nori sheets, cut into circles
- pickled ginger, soy sauce, wasabi, sesame seeds
- 2-4 baking rings*
Making Perfect Sushi Rice
- Soak the rice for 15 minutes in cold water in a lidded saucepan. Drain and rinse.
- Add 1 ½ cups of water to rice. Cover the pan, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Leave covered for another 15 minutes. Remove lid, add 2 – 4 tablespoons of rice vinegar and stir until the rice is completely cooled (I transfer mine to a large mixing bowl to stir and cool).
- Cover with a damp cloth until ready to use.
- PRO TIPS: Keep the rice in the bowl/pan covered when not in use.Keep a bowl of water for dipping finger tips while spreading the rice to prevent stickiness.Keep a clean, folded kitchen towel next work space to keep hands, and surfaces clean and clear.
Preparing the Vegetables and Filling
- Preheat Oven to 425º F.
- Slice sweet potatoes to ¼" thick slices and place on prepared baking sheet. If oil free, brush with lemon juice, hot pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Or pour 1 tsp of oil into your hands and rub each piece until lightly coated, place on prepared baking sheet and cook as directed.
- Place in oven for approximately 12 minutes, remove from oven and flip the pieces, then continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes until they are golden and medium soft (cooking time will be dependant on how thick your slice are and how hot your oven runs). Remove from oven and set aside.
- Wash, peel, deseed, cut, chop, mash, and prepare other vegetables you are using as necessary.
- Cut nori circles the same size as the stacking rings (allow 2-3 per person).
Sushi Dipping / Drizzling Sauce
- Prepare dipping sauces (as above) or simply set out dishes of tamari/soy sauce, pickled ginger, wasabi, and sesame seeds.
How to Make a Sushi Stack
- Place nori circle on plate and baking ring over top. (I used a 3" ring but you could use a 2" as well).
- Add a layer of rice - gently pressing down to lightly pack.
- Layer veggies, sauces, avocado, salsa, etc until desired height is reached.
- Gently lift ring over the sushi stack.
- Garnish with sprouts, a drizzle of sauce, pickled ginger, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Enjoy!
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