Vegetarian Sushi Bowl with Sesame Tofu

  • Author: Claire Cary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian


Easy, crispy, delicious, this sesame tofu is the perfect weeknight dinner!



For the bowl:

  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 large carrots, grated, peeled, or chopped
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage

For the tofu:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu (I like the brand Soy Boy)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil 
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp arrowroot powder/starch
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Optional: chopped nori


  1. Remove the tofu from the package and drain excess liquid. Press it between a towel using a hard object (tea pot or books work well) for at least 10 minutes. 
  2. Cut the tofu into small cubes.
  3. Add the cubed tofu to a bowl and toss with 2 tbsp of arrowroot starch. Make sure it is well coated.
  4. Add to a pan with 1 tbsp avocado oil and cook over low heat. 
  5. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and crispy, then flip and cook on each side. *DO NOT touch the tofu when it is crisping if you want to make sure it actually gets crispy!*
  6. Meanwhile, whisk together the vegetable broth and arrowroot until no clumps remain. Whisk in the sesame oil, maple syrup, minced garlic and ginger.  
  7. When each side of the tofu is crispy, pour the sauce into the pan and reduce the heat to low. 
  8. Simmer to let the sauce thicken. This should take about 5-10 minutes. 
  9. Assemble the bowls by adding a base of rice, then top with veggies, tofu, avocado and sesame seeds and enjoy!


The vegetables are merely suggestions, feel free to sub for your personal favorites!

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