Vegan California Rolls w/ Sriracha Tofu

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Craving sushi but aiming to eat plant-based? These creamy, delicate, slightly spicy vegan California rolls are sure to hit the spot!

While a tofu sushi roll may sound a bit bland, I guarantee this recipe is anything but! The firmer texture of the baked tofu, perfectly balanced spice from the sriracha tofu and sriracha sauce, and creamy plant-based mayo blend into the perfect vegan crab meat in these spicy California rolls!

Go beyond the standard avocado sushi roll and try these vegan nori rolls with sriracha tofu! They may just top your list for best vegetarian sushi that you can make at home!

Plant-based Family Meals: Homemade Vegan Sushi!

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Veggie sushi rolls can be a popular family-friendly vegan dinner idea because sushi rolls are easy to customize and vegan sushi ideas are endless. Plus, it’s a SUPER FUN activity! You can let your kids pick their favorite ingredients and then assist them in the rolling process.

What is vegan sushi made of?

Vegan sushi can incorporate almost any plant-based foods you can think of. From simple raw veggies and fruits to steam sweet potatoes, to tofu and even hearts of palm, the vegan filling options are endless.

Kids typically like to keep things simple: my daughter likes avocado and cucumber while my son goes for sweet potato, avocado, and carrot. And they both LOVE avocado and mango sushi rolls!

Adult vegan sushi fillings, on the other hand, don’t have to be simple at all! Some of my favorite vegan maki rolls include my hearts of palm roll California rolls, my garlicky caramelized shiitake and asparagus rolls, spicy watermelon rolls by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, and of course these vegan California roll with sriracha tofu!

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vegan California rolls 2 ways: with sriracha tofu and hearts of palm
vegan California rolls 2 ways: hearts of palm and sriracha tofu

Tofu Sushi Rolls with Sriracha Baked Tofu + more Sriracha!

Perhaps not the most obvious veggie sushi ingredient, sriracha baked tofu creates some addictively delicious vegan crab sushi as it turns out! Silky, smooth and creamy, the texture of the baked tofu is surprisingly similar to sushi crab meat, especially when blended with some vegan mayo. It also makes this vegan sushi filling super easy and quick to prepare.

Sriracha tofu is available nationwide in grocery stores. My go-to (can’t live without!) is Trader Joe’s sriracha tofu. Other available options are Wildwood sriracha baked tofu and Sprouts sriracha tofu.

Can’t find sriracha tofu? A firm tofu will work well too; ideally one that is vacuum sealed like Hodo tofu and not packed in water. If you do need to use water-packed tofu, be sure to press it first!

For spice lovers, I highly recommend another teaspoon or two of additional sriracha sauce…it adds not only the perfect heat, it adds a little tang and sweetness to the rolls as well. And just remember, that plain rice wrapped around this delicious filling tempers a lot of the heat, too!

Enjoy this tofu California roll recipe–>

If you enjoy this plant-based sushi recipe…

…you may also enjoy Vegan Sushi Rolls with Hearts of Palm.

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Vegan California Roll Filling with Sriracha Tofu

This simple, creamy sushi roll filling is just as addictive as your old favorite California roll.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: California roll, plant-based sushi, sushi, vegan California roll, vegan sushi
Servings: 3 rolls
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Jenn Freedman


  • 3.5 oz sriracha baked tofu I use Trader Joe's brand
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonaise I prefer Veganaise brand
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tsp sriracha optional
  • 1/2 avocado optional filling
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds optional topping


  • Using a small food processor (or else a fork or potato masher), combine tofu, vegan mayo, sea salt, lemon juice, and sriracha until California crab-like consistency. Don't over process or will be too mushy.
  • Scoop one large spoonful of filling and place over rice/seaweed. Even out across roll. Add sliced avocado if desired.
  • Roll sushi. Slice. Top with sesame seeds (optional).
  • Filling will make about 3 rolls, depending on scoop size.

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I hope this recipe gives your some new vegan sushi ideas! If you make these vegan California rolls, please let me know what you think by rating and reviewing below.



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