Home Cooking- Quinoa Sushi Roll


I was craving some japanese food but did not want to be too full after yesterday’s curry dinner. I went to a folder where I kept a list of vegan recipes to try and saw quinoa sushi! I did not have any ingredients found in most recipes so I improvised and used what was in my kitchen.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • a bit of sesame oil (So fragrant)
  • 1 cup water (I usually gauge by pouring bits of them and once they filled up to the edge of my quinoa I stop)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar (I used mirin)
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 packet of skinny green beans
  • 1/2 carrot sliced into match stick sizes
  • 1 packet of Nori Sheets (I used about 4 sheets)
  • Wasabi paste & soy sauce (Optional which I did not use)

Extra equipment which I did not have: Sushi rolling mat (I made them using cling wrap to tighten the roll)



Thoroughly rinse quinoa in a sieve under streaming water until water runs clear.

Heat a bit of sesame oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Once oil is heated, saute rinsed quinoa for 5-8 minutes, until crisp. Add water and heat until boiling. Let boil for 1 minute, and then turn heat on low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. DO NOT STIR! (Start preparing vegetables while quinoa cooks.) Once cooked, remove quinoa from heat.

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp vinegar, 1 tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Spread quinoa over a large baking sheet with a wooden spoon. Use a small spoon to sprinkle vinegar mixture over quinoa. Lightly fold quinoa with a wooden spoon to mix. DO NOT STIR!

I steamed the green beans for a few minutes and included cilantro leaves/stalks too.


I toasted the nori sheets on a pan before laying them down on the board. Moisten ends slightly with rice vinegar and lay all the vegetables and quinoa about 1/4 of the roll. Somehow, my roll burst after I cut into the middle and the side. So it was not a very successful attempt but I ended up scooping them all up in a bowl with the nori sheets and THEY WERE SO GOOD.


Somehow the combination of the sushi rice mixture with quinoa is light and very tasty. It tasted just like sushi rice without the sticky texture. I cannot wait to make soba sushi next!

3 thoughts on “Home Cooking- Quinoa Sushi Roll

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed your quinoa sushi as much as we did! Your veggie selection looks tasty too – I’ll have to try string beans sometime.
    (I was curious however why you decided not to use the sushi mat in your pictures’ background – did you find the cling wrap alone to be easier?)
    Thanks so much for visiting Nom Yum & Free! Enjoy your weekend!! – Devin

    • Hi Devin,

      Thanks for dropping by our blog and the recipe is such a delight!
      The sushi mat you saw is actually a soba mat:) So it’s really tiny.
      As for the cling wrap, it helped me secure the shape and I stored them in the fridge for a light snack later.

      Have a beautiful week ahead too!
      Roland & Priscilla

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