Vegetarian Chirashi Sushi (Japanese Rice Dish)

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Try this Vegetarian Chirashi Sushi with our simple recipe. Learn how to make this plant-based version of a beloved Japanese dish in your own kitchen!

Looking for homemade sushi recipes? Try my Inari Sushi, Avocado Futomaki Sushi, or Hosomaki!

Chirashi sushi served on a plate.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • This festive chirashi sushi is great for family get-togethers!
  • A simple yet impressive dish that beginners can tackle in sushi making.
  • While it’s usually made with fish, our twist offers a tasty vegetarian version.

Chirashi Sushi

Chirashi sushi is a traditional Japanese sushi where strips of eggs (called kinshi tamago), seasonal vegetables, raw fish, and fish roe are colorfully arranged on top of vinegared rice. It is a popular menu for special occasions such as the girl’s day in March.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Chirashi Sushi Recipe:

List of chirashi sushi ingredients.
  • Japanese rice, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt are used to make sushi rice. We use short-grain rice in Japanese cooking, which is more starchy and sticky than the long-grain variety. If you’re unfamiliar with cooking Japanese rice, refer to the recipe “How to cook Japanese rice on the stove” for a step-by-step guide.
  • Mix carrot, lotus root, aburaage, and dried shiitake mushrooms in sushi rice. Feel free to substitute dried shiitake mushrooms with fresh ones if they’re not available.
  • Eggs, snow peas, shredded nori, and sprouts for the toppings.

How To Make Chirashi Sushi: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! You can go to the printable recipe card below for all the detailed ingredients and instructions.

Sushi rice in a large bowl.

Step 1

Blend cooked Japanese rice with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt with a rice paddle to make sushi rice.

Shiitake mushroom soaked in water.

Step 2

Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in water to rehydrate.

Chirashi sushi mix-in ingredients.

Step 3

Cut small pieces of carrots, aburaage, rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, and lotus root.

Simmering chirashi sushi mix-in ingredients.

Step 4

Simmer the chopped ingredients in a pot and mix them with the sushi rice.

Kinshi tamago.

Step 5

Make them into thin omelets and slice them into slender strips for the toppings.

Chirashi sushi on a plate.

Step 6

Assemble the chirashi sushi. Serve the rice on a large plate and sprinkle shredded nori on top of the rice.

Chirashi sushi served on a plate.

Lastly, top it with sliced eggs, sprouts, and snow peas, and your delicious chirashi sushi is ready to enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Gently fold the rice while mixing it with the seasonings, ensuring the rice grains are not mashed for the perfect sushi rice.
  • When plating, start with darker toppings and then layer vibrant and colorful items for the finishing touches.
  • You can also serve chirashi sushi in individual bowls—just like having a meal at Japanese restaurants. Pair it with miso soup and a side dish to make it feel extra special.

Variations

Here are other mix-ins and toppings that you can try.

  • Toppings: Cucumber, avocado, snap peas, edamame, cherry tomato
  • Mix-ins: Aburaage (deep-fried tofu), kanpyo

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Vegetarian Chirashi Sushi (Japanese Rice Dish)

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Juri Austin
Try this Vegetarian Chirashi Sushi with our simple recipe. Learn how to make this plant-based version of a beloved Japanese dish in your own kitchen!

Ingredients

Sushi vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Mix-in

  • ½ Carrot
  • 1 Aburaage
  • ½ Lotus Root, 100g
  • 5 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 2 cups Water, for rehydrate shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sake

Toppings

  • 3 Eggs
  • Little Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil, for cooking egg
  • 6 pieces Snow Peas
  • Shredded Nori
  • Sprouts

Instructions

Prepare Sushi Rice

  • Add rice vinegar, salt, and sugar in a small bowl and blend well.
  • Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl and gently combine it with the sushi vinegar mixture. After thoroughly blending, cover the bowl with a damp cloth and put it aside.

Prepare Mix-In Ingredients

  • Cut the carrot and aburaage into thin strips. Chop the lotus root into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a small bowl, soak dried shiitake mushrooms in water for about 1 hour or more until they are rehydrated. Once rehydrated, cut off the stems and slice the mushrooms thinly. Reserve the 1 cup of mushroom-infused soup for next step.
  • Combine sugar, mirin, soy sauce, sake, and 1 cup of the reserved shiitake soup in a pan. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then add the cut carrot, lotus root, aburaage, and shiitake mushrooms. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

Prepare Toppings

  • Whisk the eggs and season with a bit of salt. Heat oil in a frying pan over low heat. Pour a portion of the beaten eggs into the pan to create a thin omelet. Repeat this process to make 4 or 5 omelets, stacking them. Fold the stacked omelets in half and slice them into thin strips.
  • Blanch snow peas in hot water for a minute and cut them in half.

Assemble Vegetarian Chirashi Sushi

  • Add the mix-in ingredients to the sushi rice and blend well to ensure an even distribution.
  • Serve the rice on a large serving plate and top with shredded nori for added flavor and visual appeal.
  • Top the rice with the sliced omelet, snow peas, and sprouts to finish the dish.

Notes

  • Gently fold the rice while mixing it with the seasonings, ensuring the rice grains are not mashed for the perfect sushi rice.
  • When plating, start with darker toppings and then layer vibrant and colorful items for the finishing touches.
  • You can also serve chirashi sushi in individual bowls—just like having a meal at Japanese restaurants. Pair it with miso soup and a side dish to make it feel extra special.
  • If you’re unfamiliar with cooking Japanese rice, refer to the recipe “How to cook Japanese rice on the stove” for a step-by-step guide.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: chirashi sushi
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