Surprise people with this peanut avocado sushi roll about this unusual combo that works! Two different techniques included + step-by-step pictures!

Peanut avocado sushi roll closeup held by chopsticks.

Why You Will Love This Peanut Roll Sushi


  • 🍣 Unique Flavor: The combination of peanut and avocado offers a delightful twist on traditional sushi.
  • πŸ₯‘ Healthy & Delicious: Packed with fresh avocado and crunchy peanuts, this roll is both tasty and nutritious.
  • ⏱️ Quick Preparation: Ready in under an hour.
  • 🌟 Impressive Dish: Great for sharing with friends at parties.
  • πŸ₯— Customizable: Feel free to add your favorite veggies to the roll.
  • 🌿 Vegan and vegetarian-friendly: Completely plant-based!
Dipping peanut roll sushi into mango sushi sauce using chopsticks.

Ingredients

First up, this is what you need to make seasoned sushi rice. Please refer to this Healthy Brown Sushi Rice post for the full recipe and tips.

  • Brown short-grain rice: A nutritious whole-grain sticky rice!
  • Rice vinegar: Provides a tangy flavor essential for authentic sushi rice.
  • Sugar: Adds a subtle sweetness to balance the vinegar.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the sushi rice.

And for the peanut avocado roll itself:

  • Sesame seeds: Adds a nutty flavor and crunch.
  • Nori sheets: The seaweed sheets that wrap around the sushi fillings.
  • Roasted, unsalted peanuts: Crunchy and flavorful, adding a unique texture.
  • Peanut butter: Creamy and rich, this is essential to make the peanut paste.
  • Agave syrup: A natural sweetener that balances the flavors. Feel free to sub with maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener.
Ingredients for peanut sushi roll with labels, on a white marbled background.

Are avocado sushi rolls healthy?

This peanut avocado roll uses wholesome ingredients like brown rice, avocado, and whole peanuts so it’s mostly whole foods and therefore is considered healthy.

Avocado is great for heart health, vision, digestion, and may even prevent cancer and osteoporosis, as explained in this Medical News article. Peanuts are also great for heart health, cancer prevention, and reduce inflammation, as explained in this WebMD article. Moreover, although nori sheets are a processed form of seaweed, seaweed also supports heart health and thyroid function, and is a great source of vitamins and minerals, as explained here by Healthline.

Peanut avocado sushi roll with the rice outside, all lined up in a serving board.

Step-by-step Instructions

First up, cook your sushi rice following this Brown Sushi Rice recipe. Feel free to sub the brown short-grain rice with regular white sushi rice. Then mix with sesame seeds once the rice is cooled.

Below are the two ways you can roll your sushi: the regular maki (nori sheet outside), and the Americanized version of uramaki (rice outside).

Afterwards, blend the peanuts, peanut butter, and your liquid sweetener into a paste.

Option 1: Regular Peanut Avocado Maki

First up, we always want to lay the shiny side of our nori down. This leaves the rougher part of the nori facing up, meaning that the rice can stick better.

Then pack in your rice and add the fillings. Then start rolling, giving your peanut avocado roll a massage in between to pack the fillings in. Don’t forget to seal the top part of the nori with a bit of water so they stick!

For more comprehensive instructions and other ways to roll your sushi, check out this Mango Avocado Sushi recipe where I gave four (4!!!!) ways on how to roll your sushi!

Six pieces of peanut avocado maki roll on a wooden serving board.

Option 2: Inside-Out Peanut Avocado Uramaki

The first part: assembly time. For this uramaki, first cut your nori sheet into two as we only need half a sheet for each sushi roll.

If you’re making an inside-out roll, be sure to wrap your bamboo sushi mat with cling wrap. I personally don’t like using cling wrap but this step is essential in keeping all the rice grains together!

Then flip your nori seaweed paper before adding the fillings so the rice will be outside! I also found that adding the fillings at the bottom of the nori sheet helps with the rolling!

And now, roll and slice! Be sure to wrap your sushi with a cling wrap before cutting it so that the rice grains stay together.

When you cut the sushi, remember to first cut each roll into two. This will really help in ensuring that the fillings don’t fall apart!

That’s all, and enjoy your peanut sushi roll!

Top Tips

  • Cool Rice Completely: Let the rice cool before adding it to your sushi. This will keep your nori crisp and make it easier to roll.
  • Sharp and Damp Knife for Slicing: I like to wipe my knife with a damp cloth in between cuts to get clean cuts.
  • Start with the Regular Maki: Start with the variation where the nori sheet is outside. This one is easier to roll.
    • Once you’ve got this one under your belt, you can experiment with making the inside-out roll!
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Don’t worry if your first few rolls aren’t perfect; with practice, you’ll get better at rolling the sushi tightly!
Close-up of a peanut avocado sushi roll held with chopsticks.

Can Vegans Eat Sushi?

Yes! Although sushi typically contains fish (which could be considered as meat since it’s basically the flesh of an animal) which isn’t considered vegan, many other types of sushi are vegan. For instance, Kappa Maki only uses cucumber, Natto Rolls are made from fermented soybeans, and Umeshiso Rolls are made with Japanese pickled plums and shiso leaves.

There are also many more types of vegan sushi that I have here at The Fruity Jem, all listed below under the Serving Suggestions!

Close-up of an avocado peanut sushi maki taken at an angle.

Serving Suggestions

For the serving sauce, the good old soy sauce goes well with this one. And yes, soy sauce is vegan. Opt for tamari for a gluten-free option.

You might also want to try serving it with my Dynamite Sushi Sauce, or this Mango Sushi Sauce.

If you’re planning a sushi party, try my Asparagus Avocado (AAC) Roll, Shiitake Roll, Kimchi Roll, or the good old Cucumber Roll! And if you want sushi without the hassle of rolling, try my Avocado Bean Curd Sushi!

Inside-out peanut avocado sushi roll taken from the side to show the fillings inside.

Storage and Meal Prep Instructions

Storage: First of all, any sushi is best consumed fresh. But you can store any leftover sushi rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. The avocado might turn darker, but it should still be safe.

Meal Prep: Prepare the sushi rice and slice the mango and cucumber ahead of time. Keep the ingredients stored separately in airtight containers in the fridge. Slice the avocado and assemble the sushi rolls just before serving for the best texture and taste.

Freezing: Do NOT freeze this peanut sushi as it will not work.

Six peanut sushi rolls, some are standing, some lay flat on top of a wooden serving board.

FAQ

Avocado is creamy and rich, adding a wonderful texture and mild flavor that complements other sushi ingredients beautifully. Plus, it’s packed with healthy fats, making it a nutritious addition to any sushi!

Avocado rolls are not traditionally Japanese but have become popular in Western sushi. In Japan, you might find avocado in sushi at some places, but it’s not as common as it is in Western-style sushi.

Absolutely, feel free to add your favorite veggies. I find that vegetables that are hard like bell peppers and carrots work best in sushi! Feel free to also add tofu slices for added protein!

Yes, use a clean kitchen towel wrapped in plastic wrap as an alternative.

Want More Vegan Sushi / Japanese Recipes?

Check out these authentic Natto Rolls, Umeshiso Rolls, or the good old Kappa Maki.

For more variations, try my Shiitake Mushroom Roll or Kimchi Roll. If you’re looking for something sweet, then this Mango Avocado Roll is the answer, along with my Nutella Mochi or this Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Mochi!

Peanut Avocado Sushi Roll (2 Ways + Step-by-step Photos!)

Peanut avocado sushi roll closeup, held by chopsticks, with more peanut sushi in the background.
Surprise people with this peanut avocado sushi roll about this unusual combo that works! Two different techniques included + step-by-step pictures!
Jem @ The Fruity Jem
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serving Size 4 rolls

Ingredients

  • cooked sushi rice from 1 cup of uncooked sushi rice (see recipe notes below)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons sesame seeds either white, black, or mix them
  • 4 nori sheets
  • β…” cup roasted peanuts unsalted
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup or any other liquid sweetener
  • 1 avocado sliced

Instructions

Cook Rice + Make Peanut Paste

  • Cook your rice according to this Brown Sushi Rice recipe.
  • Blend your roasted peanuts, peanut butter, and agave syrup until you form a paste.

**Below are the instructions for uramaki (inside out roll). For regular sushi rolls (nori sheet outside), see the post & photos above!**

    Add the Fillings

    • Wrap your bamboo sushi mat with cling wrap, covering both the front and back sides of the mat.
    • Place half a sheet of the nori, shiny side down.
    • Spread the rice evenly over the nori using a rice paddle, ensuring you cover the corners and edges. A smaller, regular tablespoon can help to fill the corners.
    • Then flip the nori so that the rice faces down on the mat, leaving the black nori on top.
    • Add your peanut paste and avocado in a horizontal strip at the bottom of the nori.

    Rolling Time

    • Then lift up the bottom of the sushi mat using your thumbs. Use your other fingers to keep the sushi fillings in place as you start to roll the sushi up. Gently massage the sushi to pack it in without squeezing too hard to avoid pushing out the fillings.
    • Wrap the sushi with another piece of cling wrap and gently pack it again using the mat.

    Slice and Serve

    • With the cling wrap still on, cut the sushi roll in the middle, then cut each half into 3-4 pieces.
    • Serve with soy sauce or any of your favorite sushi sauce, and you’re done!

    Notes

    • Follow thisΒ Brown Sushi Rice recipeΒ to prepare your sushi rice.
    • The instructions in the recipe card above are for uramaki (inside-out/rice outside) roll. For an easier version of regular maki (nori sheet outside), please read the post above.
    • You can also refer to the guide in this Mango Avocado Sushi post for 4 easy options to roll your sushi!
    • Please read the post above for the full tips and tricks to make sure that your sushi comes out successfully!

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