Vegan Sushi Bowl with “Tempura” Sweet Potato

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vegan tempura recipe

Easy and delicious! This vegan sushi bowl is made with baked “tempura” sweet potato, sticky rice, carrot, avocado, cucumber and drizzled with vegan spicy mayo. 

This vegan recipe makes a satisfying dinner or lunch any day of the week. Here are a few awesome things about this vegan meal:

  • Easy to make
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free, if you make your own tofu mayo or skip the spicy mayo
  • Loaded with flavor 
  • The crispy baked tempura sweet potato is bomb! 
  • Spicy Mayo…soo gooood
vegan sushi bowl with tempura
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I love sushi, but rolling it up and trying to slice it perfectly can take forever. Vegan sushi bowls are awesome because you just throw it all in a bowl and you’ve got yourself an epic vegan meal without the hassle of rolling something you’re just going to shove in your mouth moments later. 

The vegan “tempura” sweet potato brings vegan sushi bowls to another level. It is crispy, slightly sweet, with a tender texture that is super satisfying. Crispy baked tempura sweet potato pairs magically with avocado and spicy mayo! 

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This vegan sushi bowl is delicious as is, but if you want to spice it up, try out my recipe for Vegan Tomato Tuna. It is fish-less tuna, made out of tomatoes! It’s crazy, but trust me, this vegan tuna will blow your mind! Plus, it is simple and also amazing on bagels with vegan cream cheese…You can find the recipe for tomato tuna in the video linked below =] 

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This Vegan Sushi Bowl with Baked Tempura Sweet Potato is made with whole plant foods, so it is healthy and can be a great vegan weight loss meal. You can substitute white rice for brown rice to make it even healthier and more filling! Sushi bowls are one of my go-to plant based meals because they are filling and contain a variety of flavors and textures that I love! 

How to Make Oil-Free Vegan Mayo for the Sushi Bowl with Baked Tempura Sweet Potato 

Blend the following ingredients together until smooth:
  • 1 block (14 oz) medium firm tofu
  • 1 1/2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (2 TBSP pickle juice works too)
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard (yellow works fine)
You can use the above mayo recipe to make your spicy mayo for this sushi bowl, or you can choose to use store bought vegan mayo, like this one. As long as you have Sriracha, you’ll be good. 
This vegan mayo also makes a great secret sauce (2 parts mayo + 1 part ketchup) that can be used to dip Vegan Chicken Nuggets. Plus it is great on burgers

Vegan Sushi Bowl with “Tempura” Sweet Potato

vegan tempura sushi bowl

Vegan Tempura Sweet Potato Sushi Bowl is an easy and tasty plant based meal. The vegan tempura is baked instead of fried, gluten-free, and oil-free. This vegan sushi bowl is healthy, but you won’t even know it! 

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time25 min
  • Total Time40 min
  • Yield2 bowls


    For the Sushi Bowl

    • 2 cups cooked rice
    • Chopped cucumber
    • Shredded carrot
    • Sliced avocado

    For the Tempura Sweet Potato

    • 1 large sweet potato, sliced into thick strips
    • 1/4 cup chickpea flour (or any flour)
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened plain non-dairy milk
    • 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

    For the Spicy Mayo

    • 1/4 cup vegan mayo (for oil-free recipe, see above)
    • 2-3 tsp Sriracha, depending on desired spice level
    • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tsp water


    Tempura Sweet Potato


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 


    Prepare 3 separate bowls for the breading: 

    Bowl 1: Chickpea flour

    Bowl 2: Non-dairy milk

    Bowl 3: Whisk together breadcrumbs, onion powder, and salt. 


    Place the sweet potato strips into Bowl 1 to get a light coating of flour. Then briefly place in Bowl 2, and finally into Bowl 3 to coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a lined baking sheet. 


    Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. 

    Assemble Sushi Bowl


    Make the Spicy Mayo by combining the mayo, Sriracha, soy sauce, and water in a small bowl. Mix until smooth and well combined. 


    Scoop rice into bowls and top with cucumber, carrot, avocado, and the sweet potato tempura. Drizzle with spicy mayo and enjoy!

    Thanks for trying this Vegan Sweet Potato Tempura Sushi Bowl recipe. I hope you like it!  Click the link below to check out my eBooks for more plant based recipes:


    1. I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit with my family. I added some Nori snacks that I sliced up to add more of the sushi flavor. My daughter asked if it could be a once a week meal. Easy and delicious!

    2. I made this last night for my husband and I and it was amazing! We have been trying to eat only vegan for the last few months so whenever I find a new vegan recipe it’s so exciting. Will definitely be making again.

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