How to Make Sushi Rolls with Sweet Potato and Kimchi

by Kaitlynn Fenley
pieces of sweet potato quinoa nori rolls on a white background

You can make this sushi with sweet potato and kimchi, and there’s no need for special rice or a special sushi rolling mat! It’s so easy, gut healthy, and full of fun kimchi flavor.

How to Make Sushi

Don’t be deterred from this recipe if you don’t have a sushi rolling mat! You can still easily make this recipe. Having a sushi rolling mat makes your life easier, but you don’t need one. I don’t have one, and I make this roll all the time.

You just need to use good quality nori sheets! I like to get my nori sheets from the Asian market, but Whole Foods has great options too. Oh, and get the largest sheets possible.

Do you have to use sticky rice?

How to Make Sushi with Quinoa

To help make this recipe easy, you don’t need to go out and buy special sticky rice. It’s easy to make any rice slightly sticky and easy to use for sushi. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Add one cup of rinsed rice or quinoa to a rice cooker.
  2. Add 2 1/4 cups water.
  3. Cook until all the water has been absorbed.
  4. While the rice is still warm, add 2 Tablespoons of coconut cream and stir.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour before using .

Sushi with Sweet Potato and Kimchi

I love pairing sweet potato and kimchi. Well, honestly, I love pairing kimchi with any kind of potato. The starch and spice are a perfect flavor combination. For this recipe, I used our Cultured Guru Kimchi, of course, and a regular sweet potato.

A note on cooking the sweet potato: I like to cook my potatoes in the microwave when making sushi, but you are more than welcome to do this in an oven. To cook in the microwave, just wet the sweet potato, poke holes in it using a knife and put it in the microwave for 5-6 minutes.

Gut Health, But Make it Fun

Gut health starts with fiber-rich, real food… and that doesn’t mean just a bunch of salad either. You can make fun recipes that nourish your gut microbiome like this one! It’s packed with vitamins, fiber, healthy fats, probiotics, and prebiotics. I hope you enjoy this easy, vegan sushi recipe.


How to make Sushi Rolls with Sweet Potato and Kimchi

You can make this sushi with sweet potato and kimchi, and there’s no need for special rice or a special sushi rolling mat! It’s so easy, gut healthy, and full of fun kimchi flavor.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 3 Rolls 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Rolling
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 3 Nori Sheets
  • 1 Cup Sticky Rice or Quinoa, Cooked and cooled
  • 1 Sweet Potato, Cooked and sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Kimchi
  • 1/2 Cup Sprouts
  • 1/4 Cup red Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegan Mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil


  1. Gather and prep all of your ingredients. Cook your rice and sweet potato. Slice your potato and onions in long thing slices.
  2. Add some water to a small dish and set aside. This is to wet your fingers with.
  3. Lay a nori sheet on a flat surface. You can us a clean countertop or a cutting board.
  4. Wet your fingers, and spread the rice evenly across the nori sheet. Leave about 1/2 inch of space at the top of the nori sheet to seal the roll. Don’t layer the rice too thick. The layer of rice should be thin.
  5. Layer the sweet potato, kimchi, sprouts and onion on top of the rice at the bottom of the nori sheet. (see pictures above for refrence).
  6. Wet the 1/2 inch space at the top of the nori sheet with water, and get ready to roll!
  7. Using both of your hands and starting at the bottom, tightly roll and tuck in all of the ingredients and keep rolling tightly… Like you’re rolling up a poster.
  8. The wet end of the nori sheet should stick to the rolled up nori to create a seal.
  9. Slice the roll. I like to start by slicing exactly in half, then evenly slicing each half.
  10. For the vegan spicy mayo, mix the vegan mayo, sriracha, and sesame oil. You can drizzle on top of the sushi slices or use a dipping sauce.


*Please see the body of this blog post to learn how to use any type of rice or quinoa as sticky rice.

Keywords: sushi rolls,sweet potato,kimchi

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