Quick brown rice sushi bowl

Quick brown rice sushi bowl

I love sushi and sushi salads, and although it’s generally healthy for you, most places cover and coat everything in sweet chili sauce (high in sugar) or that amazing tasting (but not good for you) Japanese mayonnaise (Kewpie). 
So this quick and easy thrown together recipe is the perfect “at home” sushi eating option. Serve it with grilled fish, or sashimi, toss in some prawns or flaked chicken if you want, the list of options and ideas are endless because this base is such a good and tasty salad!

Brown Rice Sushi Bowl

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup of brown rice (cooked to the packets instructions and kept warm)


1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes

1 carrot, peeled and cut into cubes

1 cup of cooked edamame beans*

1 tspn each of white and black sesame seeds

4 kale leaves, stalks removed and cut into bite size pieces

A good handful of coriander and mint, chopped

2 TBSP of olive oil

Pink Himalayan salt, only if needed for seasoning

Dressing for rice 

100ml of Rice wine vinegar

2 TBSP of sugar

Dressing for salad 

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons of tamari or regular soy sauce


Add all the salad ingredients into a bowl and mix

In a small pot, add the two ingredients for the rice, bring to the boil and make sure the sugar is dissolved. Mix this into your warm rice. The warmth helps absorb the mixture.

Leave to cool.

In the salad bowl, pour over your lime juice and tamari, and mix well, scrunching up the kale, check for seasoning. You might need to add a pinch of salt!

Now mix the rice and the salad base together and VIOLA! Done!

Serve as you please! Even on its own!


*edamame can be found in any good grocery store or Chinese specialty shops,  but if you can’t seem to track them down, you can add peas, or chopped up fine beans. If you can only find the edamame pods, cook them as per instructions and just removed the little gems from the inside!

Sushi in a bowl 

Sushi in a bowl 

So we know that Sushi is of Japanese origin and consists of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients and it’s a craze that has swept the nation, everyone tucks into this yummy snack or meal! 

Also, it’s a fairly healthy and nutritious meal, even though rice is a carbohydrate, it’s a natural one, so it digests better and doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable in your pants! 

Being a chef, I’ve been lucky enough to have been exposed to really amazing  sushi chefs and also very mediocre ones, and I am a major snob as to what/whose sushi I put into my mouth – as one should be. 

The best idea is to invest in a rice cooker, you can pick one up at your local Chinese shop or China town, they are reasonably priced and won’t break the budget. Get on of those “beginner” packs and get going!!!! Invite the friends or family over and keep it simple. I find steaming up a batch of prawns or getting some salmon from your fishmonger, or even just keeping it vegetarian, makes it a fun, hands on meal! 

Even works great for a first date idea! *hint hint