Can you freeze sushi rolls?

In this tactile, we will answer the question “Can you freeze sushi rolls?”, and how to make vegan sushi?

Can you freeze sushi rolls?

Yes, you can freeze sushi rolls. If you made the sushi rolls from scratch, the best way to freeze them is to store the rice, the filling, and nori wrap separately. If you have already assembled the ingredients, do not cut the roll further into slices as it will damage the texture of the sushi during freezing.

Store the rice in an air-tight container while they are still warm. Use separate containers or resealable plastic bags to freeze the filling or nori sheets. Do not store the sushi leftovers that have been sitting for more than an hour on the counter.

How to make the best Frozen Futumaki Fat Sushi Rolls for sports festivals or setsubun?


  • 360 ml White uncooked rice
  • 3 sheets Nori seaweed, whole sheets
  • 2 tbsp ☆ Vinegar 2 tbsp Ume vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 as much (to taste) Egg, crab sticks, green beans, etc.

Note: Use ume vinegar for a nice pink color or go for 4 tbsp of the regular vinegar.


  1. Cook the rice and prepare the filling according to your taste.
  1. On a sushi mat, place a nori sheet and fill it with a thin layer of rice. Leave a 2cm free edge on the top of the sheet. Then place the filling in the center and roll.
  1. Place the roll, with the seam side down, on a plate and let it sit for some time.
  1. Cover the rolls with a plastic sheet and grab a sharp cutting knife. Then cut through the roll in a sawing motion. Wipe clean the knife blade using a damp paper towel after each cut.
  1. Individually wrap each cut roll in a plastic wrap and freeze for later.
  1. Defrost each roll in the microwave for about 2 and a half minutes. Do not unwrap the roll before 20-30 minutes. 

How to make vegan sushi?


For the sushi rice 

  • 2 cups Japanese sushi rice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • nori sheets

For the vegan sushi filling 

  • 7 oz firm tofu
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • soy sauce


  1. Rinse the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear.
  1. Cook the rice in the instant pot at low pressure for about 12 minutes. After cooking, let the pressure release naturally so that all the water escapes through steam leaving behind fluffy rice. 

If you opt for stovetop cooking, bring the water and rice mixture to a rolling boil. Then reduce the heat and cook the rice, covered, for about 20 minutes. 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the sugar, vinegar, and salt. Transfer the rice to a large mixing bowl. Then pour the vinegar evenly across the rice. 

Mix until well-combined. Cover the rice bowl with a damp napkin or kitchen towel until you are ready to use. This will keep the rice moist.

  1. Thinly slice the tofu, cucumber, carrots, and avocado into strips. Cook the tofu strips for about 4 minutes in the heated and oiled pan. Add the soy sauce when the tofu strips turn crispy.
  1. Spread a nori sheet, shiny side down, vertically on a bamboo rolling mat. Place a small bowl filled with water beside the mat to wet your hands before filling the nori sheet.
  1. Moisten your hands and place the rice in the center of the nori sheet. Spread it in a thin layer across the sheet such that a 3/4 – inch gap is left at one of the top sides of the sheet.
  1.  Place the thin strips of cucumber, carrots, tofu, and avocado horizontally in the nori sheet. Start just near the edge and refrain from overfilling.
  1. Roll the nori sheet by rolling the bamboo mat slowly. Wet your fingers to moisten the uncovered gap of the nori sheet. Then press the sheet to stick it to the roll.
  1. Place the sushi rolls on a  cutting board and cover them with plastic wrap. Cut through each sushi roll and dip the knife in cold water after each cut.
  1. Serve the sushi slices with soy sauce, wasabi, or pickled ginger. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the slices if you like.

Nutrition facts 

Calories 437kcal 
Carbohydrates 87g
Proteins 11g
Fat 3g
Sodium 613mg
Potassium 293mg
Fiber 4g
Sugar 8g
Vitamin A5150IU
Vitamin C 4.2mg 
Calcium 104mg 
Iron 2.3mg 

Recipe notes

  1. Substitute tamari for soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.
  1. For cooking rice, you can also use maple syrup instead of sugar. 
  1. You will need a bamboo mat or masiku for correctly rolling the sushi. You can find it at any Asian market, supermarket, or even online.


In this tactile, we answered the question “Can you freeze sushi rolls?”, and how to make vegan sushi?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.