In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make tuna sashimi from tomatoes. This is probably one of the most magical dishes you’ll ever make. Transforming a simple tomato into a beautiful sushi platter is so satisfying. Not only does it look like sushi but with the right flavors, it can also satisfy your sushi cravings.
How to make Tuna Sashimi from tomatoes?
The process to make sashimi from tomatoes may look more complicated than it actually is. The preparation only takes 15 minutes and no difficult techniques are required.
How to Blanche tomatoes for sashimi?
First, we’re going to balance the tomatoes to make them look like sashimi. Start removing the core from the tomatoes and make an X at the bottom with a knife.
Next, put the tomatoes in boiling water. And prepare an ice bath while you are waiting for the tomatoes to boil.
The tomatoes are ready when the skin is starting to loosen. This only takes a couple of minutes so keep an eye on the tomatoes. When the tomatoes are ready you can transfer them to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. This is important because you don’t want the tomatoes to become too soft.
Put the tomatoes aside and start working on the marinade.
How to make the marinade for the Vegan Tomato Sushi?
The marinade is an important step for vegan tomato sushi. The marinade will remove the sour flavor from the tomatoes and add a fishy flavor.
Start by warming 100ml water with one kombu sheet. Turn the heat down when the water is almost at its boiling point and wait for the kombu sheet to become soft and unfold. You don’t want to boil the kombu because this will affect the flavor. The kombu is an important ingredient to add the fishy flavor to the tomatoes. When the kombu is soft, you can transfer the kombu with the water to a container
Next add the sake, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and olive oil. Mix and set aside.
How to cut Tomatoes to look like Sashimi?
Take the tomatoes out of the ice bath and carefully remove the skin.
Slice the tomatoes into 4 parts. Be gentle with the tomatoes, you don’t want to smush them. Remove the seeds from each quarter and the piece of tomato sashimi will be ready!
Marinating the Tomatoes to taste like Fish.
After you’ve sliced all the tomatoes it is time to marinade them. If you want you can crumble a nori sheet and add it to the marinade to add extra fish flavor. Crumble a part of the sheet first for the bottom. Next, layer the tomatoes on top and add another layer of nori. You can put all the tomato sashimi pieces in one container or place the marinade and the sashimi in separate containers.
Marinade for at least one hour.
Which Sushi can you make with Tomato Tuna Sashimi?
Tomato Tuna Nigiri
The first sushi you can make with the tomato sashimi is a nigiri. This one is quite easy to make. Just take a little bit of sushi rice and shape it like shown below. Just make sure your hands are a little wet before you start. This will prevent the rice from sticking to your hands. Place one tomato sashimi on top and your nigiri is ready!
You can shape the tomato a little if the edges aren’t clean and add a small dot of wasabi for a sophisticated look.
Tomato Tuna Sashimi Bowl (Donburi)
The second dish is a Tuna Donburi which is a rice bowl and is super easy to make. Just scoop a bit of the sushi rice in a bowl, flatten the rice a little, and place the tomato sashimi on top. Garnish with avocado and sesame seeds.
Enjoy the bowl with soy sauce and wasabi.
If you like you can also combine the Tomato Tuna Sashimi with Bang Bang tofu. This will add extra protein to your meal and the flavors go really well together!
Tomato Tuna Tartare
The last dish is a tomato tuna tartare. This dish is especially nice to make if you have a couple of tomato sashimi’s that don’t look as pretty as the other pieces. You can just slice them into cubes, add a little vegan mayo and sriracha, and put them on a little bit of rice. A food ring can help if you want clean edges but it is not required. You can also shape the rice with your hands.
Garnish with sesame seeds and avocado.
Blanche the tomatoes Make the Tomato Tuna Marinade Cut the tomatoes Marinade the tomatoes Make your favorite sushi. You can make a tuna nigiri, tuna donburi, or tuna tartare for example. But there are many other tuna sushi dishes you can recreate with this recipe. Enjoy!
Blanche the tomatoes
Make the Tomato Tuna Marinade
Cut the tomatoes
Marinade the tomatoes
Make your favorite sushi.
You can make a tuna nigiri, tuna donburi, or tuna tartare for example. But there are many other tuna sushi dishes you can recreate with this recipe.