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Vegan Salmon Bowl made from Tofu

This vegan salmon bowl is made from marinated tofu and then pan-fried till golden brown before basting with a delicious sweet savory sauce. Once it's wrapped with nori, the flavor immediately elevated to a delicious dish! It's simple and easy to make.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 3
Author: woonheng


  • Cooked grains of choice
  • 14 oz firm tofu cut into 3 slabs
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon dashi powder or kelp powder or mushrooms seasoning
  • 1 Nori sheet - cut into 3 strips


  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • cup of hot water mix with 1 teaspoon kelp powder or use kombu dashi stock
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon sugar

Spicy Mayo

  • 3 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce or sriracha


  • Cheese
  • Scallions
  • Furikake rice seasoning made from nori and sesame seeds


  • Drain tofu, then pat dry with a towel. Slice into 3 rectangle slabs.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce and kelp powder in a pan (big enough to fit all the tofu).
  • Marinate tofu for 15 minutes (rubbing the surface with the marinade).
  • To make the sauce, combine mirin, hot water with kelp powder, soy sauce, maple syrup and sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • To create a spicy mayo, mix together vegan mayo and chili sauce until incorporated.
  • Next, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil. Carefully slide marinated tofu onto the hot pan. Cook in batches if needed, adding more when necessary.
  • Pan-fry until tofu is golden brown (the larger surface). Add 2-3 spoons of sauce. Gently push the tofu around the pan so it catches all the sauce.
  • Meanwhile, place a nori strip on a plate. Lay the cooked slab on top and fold the nori needs over.
  • Place cooked rice in a bowl and sprinkle with furikake. Next, top with vegan salmon, drizzle with spicy mayo, and top with a handful of vegan cheese. Using a hand torch, melt the cheese and garnish with chopped scalions. Serve warm.