Here’s how to make Vegan Sashimi with California Avocados–a quick, no-cook appetizer with no fish involved! This recipe is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission! All opinions are my own.

Vegan Sashimi with California Avocados

Sashimi is a Japanese dish consisting of thinly-sliced pieces of raw fish. It can be eaten on its own, with soy sauce and wasabi or dressed with a marinade or sauce. 

In order to make a vegan sashimi without the fish, we’re substituting raw fish with ripe, Fresh California Avocados. The rich, creamy texture of California Avocados stands in for the richness in many types of sashimi. This dish is  paired with a zesty soy vinaigrette and peppers for spice, making it the perfect bite. 

Vegan Sashimi Ingredients

The base ingredient for our vegan sashimi will be ripe, Fresh California Avocados. In addition, we’ll be making a soy based vinaigrette with:

  • Tamari. You can also use soy sauce, if not gluten free, or another soy sauce alternative like liquid aminos.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil. This adds such a rich flavour to our vinaigrette. Be sure to use toasted!
  • Lime. We’ll use the juice of a whole lime for acidity and zing. You can also use fresh yuzu, but it can be tricky to find so I like to use lime juice instead!
  • Maple Syrup. Just a touch, to balance out the savoury elements in this vinaigrette.
  • Fresh Garlic. I like to grate or microplane it into the marinade so no chopping or blending is required to make the dressing.
  • Fresh Ginger. For a little bit of a kick.

To garnish the dish, we’ll top with:

  • Scallions. Slice the green part of the scallion on the diagonal to create a beautiful and flavourful garnish.
  • White Sesame Seeds. Toast them then top for nutty flavour and crunch.
  • Jalapeño. Thinly sliced, they add a nice bit of heat to this dish. Optional, but recommended!
  • Microgreens. Micro arugula and cilantro work beautifully to add both flavour and colour to the dish.

What Differentiates California Avocados?

California Avocados are cultivated with dedication to quality and freshness, by about 3,000 growers, on approximately 50,000 acres in California from San Diego to Monterey. The Golden State’s terroir and coastal climate provide ideal growing conditions to produce these delectable avocados!

Locally grown California Avocados are picked at their peak resulting in fruit that is consistent in taste and texture. California Avocados are in season from spring to summer, so now is the perfect time to make dishes like this!

To ensure you’re enjoying locally grown California Avocados, just look for California on the label.

How to Make Vegan Sashimi

This vegan sashimi recipe is incredibly easy to make and is beautiful too! You can get creative with presentation and garnish, but it’s a dish you can make the same day and best enjoyed fresh.

Slice California Avocados

First, we’ll cut our ripe, Fresh California Avocados, remove the skin and then remove the pit. Thinly slice the halves lengthwise (or as you’d like) and place them on your serving platter of choice.

Prepare the Dressing

To prepare the dressing, simply whisk together grated garlic and ginger, tamari, toasted sesame oil, lime juice and maple syrup. Adjust the dressing to taste, as needed, then generously pour over your avocado slices, making sure each slice is nicely coated.

Serve and Enjoy!

To finish the dish, top with thinly sliced jalapeño peppers, scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately.

Tips & FAQ

How to Make it Gluten Free

The only substitution you’ll need to make this dish gluten free is to make sure you’re using a gluten free soy sauce alternative. Soy sauce contains wheat, but tamari makes for a near identical substitute. The rest of the dish is naturally gluten free!

Ingredient substitutions

I encourage making ingredient substitutions where you need to, especially with regard to the citrus and garnish. Instead of lime juice, you can opt for lemon juice, or grapefruit juice to switch things up. Additionally, you can get creative with the herbs you top your dish with, add black sesame seeds for contrast and colour and more.

Serving Suggestions 

I recommend preparing this dish just before you intend to eat. Since it is so easy to throw together, it’s best made on the spot. Avocados tend to brown over time, and the vinaigrette does have some citrus in it which helps to slow the browning, but this dish will be most delicious fresh. 

It’s such a delicious bite that you’ll likely end up without leftovers anyway!

Vegan Sashimi (with California Avocados)

Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4


  • 1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado pitted and thinly sliced

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4" piece fresh ginger


  • 4 scallions green tops, thinly sliced
  • white sesame seeds toasted
  • 1/2 jalepeño pepper small, thinly sliced
  • microgreens to taste


  • Thinly slice your California Avocado halves and place on a plate or serving platter.
  • To prepare your dressing, grate or microplane ginger and garlic into a bowl, then whisk together along with all remaining dressing ingredients. Adjust to taste, then drizzle over avocado slices to cover evenly.
  • Top with thinly sliced jalapeño peppers, toasted white sesame seeds, scallions and microgreens, if desired. Enjoy immediately!
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BY Remy Park • March 31, 2023

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