Crunchy Roll Bowls

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This is one of my newest and most favorite things to eat.

It’s a block of tofu, nicely browned in teriyaki sauce, served on a bed of sticky rice with edamame, cucumber, avocado, jalapeño, a handful of crushed-up crunchy onions (seriously, trust me) and buried under a thick drizzle of extra teriyaki and spicy mayo.

And just like that you’ve been transported to your favorite strip-mall sushi joint, eating a crunchy roll in bowl form, without the nervousness that accompanies raw fish and / or the work involved in rolling.

Just everything good about a crunchy roll, plus veg-focused and easy to make.

Ingredients in bowls for Crunchy Roll Bowls - rice, cucumber, edamame, tofu, avocado, sauce.

Make It Your Own

As with any bowl, there are tons of opportunities for customization here: different protein, different sauces, different vegetables.

I used a store-bought teriyaki sauce because that’s where I’m at in my life right now. I used the Soy-Vay brand – it’s tasty, sweet and savory, and has a little bit of sesame going on with it. But if you have the time and energy to make your own sauce, please invite me to your house for lunch because that… sounds really yummy.

Close-up image of Crunchy Roll Bowl.

New To Tofu?

If you’re new to tofu, let me introduce you! We have a whoooooole post about how to cook it that will officially make you to a tofu-lover.

And from there, you can enter the big wide world of delicious tofu with my favorite recipes:

Watch how to make this recipe:

This recipe was inspired from the Crunch Bowl that I had at a little strip mall place called Aloha Poke! Which was inspired from an American fan-favorite – the crunchy roll. Crunchy rolls usually contain tempura shrimp, avocado, and “crunchies” which are fried tempura flakes – in general this is a far cry from traditional Japanese sushi, but they have their own wonderful qualities such as usually containing no raw fish and being just really fun and delicious to eat. Personally… I love them, and I love having the option to now eat them in bowl form at home!


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Crunchy Roll Bowls

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Crunchy Roll Bowls! A block of tofu, nicely browned in teriyaki sauce, served on a bed of sticky rice with edamame, cucumber, avocado, jalapeño, and a handful of crushed-up crunchy onions, buried under a thick drizzle of extra teriyaki and spicy mayo. 



  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks or slices
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • swish of neutral oil
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki or savory-sweet Asian-inspired sauce (I used the store-bought Soy Vay brand – you could also make your own)
  • 1/2 cup crunchy fried onions, crushed
  • spicy mayo (see notes)



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To make spicy mayo: Mix 2-3 tablespoons sriracha with 1/4-1/2 cup mayo. Adjust ratios on personal preference!

  • Category: Bowl
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Japanese-Inspired

Keywords: sushi bowl, tofu bowl, crunch roll bowl, crunch roll, vegetarian sushi

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