by Amy Chaplin
Martha's Circle

Nori rolls and kimchi'

When Sarah Britton of My New Roots and Elenore Bendel Zahn of Earthsprout invited me to take part in their Fabulous Fermentation Week, I was delighted!

Last time they collaborated they created this gorgeous raw chocolate, so I think we’re in for a treat this week!

One of my favorite fermented foods is kimchi.  I posted a recipe for making your own kimchi along with many of its health benefits here.

I love combining kimchi with avocado, brown rice and tempeh, as simple as it is, I thought I’d share the recipe. With my mind full of the many raw fermented foods I love, including turnip kraut, fermented carrots, beets and the list goes on, I forgot that tempeh is also fermented! Even though it’s eaten cooked and we usually buy it pasteurized, we still benefit from what fermentation does — increases digestibility and nutritional value. There is one maker of fresh, unpasteurized tempeh here in New York, check out this site for where you can get it.


Kimchi, tempeh and avocado nori roll 

To cook the tempeh I used this recipe but cut it in 1/4 thick strips

(You can also read more about tempeh’s health benefits there)

Makes one roll


1 sheet toasted nori

Brown rice and sweet rice blend, recipe here

1 teaspoon umeboshi paste

2 teaspoons unhulled tahini

4 slices tempeh, cut in half lengthwise, see recipe here

1/4 avocado, cut in 3 slices

1/4 cup  kimchi, see recipe here

3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Toasted black sesame seeds


Dipping sauce

For 2 rolls

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tamari

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar


Press brown rice evenly over the nori, leaving a 1-inch strip bare at the end furthest from you.

Spread umiboshi paste and tahini over the rice at the end closest to you. Top with tempeh, avocado, and  kimchi then sprinkle with parsley and sesame seeds.

See images below on how to roll:

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Final result

Cutting the roll

Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and serve with rolls. Enjoy!

roll and dipping sauce

rolls and dipping sauce

All photos courtesy of Kate Davis, thank you again Kate!


Fabulous Fermentation Week Friends:

The Conscious Kitchen

Kale and Cardamom

My Wholefood Romance

Healthy & Hopeful

The Holy Kale

The First Mess

Mince & Type

Ola Domowa

Kyra’s Kitchen

Eat it

The Wooden Spoon

Two Blue Lemons

Whole Promise

My New Roots


Green Kitchen Stories


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13 Responses to “Kimchi, tempeh and avocado nori rolls-Fabulous Fermentation Week”

  1. Danielle says:

    This looks so good! I LOVE kimchi and I think it goes fantastic with avocado! I just picked some up this week which was very exciting because it is usually hard to find traditionally fermented unpasturized kimchi. Thanks for posting such a creative and recipe, which will surely inspire some new uses for my kimchi.

  2. I’ve only ever made nori rolls with white sushi rice. Do you find that the blended brown rice sticks the same? Or do the rolls have a tendency to fall apart?

  3. Eileen says:

    Wow, this roll sounds so good! I may need to expand my fermenting horizons just so I can try using homemade kimchi in sushi rolls. :)

  4. Golubka says:

    Wow, these look delicious, thanks so much for the recipe :)

  5. Yum! Your rolls are beautiful. It reminds me of my macro bowl which has a lot of similar ingredients, but in a bowl – sauerkraut, wakame, tempeh, sprouts and brown rice with a miso-tahini sauce. Using avocado sounds like a great idea, too. :-)

  6. So yummy! My boys love sushi so I am keen to give this a try. Thank you for sharing it with us for fab fermentation week.

  7. Meg says:

    Fantastic post! Will definitely be making these!!

  8. Nancy says:

    Fantastic recipe; I’ve been thinking lately that I need to get back to making nori rolls more often. Kimchi is such a perfect component. Happy fermenting!

  9. Amber says:

    That looks delicious. Such lovely pics to get the taste in your mouth,….thanks

  10. Wonderful recipe. I’ve been wanting to try a healthier (more veggies) version of sushi! :)

  11. Jessica says:

    What a great sushi recipe – looks really healthy! :)

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