Banh Mi Black Rice Bowls


For this easy dinner recipe, we've taken inspiration from the popular Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, but lost the bun to make room for one of our favorite whole grains: black (aka forbidden) rice. To make these healthy grain bowls vegetarian, simply use additional tamari in place of the fish sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups


  • 1 cup black rice, rinsed

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce or tamari

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm water-packed tofu, cubed

  • ½ cup rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 cup julienned carrot

  • 1 cup julienned daikon radish

  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage

  • ¼ cup fresh mint and/or cilantro

  • Sriracha mayo & sliced jalapeño for garnish


  1. Combine rice, water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, mix oil, tamari, fish sauce (or more tamari) and honey in a large bowl. Add tofu and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally.

  3. Whisk vinegar, sugar and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add carrot and daikon and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and discard liquid.

  4. Divide the rice, tofu, marinated vegetables and cabbage among 4 bowls. Serve topped with herbs, Sriracha mayo and jalapeño, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

323 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 323
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Vitamin A 3784IU 76%
Vitamin C 8mg 8%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Sodium 589mg 26%
Calcium 217mg 17%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 17mg 4%
Potassium 161mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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