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The Perfect Spicy Tuna Sushi Recipe

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Who doesn’t love a good spicy tuna sushi roll? Delicious with an added kick of spice. Just imagine, fresh sushi rolls filled with succulent tuna and covered in a zesty sauce. It’s the perfect combination of flavor and heat just like the Japanese restaurants.

spicy tuna sushi rolls on a plate

Mahalo to Foodland Hawai’i for sponsoring this post. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s talk about sushi…

Sushi is a delicious Japanese dish that consists of cooked rice and other ingredients, typically fish or vegetables, rolled in nori, a dried seaweed. Spicy tuna sushi is a popular variation of sushi that includes spicy tuna as one of the main ingredients. The perfect spicy tuna sushi recipe is easy to follow and results in delicious, flavor-packed sushi.

So if you’re looking for a delicious and spicy twist on traditional sushi, look no further than this perfect spicy tuna roll recipe.

chopsticks picking up spicy tuna sushi roll

What is a spicy tuna roll made of?

  • Kewpie mayonnaise – This is a Japanese mayonnaise. If you can’t find this any mayonnaise will work.
  • Sriracha – Is my favorite hot sauce to use, but use your favorite brand to make the spicy sauce.
  • Shoyu – Japanese style soy sauce. This can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores.
  • Sesame oil – A little goes a long way. This packs in a punch of flavor.
  • Sashimi grade tuna – Fresh tuna is best. Be sure to get your fish reputable source at a fish market or grocery store.
  • Green onions – Add pop of color and flavor.
  • Nori – Dried seaweed sheets. These can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores.
  • Sushi rice – This can be easily made using a rice cooker and white rice at home with a few simple ingredients.
  • Maika’i Organic Nori Furikake – Dried, chopped seaweed used to top many dishes. You can find this at your local Foodland
  • Bamboo mat – This is the one I have. This will help you roll your sushi like a pro.

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

spicy tuna sushi ingredients

Now let’s get rolling!

How to make spicy tuna sushi?

  1. For the spicy tuna mixture: To a small bowl add mayonnaise, sriracha, shoyu, and sesame oil. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  2. Next slice the ‘ahi into small cubes about 3/4 inch thick.
  3. Place ‘ahi cubes in a bowl and add the spicy mayo mixture along with the green onion. Gently toss to coat. 
  4. For the sushi roll: Place nori sheet shiny side down and rough side up onto the bamboo mat. Spread handful of sushi rice over the nori leaving about ¼ inch along the long edge of the nori uncovered.
  5. Flip the sheet of nori over so the rice side is down on the covered bamboo mat and the uncovered edge is at the top furthest away from you.
  6. Add half of the ‘ahi tuna mixture lengthwise along the bottom of the nori. 
  7. Take the bottom edge of the sushi mat with the nori closest to you and begin rolling using the bamboo mat to roll tightly. Squeeze the bamboo mat as you go to help the roll together. Continue to roll and squeeze until you have reached the end.
  8. Dip your finger in water and dab the edge of the nori to act as a sealant to close the sushi roll.
  9. Top with Maika’i Organic Nori Furikake. Slice into 8 pieces using a sharp knife and ENJOY!
  10. Optionally top with sesame seeds and dip in a side of soy sauce
sushi rice for spicy tuna sushi

Tips for the best spicy tuna roll

When it comes to making spicy tuna sushi, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Be sure to use fresh fish from a reputable source. This will ensure that your sushi is delicious and safe to eat.
  • Use a bamboo mat covered in plastic wrap to help you roll your sushi tightly. This will give you evenly-rolled sushi every time.
  • Dip the tips of your fingers in water while rolling your sushi. Sushi rice is sticky. The water will help prevent sticking.
  • Be sure to top your sushi with a zesty furikake to really bring out the flavors.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to make the perfect spicy tuna sushi every time.

spicy tuna poke for spicy tuna sushi roll

Frequently Asked Questions

Is spicy tuna sushi raw?

Yes, spicy tuna sushi is typically made with raw fish. However, you can also find spicy tuna sushi made with cooked fish. If you are unsure about eating raw fish, be sure to check with your sushi chef to see if they offer a cooked version of spicy tuna sushi.

What does spicy tuna sushi taste like?

Spicy tuna sushi is a delicious combination of fresh fish and zesty spices. The flavors meld together perfectly to create a delicious and spicy dish.

How many calories are in spicy tuna sushi?

A typical serving of spicy tuna sushi (two rolls) can range from 200-400 calories. However, this will vary depending on the ingredients used and how the sushi is prepared.

Is spicy tuna sushi healthy?

Yes, spicy tuna sushi can be a healthy option if it is made with fresh fish and healthy ingredients. However, it is important to note that the calories can add up quickly if you eat too much sushi. So, be sure to enjoy in moderation.

Is a spicy tuna roll spicy?

Yes, spicy tuna rolls are typically spicy due to the addition of sriracha or other spicy sauces. However, the level of spice will vary depending on the amount of sauce used. If you are sensitive to spicy foods, be sure to ask your sushi chef for a less spicy version.

top down view of spicy tuna sushi

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chopsticks picking up spicy tuna sushi roll

The Perfect Spicy Tuna Sushi Recipe

Relle
Who doesn't love a good spicy tuna sushi roll? Delicious with an added kick of spice. Just imagine, fresh sushi rolls filled with succulent tuna and covered in a zesty sauce. It's the perfect combination of flavor and heat just like the Japanese restaurants.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 rolls
Calories 311 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • ¼ teaspoon shoyu
  • teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ pound sashimi grade tuna cut into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 sheets nori
  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 teaspoon Maika’i Organic Nori Furikake

Instructions
 

  • For the spicy tuna: To a small bowl add mayonnaise, sriracha, shoyu, and sesame oil. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  • Next slice the ‘ahi into small cubes about 3/4 inch thick.
  • Place ‘ahi cubes in a bowl and add the spicy mayo mixture along with the green onion. Gently toss to coat. 
  • Place nori sheet shiny side down onto the bamboo mat. Spread half of the sushi rice over the nori leaving about ¼ inch along the long edge of the nori uncovered.
  • Flip the nori over so the rice side is down on the covered bamboo mat and the uncovered edge is at the top furthest away from you.
  • Add half of the tuna mixture lengthwise along the bottom of the nori. 
  • Take the edge of nori closest to you and begin rolling using the bamboo mat to roll tightly. Squeeze the bamboo mat as you go to help the roll together. Continue to roll and squeeze until you have reached the end.
  • Dip your finger in water and dab the edge of the nori to act as a sealant to close the sushi roll.
  • Top with Maika’i Organic Nori Furikake. Slice into 8 pieces and ENJOY!

Notes

Tips for the best spicy tuna sushi roll

When it comes to making spicy tuna sushi, there are a few things to keep in mind.
  • Be sure to use fresh fish from a reputable source. This will ensure that your sushi is delicious and safe to eat.
  • Use a bamboo mat covered in plastic wrap to help you roll your sushi tightly. This will give you evenly-rolled sushi every time.
  • Dip the tips of your fingers in water while rolling your sushi. Sushi rice is sticky. The water will help prevent sticking.
  • Be sure to top your sushi with a zesty furikake to really bring out the flavors.
With these tips in mind, you'll be sure to make the perfect spicy tuna sushi every time.
Sushi rice recipe https://keepingitrelle.com/onigiri-recipe/

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 26gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 468mgSugar: 4g
Keyword appetizers, easy recipe, easy recipes, japanese food, keeping it relle, pupus, spicy food, spicy tuna, spicy tuna sushi, spicy tuna sushi roll, sushi, sushi roll, tuna
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By on July 14th, 2022

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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