Spicy Tuna Hand Rolls

spicy tuna hand rolls

I talk a lot about comfort food. Because part of being food obsessed a food blogger is having that deep connection to food beyond simply fueling our bodies. It’s about being both curious and excited about food. Having a connection – culturally, symbolically, figuratively, to every bite.

Homemade sushi is totally comfort food to me. We had “sushi night” in our house about once a week with a variety of ingredients laid out, taco-bar style. But my favorite ingredient was always spicy tuna. It didn’t hurt that the ingredients were top notch. It easy and inexpensive to get the most beautiful ahi tuna steaks in the islands. For my first few years here in the Pacific NW, I tended to stay away from raw fish in my sushi. But I recently learned about the brilliance of flash freezing, which helps keep fish – like ahi and salmon – in sashimi-grade tact. And side note if you’re a sushi newbie: you definitely only want to use sashimi-grade fish if you’re planning to eat it raw. Just take my word for it.

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So the good news? I’m back to making – and eating – homemade Spicy Tuna Rolls. And so should you! Don’t be intimidated by the make-your-own sushi kits with the bamboo rolls and such. The beauty of hand rolls is that you don’t need any equipment. Yup, you heard me right. Simply load up your ingredients onto a piece of nori (that’s the seaweed, people) – and roll. And eat. And then roll again. I think you get the idea.

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Next time you feel like going out to eat sushi and dropping dolla dolla bills y’all, try making this Spicy Tuna Hand Roll recipe at home. Or, let me know what your favorite type of sushi is! I’ll break it down for ya.


Spicy Tuna Handrolls

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2 cups white rice, cooked
2 T rice vinegar
1/2 pound sashimi grade ahi (yellowfin tuna)
2 tsp sriracha-style sauce
2 T mayonaise
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 T thinly sliced green onion
Roasted sesame seeds
5 sheets nori, cut in half lengthwise
1 cucumber, sliced into spears

Begin by mixing the sushi rice. Mix the vinegar into the rice, and mix gently until evenly combined. Set aside.
Dice the ahi into cubes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sriracha sauce, mayo, sesame oil, green onions and sesame seeds. Mix well. Taste test and add more sriracha if desired. Then carefully fold in the ahi, and mix until evenly distributed.
Build the sushi by stacking a small scoop of rice, spicy tuna mix, and a cucumber slice onto nori sheet in a diagonal line (use picture above for reference). Roll into a cone (using the top of the tori as the cone point) and enjoy!

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5 Responses to "Spicy Tuna Hand Rolls"

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  1. Jamie


    Yummy! I love spicey tuna too!

  2. I love your blog! 🙂 I just saw your infused tequila on Pinterest, I did the same thing! Jars and everything. I like your style. 🙂

    • Marisa


      Great minds think alike! What flavors did you use? 🙂

  3. Love the tuna hand roll by the way!!!

    • Marisa


      Thank you! It’s pretty delish!


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