Spicy Tuna Roll- Delicious Recipe & Easy Ingredients!

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What you need to know before ordering a Spicy Tuna Roll…

Spicy Tuna Roll
Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy tuna rolls are made of raw tuna, cucumber, cream cheese, and avocado. A spicy tuna roll roll is topped with spicy mayo sauce on top to give it an extra kick and is frequently paired with soy sauce. This roll is raw and popular for its flavor combined with simplicity! Below you will find FAQ, ingredients lists, and an easy at home recipe!

Main Ingredients

  • Tuna

SAUCES & Toppings

  • Spicy Mayo Sauce

VEGGIES & FILLING

  • Cool Cream Cheese
  • Crunchy Cucumber

Dipping Sauces





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What is a Spicy Tuna Roll?

A Spicy Tuna Roll is an inside-out sushi roll (meaning the rice is on the outside) that typically is made with tuna (sashimi grade) as the protein. The spicy tuna roll ingredients also includes cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo sauce to give it an extra kick. The spicy tuna roll is a popular and usually cheap sushi roll at sushi restaurants.

Tuna Steaks
Raw tuna steak on wooden cutboard
Spicy Tuna Roll

What is the best way to serve and eat sushi?

When Serving Sushi:

Sushi is one of those fun meals that you will frequently see pop up on friends snapchat or instagram stories or whatever social media companies sharing application. Whether it is at a restaurant or in your own kitchen, sushi is extremely instagrammable. Sushi is very trendy and typically served at higher end restaurants, therefore there is a high likelihood that the group is either on a date night or out on the town and dressed accordingly! Lots of pictures are flying around on these kind of nights therefore the presentation of the sushi tends to get some notice!

Typically sushi is plated in a very eye catching and palatable pattern on plates that have good visual appeal, frequently made of melamine in traditional japanese fashion. Restaurants tend to make a big deal of the presentation. Some ways sushi is presented can be on a small wooden boat brought out to the table or even lit on fire!

Sushi Boat
Sushi Boat
When Eating Sushi:

Experienced sushi eaters know that sauces can make or break your eating experience. There are two ways that sauces can be eaten with sushi:

Sauces on or in the sushi roll

This tends to be sauces that are either mixed in with other ingredients or added as a topping. Examples of this are spicy mayo sauce which is frequently mixed in with shredded imitation crab or drizzled on top of the sushi roll in patterns that are visually appealing. Some other sauces that are put on top or in the sushi roll are unagi eel sauce and teriyaki sauce.

Sauces that the sushi roll can be dipped in

The first sauce and most popular that probably comes to mind is soy sauce. (I have linked my favorite soy sauce to the right or below on mobile). Soy sauce is cheap and can be found at any grocery store or restaurant. Soy sauce is also an ingredient in numerous other recipes, not just sushi or even japanese based recipes.

Soy sauce can be given a little extra heat by mixing wasabi into the soy sauce.

Spicy Tuna Roll FAQ and Tips

Is a Spicy Tuna roll raw?

A spicy tuna roll contains raw tuna as its main fish or meat.

What fish is in a spicy tuna roll?

A spicy tuna roll’s main ingredient is raw tuna.

How many calories are in a spicy tuna roll?

A spicy tuna roll is fairly simple. It is safe to say that each roll contains under 300 calories, mostly coming from the addition of spicy mayo sauce. The spicy tuna roll is a healthy option, although you may need to eat a few to fill up!

What makes a spicy tuna roll spicy?

What other sushi rolls are like a spicy tuna roll?

What is a spicy tuna roll made of?

Sushi Rice On Nori
SUshi rice on nori

Ahi Tuna: Ahi tuna is way easier to find than you would expect. You can easily find fresh tuna steaks at most grocery stores in the seafood section or frozen ahi tuna steaks work just as well. Ahi tuna gives a delicious fresh taste and is a pupoular ingredient in sushi rolls. Ahi tuna can also be found as a topping on salads or in poke bowls!

Raw Tuna Steak On Wooden Cutboard
Raw tuna steak on wooden cutboard
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PCF01J Homemade Low Fat Cream Cheese Spread in a Bowl

Cream Cheese: Cream cheese is not typically something that someone would think about when eating sushi but it sure is delicious on the s[icy tuna roll. It provides a cool, mellow flavor that is perfect when combined with the salmon. In addition to sushi, cream cheese can be found commonly as a spread on a bagel or in a kitchen where sweet, savory cooking is occurring.

Avocado: Avocado is found in most sushi rolls, not just the spicy tuna roll, not to mention the fact that avocado is just down right delicious! To pick an avocado, look for dark skin colors and place them in the palm of your hand. If it is to firm, it is not ripe yet. If it is to squishy, it is overripe. You should be looking for a dark skinned avocado that you can give a slight squeeze!

Spicy Tuna Roll Ingredients

Cooking Equipment

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife
Bamboo Mat Inside Bag

Cooking Instructions

Preparation
Making the Roll
  1. ONLY ONCE THE RICE HAS COOLED, grab a handful of rice and cover the rough side of the nori leaving a 1 inch gap at the top without any rice. If using sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the rice. Grab the nori by the top, and flip it over so the rice is against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1 inch gap is now on the bottom.
  2. Starting 1/3 of the way up from the bottom begin to align the “guts” of the sushi roll in a horizontal line beginning with the strips of tuna. The horizontal row of tuna should be about half an inch to an inch thick all the way across the nori.
  3. After the tuna, add a row of cucumber, cream cheese, and another row above that of avocado.
  4. Grab both the sushi mat and the nori and roll the mat over from the bottom until the empty space we left at the bottom is touching the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing to hold its shape.
Sauces and Presentation
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Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll- Delicious Recipe & Easy Ingredients!

Easy beginner sushi roll with a kick- especially for those that love ahi tuna!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 Rolls
Calories 290 kcal

Equipment

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Cooked Sushi Rice (See below link in notes for easy sushi rice instructions)
  • 1/4 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Half Sheets Nori (See below link in notes)
  • 8-12 oz Sashimi Grade Tuna Sliced into strips
  • 1/2 Cup Spicy Mayo Sauce (See below link in notes for easy recipe)
  • 1 small cucumber Sliced into matchsticks
  • cream cheese cut into matchsticks Sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 small avocado cut Sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Add the seasoned rice vinegar to the cooked sushi rice and mix together.
  • Place your bamboo rolling mat inside a plastic gallon bag (trust us, this makes clean up much easier, all you have to do is throw out the bag!)
  • Place one half sheet of nori on the rolling mat (remember we tore the full sheet in half hamburger style) with the rough side facing up.
  • ONLY ONCE THE RICE HAS COOLED, grab a handful of rice and cover the rough side of the nori leaving a 1 inch gap at the top without any rice. If using sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the rice. Grab the nori by the top, and flip it over so the rice is against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1 inch gap is now on the bottom.
  • Starting 1/3 of the way up from the bottom begin to align the "guts" of the sushi roll in a horizontal line beginning with the strips of tuna. The horizontal row of tuna should be about half an inch to an inch thick all the way across the nori.
  • After the tuna, add a row of cucumber, cream cheese, and another row above that of avocado.
  • Grab both the sushi mat and the nori and roll the mat over from the bottom until the empty space we left at the bottom is touching the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing to hold its shape.
  • Once the roll is formed, it is time to add the spicy mayo sauce! There are two ways to do this:
    1) The easy way is to just spread it across the top of the roll with a fork
    2) The "Instagram-worthy-way" is to put the spicy mayo sauce in a small bag, cut off the corner and then push the sauce out of the bag while doing zig-zags up and down the roll.
  • Place the roll on a cutting board and get a knife and damp paper towel. Cut the toll into 8 equal sizes (easiest if you start by cutting the roll in half). Before you make each cut DAMPEN THE KNIFE WITH THE PAPER TOWEL or else the roll will fall apart when you slice through it.
  • Serve with soy sauce, take some pictures for your friends, and enjoy!

Video

Notes

-Folding nori hamburger style
-Popular spicy mayo recipe.
-Quick & easy sushi rice
Keyword ahi tuna, beginner sushi, beginner sushi roll, california roll, spicy tuna roll, tuna roll

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