This Tuna Sushi Recipe is an easy and healthy dish that is perfect for the lunch box. We used cooked tuna to make it a kid friendly recipe. The thought of making homemade tuna sushi seems to intimidate a lot of us (myself included). But after my first homemade sushi attempt, I realized that it’s really not that difficult. Just follow the step-by-step instructions (with photos) of this easy homemade sushi. It will help to purchase a bamboo mat. Although not an absolute necessity, it just makes rolling easier, because it helps make a tight sushi roll.
Tuna Sushi Recipe Ingredients
- 2 cups of cooked sushi rice*
- 2 T. white vinegar
- 185g. canned tuna, drained
- 2 T. Kewpie Mayonnaise (Japanese Mayo)
- 4 sheets of Seaweed Sushi Nori
- Optional: Half a carrot or cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
- Salt to taste
Also Prepare: Bamboo Sushi Mat and a small bowl of water
* Tip for busy moms: I don’t always use sushi rice. Most of the time, I use whatever leftover rice I have from a previous meal.
Tuna Sushi Recipe Method
- Mix in the vinegar to the cooked rice. Set aside.
- Mix the canned tuna and Japanese mayonnaise together. Season with salt. Set aside.
- Lay the Nori (Japanese seaweed) on top of a bamboo mat, shiny side down.
- Spread some rice on the bottom part of the nori, covering approximately ¼ of the nori. (Tip: Dip your fingers in a small bowl of water before handling the rice).
- Put some tuna on top of the rice. Add carrots or other vegetables (optional).
- Using the bamboo sushi mat, slowly roll the nori, starting from the bottom going up. Just before rolling it all the way to the top, dip your finger in water and run it on the very top of the nori. The water will help the nori stick together.
- Slice the sushi roll into approximately 6 slices.
If you don’t like making sushi rolls using bamboo mats, here is another easier alternative: Onigiri Maker Press N Push Non-Stick Triangle Rice Ball Sushi Mold.
It is so easy to use this. Simply fill the triangle with sticky rice, then your choice of filling in the middle, then another layer of sticky rice. Make sure to surround the filling with rice and to compress it well. The rice can be made stickier by adding a bit of water. Remove the rice from the old, then wrap it with one sheet of nori seaweed. The nori will not cover the entire triangle, but most parts of it.
Whether you make this tuna sushi recipe into rolls or triangles, you know you are offering your kids a healthy lunch. But this isn’t only for kids – my husband and I love it as well!
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