Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls

So here you have it.  My first sushi roll ever.  I decided to go the easy way and make a tuna salad roll as a first attempt and boy was it good!  It is really easy and fast to make and it tastes delicious.  You can make it as spicy (or as mild) as you like by adjusting the amount of wasabi to suit your taste buds   I was a bit worried about rolling it, but it was much easier than I expected.  I suggest you cover your sushi mat with cling wrap, so it does not get dirty.  I love the contrasting flavours and textures of this roll: spicy and soft tuna salad, tangy rice and crunchy refreshing cucumber!  Perfection!  As I said, this was my first experiment with sushi and as it was a big success, you can definitely expect more sushi recipes on Manu’s Menu in the future, as I get more “daring” with it!  For now, enjoy these Spicy Tuna Salad Rolls!

Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls

Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls

4.7 from 3 reviews
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese, International
Serves: Makes 24 pieces
Tuna Filling
  • 185 gms – 6.5 oz. tinned tuna, drained
  • 1 ½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 to 1 ½ tsp wasabi paste (adjust to taste)
  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice, seasoned (recipe here)
  • 2 sheets nori
  • ½ cucumber, sliced in 4 long pieces
  1. Mix together the tuna, mayonnaise and wasabi in a bowl until well combined.
  2. To roll the sushi, cover a bamboo sushi rolling mat with plastic wrap. Lay a sheet of nori, rough side up, on the plastic wrap. With wet fingers, firmly pat a thick, even layer of seasoned sushi rice on top of the nori and cover it completely.
  3. Place 2 slices of cucumber in a line along the bottom edge of the sheet, then spread a line of tuna mixture alongside the cucumber.
  4. Pick up the edge of the bamboo rolling sheet and fold the bottom edge of the sheet up to enclose the filling. Tightly roll the sushi into a thick cylinder.
  5. Once the sushi is rolled, gently squeeze to compact it tightly.
  6. Repeat to make a second roll.
  7. Cut the rolls with a very sharp knife into 5 or 6 pieces each and serve them with soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi on the side.
To ensure your rolls are neatly cut, use a very sharp knife and slightly wet the blade before each cut.

Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls

Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls

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  1. says

    Manu your sushi looks perfect, no need for worries at all, I think you did a great job with the rolling. We always get intimidated by the Japanese specialty but I just think the same way as you do, that it looks more difficult to recreate than it actually is.

  2. says

    Really nice job with the sushi! The rolling is phenomenal! I tried the filling and that tastes amazing as well. Nice work!

  3. says

    I loved eating this roll while I lived in Japan. I think I need the sweet, Japanese mayo in order to get the flavor to match, but this recipe has been the closest thing I’ve found to authentic by far. Thanks!


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