Easy Spicy Tuna Roll – Fit Foodie Finds

This easy spicy tuna roll The recipe is perfect for those sushi lovers who want to try making their own version at home. Our recipe is easy to follow and only requires easy to find ingredients. Enjoy!

a plate of sushi with tuna and cucumber.

We understand. The idea of ​​making your own sushi from scratch sounds pretty intimidating. We think so too! However, it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve created this easy recipe that will turn out favorably for even the most novice home sushi chef.. We kept things super simple and made this sushi roll recipe with just 6 simple ingredients.

And on top of that, we have explained step by step how to make the absolutely PERFECT sticky rice — the real key to making that restaurant-quality sushi you’ve been dreaming of. So don’t worry, just follow this easy spicy tuna roll recipe to the letter, and you’ll be amazed at what it’s capable of.

Why make our spicy tuna rolls?

  • They are a crowd pleaser: Everyone loves the classic taste of fresh tuna and homemade spicy mayonnaise!
  • Economic: Homemade sushi can be super cheap when you use simple ingredients like this recipe.
  • Foolproof: A beginner friendly recipe that is easy to make and super delicious!
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Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe: What You Need

  • Mayonnaise: a classic sushi topping, it adds a creamy, spicy flavor.
  • Chili Garlic Sauce: puts the “spiciness” in this spicy tuna roll. It’s loaded with great spiciness!
  • Cooked sticky rice: the perfect rice for making sushi.
  • Tuna for sushi: the key to making this sushi roll really shine. The more quality, the better!
  • Nory: you will roll your sushi ingredients in sheets of nori. They are crucial for these sushi rolls.
  • Furikake: furikake is a Japanese condiment made from seaweed, sesame seeds, and other ingredients. It adds great flavor and texture to the sushi roll.
  • Green onions: add a mild onion flavor and crunch.
a person cutting a square of chocolate on a cutting board.

How to make the PERFECT sticky rice for sushi

​When it comes to sushi, you have to get the rice right. It has to be sticky, smooth and wet, just like the ones at your favorite sushi restaurant.

To help you achieve sticky rice perfection, here’s an easy step-by-step guide:

  1. Rinse 1 cup of uncooked rice under cold water for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rice to an Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Stir and make sure all the rice is covered in water.
  3. Cook the rice on high pressure for 4 minutes and then naturally allow the rice to naturally release for 8 minutes. Release the rest of the pressure and fluff the rice.
  4. Set aside until ready to use.
a piece of sushi on a wooden cutting board.

Top tip for rolling up a spicy tuna roll

To roll the sushi without it falling apart on you, it is important to keep hands and mat wet. This will help prevent sticking and make rolling easier. Then as you roll, gently squeeze the roll to tighten it as it forms. This will compress the rice so it holds together and doesn’t fall apart when you cut into it.

If the ingredients start to move during rolling, don’t worry! Just push them in and keep rolling. If you can’t get it on your first try, that’s totally fine! Just keep practicing until you get the hang of it. It will taste good, regardless!

a person making a sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best type of rice to make sushi?

For best results, short grain rice should be your choice. It is rich in starch and sticky enough for each piece of sushi to hold its shape.

But don’t worry if you can’t find short-grain white rice in the store, medium-grain rice is also a good substitute. Just make sure you don’t use long grain rice, as it won’t have the same texture.

What is a spicy tuna roll typically made of?

It is usually a combination of 3 ingredients: sushi rice, sashimi grade tuna, nori (seaweed), and a spicy mayonnaise sauce. We made our Spicy Tuna Roll recipe a little fancier by adding green onions and furikake!

What if I don’t have a sushi mat?

Although using a sushi mat makes rolling your sushi rolls much easier; you can always use the towel trick. Simply place the towel on your counter or table and place your nori sheet on top. Spread a thin layer of rice over the nori and place the fillings in the center of the rice, then use the towel to help create a tight roll.

two sushi rolls on a plate with a slice of lemon.

Try it!

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a person cutting sushi with a knife on a cutting board.

What to Serve with Spicy Tuna Rolls

SSimple Asian-Inspired Salad – Looking to pair one of your favorite Asian dishes with a simple salad? We’ve got you covered with this colorful salad recipe dressed in a delicious dressing.

Cauliflower Fried Rice – This cauliflower fried rice recipe is a delicious low carb alternative to traditional fried rice. Packed with veggies and a super flavorful sauce, plus it’s easy to make.

Thai Chili Corn Salad – We love this Thai Chili Summer Corn Salad. It is made with roasted corn, carrots, red pepper, cabbage and the most delicious vinaigrette! Make this Grilled Corn Salad today.

Rainbow Noodle Salad – Delicious vegetables like red and green bell peppers, carrots, pea pods, red onion, and cucumbers tossed with an Asian-inspired sesame dressing and linguini noodles make for the freshest of fresh salads.


It is best to enjoy the sushi rolls on the same day. However, if you still have leftovers, we recommend wrap the spicy tuna rolls in plastic wrap and a thick kitchen towel so the rice doesn’t get too cold or too dry.

Japanese tuna sushi in a bowl with chopsticks.
japanese tuna sushi on a plate.

Easy Spicy Tuna Roll

Our Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe offers a fun and flavorful journey into the world of homemade sushi, combining the spicy zest of fresh tuna with a hint of spice, all rolled into a sushi roll that’s as nutritious as it is delicious.

Homework:30 minutes

Cook:4 minutes

Total:3. 4 minutes

Fat 24

carbohydrates fifteen

Protein fifteen


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon spicy garlic sauce
  • 1.5-2 cups cooked sticky rice*
  • ½ pound tuna for sushi
  • 1.5 tablespoons furikake
  • 2 Green onions thinly sliced
  • 4 leaves nori


  • Mix mayonnaise and chili sauce until combined. Set aside.

  • Place a sushi mat or piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Place the nori on top of the mat.

  • Evenly spread the rice, tuna, furikake, onions and spicy mayonnaise on each nori.

  • Wet your hands and gently roll the edge of the plastic wrap or sushi mat closest to you over the ingredients. Roll up the ingredients well.

  • The longer the rolls sit, the more tender the nori will become, making it easier and more enjoyable to eat. We recommend letting the rolls rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and eating.

  • Cut the rolls into 0.5 to 1-inch sections. Serve with sushi, ginger and soy sauce.

Tips and Notes

Glutinous Rice Instructions:

  1. Rinse 1 cup of uncooked rice under cold water for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rice to an Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Stir and make sure all the rice is covered in water.
  3. Cook the rice on high pressure for 4 minutes and then naturally allow the rice to naturally release for 8 minutes. Release the rest of the pressure and fluff the rice.
  4. Set aside.

Nutritional information

Calories: 343kcal Carbohydrates: fifteengram Protein: fifteengram Fat: 24gram Fiber: 1gram Sugar: 1gram

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