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Spicy Tuna Roll

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Can you guess what is the most requested sushi roll recipes requested by Just One Cookbook readers?  Right, it’s Spicy Tuna Roll, and today I’m sharing this really quick and easy recipe.  If you are not familiar with the sushi rolling skills, I’d say this roll is an easy one to start because you only have one ingredient to roll unlike another one of my sushi roll recipes, California Roll.

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Since I grew up in a country where mayonnaise is loved as a condiment (Japanese use mayo a lot, in pizza, rice ball, sushi, pasta, and salad, just to name a few), it was a little shocking to find out there are some people who actually don’t like mayonnaise.  In my defense, Japanese mayo is a bit different from “regular” mayo and tastes really good.  Rachael from La Fuji Mama talks about the differences in more detail if you are interested.  So for this recipe, I didn’t add any mayonnaise in the tuna mixture.  It looks like some restaurants add mayo and some don’t, so it’s really up to your preference.

I personally think a little bit of mayo goes well with Sriracha sauce so I put the Spicy Mayo on top of the roll (my easy Spicy Mayo recipe here).  It’s cute to put Spicy Mayo on top of the rolls like this with chopped green onion.  Hope you will try making this easy roll at home!

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Spicy Tuna Roll
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Serves: 2 Rolls
  • 1½ cups prepared sushi rice
  • 4 oz. (113 g) sashimi-grade tuna (available at FishforSushi.com)
  • 3 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp. chopped green onion/scallion
  • ½ tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 sheet nori, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 Tbsp. white roasted sesame seeds
  • Spicy mayo for garnish (optional) (click HERE for the recipe)
  • Bamboo mat, covered with plastic wrap
  • Tezu (vinegared hand-dipping water): ¼ cup water + 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  1. Cut the tuna into ¼" (0.5 cm) cubes (or you can mince the tuna).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, Sriracha sauce, 1 tsp. green onion and sesame oil.
  3. Lay a sheet of nori, shiny side down, on the bamboo mat. Wet your fingers in tezu and spread ¾ cup of the rice evenly onto nori sheet. Sprinkle the rice with sesame seeds.
  4. Turn the sheet of nori over so that the rice side is facing down. Line the edge of nori sheet at the bottom end of the bamboo mat. Place half of the tuna mixture at the bottom end of the nori sheet.
  5. Grab teh bottom edge of the bamboo mat while keeping the fillings sin place with your fingers, roll into a tight cylinder. Lift the edge of the bamboo mat and continue to roll it forward while keeping gentle pressure on the mat.
  6. With a very sharp knife, cut the roll in half and then cut each half into 3 pieces. Clean the knife with a damp cloth every few cuts. (When you wrap the roll with a plastic wrap, rice won't stick to your hands.)
  7. Put a dollop of spicy mayo on top of each sushi and garnish with the remaining green onion.
Cover the sushi rice and the completed rolls with a damp cloth at all times to prevent from drying.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time May 29, 2013, 7:21 am

    I’ve never tried to make sushi before, but wow, you’re making me want to give it a go. I love the sauce that the tuna is in. It looks amazing.

  • Laura @ Family Spice May 29, 2013, 7:36 am

    Okay, spicy tuna and California are my top two favorite sushi rolls. Oh you are making me hungry. A big Asian market opened up near me and they sell sushi-grade seafood. Once I learn to make your sticky rice, you bet I will be rolling the sushi!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book May 29, 2013, 7:38 am

    You always have the best tutorials Nami.
    :-) Mandy xo

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 29, 2013, 8:10 am

    They are so lovely, Nami! I so love when you make rolls…I also love the first photo showing one of the rolls from close up and emphasizing all its deliciousness.

  • Shema George May 29, 2013, 8:20 am

    I love Tuna roll… never tried to make it at home. These look so delicious.. Love your pictures too as they make you drool!

  • jhiselle May 29, 2013, 8:24 am

    Hi nami love your tuna roll and your website! My favorite roll is eel roll, octopus roll, or the really spicy one with mayo I cant remember. If you coyld make one of these preferable the last because eel is expensive and I dont know where to find octopus lol but love your blog anyways !!

    • Nami June 5, 2013, 11:36 pm

      Hi Jhiselle! Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s nice to know you like octopus. It’s one of “strange” food here and I am a little discouraged to share an octopus recipe. ;) Thank you for following my blog and I’m very happy to hear you enjoy my blog. Thank you!!

  • wok with ray May 29, 2013, 8:28 am

    You are absolutely correct, Nami. This is the most requested rolls because we order this all the time. You have a really nice shot of the roll there. :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 29, 2013, 8:55 am

    Perfect rolls, as always. I love the spice here!

  • CK May 29, 2013, 9:00 am

    Spicy Shrimp Tempura Roll or anything with shrimp really. Top it with fresh hamachi and life is good!

    • Nami June 3, 2013, 11:23 pm

      Hi CK! I have another sushi roll recipe with shrimp tempura in it. :) Hope to share it soon…(done photo shooting but haven’t written up. :))

  • Belinda @zomppa May 29, 2013, 9:24 am

    Mine are never quite as pretty, but love them!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today May 29, 2013, 9:33 am

    I like easy recipes, but I must admit that California Rolls are my favorite.

  • Cassie May 29, 2013, 9:40 am

    This is absolutely amazing, Nami. I love spicy tuna rolls!

  • john@kitchenriffs May 29, 2013, 9:45 am

    I’ve not tried Sriracha sauce with mayo, but just thinking of the combo, I know it’ll be great! Definitely something I’ll be trying. The tuna roll looks wonderful! And the pictures are perfect. Thanks for this.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe May 29, 2013, 9:58 am

    Mayo hater here. For some reason though, I can handle Japanese mayo in small doses, such as in a spicy tuna roll like this! One of my favorite simple sushi rolls.

  • Muna Kenny May 29, 2013, 10:00 am

    Yummooo! Looks amazing Nami. I love sushi but afraid to make it at home. You’ve encouraged me and I’ll go for it :)

  • Angela May 29, 2013, 10:14 am

    Every time my boyfriend and I have made spicy tuna rolls we’ve added a mayo/sriracha combo inside the roll to make it spicy. You’re way looks delicious, and I have to agree that the spicy mayo on top does look cute.

    We’re definitely still mastering rolling them with the rice on the outside(although he’s now an expert at nori on the outside…I, on the other hand, have decided that my sushi looks better when he rolls it…yes, that’s cheating…but I’m trying to improve. :) ). Ours definitely wont look as pretty, but I think we’ll have to make sushi again soon to try your recipe out!

  • Rosa May 29, 2013, 11:42 am

    Mmmhhh, scrumptious! I’d love to taste those right now.



  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen May 29, 2013, 11:50 am

    Hi Nami, you make it all look so easy. I have everything – except the tuna and the courage to tackle this technique. I’m going to pluck up my nerve and go for it! They look like little gifts.

  • Teresa Robeson May 29, 2013, 11:54 am

    This is definitely hubby’s favorite roll! Me, I like the salmon skin roll just as much. :)

  • A_Boleyn May 29, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Tuna is one of my favourite sushi fillings. I haven’t had any in much too long. You’ve given me such a craving that I must go out and have some soon. :)

  • Monica May 29, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Great looking homemade rolls! Spicy tuna and spicy salmon are my two favorite sushi rolls. And the simple spicy mayo is a great tip/addition!

  • CCU May 29, 2013, 2:23 pm

    This sushi looks simply gorgeous my friend, great job :D


  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 29, 2013, 2:35 pm

    You make the most beautiful sushi, Nami! This looks sensational, and surprisingly easy to make at home!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 29, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Nami, that looks so good! I love mayo and I’ve eaten Japanese mayo and like that too. This is as pretty to look at as it must have been to eat.

  • Kristy May 29, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Oh Nami! I was trying to not eat sushi this week (only because I tend to over eat it). Now there is no avoiding it. These look too good and are one of my favorites. :)

  • Bam's Kitchen May 29, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Nami-san, this is my youngest teenagers favourite sushi roll. Spicy tuna is always a big hit with my family. Just looking at that beautiful sushi grade tuna must have cost you a fortune. It is beautiful. We love Japanese mayo and thankfully you can buy that here in HK, so life is good. Wishing you a super weekend. Ja Mata, BAM

  • Ramona May 29, 2013, 5:35 pm

    What a beautiful sushi roll! I love that dollop of spicy mayo too. :) I can see why this is requested so much.

  • Baltic Maid May 29, 2013, 6:09 pm

    I have always been wanting to try to make sushi at home but I somehow didn’t dare yet. This looks so simple though, I really need to give this a try. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Eileen May 29, 2013, 6:23 pm

    This is definitely giving me sushi cravings, even though I generally go for salmon instead of tuna! But I bet salmon could be prepared exactly the same way, right? Spicy rolls are the best, in any case!

    • Nami June 3, 2013, 11:24 pm

      Hi Eileen! Yes, you can use salmon instead. :)

  • yummychunklet May 29, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Yum! Tuna rolls!

  • Kitchen Belleicious May 29, 2013, 7:45 pm

    This is one of my favorite rolls ever when I go out to eat and I love that you gave us a great recipe to do at home. It looks amazing

  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen May 29, 2013, 7:51 pm

    I’ve never had these rolls before, so I’m very keen to try it! It looks absolutely delicious! By the way, why do you have to wrap the roll with plastic wrap just before cutting them?

    • Nami May 30, 2013, 10:49 pm

      Hi Sue! You don’t have to, if you are quick and familiar with what you are doing. However, when you are still new at cutting/slicing sushi, rice from the rolls tends to stick to your hands and knife and it can ruin the look of roll. The wrap tends to hold down the rice, while you hold the roll to slice. When you are used to cutting the sushi roll with a very sharp knife, you are very quick and you don’t need plastic wrap at all… it’s just practice. :)

      Hope that helps!

      • Sue | My Korean Kitchen May 30, 2013, 11:08 pm

        Thanks Nami! I think it’s a great tip. I’ve never made sushi roll inside out (rice covering the ingredients), so I guess I’ve never experience the situation you are describing before, but I can totally imagine it could easily happen. Thanks again for the handy tip!

  • Kate@Diethood May 29, 2013, 7:58 pm

    Now I’m hungry. And it’s 10 pm. Aaaand I want spicy tuna roll!!!! This looks so damn gooooood!

  • Juliana May 29, 2013, 8:31 pm

    I love spicy tuna roll…but never made it at home, always have it in restaurants or at my mom’s.
    Beautiful pictures Nami :) Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  • Hannah May 29, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Spicy tuna roll is the best, Nami! Thank you for sharing your recipe – I’m not surprised it’s the most requested. Your photos are beautiful and I wish I could pluck a piece or two right off the platter.

  • Eha May 29, 2013, 8:58 pm

    Lovely easy-to-make sushi roll once you have accessed some premium tuna :) ! Mayo: well no, not because I have anything against the taste, but the nutritionist in me does not allow :D !

  • Gina May 29, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Can I just come to your sushi restaurant, Spicy Tuna is my fav. I love it with the spicy mayo on top. Looks so good Nami.

  • Mich Piece of Cake May 29, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Thanks for showing me the steps, I never knew that’s how the rolls are made.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 30, 2013, 1:42 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve made sushi, I need to practice my rolling technique!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 30, 2013, 1:51 am

    My husband and I always order this at restaurants. So nice to know I can make them at home with your step-by-step photos. Thanks for sharing Nami.

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen May 30, 2013, 1:57 am

    I love tuna, and these rolls seem just amazing! I’d love to pick one up :)

  • Hotly Spiced May 30, 2013, 3:03 am

    The sushi looks so pretty and you do make it look so easy to do. I love the look of this dish and I’m not surprised it’s one of your most popular xx

  • The Ninja Baker May 30, 2013, 4:22 am

    なるほど Sriracha sauce + Kewpie mayo. Very intriguing, Nami-san. Usually I stick to old-school standards at the sushi bar. But you may have prompted me to venture into a brave new world of spicy tuna rolls =) After all, anything with Kewpie mayonnaise has got to be great!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking May 30, 2013, 7:47 am

    Nami, I love, love spicy tuna roll…and never tried making inside-out roll (uramaki), but looking at your instructions I think I will not have any problems making it, all I need is some nice fresh piece of tuna :) Such a beautiful pictures–making me hungry!

  • Reese@seasonwithspice May 30, 2013, 8:35 am

    It’s definitely cute to squeeze a dollop of mayo on top of the sushi! They look so good, Nami!

  • ashley - baker by naturea May 30, 2013, 9:55 am

    Nami, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this post! First of all, your tuna roll looks perfect. PERFECT! Secondly, I will be trying this asap. We eat so many tuna rolls out, but to make one at home will just be awesome.

  • Dan from Platter Talk May 30, 2013, 10:44 am

    Wow! I love this post (and all things sushi.) I’ve never rolled my own but your recipe and pictures are all the support I need to give it a try. Thanks so much for posting!

  • TheKitchenLioness May 30, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Nami, the art of making a pretty presentation lies in being attentive to each and every detail and these Spicy Tuna Rols were prepared by you with so much care for each detail that they look like a piece of art. Wonderful recipe and wonderful touches all around, respect!
    Hope all is well with you and the children!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness May 30, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Your roll looks perfect. Spicy tuna roll is one of my favorite sushi rolls! I can’t wait to make this!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 30, 2013, 1:44 pm

    Oh great idea to mix mayo with Sriracha sauce! These rolls look so good, I am starving. I am always intrigued by the rows of Japanese mayos in Asian markets.

  • Fran @ G'day Souffle May 30, 2013, 3:35 pm

    I agree with you about mayonnaise- I love it and can eat homemade mayonnaise straight out of the jar. Your pictures make this dish look so easy to make!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 30, 2013, 4:34 pm

    I used to like mayo but after living in Japan I LOOOVE mayo! We go through a jar so quickly! I’d definitely be topping this with sriracha mayo! :D

  • Cooking Gallery May 30, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Hi Nami, here I am again, I’ve not been bloggin for ages but now I am back :). Miss your posts and you have so many new, mouthwatering recipes! Great photos as usual well :).

  • Kankana May 30, 2013, 5:49 pm

    very neat and tuna is my fav fish so this yeah… this, I will love!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce May 30, 2013, 5:57 pm

    I understand you, I really like mayo, and I always have some at home, well, my son also likes it, but I have to say that we always have the light version.
    And I have a very close friend that doesn’t like it, and I cannot believe she can eat french freis without mayo :)

  • Monet May 30, 2013, 8:58 pm

    Oh these are one of my favorites, sweet friend! I can’t wait until I’m no longer pregnant and I can eat sushi again. Ryan and I will be making these as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful photos, as always.

  • MaryMoh May 31, 2013, 12:48 am

    Beautiful sushi! I have never made sushi with the rice on the outside and the seaweed on the inside. I must try that next time. Thanks very much for showing how to do it. Sometimes I do need to be shown how to do even simple things….haha

  • Sanjeeta kk May 31, 2013, 1:54 am

    Wish I could make a Sushi like you someday, Nami…

  • Nusrat Azim May 31, 2013, 6:13 am

    Fresh, gorgeous, healthy recipe :) Too good not to try tonight :) Sexy pictures :)

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 31, 2013, 7:47 am

    Spicy tuna is my favorite sushi EVER. I need to learn to make sushi so I can have it all the time!

  • Irina @ wandercrush May 31, 2013, 8:34 am

    I’m so glad to have found you! Japanese food can seem intimidating but it’s nice to have blogs like this that make it more accessible. Spicy tuna is one of my favourite sushi fillings.

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef May 31, 2013, 11:38 am

    I’ve never cubed the tuna before rolling it…
    i learn a new technic evertime i’m coming by here….

  • Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily May 31, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Oh thank you Nami for the wonderful tutorial! We both love tuna rolls and are looking forward to make it soon.
    Have a great weekend!

  • mjskit June 1, 2013, 1:10 am

    Your spicy tuna roll looks much better than the one we had last night! We usually don’t get the spicy tuna because salmon skin roll is our favorite roll, but last night when we went out for sushi we splurged and got 2 rolls. :) I love the way you left the tuna in pieces rather than mushing it up into a paste. I didn’t like the texture of the paste but would have loved the pieces. Maybe I should pass your recipe along to my sushi chef. :) Thanks for the link to your quick spicy mayo. I see 101 uses for that.

  • Gourmet Getaways June 1, 2013, 5:32 am

    Oh I just need to find myself some srirchi sauce!! Mr GG loves sashimi tuna so I know this will be a favourite!

  • torviewtoronto June 1, 2013, 5:25 pm

    beautifully done we had sushi today and these rolls are making me hungry again :)

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks June 1, 2013, 6:55 pm

    This is definitely one of my favorite sushi rolls. However, I do like SO MANY of them! Another great recipe from you! I’ve pinned it.

  • Shirley June 1, 2013, 7:25 pm

    My favorite! I want to gobble up that whole plate, Nami. lol They look so good, and so beautiful too. I never understood people not like mayo, especially when they broadly characterize it as “I don’t like creamy white things.” Which I’m pretty sure doesn’t apply to ice cream. And spicy mayo is the best!

  • Jenn and Seth June 1, 2013, 8:11 pm

    i love spicy tuna rolls! these look awesome!

  • Raymund June 2, 2013, 2:03 am

    Nami you never fail to let me drool over your Japanese recipes. Look at that roll. Mmmmmmm

  • Kim | a little lunch June 2, 2013, 6:02 am

    Nami, I’m going to give Japanese mayo a try. Thanks for the fascinating articles to read, including yours. :) Seriously, I could eat these Spicy Tuna Rolls for breakfast right now — they look so, so good!

  • Jean June 2, 2013, 7:39 am

    I really have to try making my own sushi. I know I can have it almost anywhere here but I bet this is so much better.

    I don’t think I can have a kitchen without mayo. I even use the vegan variety (tastes just like the regular kind) but it’s always around. I wouldn’t consider skipping it here.

  • Tiffany June 2, 2013, 10:09 am

    This used to be one of my favorite rolls when I ate fish! Oh the memories :D NOM!!!!!!!!!

  • Charles June 2, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I wonder if spicy mayonnaise is the same sort of thing as what they call “Samurai sauce” over here (lol!) – you can buy great big bottles of the stuff and they often use it on kebabs and the like. It’s basically mayo, and spicy, so I suppose it’s the same thing. It’s a big weakness of mine… I could easily eat that stuff straight out of the bottle on it’s own :p.

    • Nami June 6, 2013, 11:03 pm

      Interesting! Thank you for letting me know about “Samurai sauce”. Yes, the name or the spicy mayo itself DOES NOT exist in Japan! LOL. I wonder who created it. Either way, Japan/Japanese will probably import “samurai sauce” or “spicy mayo” from outside of Japan soon! ;)

  • Lori Lynn June 2, 2013, 7:43 pm

    I would never have guessed this to be the most requested recipe. But why not? It is the roll that I myself order most often for my lunch. Your version looks perfect. I like the little dab of mayo on the outside of the roll. Of course we don’t see that in to-go orders, would not be pretty.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 2, 2013, 11:45 pm

    This looks absolutely perfect! And man oh man, I could put spicy mayo on everything!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover June 3, 2013, 2:53 am

    anything with spicy, sure I like it very much, hehehe..

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure June 3, 2013, 5:12 am

    Looks amazing as always. So glad to see so many detailed photos.. really helpful for a beginner like me in Japanese cooking.

  • Yelena June 3, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Looks so good and so appetizing! This kind of food I can eat all day long and if you waik me up in the middle of night I never say “no” to rolls or sushi-)))

  • Terra June 3, 2013, 7:23 pm

    This is the one recipe my hubby craves! When I say the words, he always looks like he is daydreaming….he probably is! He orders this whenever we go out for sushi, now I need to have him make me some in the comfort of our home:-) YUM! Hugs, Terra

  • Nik@ABrownTable June 3, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Gosh, this is my favorite roll and I always order these when I go out. I’m going to have to give sushi making a shot soon, your recipes and writing are so inspiring and you make it seem so simple!

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  • Gourmantine June 4, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I’m not surprised tuna rolls are so requested, I simply adore them! If tuna wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, I think I’d be having them nearly every day :)

  • Helene D'souza June 5, 2013, 2:37 am

    Good god there are actually people out there that don’t like mayo?! I can’t believe it. lol
    Ah nami I needed a new Sushi roll idea and tuna is anyway a fish that I can get here easily (during the season) so I am looking forward to try your recipe pretty soon. Take care!

  • Gemma @andgeesaid June 5, 2013, 3:43 am

    this is my favorite sushi! :)
    xx gemma @ http://andgeesaid.blogspot.com.au/

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie June 5, 2013, 7:26 am

    My non-sushi and sashimi eating husband loves these spicy tuna rolls, they’re one of my favorites too. I would vote for the spicy mayo sauce.:) Thanks for sharing this mouthwatering recipe, Nami!

  • Sissi June 5, 2013, 10:15 am

    It looks awesome! I must say I have tasted and tried making many maki sushi kinds but I have never seen this one here (and never tried making at home). Tuna is my favourite raw fish, so I’m sure this maki would be among my favourite or maybe even my number one.
    Japanese mayonnaise is exceptional, indeed. I could eat it by spoons ;-) Mayonnaise is different in every country, but after the Japanese my favourite is French: both have a lot of taste compared to for example Swiss mayonnaise… (Of course I talk about good brands, not cheap “supermarket own” mayonnaise). I don’t even mention home-made mayonnaise because this simply can only be delightful, whatever the country or method.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 5, 2013, 8:50 pm

    You made it look so so easy to make this, Nami. I need to try it soon. Tuna is my fav!

  • carol | a cup of mascarpone June 6, 2013, 12:07 pm

    You are amazing, Nami!!! These are fabulous! My daughter would love me until the end of time if I could learn how to make these for her! :)

  • Jessica June 6, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I made it last Friday and it was so delish! I could not resist by looking at your post so I decided to give it a shot. This is my first time ever making sushi and I was surprised that it tasted so good. I will definely do it again. Thank you very much for such great recipe.
    I also baked your famous cheese cake on Saturday. It was a hit. This is my third time baking this in 5 weeks…. Thanks again for sharing all wonderful recipes.

    • Nami June 6, 2013, 10:50 pm

      Hi Jessica! YAY! Thank you so much for trying the sushi and cheesecake recipes! I have two more sushi roll recipe coming up this summer… hope you will give those a try too! :) And wow, you made cheesecake 3 times in 5 weeks! I wish I lived near you.. :D I’m really happy to hear the recipes worked out and you enjoyed them. Thank you for your kind feedback!

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings June 8, 2013, 8:42 pm

    So, you recommend cutting wrapping the roll with plastic and cutting it with plastic on? Just want to make sure I got that right…hehehe. Thanks for always giving such wonderful tips! Your roll looks like restaurant-quality! You are very talented and skilled, Nami!2

    • Nami June 9, 2013, 8:49 pm

      Hi Jen! I use both ways – with or without plastic wrap. When I’m in hurry and don’t care about the look so much, I quickly cut sushi rolls with a sharp knife. If I compared with the result, one that I cut with plastic on is much cleaner. I made my hands wet to hold sushi rolls to cut, yet rice still clings on to the fingers. With plastic on, I can hold on to the sushi roll with ease (without worrying about rice sticking to my fingers) and I can take some time to cut nicely. Of course, if you are a sushi chef, you have a super sharp knife and cut the rolls really fast, so they probably won’t have same issues that home cooks have. :) Hope that makes sense. So… I recommend plastic method for home cooks, IF you care to have a good looking sushi. :)

    • Nami June 9, 2013, 8:50 pm

      And I’m sorry, I forgot to say THANK YOU for your very kind words about my sushi! :)

  • Asmita June 9, 2013, 2:01 pm

    This is hands down our favorite sushi when we go out to eat. My daughter gets her own and won’t share it. It’s really funny to see her gobble the whole plate up.
    This looks amazing! I love how you have shown the step by step method . I wish I can gather some guts and actually try making it at home now.

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant June 10, 2013, 7:46 am

    Nami, these look so good. Where did you kind sashimi grade tuna?

    • Nami June 10, 2013, 8:48 am

      I live in SF Bay Area where there are several Japanese supermarkets around and they carry very good sashimi-grade fish. I hope you can find a Japanese stores nearby… Another option is online store such as http://www.catalinaop.com/. Hope that helps!

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia June 11, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Spicy tuna roll is always my favorite to get when I am out for sushi but I am always to scared to make it at home. This recipe makes it look pretty easy so thank you!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health June 12, 2013, 2:42 pm

    i have fresh tuna steaks – would that work in making tuna rolls?

    • Nami June 12, 2013, 10:34 pm

      Hi Dixya! Unfortunately, no. Sushi has to be sashimi-grade fish that it is safe to eat as raw, and tuna steaks have to be cooked. :)

  • Austin May 17, 2014, 10:04 pm

    so your cooking recipes are awesome. im getting ready to make my first sushi rolls which one would you suggest for first timers?

    • Nami May 17, 2014, 10:50 pm

      Hi Austin! Awesome! Well, it depends on what kind of sashimi/sushi-grade fish you can get. If you can get variety of fish, I’d go with Temaki Sushi (Hand roll sushi). It’s a fun way to start making sushi and in fact, you don’t really need to roll sushi so anyone can make their own hand rolls.

      However, if you want to make “sushi roll” then I’d recommend this Spicy Tuna Roll or Negihama (Yellowtail) roll. Both uses simple ingredients and much easier to roll.


      Hope this helps! :) Good luck with making your first sushi!

  • Kennis August 12, 2014, 12:43 pm

    I just discovered your site today while searching for how to make sushi rice. I can’t wait to make some spicy tuna roll, but first a trip to the Japanese grocery store needs to be in the very near future. I love your site! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    • Nami August 12, 2014, 12:57 pm

      Hi Kennis! Welcome to my blog and thank you for your kind words! Hope you enjoy making this roll and like the sushi rice recipe! Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  • Anita September 24, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Hello Nami!
    Your Spicy Tuna Roll looks delicious. I love sushi with tuna, and it is so healthy.