|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 52g||67%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||38%|
|Total Carbohydrate 120g||44%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||16%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Spicy tuna donburi, or don, is a Japanese dish where spicy tuna is served atop a bowl of steamed rice. This dish is quite popular at Japanese restaurants in the West, and it can also be found in the deli section of many Japanese grocery stores.
Spicy tuna don is just one of many different types of donburi-style dishes available in Japanese cuisine. Donburi, or don, refers to a meal where rice is served in a deep bowl and topped with beef, chicken, egg, fish, seafood, tempura, etc. It’s a staple dish in Japanese cuisine.
For this spicy tuna donburi recipe, the spiciness of the tuna—the Sriracha chili sauce, chile pepper (shichimi togarashi), and chili oil (rayu)—may all be adjusted to suit the level of heat you desire.
As for the rice, either white or brown rice may be used. Some restaurants and delis serve spicy tuna donburi with sushi rice, while others use plain steam rice—either is acceptable.
Less mayonnaise may be used, but the mixture will not be as creamy. Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise is best if you’re able to get your hands on it, as it tastes quite different from American mayonnaise. If you substitute American mayonnaise, keep in mind the taste of the spicy tuna mixture will be altered.
4 cups cooked Japanese rice
1/2 pound fresh sashimi-grade tuna, diced
2 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise (such as Kewpie brand mayonnaise), or to taste
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon Japanese shichimi togarashi, or seven-chili pepper spice
6 tablespoons chili oil, or to taste
Thinly sliced scallions, roasted sesame seeds, and soy sauce, optional, for optional garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Spoon rice into small Japanese donburi-style bowls, which are slightly larger than traditional rice bowls. Make sure rice has cooled to almost room temperature.
Chop tuna so that it is almost minced.
In a medium bowl, gently combine minced tuna, Japanese mayonnaise, Sriracha, sesame oil, shichimi togarashi, and Rayu chili oil until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Split the mixture into 2 portions, generously spreading it over rice in donburi bowls.
Top each spicy tuna donburi with sliced green onions, roasted sesame seeds, if using, and a drizzle of soy sauce.
What Is a Typical Japanese Meal?
Steamed rice "gohan" is served at every Japanese meal. It is always a little sticky so that it's able to be easily picked up and eaten with chopsticks. Also, every meal includes soup; miso soup is the most common one served. Other dishes include seaweed "nori," pickled vegetables "tsukemono," seafood or other protein, vegetables, and salad.