Make Spicy Tuna Rolls at Home

Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
4977 Calories
32g Fat
1,002g Carbs
147g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 4977
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 1002g 364%
Dietary Fiber 33g 118%
Protein 147g
Calcium 876mg 67%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Spicy tuna rolls are a ubiquitous item on sushi menus. Nori (dried seaweed) is filled with sushi rice and seasoned sushi or sashimi-grade tuna. When eating raw fish, it is important that you buy the best quality fish available. The fish is first inspected and then given a grade by wholesalers--the best fish is given a Grade 1 and often labeled "sushi grade." The Japanese name for bluefin tuna--the most common sushi tuna--is maguro. Make sure you are purchasing your fish from a reputable fishmonger and if it doesn't smell or look right, don't buy it.

The seasoning that makes the tuna spicy is Ichimi togarashi, which translates to "one flavor chili pepper" and consists of only ground red chili pepper. It has a mild spiciness, similar to chipotle chili peppers, and adds a nice extra kick without being overwhelmingly spicy. Ichimi togarashi is not only ideal for seasoning spicy tuna rolls but is also delicious sprinkled on scrambled eggs.

Another fun spicy tuna recipe is this one for Spicy Tuna and Avocado Sushi Burgers.


  • 1/2 pound sushi (or sashimi-grade tuna, maguro)
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ichimi togarashi (ground dried red chili pepper, or to taste)
  • 4 sheets nori (dried seaweed)
  • 6 cups prepared sushi rice
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Chop sushi or sashimi-grade tuna and mix with mayonnaise and ichimi togarashi in a bowl.

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  3. Put a nori sheet on top of a bamboo mat and spread 1/4 portion of sushi rice on top of the nori sheet. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the sushi rice.

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  4. Place 1/4 portion of tuna mixture lengthwise on the rice.

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  5. Roll up the bamboo mat, pressing forward to shape the sushi into a cylinder.

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  6. Press the bamboo mat firmly and remove it from the sushi.

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  7. Repeat this process to make more rolls.

  8. Wipe a knife with a wet cloth before slicing sushi. Cut the rolled sushi into bite-sized pieces.

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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe
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