Tekkamaki Tuna Sushi Roll

Tekkamaki Tuna Sushi Roll

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 8 rolls
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
198 Calories
2g Fat
37g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 122mg 3%
*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.)

Sushi is any dish that consists of vinegared rice ("sushi rice") combined with other ingredients such as seafood and vegetables. When the sushi rice is wrapped in nori (seaweed) and rolled, it is a sushi roll.

Sushi rolls or hosomaki are basic but popular in Japan. Hoso means "thin," and maki means "roll." We say “thin” because there are also thick rolls, which are called futomaki. Due to the simplicity of ingredients and cooking technique, traditional edo-style sushi rolls, or hosomaki, consist of one main ingredient and are usually wrapped with nori on the outside. Hosomaki is suitable for home cooking as well as restaurant food.

The two most popular hosomaki are tekkamaki (tuna rolls), and kappamaki (cucumber rolls). Tekkamaki uses raw tuna, which has a pretty red color against white rice. The name tekka, "hot iron," is said to come from this color. You only need a little bit of fish for each roll.

Hosomaki are much easier to roll than thick sushi rolls, so they are perfect for practicing before you move on to sushi rolls like California rolls and dragon rolls. You may need a couple of times to practice rolling, but you’ll get the hang of it. We recommend you have extra rice and fillings to experiment and have fun making them.


  • 4 sheets nori

  • 4 ounces sushi-grade tuna

  • 6 cups prepared sushi rice

  • Soy sauce and wasabi, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for tekkamaki tuna sushi roll recipe gathered

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  2. Cut nori in half to 4 x 7 1/2 inches. 

    Cut the nori

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  3. Cut tuna into thin, long sticks—1/2 inch thick and 7 1/2 inches long.

    Cut tuna

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  4. Put bamboo sushi mat flat on work surface with bamboo slats left to right, so you can roll mat away from you. 

    Put bamboo mat on counter

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  5. Put a nori sheet on top of the bamboo mat (makisu) with one of the seaweed's long sides close to the front edge of the mat (the edge near you).

    Put nori on bamboo mat

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  6. Spread about 3/4 cup of sushi rice on top of nori sheet.

    Spread rice on nori

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  7. Place tuna horizontally on rice.

    Place tuna on top of the rice

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  8. Roll up bamboo mat, pressing forward to shape sushi into a cylinder. Roll from the front end of the mat, guiding with the sushi mat toward the other end.

    Roll up bamboo mat

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  9. Tighten rolls like roll cakes, pulling the mat to tighten and pressing the bamboo mat firmly.

    Tighten roll

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  10. Remove roll from mat.

    Remove the tuna roll from mat

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  11. Repeat until all rolls are made.

    Repeat until all rolls are made

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  12. Wipe a knife with a wet cloth before slicing sushi. Cut rolled sushi into bite-sized pieces. Serve right away with soy sauce and wasabi.

    Tekkamaki tuna sushi roll pieces

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How much sushi is enough for one person?

A good guideline for the amount of sushi needed per person is six pieces, or one roll, per person.

Why do sushi rolls fall apart?

When sushi rolls fall or break apart, it's usually due to putting too much rice and fillings in the nori. Also, double-check to make sure your nori is in one piece and doesn't have breaks in it.

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