Sushi Series: Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll

If I had to pick one sushi roll I could eat for the rest of my life, it would be a spicy tuna roll. Don’t get me wrong; I love the crazy, complex rolls too, like soft shell crab rolls, rainbow rolls, and all the signature rolls that you find at sushi restaurants. But give me my spicy tuna roll and I am happy.

Spicy Tuna Roll

This post is the third one in my sushi series, so naturally I had to show you guys how to make my favorite sushi roll, right?

Before we get to the recipe, here is some key information you need to know when making sushi at home.

Spicy Tuna Roll

To make sushi at home, you’ll need to purchase sushi-grade fish. To do this, I recommend getting to know your local fishmonger. If you don’t know where to start, ask someone behind the seafood counter at your local grocery store, or if you have a Japanese market in your area, you can start there as well. I buy my sushi-grade fish in Madison, Wisconsin from a Japanese market.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Because you are eating the fish raw, do make sure you are buying sushi-grade fish. If you have a long drive back home from where you buy the fish, be sure to bring a cooler in your car so you can keep the fish cold and immediately put the fish in your refrigerator when you get home. You’ll want to use the fish within a day or two.

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For the other ingredients in your Spicy Tuna Roll, you just need to make one quick one trip to your local Asian market or Japanese grocery store. You can pick up everything you need:

1) Japanese rice vinegar powder: This is a must have to mix in with your cooked rice and yields a delicate, tangy flavor. Generally, you will use one packet (2.64 oz.) with 4 cups of cooked rice. This is usually indicated on the packet itself, so simply read the instructions.

2) Premium-grade Japanese rice (medium grain rice): Moist, clingy, and flavorful, this is the most preferred rice for making sushi.

3) Sushi-grade tuna: Reasons as mentioned above.

4) Japanese mayonnaise: You can find this at any Asian market. Do not use regular mayonnaise that you buy from the grocery store. Japanese mayonnaise has a lighter taste and is what you should be using for this recipe.

5) Sriracha, sesame oil and a lemon: You will use these ingredients to make your spicy mayonnaise sauce for the roll.

6) 2 ripe avocados: These will be sliced open lengthwise and sliced into strips.

7) Bamboo rolling mat: I like to wrap mine in clear plastic wrap before working with it. This helps to keep the rice from sticking and just keeps the process cleaner.

8) Dried seaweed sheets for sushi: Make sure you are buying the correct seaweed sheets for sushi, not the roasted seaweed sheets that are salted.

9) Soy sauce: Used for dipping sushi and sashimi. I prefer buying the low-sodium soy sauce.

10) Japanese pickled ginger: This condiment is made from tender, young ginger roots and is eaten in slivers between different varieties of sushi to cleanse the palate.

11) Wasabi (powdered horseradish): Applied on the rice and mixed in with soy sauce, this ingredient is essential for the full sushi-eating experience.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll

Now that you have your ingredients, you’re ready to get started. I love finding ways to make my time in the kitchen easier. Use your KitchenAid® Stand Mixer with the flat beater to mix your Japanese rice vinegar powder with your cooked rice. Simply place your warm cooked rice into your bowl, sprinkle in half of the powdered sushi flavoring and mix together on a medium speed (4 or 6). Then, you just let your Stand Mixer do all of the work! Seriously, this Stand Mixer takes all the effort out of preparing the perfect sticky rice for sushi rolling. After well combined, taste the rice and add some more rice vinegar powder as desired.

Spicy Tuna Roll

When making sushi at home, you need a very sharp, good quality knife. The knives in the KitchenAid® 7pc Professional Series Cutlery Set fit the bill. These knives are forged and designed from German steel and come in a block masterfully assembled in the United States. They’re the only knives that offer this kind of KitchenAid style and dependability.

Spicy Tuna Roll

I used the Chef’s Knife from the Cutlery Set to cut my sushi-grade tuna. When cutting your tuna, you want to slice the fish against the grain, in one swift motion, and at a slight angle. If you are a beginner at making sushi at home, this Spicy Tuna Roll recipe is a great one to start with, since you don’t have to worry about slicing your tuna perfectly. For this recipe, you are simply dicing the tuna.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Slice and then dice the tuna into 1/4″ tiny cubes and place into a medium sized mixing bowl.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Once you have the rice and tuna ready, you need to make your spicy mayonnaise mixture. Using a small mixing bowl, add in 4 tablespoons of the Japanese mayonnaise, 3 to 4 teaspoons of Sriracha (depends on how much heat you want), 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Mix together and set aside. You will use this mixture for your tuna and also as a garnish on top of the roll before serving.

Starting with 2 to 3 teaspoons, mix the spicy mayonnaise sauce with your diced tuna. You want to add enough so that your tuna is well coated with the sauce but don’t overdo it. Set the coated tuna aside and get ready to assemble your rolls.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Place the bamboo rolling mat in the center of a clean, flat work surface. Place one dry seaweed sheet on top of your mat and top with 1/2 cup of cooked, seasoned rice. Spread the rice evenly over the top with your fingers. At this step, you can also sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds over the top of the rice, as desired.

Spicy Tuna Roll

If you want the rice on the outside of your roll, very carefully lift the entire mat and flip it over so that the rice side is face down on your working surface. If you want the rice on the inside of the roll, simply do not flip, leaving the rice side facing up. Next, lay on a thin row of the spicy tuna and then top with some thin avocado slices (omit the avocado if you’d prefer just tuna). Then, using the bamboo mat on the end closest to you, roll from the bottom up and over the ingredients (like you’re rolling a sleeping bag), pressing down gently but firmly to make the fillings stay in. As you continue to roll, pull the mat up and straighten it so that it doesn’t get caught in the roll.

Continue until you have completed the roll and squeeze together gently again one last time to ensure that the roll is secure. Repeat this process until all of your rolls are finished. For a more detailed look at the sushi rolling process, watch this video.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Slice each roll into evenly-sized pieces and plate. You can drizzle the remaining spicy mayonnaise sauce over the top of the rolls and garnish with finely diced scallions and roasted sesame seeds.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Serve immediately with Japanese pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.

Spicy Tuna Roll

See how simple it is to make a sushi roll at home? I can’t wait for you to try this recipe at home. And with the right tools, like your KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and Cutlery Set, being a sushi pro has never been more attainable!

Spicy Tuna Roll

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Spicy Tuna Roll

Makes 2-3 servings

INGREDIENTS

For the spicy tuna roll

1 packet Japanese rice vinegar powder
4-5 cups Premium Grade Japanese (medium grade) rice, cooked
8-9 ounces sushi-grade tuna
2 ripe avocados, sliced open lengthwise and sliced into strips
1 package dried seaweed sheets for sushi, using only 4 to 5 sheets
1/4 cup finely diced scallions, for garnish
Roasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Soy Sauce, for dipping
Japanese pickled ginger, for garnish
Wasabi (powdered horseradish), for garnish

For the spicy mayonnaise

4 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise
3 to 4 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Using your KitchenAid® Stand Mixer with the flat beater, place your warm cooked rice into your bowl. Sprinkle in half of the powdered rice vinegar powder and mix together on medium speed (4 or 6) for just a minute or two. Taste and add some more powder as needed.

Use the Chef’s Knife from your KitchenAid® 7pc Professional Series Cutlery Set to cut your fish. Working on a clean, flat cutting board surface, slice your tuna against the grain, in one swift motion, and at a slight angle. Then, dice the tuna slices into 1/4″ tiny cubes and place into a medium sized mixing bowl.

Once you have the rice and tuna ready, you need to make your spicy mayonnaise mixture. Using a small mixing bowl, add in 4 tablespoons of the Japanese mayonnaise, 3 to 4 teaspoons of Sriracha (depending on how much heat you want), 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Mix together and set aside. You will use this mixture for your tuna and also as a garnish on top of the roll before serving.

Starting with 2 to 3 teaspoons, mix the spicy mayonnaise with your diced tuna. You want to add enough so that your tuna is well coated with the sauce, but not saturated with it. Set aside your tuna.

Place the bamboo rolling mat in the center of a clean, flat work surface. Place one dry seaweed sheet on top of your mat and top with 1/2 cup of cooked, seasoned rice. Spread the rice evenly over the top with your fingers. At this step, you can also sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds over the top of the rice, as desired.

If you want the rice on the outside of your roll, very carefully lift the entire mat and flip it over so that the rice side is face down on your working surface. If you want the rice on the inside of the roll, simply do not flip, leaving the rice side facing up. Next, lay on a thin row of the spicy tuna and then top with some thin avocado slices (omit the avocado if you’d prefer just tuna). Then, using the bamboo mat on the end closest to you, roll from the bottom up and over the ingredients (like you’re rolling a sleeping bag), pressing down gently but firmly to make the fillings stay in. As you continue to roll, pull the mat up and straighten it so that it doesn’t get caught in the roll. Continue until you have completed the roll and squeeze together gently again one last time to ensure that the roll is secure. Repeat this process until all of your rolls are finished. For a more detailed look at the sushi rolling process, watch this video.

Slice each roll into pieces and plate. You can drizzle the remaining spicy mayonnaise sauce over the top of the rolls and garnish with finely diced scallions and roasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately with Japanese pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce, and enjoy!

Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe

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