Spicy tuna with crispy rice and semi-sweet mayo

      spicy tuna on crispy rice tray    


When we lived in Beverly Hills, my friend Sharon and I used to have lunch once or twice a week at a Japanese restaurant in a small shopping mall. It wasn’t one of the fancy places in the neighborhood, but they had (hope they still have) good fish and pretty original rolls. I loved their Crazy girl roll and their spicy tuna, so I tried to replicate their recipe and believe I did a pretty good job. Of course, being in SoCal, even sushi includes jalapeños, but I promise they go together well!



For the tuna:

1 pound (500 grs.) albacore tuna

2 tbsps. mayonnaise (make it yourself following our recipe or use your favorite brand)

1 -2 tsps. sriracha (depending on how spiciy you like your tuna)

½ tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

3-4 scallions, finely chopped

1 fresh jalapeño


For the crispy rice

2 cups cooked sushi rice

olive oil (enough for deep frying)


For the mayonnaise

2 tbsps. mayo

1 tsp honey

1 tsp soy sauce

½ tsp sriracha



STEP 1.- Put all the ingredients for the tuna except the jalapeño in a food processor and mix well. Taste and add more sriracha and/or soy sauce if needed. Cover and keep in the fridge until needed.



spicy tuna wih sauce

STEP 2.- Make small cubes of rice with the help of a mold. Deep fry until golden brown.


STEP 3.- Mix all the ingredients for the mayo.


STEP 4.- Scoop about 1.5 tbsps. of the tuna mix and form oblong shapes with the palm of your hand or the help of 2 spoons, or small rectangles if you prefer. Place on the crispy rice cubes and decorate with a jalapeño thin slice and the sweet mayo.

Spicy tuna on crispy rice




  • Of course, you can also use the tuna mix for spicy tuna maki rolls.
  • If you want to reduce some calories you can replace the rice with a thin cracker or pastry cup or even rice paper to make a roll. Add some finely chopped avocado and cucumber.

spicy tuna balls

spicy tuna rice paper rolls




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