Learn how to quickly and easily make your own spicy tuna recipe at home with just a few simple to find ingredients! Ready in 15 minutes or less and bursting with both spicy and refreshing flavor, you will never overpay for prepared sushi ever again!

This recipe is so versatile! Try serving this tuna over rice, inside summer rolls, tucked in lettuce wraps or use it to make sushi! Continue to read on for simple tricks and tips for making the best spicy tuna from scratch!

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Overhead photo of Homemade Spicy Tuna Sushi Bowl garnished with slices of avocado, cucumber, scallions and fresh cilantro with a pair of wooden chopsticks resting on the bowl and a ramekin of sesame seeds and pink linen arranged around the bowl.

Update: This post was originally published in October 2014. I took new photos and made updates to the post below to include more information about how to make your own spicy tuna!

Hi, friends! Confession time – I have a serious addiction to sushi. And, when I say serious addiction, I mean it’s almost to the point of ridiculous. But still, I have zero shame in my sushi game.

I eat sushi about 7 times a week. As you can imagine, my naughty little habit could get ludicrously expensive if I was insistent on ordering out or purchasing prepared sushi. Luckily, I know how easy it is prepare your own deliciously spicy tuna at home!! This homemade sushi recipe is a game changer, friends! It has the same fresh taste, even MORE flavor and all at a FRACTION of the price!!

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Homemade Spicy Tuna Recipe

Finely diced, vibrant, sashimi-grade tuna tossed in a fiery chili sriracha sauce and sprinkled with delicate scallions, nutty sesame seeds and pops of masago. Finished with a generous drizzle of creamy spicy mayonnaise this tuna is packed with protein and flavor!

It’s versatile, refreshing, perfectly spicy and 100% satisfying! Plus, this recipe is made with just a handful of ingredients and can be prepared in 15 minutes or less!

If you love spicy tuna sushi, but hate the price tag, this homemade spicy tuna recipe is for you!

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What is spicy tuna?

Spicy tuna is a Japanese sushi staple made of diced sashimi-grade tuna, spicy sauce and optional flavoring ingredients such as green onions and sesame seeds.

Spicy tuna is extremely versatile and can be served numerous ways.

  • Inside a sushi roll or hand roll
  • As part of a sushi rice bowl
  • On top of cucumber slices or fried wontons as a canapé
  • Scooped inside an avocado half as a snack or easy, light lunch
  • Tucked inside a summer or spring roll as an appetizer (see directly below the recipe card for step-by-step photos how to assemble a spicy tuna spring roll)

What is a spicy tuna bowl?

A spicy tuna bowl is a deconstructed version of the spicy tuna sushi roll. Made with spicy tuna served on top of sushi rice, a tuna bowl can also include fresh vegetables and multiple sauces such as eel sauce.

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What does spicy tuna taste like?

Spicy tuna is a great dish for sushi newbies! Spicy tuna tastes mild and fresh in flavor with a slightly spicy kick and has a soft, melt in your mouth texture.

Does spicy tuna have mayonnaise?

Spicy tuna does not actually contain any mayonnaise. The spicy sauce, referred to as spicy mayonnaise, ‘dynamite’ sauce or ‘volcano’ sauce, is made with sriracha and Japanese mayonnaise and traditionally served drizzled on top of the tuna. However, if you want your spicy tuna to have a creamy texture, feel free to mix as much or as little of the spicy mayonnaise into the tuna as desired!

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Is spicy tuna raw?

Traditional spicy tuna is made with raw tuna. However, if you are uncomfortable eating raw fish, you can certainly “Westernize” it and use cooked tuna or flaked tuna from a can.

Is spicy tuna high in mercury?

While a spicy tuna has higher levels of mercury than other types of sushi, it is safe to eat as long as you consume it in moderation. It is also important to note, make sure you purchase fresh tuna that is sashimi-grade and from a safe seafood vendor or distributor.

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How to make Spicy Tuna?

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Spicy tuna is incredibly easy to make at home and only requires a handful of ingredients!

  1. Prepare the spicy tuna sauce. In a medium sized bowl, combine sriracha with chili oil and a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Prepare the spicy tuna mixture. To the sauce, add diced sashimi-grade tuna, masago, scallions and sesame seeds. Gently mix everything together. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes for best flavor.
  3. Prepare the spicy mayonnaise. In a small bowl, combine Japanese mayonnaise with sriracha. Mix well.
  4. Serve. Drizzle the spicy mayonnaise over the tuna mixture and enjoy!

How long with spicy tuna last?

Store leftover spicy tuna in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, tuna will keep for up to 24 hours.

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Stop dropping wads of cash by ordering sushi out and start making your own with this homemade spicy tuna recipe! Easy to make and even easier to devour, this recipe will quickly become a go-to favorite!



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