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Deconstructed Spicy Tuna Roll

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1hr 45mins
Gluten Free



Spicy tuna meets creamy avocado, chewy black rice and cooling cucumber to create an elegant and impressive appetizer that is sure to please any guest. For a vegan alternative that packs just as much flavor, try substituting the tuna for roasted beets!

For the sushi rice:

1 c. Lundberg Organic Black Pearl or Black Japonica Rice

1¾ c. water

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

2 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. vegetable oil

2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce

For the filling:

6oz sushi-grade Ahi Tuna or 2 medium sized red or candy-striped beets, roasted and peeled

1 tsp. Sriracha (or to taste)

1½ tsp. tamari or soy sauce (or to taste)

2 tsp. minced scallions, white and light green portion, reserve green tops for garnish

½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

¼ tsp. toasted white sesame seeds

For the assembly:

1 cucumber, diced into ¼” cubes

1 medium-sized avocado, pitted, peeled and diced into ¼” cubes

4oz  sprouts

1 sheet of nori, cut into 1½” squares

Accompaniments: prepared wasabi, pickled ginger


Cook rice according to package instructions. While rice is cooking, combine the rice vinegar, tamari, sugar and oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 25-35 seconds and stir until sugar has dissolved, and ingredients are well combined. Once rice finishes steaming, slowly mix the vinegar mixture into the rice.

Dice tuna or beets into ½” cubes, place in a bowl. Add Sriracha, tamari, scallions, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Toss to combine.

Place a metal ring mold or 16oz can with top and bottom removed on your serving plate.  Fill mold with 1/3 cup of prepared rice, flatten, compress and smooth surface using back of spoon. Add a layer of diced avocado into the mold on top of the rice; flatten, compress and smooth. Repeat layering process with cucumber and spicy tuna or beet mixture. Top with a small handful of sprouts and compress firmly. Use spoon to gently press down on stack while slowly lifting off the mold.

Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, sliced scallions and a square of nori.

Serve with wasabi and pickled ginger, if desired.

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Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 1 Roll

Amount Per Serving

Calories 220

Calories from Fat 60

Total Fat 7g

Saturated Fat 1g

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 10mg

Sodium 240mg

Total Carbohydrate 30g

Dietary Fiber 5g

Sugars 4g

Protein 11g