Spicy Tuna Salad with Crispy Rice

Spicy Tuna Salad with Crispy Rice

Servings 10 pieces
Prep Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 cups cooked rice short-grain or medium-grain
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 cup neutral oil more if needed

Tuna Salad

  • 1 canned tuna
  • 1 scallion chopped
  • 3 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise substitute with regular mayo
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice


  • sliced avocado
  • sliced hot red chili pepper
  • chopped scallions


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Slowly drizzle it into the rice and mix until well combined.
  • Layer a piece of plastic wrap onto a 9.5×6.5 inch tray or plate. Transfer the rice to the tray or plate then stack another tray or plate on top to weigh down the rice. Keep it chilled in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • While the rice is cooling, prepare the tuna salad. Start by draining the canned tuna well.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained can of tuna, scallions, Kewpie mayo, Sriracha, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and lime juice. Mix until well combined. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Remove the chilled rice from the fridge and cut them into rectangles, about 2×1 inch pieces.
  • In a pan, heat neutral oil over medium heat. Once hot, carefully add the rice and shallow fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy. Make sure to work in batches to prevent the pan from overcrowding. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat for the remaining rice.
  • To assemble, place sliced avocado on top of a piece of rice. Add 1 tablespoon of tuna salad on top of the avocado. Garnish with sliced chili pepper and scallions.
  • Enjoy!
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese

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