If you have an important someone coming over for dinner – a date, a friend, or a family member – and you want to make them something special then this Tuna sushi recipe is ideal.
NB: This recipe uses canned tuna, for convenience and to keep it budget friendly. However, you can easily adapt it any filling you feel it – fresh tuna, salmon, chicken, tofu, cucumber and avocado.
Sushi might seem difficult to make, but this recipe is simple and effective. Best of all, the end result looks impressive and appetising and tastes incredible.
There are also lots of ways that you can adapt this recipe if you want to.
Keep reading to find the perfect recipe for your next sushi night in.
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What Do You Need?
Making sushi might seem complicated, but it is actually very easy. You will need a bamboo mat as this ensures that the sushi is rolled nice and tight.
It is best to use cling film over the bamboo mat as this stops the nori sheet from sticking to the bamboo, and it keeps the mat clean.
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You will also need a nice sharp knife to cut the sushi. If your knife is too blunt then it will push the filling out of the sushi roll before slicing through the nori.
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How To Make Sushi Rice?
This tuna sushi recipe uses pre-cooked sushi rice to save time. If you need to know how to make sushi rice, follow these instructions.
- Start by rinsing the rice until the water runs clear.
- Put the rice and water in a saucepan – 3 cups of water for every 2 cups of rice.
- Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the rice for around 20 minutes. The rice should have absorbed the water and have a tender texture. Set the rice aside and let it cool
- In a bowl, combine half a cup of rice vinegar, a quarter cup of white sugar, a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
- Gently heat this mixture in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Pour the mixture over the cool rice and stir until all the rice is coated. It may seem wet, but keep stirring and the rice will absorb the liquid. The sushi rice is now ready to be used.
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Tips And Tricks
Making sushi is easy and foolproof if you follow these tips and tricks.
- Sushi rice – always use cool sushi rice, not warm. Warm rice will not hold its shape, and the heat it releases will affect the filling.
- Bamboo Mat – You can make sushi without a bamboo mat, but it won’t be as neat. The mat helps you to roll the sushi nice and tight so that it holds its shape and looks good when it is sliced.
- Knife – Always use a really sharp knife to slice your sushi roll into pieces. It needs to be cut cleanly and quickly without putting too much pressure on the sushi roll. If you wipe the knife with a wet cloth before you slice the sushi it will prevent the rice and filling from sticking to the knife, giving you good, clean cuts.
- Size – Cut your sushi roll into bite size pieces that can easily be picked up with chopsticks. This will make it much easier to eat.
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How To Serve Sushi
This tuna sushi recipe is enough to serve 4 people as a light lunch or snack, or two people for dinner. You could also make it an appetiser for 4 to 6 people.
Slicing the sushi roll reveals the symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing center.
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This is why you should serve sushi on a simple plate of only one color to draw attention to the filling.
You can garnish it to make it even more appetising, and serve it with a dipping sauce.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are lots of ways to customise this tuna sushi recipe.
- Tuna – This recipe uses canned tuna. This is quick and convenient, but there are lots of things that you could use instead. You could use crab meat, flaked white fish, salmon, or even shredded chicken.
- Onion – Onion adds a lovely crunchy texture to the filling and a punchy flavour. You could switch this out for green onion, chives, cubed bell peppers, or chopped cucumber. If you want a softer texture, you could finely chop some tomatoes and mix these in. Avocado also makes a lovely addition to sushi fillings.
- Dipping Sauce – Soy is a versatile dipping sauce that is always on hand. You can switch this out for any kind of dipping sauce that you like. You could go for sweet chilli, or a spicy wasabi. You could also make your own dipping sauce with soy, honey, and garlic.
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