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Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Rolls

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Rolls

With just a few staples you probably already have on hand, you can whip up your new favorite warm-weather lunch, post-pool nosh or impromptu bite. Plus, you could be enjoying these crispy rice rolls in just 25 minutes!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 rolls 1x


  • 1 cup cooked short-grain brown rice, cooled (we used microwave rice, but leftover rice also works well)
  • ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive, sesame or avocado oil, divided
  • 1 (5-ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 1 teaspoon light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Dash of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup cucumber, finely chopped (optional)
  • ¼ avocado, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon black and/or white sesame seeds (optional)


  1. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt; mix well and heat for 30-45 seconds until sugar is dissolved. Then add rice and mix well. Let cool. (Rice should get stickier as it cools.) 
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat with 2-3 tablespoons oil (oil should cover bottom of entire pan). With wet hands, form rice into small discs. (Should make about 8-10 discs, depending on size.) Carefully add rice discs to pan; turn down heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Flip gently using a spatula or tongs. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of oil, if needed. Cook in batches if need to avoid overcrowding (rice discs will stick to each other if too close). When shaped rice is crispy and golden, remove from pan and place on metal cooling rack.
  3. While rice discs are cooling, prepare tuna and toppings. Add tuna pouch to a medium bowl and flake. Then add mayo, sriracha, lemon juice, salt and pepper; mix well until combined. Top cooled shaped rice with tuna mixture, then with chopped cucumber and/or avocado, if desired. Drizzle with a little sriracha and sesame seeds on top, if desired.


Recommended utensils; Skillet, tongs or spatula, 2 medium mixing bowls, cutting board, knife, cooling rack

  • Author: Dish on Fish
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Tuna

Keywords: Tuna, Tuna Recipes, Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Rolls