This quick and easy Spicy Tuna Sushi Bowl is loaded with canned tuna, spicy mayo, pan-crisped sushi rice and lots of fresh veggies. Healthy, protein-packed and so delicious!
I’m finally sharing the lunch I’ve been enjoying all summer! Spicy Tuna Sushi Bowls… healthy, quick, easy and delicious all at the same time. What more could you ask for?
I love using canned tuna because it’s cheap compared to fresh fish and packed with protein. Oil-packed tuna filets are going to be more flavorful and retain less of that “fishy” flavor that some people dislike. You can also use canned salmon!
Spicy Tuna Bowl with Canned Tuna
Here’s what you’ll need for the Spicy Tuna mixture.
- Canned tuna (oil-packed will be more flavorful and have less of a “fishy” taste)
- Toasted sesame oil
- Rice vinegar
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, flaking the tuna apart with a fork. Make adjustment based on taste. Add more sriracha if you like it spicy or sesame oil for a stronger nutty flavor. The Spicy Tuna mixture can be made in advance and refrigerate or enjoyed right away.
How to Make Crispy Rice
Leftover sushi rice works best here. Chilling the rice for at least 4 hours makes it much easier to work with and yields crispier, golden-brown sheets. Through trial and error, I’ve found that freshly steamed rice or even room-temp rice will not develop a browned crust and tends to fall apart in the pan.
Once your rice is chilled, heat a little avocado oil in a pan (I use non-stick) until it’s quite hot. A few minutes of preheating should do the trick. Use a rubber spatula to pack clumps of rice down into the pan and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Try not to lift the clumps early as this will prevent that nice golden brown crust from forming.
Crispy rice is so delicious and adds the perfect crunch to these Spicy Tuna Bowls, but it’s totally fine to skip this step and use regular steamed rice instead.
Spicy Tuna Sushi Bowl Topping Ideas
Feel free to get creative when topping your Spicy Tuna Bowls! It all depends on what I have on hand, but I love thinly sliced cucumber, lots of scallions, sesame seeds and a drizzle of chili oil for a touch more heat.
You’ve probably seen at least one person do it on TikTok, but you have to try wrapping the filling in sheets of those nori snacks to make mini sushi rolls. It’s such a fun way to enjoy a meal!
Here are a few more ideas for toppings:
- Sliced cucumber
- Sesame seeds
- Nori sheets (I like the seasoned snack packs)
- Chili crisp oil
- Steamed edamame
- Sliced radish
- Shredded carrots
- Sweet potato (Japanese or regular)
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More healthy bowl recipes to try
- Blackened Miso Salmon with Cucumber Salad
- Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onion Aioli
- Sheet Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls
- Crunchy Brown Rice Salmon Bowls with Herbed Tahini Dressing
- Blackened Cauliflower Bowls