Recently, I found myself with an abundance of yellow fin tuna…. You know the usual problem for a 23 year-old foodie… Now I’ve done seared tuna a couple of times, but I thought with all this tuna, why not challenge myself and do something different? And so today, I bring you spicy tuna rolls!
I made sushi at home a couple years ago. it’s a fun activity that has a real wow factor while being relatively easy (if not just a tad messy).
To make sushi at home, you’ll need:
- 1-2 cups cooked sushi rice
- 1 package nori
- assortment of fillings (in this case, tuna, cucumber and avocado)
Bamboo mats always help for rolling. I used to have a set in Boston, grrr! Curses that they somehow did not make the move to Brooklyn with me! Anyway, plastic wrap works well in a pinch and a rice cooker helps as well!
And for your sushi rice, the other necessities are rice vinegar and sugar. A couple tablespoons of each added to your cooled rice is lovely!
But as I learned the hard way, the secret to sushi rice is to use the correct type of rice — either Japanese rice or medium-grain California rice. It’s often labeled as Calrose rice, which is how I found it. There’s nothing better than sticky rice! And boy, it is sticky so a little bowl of water next to your work station is a good idea.
And as always, this amazing tuna is from the Mermaid Garden CSF caught by Captain Snik Desantis from the F/V Dealer and Sensitive in Chatham, MA.!
For the spicy tuna filling, there’s a variety of things you could do… but I went with a mayo/Siracha mix.
You’ll want to put a thin layer of rice onto your nori and add your fillings (avocado, cucumber and tuna) in a thin line at the top. Then get rolling! Wet your fingers and seal the end, once done, and slice into pieces.
Now, I am by no means a sushi expert. I can make a mean sushi roll, but I am not well versed in sushi culture and its terminology or techniques. But, as with most things, I’m looking to learn! For the moment, these spicy tuna rolls will hold me over though.
And if you’re in love with sushi, little old Japanese men and food porn, I highly recommend the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.