Tuna Rolls (Maki) Recipe
Tuna Rolls (Maki)
Flavors of Japan
Total time: 1hr to 2hr
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Waiting time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Average
Ingredients for 4 servings
- 5 sheets of nori
- 625 ml (2 1/2 cups) [prepared sushi rice]
- 1 piece of fresh Tuna, cut into 4 long slices
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 green onion, quartered lengthwise
- 4 tsp. mayonnaise
- 4 tsp. cooked tempura batter (optional but adds a nice texture)
- A few drops of Japanese hot sauce like Momiji or Oroshi (optional)

Basic method

  1. Use a bamboo sushi mat;
  2. on it, place a sheet of nori (seaweed);
  3. cover with a thin layer of rice, leaving a 1 cm (1/2") border on the edge facing you - 125 ml (1/2 cup) rice will cover 1 sheet of nori;
  4. approximately 2 cm from the edge nearest you, spread a 2 cm (3/4") band of mayonnaise mixed with a little hot sauce and lemon juice;
  5. in the center of the mayonnaise, place a piece of tuna and a strip of green onion; sprinkle everything with a few fried tempura balls (see below);
  6. with the help of the bamboo mat, roll up firmly;
  7. cut into 2.5 cm (1") portions.


  1. combine 2 tbsp. flour and 1/2 tsp. baking powder with a little ice water to form a thick batter;
  2. drop into hot oil; the batter will immediately form little golden balls; remove and drain.
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