Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice Cakes

Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna

Welcome to the second recipe from what I now lovingly refer to as “Ahi Week”!

Spicy Tuna Rice Cake Recipe

After purchasing a large amount of Ahi Tuna at the Whole Foods Del Mar grand opening, I first headed home and whipped up these delicious Mango Avocado Ahi Poke Fillo Baskets.  Next on the list to make was my sushi restaurant favorite and yours, Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice Cakes.

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Recipe

And just how do I know they’re your favorite?  Because I worked at a sushi restaurant in college and trust me, they are everyones favorite!

This post contains the making of three different recipes:

  1. Spicy tuna
  2. Sushi rice
  3. Crispy rice cakes

At the end, they will all be combined into these delicious little sushi favorites!

Spicy Tuna Ingredients

Ingredients – Spicy Tuna (makes app. 2 cups)

  • 1 lb sushi-grade ahi tuna
  • 2 tbsp hot chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp hot chili oil
  • 1/4 cup Vegenaise
  • 1 tbsp chives (chopped)

Begin by gently dicing the ahi tuna, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

How to Make Spicy Tuna

Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to allow the spicy flavors to soak into the ahi.

Meanwhile, prepare the sushi rice, then rice cakes.

Homemade Sushi Rice Ingredients

Ingredients – Sushi Rice (Recipe adapted from Food Network)

  • 2 cups sushi or short grain rice
  • 2 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (for the rice cakes)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (for cooking rice cakes)

Begin by rinsing the sushi rice well, then combining the rice and 2 cups of water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and cover.  Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat, keep the rice covered away from the heat for 10 minutes.

Next, combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

Place the cooked rice in a glass bowl and add the vinegar mixture to the rice, combining well.

Homemade Sushi Rice

Allow the rice to cool, then form the rice into small rectangles using your hands, a cookie cutter or this sweet little contraption.

Tool for making Nigiri Sushi Rice Cakes

This nifty little tool was part of the “Sushi Party Kit” I picked up at the Japanese Market for $3.50.  Have I mentioned how much I love that place?

Sushi Party Kit

Once the rice is formed into tight rectangular shapes, cook them lightly on each side over medium heat with 1 tbsp of sesame oil.

Crispy Rice Cake Recipe

Remove from the skillet and dip the rice cakes into the soy sauce.

Soy Rice Cakes

Next, cook the rice cakes for an additional 2-3 minutes in 1 tbsp sesame oil on each side or until crisp and golden brown.

Japanese Crispy Rice Cakes

Remove from the skillet and top with the spicy tuna, then garnish with additional chopped chives.

Katsuya Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Cakes Recipe

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

These scrumptious little bites are just as good as the ones you get in the restaurant, and probably even better because of all the tender, love and care that you put into making them at home ;-)

Japanese Spicy Tuna Rice Cakes

Spicy Tuna Rice Cakes Sushi Recipe

Try these with other sushi restaurant favorites such as shishito peppers and miso japanese eggplant (recipe coming soon!)

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Cakes

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the ahi in the spicy tuna recipe with diced cucumbers and carrots, then top with fresh avocado.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Be sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce and this recipe is gluten-free.

Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice Cakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24

Ingredients

    Spicy Tuna
  • 1 lb sushi-grade ahi tuna
  • 2 tbsp hot chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp hot chili oil
  • 1/4 cup vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
  • 1 tbsp chives (chopped)
  • Sushi Rice
  • 2 cups sushi or short grain rice
  • 2 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Rice Cakes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

    Spicy Tuna
  1. Prepare the spicy tuna by gently dicing the ahi, then adding the rest of the ingredients to the tuna and mixing well.
  2. Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Sushi Rice
  4. Prepare the sushi rice by rinsing the rice well, then combining the rice and 2 cups of water in a medium pot.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and cover.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat, keep the rice covered away from the heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  8. Place the cooked rice in a glass bowl and add the vinegar mixture to the rice, combining well.
  9. Rice Cakes
  10. Allow the rice to cool, then form into small rectangles.
  11. Cook them lightly on each side in a skillet over medium heat with 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
  12. Remove from the skillet and dip the rice cakes into the soy sauce.
  13. Cook the rice cakes for an additional 2-3 minutes in 1 tbsp sesame oil on each side or until crisp and golden brown.
  14. Remove from the skillet and top with the spicy tuna, then garnish with additional chopped chives.
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