Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri

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Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri

Onigiri is a common Japanese dish. To the Japanese, onigiri is like the sandwich is to us Americans. It is made traditionally with some sort of filling wrapped with steamed rice, and nori (toasted seaweed) wrapped around that. For this fried spicy tuna onigiri I wanted to pull from our favorite sushi roll at the local sushi bar, a tempura spicy tuna roll. Yes, it’s fried sushi. No, I don’t care. I love it, and I think you’ll love this.

Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri
Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri
Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri

The textures of this onigiri are just plain fantastic! The crunchy rice on the outside, soft steamed rice, warm sweet and spicy tuna hiding in the middle. You might be tempted to quadruple this recipe. The balance of salty, sweet, spicy, and savory really make this a household favorite of ours. The shape is optional, but the secret to getting the triangle just right is by making a 90 degree angle with your fingers and palm of the top hand, while pressing down into the palm of the bottom hand. Spin it in your hand and repeat until the shape is just the way you like. I also use a rice cooker for this recipe. If you don’t have one, you HAVE to get one. It’ll change your life, I promise. The linked one is also a slow cooker and a steamer. You’ll use it for everything, trust me!

Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri
Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri

Fried Spicy Tuna Onigiri

Serves 2

Prep Time: 10 mins  |  Cook Time: 50 mins  |  Total Time: 60 mins

  • 2 1/2 Rice Cooker Cups Short Grain Sushi Rice (almost 2 standard cups)
  • 2 5oz Cans Tuna
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Spicy Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Sprigs of Green Onion Diced (whites and greens)
  • 1 Sheet of Toasted Nori
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to Taste

Step 1. Wash your rice and place in your rice cooker.

Step 2. Drain your tuna and mix with the green onions, mayonnaise, spicy mayonnaise, garlic salt, sugar, and black pepper.

Step 3. Cut your toasted nori into 6 strips.

Step 4. Form your onigiri by separating your rice into six even portions. Place each portion down on some saran wrap. Using the saran wrap (so it doesn’t stick to your fingers) flatten the rice out a bit and place 1/6 of the tuna mixture in the middle. Fold the saran wrap up and over enveloping the tuna mixture with the rice. Using the saran wrap compress the rice into a neat triangle. Remove the onigiri from the saran wrap and wrap with a piece of toasted nori (shiny side facing out).

Step 5. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Place onigiri broad-side down in the oil and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. Repeat until all onigiri are fried and crispy. Let cool and salt to taste. Enjoy your fried spicy tuna onigiri!

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