A Spicy Tuna Roll is a Japanese Sushi Roll made from minced Sashimi-Grade tuna (Negitoro.) I love this spicy-mayo tuna roll! It’s super easy to make and tastes like the sushi rolls that you’d order at a Japanese Restaurant! 

Japanese spicy tuna roll (negitoro) on plate with chopsticks

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Spicy Tuna Roll

When ordering Sushi Rolls at Japanese Restaurants, I’m likely to pick Philadelphia Rolls, some deep-fried rolls, and the Spicy Tuna Roll off the menu! There is something delicious about these raw tuna rolls! I’ve made these rolls countless of times and like to use raw fish like salmon when I can. This recipe is simple and the Tuna Steaks can be bought from the freezer section of major grocery stores! So, you don’t have to visit a fish market or descale anything in that matter!


Tuna Fish (Negitoro)

If you’re a Sushi Chef you probably know what Negitoro means, which is basically the leftover minced meat that won’t make pretty Sashimi slices anymore. Since most of us, don’t cook with raw fish that much, we’re likely not going to have leftover minced seafood laying around. Which, makes it convenient to buy frozen Tuna Steaks. If your precisely looking for Sushi-grade or Sashimi-grade tuna steaks your likely to pay almost double for something that was just judged to be safe worthy to eat raw.

At the end, you’re still eating raw fish so if you’re concerned about the safety, go for the wild-caught selections for a higher grade. Furthermore, it is likely most fishes go through some freezing point to kill parasites so the frozen tuna steaks can come in much handier and are easier to buy.

How to Make Spicy Tuna Roll:

Spicy Tuna Roll

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 rolls
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
Spicy Tuna Roll is a Japanese Sushi Roll made from minced Sashimi-Grade tuna (Negitoro.) I love this spicy-mayo tuna roll! It's super easy to make and tastes like the sushi rolls that you'd order at a Japanese Restaurant! 


Spicy Tuna Roll:

  • 8 oz tuna steak minced
  • 1/3 cup Capelin roe
  • 2 tbsp spicy mayo
  • 3 cups cooked Sushi Rice
  • 6 nori seaweed sheets (half-sheets)


How to Make Spicy Tuna Roll:

  • Mix together the raw tuna, capelin roe, and spicy mayo. Set aside.
  • Place a half-sheet of nori onto a sushi mat. Spread 1/2 cup of seasoned and cooked sushi rice over the nori.
  • Flip and fill the bottom end with the tuna mixture.
  • Roll and slice each roll into 6-8 pieces.


Notes: to make sushi rolls with the nori sheets appearing on the outside; don't flip over after spreading the rice. 
  • Dip your hands in water to easier work with sticky sushi rice. 
  • Capelin Roe goes by the name Masago. 
  • Add scallions for extra flavor.
  • Salmon can be used for tuna.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1sushi rollCalories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 19gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 944IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 3mg


What is maki?

Maki is a Japanese term for Sushi Rolls!

What is Negitoro?

Negitoro is a Japanese word that means minced tuna. It’s known as a type of sushi topping made with Welsh onion leaves.

What does “SushiGrade” or “SashimiGrade” mean?

The word Sushi-Grade is a marketing term for making sales on raw fish. To read more on What Is “Sushi-Grade,” Anyway? Read this article by serious eats. Many stores will not have those marketing terms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use any other raw fish available, for sushi.

How do you make easy Sushi Rice?

The sushi rice recipe we can count on! It’s the one recipe we’ve been making for many years (5 years +) and tastes like rice you’d order at a Japanese Restaurant! I have followed some complicated steps in the beginning years of my sushi making, like using non-metallic bowls and specific tools to perfect sushi rice, but in the end I realized it turns out without all those unnecessary steps! So my sushi rice recipe has simplified much!

What Tuna Should I buy for Sushi?

The best tuna to buy is the red-fleshed tuna steaks (Maguro)! Although not always available I have worked with lighter steaks of tuna with just as good results. Some Tuna steaks to choose from are Yellowfin, Big Eye, and Blue Fin and sometimes Albacore Tuna.

You can substitute rice vinegar?

Absolutely! In fact, I don’t even buy rice vinegar anymore! Since, I discovered the substitute of apple cider vinegar, when running out of rice vinegar, I’ve been using it since! It works fabulously and is much more convenient to purchase since it’s available in most grocery stores. This Sushi Rice Vinegar Substitute is sure to come in handy!

How do you make Spicy Mayo?

The orange sauce you’ve likely tried at Japanese Restaurants with your Sushi Rolls was probably Spicy-Mayo and it’s super easy to make! Here is my recipe for Homemade Spicy Mayo and it tastes like the real thing! It’s our #1 condiment sauce for Sushi rolls, so when we have sushi it’s definitely with this stuff!

What does Sashimi mean?

The definition of Sashimi simply means, raw fish. Its a piece of raw fish in the Japanese cuisine that’s served with soy sauce and wasabi and you’ve likely seen it in Japanese menus.

Can I use Canned Tuna for Tuna Rolls?

You could use canned tuna but it won’t be the same. Raw tuna is what makes a spicy tuna roll delicious with its silky flesh and spicy-mayo concoction! However, canned tuna is dry and flakey so there will be a drastic difference in taste to the original Spicy Tuna Rolls.

Is raw fish safe to eat?

Raw fish is safe to eat if certain guidelines are followed. For example, freezing your fish at a certain temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) for several days, or frozen at -31 degrees Fahrenheit (-35 degrees Celsius) for 15 hours, will kill any parasites.

Some people even take the extra step of curing fish to consume raw (a salt and sugar brine.) While others will just back away from the idea. I usually buy Tuna steaks frozen solid in packages that have been vacuumed sealed and have never encountered a bad experience that way. Even when I used raw salmon that I bought fresh and froze turned out well for me.

You should test your fish and determine whether it’s safe to eat raw by inspecting the smell, color and other guidelines to kill any parasites. If you are not sure, cure the fish or make sure it goes through those freezer temperatures, provided. Here is a complete article whether it’s safe to eat Sushi.

Note: I can’t guarantee your safety, which is why you should go with guidelines or look for Sushi-grade seafood for your safety. 

How do you cut Tuna for Sushi or Sashimi?

It’s always a good idea to cut across the grain of raw fish. Cutting fish the right way will make the process smoother and a good knife helps too! Here is a video from a Sushi Chef on how to cut Tuna for Sushi.


Tips for Spicy Tuna Roll:

  1. Top Sushi Rolls with thinly sliced Sashimi or Capelin roe before slicing.
  2. Drizzle rolls with eel sauce or spicy mayo (delicious!)
  3. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over rice before filling.
  4. Water helps tremendously when working with sushi rolls!

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    • Samantha

    Great recipe, love it, thank you!!

    • Tetyana Vlasyuk


      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thanks Tanya:)

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