Laura Davidson'S

Spicy Tuna Onigiri

SERVINGS: 4–6 (roughly 6 onigiri) | PREP TIME: 20 minutes | COOK TIME: 30 minutes

Japanese-style comfort food meets Italian-style premium tuna with this modern interpretation of Tuna Onigiri Hand Rolls.



  • 1½ cups (2 rice cooker cups) Japanese short-grain (sushi) rice
  • 15 fluid oz. cold water
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 can (4.5 oz.) Portofino Solid Albacore Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1½ Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 finely sliced scallion, green parts only
  • Toasted black sesame seeds for sprinkling (optional)
  • 3 sheets of toasted nori, cut crosswise in half


  1. Prepare the rice: Place the rice in a fine-meshed sieve, and rinse well under cold water, rubbing the grains of rice between your fingers until the water runs clear. This helps remove any excess starch and improves the texture of the rice once cooked. Drain well.
  2. Combine the rice and water, and cook in a rice cooker according to the manufacturer’s directions. This method will yield the best-textured sushi rice. If you do not own a rice cooker: Combine the rice and water in a medium (non-stick, if possible) saucepan (or preferably, cook in a rice cooker according to the manufacturer’s directions). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook covered for 16–18 minutes or until the water has been completely absorbed. Remove from heat, gently fluff the rice with a rice paddle or wooden spoon, place a clean kitchen towel over the pot, top with the lid again and let stand covered for 10 minutes. While the rice cools slightly, prepare the onigiri filling.
  3. Make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine the albacore tuna, mayonnaise, hot sauce and rice vinegar with a fork until evenly combined. Stir in the scallions.
  4. Assemble: Set aside a medium bowl of room temperature water and a small bowl of kosher salt for pinching. Once the sushi rice is cool enough to handle, start assembling the onigiri by hand.
  5. Lightly moisten your hands by dipping them in the water bowl (this will help prevent the rice from sticking to your hands during shaping). Sprinkle both of your palms lightly with kosher salt, and rub them together. Grab roughly a ½ cup of sushi rice, and gently press it into a thick oblong shape in one palm of your hand. Add a tablespoon of the tuna filling, pinched together with your fingertips, to the center of the rice, and close the rice over the filling. (If necessary, use an additional pinch or two of rice to cover the filling.)
  6. Gently shape the rice ball into a wide triangular shape, using the palms of one hand and the fingers of your other hand, rotating the rice ball as you go. Avoid compressing the rice too hard. It should hold together well but be lightly packed. Sprinkle the outside of the onigiri with black sesame seeds. Wrap each onigiri in a nori sheet, and place an additional small spoonful of tuna filling on the top of each onigiri. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Tuna Onigiri

Serving Size: 1 onigiri (151g)

Servings: 4–6 (roughly 6 onigiri)

Nutritional Info Amount/Serving % DV*
Calories 250
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 10g
Vitamin D 5mcg 25%
Calcium 18mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 126mg 2%