Crispy Rice Sushi Bites

It doesn't get better than crispy rice with spicy tuna.

crispy sushi rice bites

Grant Webster

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
32 bites

Making sushi at home may be intimidating but our spicy tuna crispy rice recipe is easy to make with just a little prep. We'll walk you through how to make flavorful sushi rice and how to cook it to crisp, golden perfection. It is the perfect vehicle for spicy tuna and toppers like avocado and freshly sliced jalapeno peppers. Customize this spicy tuna with crispy rice with any toppings you like. You'll want to ensure you're using sushi-grade tuna for this recipe, as it's being served raw. You can substituted canned tuna but the flavor will be different.


Rice Bites

  • 1 1/2 cups sushi rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 sheet kombu

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Spicy Tuna

  • 1 pound sushi grade ahi tuna, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons Kewpie mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice


  • Thinly sliced avocado

  • Toasted sesame seeds

  • Furikake

  • Sliced green onions

  • Sliced fresh jalapeno peppers


  1. Add rice to a large, deep bowl. Fill with cold water and rub rice together with hands until water turns milky white. Strain water from rice. Repeat 3 or 4 times until you can see rice through 3 inches of water. Strain rice from water. Add rice to a small saucepan. Stir in kombu and the 2 cups water.

  2. Cover and bring rice to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Remove and discard kombu.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until dissolved. Add rice and stir until well incorporated and no lumps of rice remain. Allow to cool slightly before handling.

  4. Line a square 8x8-inch baking pan with plastic wrap. Gently press the rice into the bottom of the dish and cover with additional plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

  5. Remove rice from pan and cut into bite size rectangles (2x1-inch). In a deep, large skillet heat 3/4-inch of oil to 365°F. Working in batches, carefully place rice squares into the oil with a slotted spoon. Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from pan and place on a wire rack over a sheet pan to cool (inside of bite should still be a bit soft and chewy).

  6. In a medium bowl mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, and lime juice until incorporated. Serve with crispy rice bites and garnish as desired with sliced avocado, furikake, sesame seeds, green onions, and sliced jalapenos.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is kombu?

    Kombu is a type of edible seaweed or kelp, and is commonly used to make Japanese dashi broth. It has a mildly sweet and salty flavor and tastes lightly of the sea. Some may even compare the flavor to mushrooms or umami. You can find this pantry ingredient at Asian markets, online, or in health food stores.

  • What is furikake?

    Furikake is a Japanese condiment blend made with sesame seeds, nori, dried fish, spices, sugar, and salt. Each blend may be different. It's commonly used as a topping for rice, fish, veggies, and sushi.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
4g Fat
4g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 70.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.9g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Cholesterol 7.2mg 2%
Sodium 150.8mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 4.4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4.8g
Vitamin D 0.3mcg 1%
Vitamin C 2.2mg 11%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 151.7mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 0g
Vitamin D 11.7IU
Alanine 0.3g
Arginine 0.3g
Ash 1g
Aspartic acid 0.5g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 6.2mcg
Choline, total 13.4mg
Copper, Cu 0.1mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 296.6kJ
Fluoride, F 11.4mcg
Folate, total 12.6mcg
Glutamic acid 0.7g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.1g
Isoleucine 0.2g
Leucine 0.4g
Lysine 0.4g
Methionine 0.1g
Magnesium, Mg 14.5mg
Manganese, Mn 0.1mg
Niacin 3.5mg
Phosphorus, P 64mg
Pantothenic acid 0.3mg
Phenylalanine 0.2g
Phytosterols 3.9mg
Proline 0.2g
Retinol 3.3mcg
Selenium, Se 15.8mcg
Serine 0.2g
Starch 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.2g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.4mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.2g
Valine 0.2g
Vitamin A, IU 69.9IU
Vitamin A, RAE 6.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 6.4mcg
Water 43.2g
Zinc, Zn 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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