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Tuna Nigiri Recipe

Tuna Nigiri Recipe

Learn all the detailed steps of making the delicious Japanese tuna sushi easily with no effort.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 16 pieces


Sushi rice

  • 1 cup of sushi rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of sushi vinegar (optional) (Made by mixing 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt)

Tuna nigiri

  • 8 oz of sashimi gradetuna
  • 2 teaspoons of wasabi

Optional for serving

  • Soy sauce
  • Wasabi
  • Pickled ginger


Sushi rice

  • Wash the rice well with cold water many times until the water is clear enough to remove all the excess rice starch. Proceed by adding the washed rice with the water in the rice maker and cook according to the instructions.
  • Spread the cooked rice in a plate or a large bowl to cool slightly, but not completely, then mix in the sushi vinegar prepared from the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Leave them aside and start preparing the sushi rolls.

Preparation of the tuna

  • Slice your tuna into¼-unch thick, 3-inch long, and 1-inch wide slices.
  • Take 3 tablespoons of cooked rice with your hands, start shaping them into an oval with a straight bottom and rounded top. Make sure the rice is not completely squeezed, and there is still room for air.
  • On the middle of the tuna slice, spread pea-sized wasabi piece, then place the oval-shaped rice on top. Squeeze with your index finger gently to allow them to stick together.
  • Flip the sushi made so that the tuna slice facing the top. Serve the sushi pieces with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.