October 27, 2021

Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi (gluten free + Vegan)

Love crispy rice sushi but want to keep it vegan? I got you! These Vegan Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi (gluten free). The spicy “tuna” is made with no tuna, but with tater tots and carrots! Plus the crispy rice is made in the air fryer and without oil so its a great healthy meal option!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

Its all the excitement of spicy tuna crisp rice without any of the meat!

It has added vegetables so its a healthy meal or snack option!

It makes a great appetizer.

These crispy rices are healthy because theyre air fried with no oil or butter.

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and vegan!

Super easy to make!

Makes minimal mess

You only need an air fryer and a microwave.

INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS

Sticky rice

For this recipe you can only use sticky rice because it helps the rice cakes stick together in the air fryer. Regular white rice or bown rice will not work the same.

Vegan Spicy “Tuna”

This vegan spicy “tuna” is made with carrot tots instead of tuna. If you do not have carrot tots you can also sub tater tots with 1 tbsp of pureed carrots to get the orange coloring and carrot flavoring.

Vegan Mayo

The vegan mayo is used to make the same spicy mayo they serve at sushi restaurants. If you are not vegan or just want a dairy free option you can sub regular mayo.

Avocado + Cucumber

These are traditional sushi toppings you can add onto your crispy rice cakes. You can also add other sushi toppings like mango or wasabi.

Gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos

Gluten free soy sauce or coconut amoinos are used for dipping! You can omit this if needed or you can use regular soy sauce if you are not gluten free! You can also sub eel sauce as well.

Air fryer

These crispy rice cakes made with sticky rice are crisped up in the airy fryer. If you do not have an air fryer you can pan fry them. You can spray with cooking oil spray and pan fry each side until browned. Do not drench in spray or use a lot of cooking oil to help keep this recipe healthy.

TASTE & TEXTURE

The sticky rice cakes are crispy without being oily. The carrot tots mixed with spicy mayo have a similar mashed texted as spicy mayo without being too wet.

This Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi is spicy. If you want less spicy you can use less sriracha.

This crispy rice sushi can also be made spicier by adding dots of sriracha on top after fully prepared. You can also add wasabi on top if desired!

HOW TO MAKE

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Make the microwaveable rice. Once it is hot, mix with rice vinegar.

STEP 2

Next, place sticky rice mixture into a rectangular object to hold its shape, i.e. loaf pan or create a rectangular shape with your hands. Pack it down tightly and refrigerate for approx 1 hour.

STEP 3

Remove from refrigerator and cut into 1″ x 1 1/2″ slices.

STEP 4

Preheat the air fryer to 390. Once preheated, add sticky rice slices and cook for approx 7-9 minutes or until browned.

STEP 5

While the sticky rice is cooking, heat up your carrot tots in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until room temperature.

STEP 6

In a bowl, mash the carrot tots and add the vegan mayo and sriracha. This is the spicy “tuna” topping.

STEP 7

Once the stick rice is fully browned, remove from the air fryer. Top with avocado slices. Then, top with spicy “tuna” mixture, add avocado slices.

STEP 8

Option to top with cucumber slices, extra spicy mayo or sesame seeds.

EXPERT TIPS & TRICKS

This vegan spicy “tuna” is made with carrot tots instead of tuna. If you do not have carrot tots you can also sub tater tots with 1 tbsp of pureed carrots to get the orange coloring and carrot flavoring.

This Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi is spicy. If you want less spicy you can use less sriracha.

This crispy rice sushi can also be made spicier by adding dots of sriracha on top after fully prepared. You can also add wasabi on top if desired!

These crispy rice cakes made with sticky rice are crisped up in the airy fryer. If you do not have an air fryer you can pan fry them. You can spray with cooking oil spray and pan fry each side until browned. Do not drench in spray or use a lot of cooking oil to help keep this recipe healthy.

HOW TO SERVE & STORE

This Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi cannot be stored in the freezer. You can store the left overs in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 3 days. To eat, remove from fridge 1 hour before consuming to allow the return to room temperature.

Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi (gluten free + Vegan)

Love crispy rice sushi but want to keep it vegan? I got you! These Vegan Spicy "Tuna" Crispy Rice Sushi (gluten free). The spicy "tuna" is made with no tuna, but with tater tots and carrots! Plus the crispy rice is made in the air fryer and without oil so its a great healthy meal option!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot tots or tater tots mixed with 1tbsp pureed carrots
  • 1 cup sticky rice microwavable
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • Sliced avocado for topping

Instructions

  • Make the microwaveable rice. Once it is hot, mix with rice vinegar.
  • Next, place sticky rice mixture into a rectangular object to hold its shape, i.e. loaf pan or create a rectangular shape with your hands. Pack it down tightly and refrigerate for approx 1 hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator and cut into 1″ x 1 1/2″ slices.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390. Once preheated, add sticky rice slices and cook for approx 7-9 minutes or until browned.
  • While the sticky rice is cooking, heat up your carrot tots in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until room temperature.
  • In a bowl, mash the carrot tots and add the vegan mayo and sriracha. This is the spicy “tuna” topping.
  • Once the stick rice is fully browned, remove from the air fryer. Top with avocado slices. Then, top with spicy “tuna” mixture, add avocado slices.
  • Option to top with cucumber slices, extra spicy mayo or sesame seeds.

Notes

This vegan spicy “tuna” is made with carrot tots instead of tuna. If you do not have carrot tots you can also sub tater tots with 1 tbsp of pureed carrots to get the orange coloring and carrot flavoring.
This Spicy “Tuna” Crispy Rice Sushi is spicy. If you want less spicy you can use less sriracha.
This crispy rice sushi can also be made spicier by adding dots of sriracha on top after fully prepared. You can also add wasabi on top if desired!
These crispy rice cakes made with sticky rice are crisped up in the airy fryer. If you do not have an air fryer you can pan fry them. You can spray with cooking oil spray and pan fry each side until browned. Do not drench in spray or use a lot of cooking oil to help keep this recipe healthy.

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