This tuna avocado roll recipe is so easy to make, even a beginner can do it. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious and satisfying sushi meal on the table in no time. These tuna avocado rolls are packed with avocado, tuna and spicy mayo. And don’t worry, you don’t need fresh sushi grade tuna! For this recipe I used canned tuna since it is a cheaper and more accessible option. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and nut free.
The best part about tuna avocado roll is that they’re so versatile. You can customize them to your liking by adding different ingredients, such as cucumber, carrots, or pickled ginger. You can also make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge for a quick and easy meal on busy nights.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- These tuna avocado rolls are naturally gluten free, dairy free and can be made vegan by skipping the tuna.
- You can add any protein you want on top like tuna or shrimp!
- I like to smother mine in a soy or coconut amino sauce (but if you order them out make sure to check that the soy sauce is gluten fee!) or in spicy mayo. I make my spicy mayo at home with vegan mayonnaise and sriracha.
- Of course when you make spicy mayo at home you can make it as spicy as you want!
- Easy to make: This recipe is very easy to follow, even if you’re a beginner at making sushi. The ingredients are simple and the steps are straightforward.
- Healthy: The tuna avocado roll recipe is a healthy and nutritious snack or meal. It’s a good source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
- Quick recipe: This recipe can be made in just 30 minutes, making it a great option for a quick and easy meal.
- Minimal ingredients: This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, which are likely already in your pantry.
- Cheaper than ordering in: Making your own tuna avocado rolls is much cheaper than ordering them from a restaurant.
- Fun to make: Making your own sushi can be a fun and creative activity. You can experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create your own unique rolls.
- They’re made with minimal ingredients, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time shopping or prepping.
- They’re packed with veggies, so they’re a healthy and satisfying option.
- They’re easy to meal prep, so you can make them ahead of time and have a quick and easy meal ready to go.
- They’re fun and creative, so you can get the whole family involved in making them.
WHAT IS A HAND ROLL?
Cut-sushi is the type of sushi roll you are most likely used to seeing. Cut-sushi is when the sushi is rolled up and cut into circular slices.
But hand rolls are an easier type of sushi to make at home. Hand rolls are when the rolls are left whole and are not cut into bite-size circular pieces. You start with a slice of crispy seaweed paper, layer a bed of sticky sushi rice on top. Then, you add your desired toppings and fold the edges over making it into an easy cone shape that you can pick up. Hand rolls are just like they sound, perfect to eat with your hands!
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
Avocado has a creamy, buttery flavor. It is also a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins.
Avocado is a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. Healthy fats are important for heart health, brain health, and weight loss. Fiber is important for digestive health. Vitamins are essential for overall health.
HOW TO CHECK IF AN AVOCADO IS RIPE?
You want to lightly squeeze the avocado in your hand. If you can gentle feel it giving and it is a little soft, its likely ripe. The skin should be dark in color.
If the avocado is rock solid hard or green in color it is not ready yet.
If the avocado squeezes easily or is mushy, the avocado is passed its ripeness and you can freeze or save these to use as a hack in baking recipes instead of processed oil!
Think of seaweed as the taco shell in this tuna avocado roll recipe. The seaweed is here to hold everything together in this hand roll. You want to get sheets of seaweed paper and cut them into the right size, or buy smaller sheets that are already cut to size! Either option works. You don’t want to get any fresh seaweed or seaweed salad as it will be too soft and fall apart. Look for dried seaweed sheets in the asian aisle of the grocery store.
If you do not like the taste of nori seaweed, you can substitute it with other types of seaweed, such as kombu or hijiki. You can also substitute it with a thin sheet of toasted bread.
Tuna has a mild, slightly fishy flavor. It is also a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Tuna is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health, brain health, and immune function.
If you do not like tuna, you can substitute salmon, mackerel, or another type of fatty fish. I used canned tuna but you can use raw sushi grade tuna as well. You can also substitute shrimp.
You can also substitute tofu or tempeh for a vegan tuna avocado roll option.
The last part of this tuna avocado roll equation is the sticky rice! The sticky rice, in my opinion, is the best part. The rice is soft and fluffy and sticky. It tastes great on its own with salt and pepper on top. But for this recipe if you do not have sticky rice, regular white rice is a good substitute. It will not stick together the same way but it will taste the closest, just a bit messier.
Spicy mayo is a popular dipping sauce for sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes. It is made with mayonnaise, sriracha hot sauce, and sometimes other ingredients, such as lime juice or sesame oil.
To make your own spicy mayo at home, you will need 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice (optional) and 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional).
Coconut aminos is a gluten-free, soy-free alternative to soy sauce. It has a salty, umami flavor that is similar to soy sauce. Coconut aminos is a good source of amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also low in sodium.
If you cannot find coconut aminos, you can substitute soy sauce or gluten free soy sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos.
TASTE & TEXTURE
Tuna avocado hand rolls are a delicious and satisfying snack or meal. The seaweed paper has a salty, umami flavor that is essential to the taste of sushi. It also has a slightly chewy texture. The tuna has a mild, slightly fishy flavor, and the avocado has a creamy, buttery flavor. The spicy mayonnaise adds a tangy, spicy flavor that complements the other ingredients. The Japanese seasoning and coconut aminos add a salty, sweet, and umami flavor. The overall taste is umami, savory, and slightly spicy. The texture is chewy from the seaweed paper, creamy from the avocado, and smooth from the spicy mayonnaise.
Place a sheet of seaweed paper on the cutting board.
Add a few slices of avocado.
Top with a layer of tuna.
Drizzle with spicy mayo.
Sprinkle the tuna avocado rolls with Japanese seasoning and coconut aminos.
Fold up like a taco and enjoy!
EXPERT TIPS & TRICKS
- Use a good quality seaweed paper. This will make a big difference in the taste and texture of your tuna avocado roll.
- Don’t overfill the seaweed paper. If you put too much filling in, it will be difficult to roll up.
- Be careful not to tear the seaweed paper when you are rolling. If it tears, just start over with a new sheet.
- Serve the handrolls immediately. This will help to keep the seaweed paper from getting soggy.
DO I HAVE TO USE STICKY RICE?
For this tuna avocado roll recipe if you do not have sticky rice, regular white rice is a good substitute. It will not stick together the same way but it will taste similar, just be a bit messier.
HOW TO MAKE THIS LOWER CARB
One way you can adjust this recipe to be low carb is to omit the rice all together. You can make the tuna avocado roll with just peanuts and avocado if you want.
You can also use brown rice or cauliflower rice or a mixture of both in place of the white sticky rice. It may be a bit messier but if you’re looking for low carb, this is the way to go.
HOW TO MAKE THIS VEGAN
You can also substitute tofu or tempeh for a vegan option. You can also skip the meat all together and use more avocado instead. Make sure you use vegan mayo.
HOW TO SERVE & STORE
Serving: The tuna avocado rolls are best served immediately after they are made. However, if you need to store them, they can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. To serve, place the hand rolls on a serving platter and garnish with a few sesame seeds. You can also serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, such as soy sauce, spicy mayo, or teriyaki sauce.
Storing: To store tuna avocado rolls, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. The hand rolls will keep for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, remove the hand rolls from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
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Tuna Avocado Roll
- 12 sheets of seaweed paper
- 1 can 12 ounces albacore tuna drained and flaked
- 1/2 cup spicy mayonnaise
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 tablespoon Japanese seasoning
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- Place a sheet of seaweed paper on the cutting board.
- Add a few slices of avocado.
- Top with a layer of tuna.
- Drizzle with spicy mayo.
- Sprinkle with Japanese seasoning and coconut aminos.
- Fold up like a taco and enjoy!