Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice

Lightly crisped rice patties topped with spicy tuna tartare. This recipe is inspired by the same dish you can find in some fancy sushi restaurants, but slightly healthier! If you haven’t tried these before, prepare to fall in love!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins



Spicy tuna



Prepare spicy tuna

  1. Small dice tuna.
  2. Combine tuna with all other ingredients for spicy tuna. Mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Prepare crispy rice and assemble

  1. Add sushi rice seasoning to cooked rice and mix until combined.
  2. Using lightly wet hands, form rice into 12 rectangular patties of the same size.
  3. In a nonstick skillet, heat up oil over high heat. Add rice patties and fry each side for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and top each one with with spicy tuna.
  5. Garnish with additional tobiko if desired. Serve immediately.


  • This dish is best served immediately as the crispy rice and raw fish both don’t keep well.
  • When forming the rice patties, it’s helpful to keep a bowl of water nearby to easily wet your hands as needed. Make sure you squeeze gently to ensure the rice patties will hold together when frying.
  • Shichimi Togarashi is a Japanese spice blend. If you don’t have this, omit or substitute with chilli flakes.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sriracha according to your spice tolerance.
  • For an even lighter version of this dish, try replacing the crispy rice patties with brown rice thins or corn thins.