Sushi Made With Canned Tuna Fish

So I’ve got two conflicting factors in my life right now: 1.) I love sushi, and 2.) I am underemployed. The latter means that, in order to make really awesome sushi with the sort of fishes I really like, I’d need to spend more money then I feel comfortable spending on a regular basis. Thus, I’m trying to figure out cheaper means of making delicious sushi.

I wanted to make some sushi for Drew’s aunt Pam, who had only tried sushi once and was pretty ambivalent about that experience. She was definitely wary of eating raw fish, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try out some canned tuna.

sushi workplace

So I used some standard vegetables – avocado, carrot, and cucumber – plus some egg fried with sugar + soy sauce. Now, the tricky part was the fact that Drew would also be partaking of this as well. He happens to dislike canned tuna, but really wants to add more fish to his diet. So, I engaged in sneakily disguising the tuna. I mixed it with a dose of mayonnaise plus some Chiracha sauce, in the hopes that it would be a close match to spicy tuna. I decided to couple that with some cream cheese. I’ve never really gotten into cream cheese sushi, but Drew likes it, and it is the only way that he’ll eat fake crab, so I had hopes it would work with the tuna as well.

sushi tubes

At this point, much of my sushi-making stuff was still back in Richmond. So, no rolling mats, as well as no sesame seeds. Not that sesame seeds are hugely essential, I suppose (don’t tell them that though, it’ll hurt their feelings!), but when I make rice-on-the-outside rolls, sesame seeds add that extra zing.

The rolls came out…squishy. Very squishy. Or more specifically, rolls involving both tuna and cream cheese were incredibly squishy. And, unfortunately, Drew couldn’t get over the canned tuna flavor. Everything seemed to go over well with Pam, but as her first sushi experience was not particularly good, I suspect her second wouldn’t have to be much better to beat that first one. That, and I dunno how much that “I’ll be polite about the food” courtesy was a factor. I wasn’t all that impressed with the tuna. Even in a roll without cream cheese, it just tasted way too much like the tuna I’d dump on crackers for lunch sometimes. Albeit, I may have evolved into a snooty sushi elitist, so I can always blame that as well. At least the veggie rolls were good!

tuna sushi

And here’s a poorly lit bonus closeup!

more sushi

In conclusion, the next time I want cheap sushi with meats, I’ll just get some fake crab. Though, I do have this itching temptation to try making sushi with sardines at some point. Or even better…with bacon!

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  1. Ramasses July 26, 2010 7:53 pm

    If you make sushi with bacon you will automatically become a Saint =)

    • ptocheia July 26, 2010 8:13 pm

      Awesome! (And I'm not even Catholic!)

  2. matchy October 3, 2010 3:39 pm

    The reason your sushi was squishy because your rice was too wet

    • ptocheia October 3, 2010 7:05 pm

      It was definitely too wet, my rice skills are unfortunately not so hot when my rice cooker is broken and I'm doing it all by stove!

  3. Jamar March 3, 2012 2:13 am

    Just so you know, im already a sushi master with bacon. Heres a tip…buy the best quality turkey bacon, cook it all the way, and roll the rice in the tiny bit of grease it will leave on the pan. As long as you dont overcook the bacon, you will find this to be…OISHII!!!!!!!! Its my standard sushi method. You can even make little fried egg omolettes to put in the sushi. I know it sounds outlandish but its quite sophisticated when you think of what professionals in Japan tend to use in their sushi. with wasabi and a little pickled ginger you are good!

  4. Ali March 13, 2013 11:38 pm

    I just found your blog, but I have to say, after trying my own hand at sushi making, tuna salad is one of my favorites … I just use canned tuna w/mayo (like tuna salad), cucumber, and lettuce. It's so refreshing. But agreed you don't want your rice too wet!

    • ptocheia March 14, 2013 11:07 pm

      I’m normally a fan of tuna salad, but I think I’m too used to eating raw tuna on sushi!

  5. rushessay July 24, 2017 4:17 pm

    I would love to have tuna fish that has been the most tasty thing that I could all the time. This is a new way to serve the tuna fish which I am sure to give a try once I am trying tuna fish.