We know what you’re thinking: sushi is not Southern. Don’t let that stop you from giving this flavorful spicy tuna roll recipe a try. Fresh tuna combines with spicy mayo to create a perfectly light and delicious dish. Of course, we couldn’t help but give it a Southern spin, and what’s more Southern than fried okra? Crispy, pan-fried okra tops off this spicy tuna roll, giving it an irresistibly crunchy finish. It’s a classic roll, it’s easy to make, and it’s a fun, hands-on recipe. So, next time you’re craving sushi from your local hibachi grill, skip the outing and make it at home!

We like to say the secret is in the sauce. Made with siracha, sesame oil, lemon juice, and honey, the spicy mayo in this recipe is sure to send your taste buds on a ride. Combining the best of Asian and Southern food, you’ll want to make the spicy tuna roll with crispy fried okra again and again.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a fine strainer, rinse the rice with cold running water, until water runs clear. Pour rice into pot with 2 cups cold water; let sit 30 minutes.

Step 2

Bring rice to a boil over medium-high heat; immediately turn heat to low, and cover. Cook 10 minutes, remove from heat and let sit, covered, 15 minutes. In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar and salt in the rice vinegar over a low flame. Pour evenly over rice and fold gently with a wooden spoon to mix. Leave rice in front of a fan, or fan with a piece of cardboard for 15 minutes or until rice is just above room temperature.

Step 3

Place tuna in freezer for 20 minutes or until semi-frozen. Cut tuna into ¼-inch cubes.

Step 4

Whisk together mayonnaise, sriracha, sesame oil, lemon juice, and honey in a small bowl. Reserve 2 Tbsp. sauce, then stir in chopped tuna to larger portion of spicy mayo.

Step 5

Line a sushi mat with plastic wrap. Pat room temperature rice in a thin single layer onto sushi mat, leaving a ½-inch border on all sides. Place 1 sheet of nori on top of rice, then place 6 cucumber matchsticks crosswise in a line on the bottom third of the nori, followed by 4 slices of avocado, and 2-3 tablespoons tuna mixture.

Step 6

Fold sushi mat over and roll sushi-style, using the mat to hold and shape your sushi roll. Unroll sushi mat and slice roll into 8-10 slices, discarding edge pieces.

Step 7

Drizzle with reserved spicy mayo mixture, and garnish with fried okra.