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Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls

with Avocado and Radish
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Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls - Fresh Japanese-style seafood to nibble on

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Health Score:
77 / 100
1 hr 10 min.
ready in 1 hr 35 min.
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Nutritional values

Tuna is a good source of iodine for a well-functioning thyroid gland and lots of omega-3 fatty acids for the heart and blood vessels; avocado is also great with its high content of unsaturated fatty acids.

When shopping, make sure that the fish is absolutely fresh, it should have the sushi-grade quality. Instead of tuna fish you can also use salmon fillet for the tartar.

1 piece contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie209 cal.(10 %)
Protein14 g(14 %)
Fat4 g(3 %)
Carbohydrates27 g(18 %)
Sugar added3 g(12 %)
Roughage1.5 g(5 %)
Vitamin A0.3 mg(38 %)
Vitamin D2.7 μg(14 %)
Vitamin E0.9 mg(8 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.1 mg(9 %)
Niacin7.7 mg(64 %)
Vitamin B₆0.4 mg(29 %)
Folate53 μg(18 %)
Pantothenic acid0.6 mg(10 %)
Biotin3 μg(7 %)
Vitamin B₁₂2.3 μg(77 %)
Vitamin C14 mg(15 %)
Potassium332 mg(8 %)
Calcium68 mg(7 %)
Magnesium45 mg(15 %)
Iron2.2 mg(15 %)
Iodine35 μg(18 %)
Zinc1.1 mg(14 %)
Saturated fatty acids1.2 g
Uric acid118 mg
Cholesterol23 mg
Development of this recipe:


4 ozs Sushi rice
1 ½ Tbsps Rice vinegar
½ Tbsp Mirin
1 tsp sugar
1 pc daikon Radish
11 ozs very fresh Tuna
2 scallions
1 small green chili pepper
½ Lime
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce (or to taste)
1 Avocado
6 sprigs cilantro
3 sheets Nori seaweed
1 tsp Wasabi paste
Pickled ginger (to taste)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Kitchen utensils

2 Bowls, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Peeler, 1 optional Mandoline, 1 Sieve, 1 Citrus juicer, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Small bowl, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Paper towel, 1 Kitchen towel, 1 Pot (with lid), 1 large Bowl, 1 Wooden spoon

Preparation steps

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 1

Place sushi rice in a sieve and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. Drain in a sieve for about 20 minutes. Place rice and approximately 1 cup water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 2

Cook uncovered for 2 minutes, then cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is almost completely absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Remove lid and cover with a kitchen towel. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 3

In a small pot, combine rice vinegar, mirin, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Place the rice in a bowl and fluff with a fork so that it cools faster. Pour the vinegar mixture on the rice and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 4

Peel daikon radish and very thinly slice with a mandoline or peeler. Place in a sieve, sprinkle with a little salt and let drain.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 5

Rinse tuna, pat dry and cut into fine dice. 

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 6

Rinse scallions, pat dry and cut into thin slices. Rinse chile pepper, wipe dry, halve lengthwise and remove the seeds. Finely chop chile. Squeeze juice from lime half. 

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 7

Combine tuna, scallion, chile pepper, sesame oil, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 8

Halve avocado lengthwise, remove pit, slice the flesh with a knife and scoop flesh out of the skin. (Alternately, you can peel the avocado before slicing.) Sprinkle avocado with some of the remaining lime juice. Rinse cilantro and shake dry.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 9

Cut the nori in half diagonally.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 10

With moistened hands, shape the rice into 6 small balls (about the size of ping-pong balls). Holding a half sheet of nori on your palm, place a rice ball in the center of the sheet and brush with a little wasabi paste.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 11

Add about 2 tablespoons of tuna tartare, 2-3 avocado slices and 1 sprig of cilantro. Roll the nori into a cone shape, pressing the rice a bit flat.

Tuna Tartare Hand Rolls preparation step 12

Tuck some radish slices in the top of the cone. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 5 more hand rolls. Serve with pickled ginger and more soy sauce.