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Sashimi-Style Crunchy Tuna Roll


for 1 roll

Ponzu Sauce

  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup mirin (60 mL)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ grapefruit, juiced
  • ½ orange, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon dried bonito flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dried kelp

Lime Crema

  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ lime, zested
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Tuna Roll

  • 2 ½ sticks imitation crab, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips
  • 3 tablespoons japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon togarashi
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 4 spears asparagus, tops removed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red quinoa, cooked for 5–10 minutes and drained
  • ½ lb sashimi grade yellowfin tuna (225 g)
  • 2 tablespoons tobiko
  • 2 slices avocado

Special Equipment

  • sushi mat

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1129
  • Fat 68g
  • Carbs 62g
  • Fiber 37g
  • Sugar 22g
  • Protein 72g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

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  1. Make the ponzu sauce: In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, mirin, lemon zest and juice, grapefruit juice, orange juice, bonito flakes, and kelp. Mix until well combined, then cover and let steep in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Make the lime crema: In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, lime zest and juice, garlic, and salt until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Prep the roll: In a medium bowl, combine the imitation crab, mayo, Sriracha, sesame oil, and togarashi. Mix until well combined, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Melt the butter in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the asparagus and garlic and sauté until the asparagus is tender, 2–3 minutes.
  5. In a separate small pan over medium heat, toast the cooked quinoa until darkened in color and crispy, 4–5 minutes.
  6. Assemble the roll: Slice the tuna about ⅛ inch thick.
  7. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the sushi mat. Carefully arrange the tuna slices, starting at the bottom of the mat, into a 9½ x 3½-inch rectangle. Spoon the crab mixture on top of the tuna toward the bottom of the mat in a thin line. Place the asparagus and avocado on top of the crab mixture, then spoon the tobiko next to the crab. Roll the sushi tightly away from you, leaving about ½ inch of tuna exposed, then roll again until closed tightly. Refrigerate the roll for 30 minutes.
  8. Trim the ends, then slice the roll crosswise into 8–10 ½-inch-thick pieces. Transfer the sushi to a plate. Spoon a small dollop of lime crema on top of each piece and sprinkle the toasted quinoa over the top and sides. Serve with the ponzu sauce alongside for dipping.
  9. Enjoy!
Sashimi-Style Crunchy Tuna Roll