Can Tuna Sushi

Here’s my Canned Tuna Sushi recipe, a quick and budget-friendly twist on sushi that’s perfect for a satisfying snack or a light meal! Made with canned tuna mixed with mayo and soy sauce, it’s a protein-packed delight wrapped in roasted seaweed. Skip the expensive sushi bar and enjoy this unique, flavorful treat at home. Let’s dive into how to make this delicious and wallet-friendly sushi!

Poor man's sushi made with canned tuna served on seaweed being picked with a pair of chopsticks.

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes this recipe truly special is its uniqueness, a creation straight from my kitchen just like my Bacon Wrapped California Roll! It’s a simple and budget-friendly delight that’s packed with protein. We take canned tuna and transform it into a fusion of flavors, mixing it with mayo and soy sauce, much like in my Japanese Tuna Sandwich. This delightful twist on sushi is perfect for a quick lunch or a light snack!

Imagine creamy tuna with a touch of heat from the chili paste, all wrapped in seaweed – it’s a creative take on homemade sushi that’s both delicious and satisfying. If you’re ready for a sushi adventure that’s easy to make and bursting with flavor, you’ve got to try this recipe now!



  • Canned Tuna – albacore or yellowfin tuna canned in water. Can be picked up at a local grocery store.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Can substitute with regular mayo but will alter flavor.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Avocado – fresh and ripe avocado.
  • Dried Seaweed – used to wrap tuna to form wrap, also known as nori sheet. Can be purchased at Asian grocery stores and selective local grocery stores. Can use half sheet or full sheets.
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.

🥫 Canned Tuna Note

You can use Tuna in Oil, but use a bit less mayo to maintain the right balance of flavors.

Poor man's sushi made with canned tuna served on seaweed on a white plate, top down shot.


☑ Before Getting Started

Keep your Hands Dry when handling dried seaweed, as moisture can make the seaweed soggy.

Step 1 Drain the canned tuna into a mixing bowl and combine it with mayo and soy sauce, stirring well.

Can tuna sushi mix in a bowl.

💡 Extra Flavor Pro Tip

For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding Chopped Green Onion into the tuna mixture.

Step 2 Scoop the tuna mixture onto a sheet of dried seaweed nori, add a slice of avocado and a drop of sriracha sauce, and roll up the seaweed to create the wrap

Can tuna sushi on a plate.

🍣 Serving Pro Tip

When serving, you Don’t Dip In Soy Sauce separately; it’s already mixed in the tuna mix.

Pairing Recommendations

Start with a steaming bowl of Tofu Miso Soup, known for its savory umami flavors that complement the creamy tuna in the sushi. For a refreshing drink, choose between Iced Matcha or Hot Matcha Tea. The earthy notes of matcha pair exceptionally well with the sushi.

Poor man's sushi made with canned tuna served on seaweed on a white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to cook canned tuna?

No, you do not need to cook canned tuna. The tuna is already cooked during the canning process, making it safe to eat without any additional cooking.

Do I need any special equipment to make this sushi?

No special equipment or sushi mats are needed.

How long does it take to prepare can tuna sushi?

It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare Can Tuna Sushi. It's a quick and easy recipe.

Can I add other ingredients to customize the flavor?

Certainly, you can customize the flavor by adding ingredients like chopped cucumbers for texture, jalapeno for an extra kick, or shiso leaves for some Japanese herb flavors. Get creative and make it your own!

Storage Tips

The tuna mix will stay fresh in the fridge when stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

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Poor man's sushi made with canned tuna served on seaweed on a white plate.

Can Tuna Sushi

Savor the joy of crafting homemade Can Tuna Sushi, a delightful and easy-to-make protein-packed snack!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: can tuna sushi, canned tuna in sushi, sushi with canned tuna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 pieces
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Calories: 53kcal


  • 5 oz Canned Tuna for tuna in oil, use less mayo
  • 3 tbsp Kewpie Mayo can sub with regular mayo but will alter taste
  • 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Whole Avocado
  • 2 Full Sheets Dried Seaweed
  • 1 tsp Sriracha


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for can tuna sushi.
  • Take avocado and cut into slices and set aside.
  • Drain canned tuna and place into a small mixing bowl. Add Kewpie Mayo and Soy Sauce with the tuna and mix well.
    Can tuna sushi mix in a bowl.
  • Take sheet of Dried Seaweed and cut into fourths and plate.
    Cut seaweed.
  • Place a spoonful of tuna mixture followed by one avocado slice and a drop of Sriracha. Pick up like a wrap and enjoy!
    Can tuna sushi on a plate.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Tried this recipe and it was quick & easy + delicious. Thanks! I also added julienned cucumber and egg garnish.

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