Tuna Stack

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Use a CUP MEASURER to make SUSHI!! Tuna Sushi Stacks -- easy, healthy, kid-friendly, and delicious plus there is a simple sriracha mayo! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

These simple Tuna Stacks are an explosion of flavor! We use a 1 cup measuring cup to quickly assemble these stacks which have four easy layers: a simple cucumber mango salad, creamy avocado, lemon-olive oil tuna, and sweet white rice.

Drizzling on some soy sauce and an easy sriracha mayo sauce takes them to the next level. Satisfy your sushi cravings easily from the comfort of your home!

We love the ease of canned tuna; try some of our other popular tuna recipes next: this cheesy one-skillet Tuna Pasta, our classic Tuna Salad, or this potluck favorite: Tuna Macaroni Salad. And if you’re catering to vegetarians, these Vegetarian Sushi Bowls are a great meat-free option.


Up-close image of one of the Tuna Stacks on a tray, ready to be eaten

Tuna Stack

My toddler has a serious obsession with quick hyper-lapse foodie videos. It may be because he watches me make them (and often helps out with them — those adorably fat baby hands you occasionally see are his).

He calls them “yummy videos” and says “yum-mmmmmy” several times throughout each video we watch. It doesn’t matter if the video is for sweet or savory or even a kitchen hack — he loves them all!

One video we watched together was how to make California Sushi Stacks by my incredibly talented friend Gina over at Skinnytaste. After watching that video we both immediately wanted sushi stacks for lunch! But without having several of the ingredients, we whipped up something pretty different borrowing the same concept. Since making our take on those sushi stacks a few month ago, we haven’t been able to quit making them — it’s reached obsession level for sure!

Process shots-- images of the rice being made; the mango, cucumber, and onion mixture being made; the mashed avocado, and tuna layer being made.

Tuna Stack Tips

  • Use canned tuna packed in olive oil for the best flavor. My personal favorite is Genova’sยฎ albacore tuna. Tuna packed in olive oil is richer and has a fresher flavor.
  • Ready and fully ripe mangoes and avocados are game changers for Tuna Stacks. The creamy texture and flavor are far superior if both ingredients are fully ripe. (See Quick Tip below)
  • I recommend Persian (sometimes labeled as mini cucumbers) or English cucumbers. These cucumbers are nearly seedless and very crisp (instead of watery). They have a sweet, mild flavor and a great crunch; they’re the perfect complement to the other ingredients.
  • Tame the bite of red onion. If youโ€™re sensitive to the flavor of raw red onion, soak the diced onions in ice cold, salted water for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly before using in these tuna stacks.
  • For best success in inverting these tuna stacks, lightly grease the measuring cup with nonstick spray before starting. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the measuring cup before inverting the stack. (It’s normal for some of the mango cucumber salad to stick to the measuring cup, just pull it out and sprinkle on top of the tuna stack.)


To tell if an avocado is ripe, press gently around (not on) the stem and if it gives, the avocado is ripe (the โ€œgiveโ€ should feel like pressing the tip of your nose). No part of the avocado should be mushy to touch. (This means it’s overripe) To tell if a mango is ripe, always judge by feel. Squeeze the mango gently; a ripe mango will give slightly (overripe will squish down). Also, hereโ€™s a great guide on how to cut a mango!

Images of all the layers of the Tuna Stacks being layered into the cup measure; and the sriracha mayo being made.

Shortcut prep tips

  • Use leftover cold white rice. We have Tuna Stacks so often for lunches that I will make a huge batch of rice at the beginning of the week to use. If you don’t have to cook the rice, these come together very quickly.
    • Another very quick alternative is Minute Riceยฎ.  It takes 5 minutes to make and, in that time, you can have all the veggies and the tuna prepped. (If you are using Minute Rice, use 1 cup uncooked.)
  • Prep ahead of time. The cucumber mango salad and Sriracha mayo can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Note that flavors on both intensify as they sit. (Red onion can become sharper and flavor the other ingredients stronger; Sriracha mayo becomes spicier.)
  • Use grocery short-cuts. Many grocery stores have prepared (peeled and cut) mango spears, which save on some prep time. Simply dice up those prepared spears to use in these Tuna Stacks.

Image of two Tuna Stacks, ready to be eaten.

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Tuna "Sushi" Stacks

4.93 from 14 votes
These simple Tuna Stacks are an explosion of flavor! We use a 1-cup measuring cup to quickly assemble these stacks which have four easy layers: a simple cucumber mango salad, creamy avocado, lemon-olive oil tuna, and sweet white rice.
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Tuna "Sushi" Stacks

4.93 from 14 votes
These simple Tuna Stacks are an explosion of flavor! We use a 1-cup measuring cup to quickly assemble these stacks which have four easy layers: a simple cucumber mango salad, creamy avocado, lemon-olive oil tuna, and sweet white rice.
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Healthy
Keyword tuna stack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 sushi stacks
Chelsea Lords
Calories 402kcal
Cost $8.12


  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice + 1 cup water (207g)
  • 2 tablespoons rice (or rice wine) vinegar
  • 1 large ripe mango (~1-1/4 cup; 194g)
  • 1/2 cup Persian or English cucumber (~1/2 English cucumber, 1 Persian cucumber)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (~1/4 of an onion)
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 large lemon (juiced), juice divided
  • 5 ounce canned tuna packed in olive oil, well-drained
  • 1/2 cup regular mayo, divided (we love Hellman's/Best Foods)
  • 1.5 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 3-6 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • Optional: fine sea salt & pepper, sesame seeds (I used black and white)


  • RICE: Add 1/2 cup rice and 1 cup water to a small pot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste. Bring to a boil and then cover with a lid. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, keeping the pot covered, and let stand and steam for 5-10 minutes. Remove the lid, let cool slightly, and then toss with rice vinegar and let fully cool.
    Alternatively, use cold leftover rice or white Minute Rice (1 cup uncooked) for a super-quick assembly.
  • MANGO SALAD: Meanwhile, dice the mango, cucumber, and red onion. Toss together in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  • AVOCADO: Peel and remove the pit from an avocado. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and add to a bowl. Mash the avocado with a pinch of salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. (I add 1/8 teaspoon salt & 1/8 teaspoon pepper.)
  • TUNA: Thoroughly drain the tuna and flake with a fork. Add to a bowl and mix with 1/4 cup (50g) mayo and another 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir gently.
  • ASSEMBLE: Lightly spray four 1-cup measuring cups with nonstick spray. Divide the mango salad evenly into the bottom of each measuring cup. Compress the salad with the back of a spoon. Divide the avocado mixture evenly on top, pressing and smoothing (with the back of a spoon) into an even layer. Divide the tuna mixture on top and again smooth and press into an even layer. Divide the rice evenly on top of that. Use the back of a fork to press down and compress everything into each measuring cup. Repeat in all four measuring cups. As you finish one stack, put it in the fridge; they are slightly easier to remove when chilled for a few minutes.
  • SERVE: Lightly run a sharp knife around the edge of the measuring cup and then invert onto a plate. (I do this by putting a plate on top of the measuring cup, flipping it over, and then gently pulling the cup up and off.) Some of the mango salad may be stuck behind in the cup; simply pull it out and put it on top. Drizzle each Tuna Stack with 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce, sesame seeds, and another squeeze of lemon as desired.
  • SRIRACHA MAYO: In another bowl stir together the remaining 1/4 cup (50g) mayo with the Sriracha sauce (See Note 1) and 1 more tablespoon lemon juice. Drizzle over the Tuna Stacks. Enjoy immediately. These stacks don't store well.


Recipe Notes

Note 1: add Sriracha sauce to heat preference. As written, this sauce has a pretty good kick to it.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 694IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Wow these look DELICIOUS. Definitely making them for the next tapas party. Quick question, the recipe says to dice an avocado, cucumber, and onion. Is this supposed to read the mango, cucumber and onion? The avocado gets mashed in the following step. Or do you split the avocado? Thanks! Can’t wait to make them.

    1. Thank you so much Lauren!! I hope you love them ๐Ÿ™‚ And you are totally right, thank you for catching that, I updated the recipe. I appreciate your help ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sushi doesn’t mean rice with raw fish. Cooked food and/or non-fish can be used a sushi ingredient and it would still be sushi.

    1. I didn’t know that!! I always thought it was vinegar-ed rice with some kind of raw seafood or fruit/veggie. Thanks for the info!

  3. My husband and I have made this several times and really enjoy it. It’s been a great way to use up the cucumbers we’ve had from the garden. I use light tuna because of mercury levels in albacore. The most recent time we made it, I added half a small jalapeรฑo, finely chopped. It added a nice little kick without being too spicy. Next time I may add the whole thing!

    1. I’m so thrilled you both have enjoyed these! The jalapeno addition sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the comment Mary!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was delicious. My husband hates mango with a passion and said he wouldn’t eat it. I made him take a bite and he instantly changed his mind. It’s his new favorite. This is going on our weekly menu. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you Michelle. It’s definitely a big compliment when it’s husband approved, and especially when it’s something they swear they wouldn’t like. Haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you continue to enjoy!

  5. Great looking recipe. However, raw fish is not required when making sushi. The term sushi refers to how the rice is prepared with vinegar. There are a variety of toppings and mix-ins added to that vinegared rice. My favorite sushi is actually something they serve on Girl’s Day here called Chirashi Sushi.

  6. These look awesome! What do you serve with these, or are they just enough on their own? I have a family of 5 is why I ask! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These look so great for a light, quick lunch. One question, though. If I use leftover rice, how much will I need? Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    I just made this and INHALED the stack. About to go make a second one. So much for leftovers. ? But I bought two cans of tuna and 2 avocado so I can just make more tomorrow. This was a perfect ‘It’s hot and I played all 4th of July weekend and I don’t want to cook’ recipe.

    1. Hahaha I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the tuna stacks! Thanks so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This is one of the most amazing sushi I have ever had. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. Enjoyed cooking it and loved eating it damn much.

  10. I’ve made this recipe several times for dinner now, and I just had to come say how delicious it is. I’ve never been a big tuna person, but I think this is one of my favorite dinners now. It’s healthy, yummy, simple, and looks fancy. My husband and toddler also love it!

  11. Not only does it look delicious, but it’s beautiful too. I can’t wait to make these! Can you recommend some sides to make it into a full lunch or dinner?

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d just make more (double/triple recipe) for a full lunch/dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ You could also do this mango salad on the side!

  12. I love this recipe but Iโ€™m wondering if anyone has a suggestion for an alternate fruit to add? I was thinking maybe pineapple? My family doesnโ€™t really like mango.

  13. 5 stars
    I had this recipe saved for 4 years while I was living out of the country in St. Kits. I waited all that time to make it with my boyfriend. The recipe was so good, now I have a husband. Thanks Chelsea!

  14. 5 stars
    Another great recipe! Just made these today for lunch and I almost forgot to top with soy sauce, so I had tried it without and loved it and then remembered to top it with the soy and wow what a difference. This is a great dish for a fancy brunch! Thanks again Chelsea!

  15. 5 stars
    I knew I had to make these the instant I
    saw the picture. I did, and they’re as delicious as they look. Opted for green onions instead, sweetened my rice vinegar,
    added sesame seeds and sprinkled
    crushed nori on them to finish. Thank
    you for the inspiration and clear
    instructions (the photos are great) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

    1. We have always enjoyed cauliflower rice! I use my box grater and then cook it in a dry pan on low to medium low heat until very lightly browned and cooked through! Swap it in the place of the rice!

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