Tuna “Sushi” Stacks

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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
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Delicious and seriously simple “sushi” stacks using canned tuna, fresh fruits and veggies, and leftover rice. These sushi stacks are super quick to assemble, good for you, and will satisfy your sushi craving!

DELICIOUS Tuna Sushi Stacks -- easy, kid-friendly, healthy, delicious! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

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 see sometimes are his) or that he is obsessed with food or likely a combination of both.

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. After watching that video we both wanted those sushi stacks immediately for lunch. But without having several of the ingredients we whipped up something pretty different but still so good. Since making our take on those sushi stacks a few month ago, we’ve made dozens of variations. We both are obsessed with them and they are one of the quickest lunches that I feel great about giving him!
Use a CUP MEASURER to make SUSHI!! Tuna Sushi Stacks -- easy, healthy, delicious! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.comSince the tuna is really the star in these sushi stacks you will want to use good quality canned tuna. One of my all-time favorite canned tuna fish is “Albacore Tuna” made by Genova Seafood. One of the reasons I love it so much is it is packed in pure Olive Oil giving it a richer and fresher flavor. It seriously smells amazing and the taste is even better! It also has large chunks of tuna in the can which I love.

It’s hard to not sneak 90% of the tuna from the can before getting it in these sushi stacks, but self control goes a long way because it’s even better in these fun “sushi” stacks.

I did use Albacore Tuna in these stacks, but Genova also has a Yellowfin Tuna was is crazy delicious and you could use that here too.

Use a CUP MEASURER to make SUSHI!! Tuna Sushi Stacks -- easy, healthy, kid-friendly, and delicious! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.comTo make this dish super fast (I’m talking 10 minutes prep time) use leftover cold white rice. We have these so often for lunches that I will make a huge batch of rice at the beginning of the week to use. Another very quick alternative is minute rice. I use minute rice in a few of my tin foil dinners so we always have that on hand. The minute rice takes 5 minutes to make and in that time you can have all the veggies and the tuna fish prepped. If you are using minute rice, use 1 cup uncooked.

You can also prep the cucumber mango ahead of time and have an entire week’s worth ready to go! With the rice & cucumber/mango mixture pre-prepared ahead of time, you can have these ready to go in about the time it takes to open up that can of tuna fish – FAST!

Use a CUP MEASURER to make SUSHI!! Tuna Sushi Stacks -- easy, healthy, kid-friendly, and delicious! Recipe from chelseasmessyapron.com

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Tuna "Sushi" Stacks

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Tuna "Sushi" Stacks

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 -4 sushi stacks
Author Chelsea, inspired by SkinnyTaste


  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 of a cucumber
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 can (5 ounces) Genova Albacore Tuna
  • 1/2 cup regular mayo separated
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 3-6 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • Optional: salt and pepper, sesame seeds (I used black and white)


  • First, prepare the rice according to directions. Toss cooked rice with rice vinegar and allow to cool completely. Alternatively use leftover rice or minute white rice (1 cup uncooked) for a super quick assembly.
  • Meanwhile, dice the mango, cucumber, and red onion.
  • Toss together with a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Mash a large avocado with some salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.
  • Thoroughly drain the tuna and mix with 1/4 cup mayo and another squeeze of lemon.
  • To assemble: lightly spray a 1 cup measuring cup with nonstick spray. Press 1/3 of the mango mixture into the bottom of the cup.
  • Press 1/3 of the avocado mixture on top.
  • Press 1/3 of the tuna mayo mixture on top.
  • Press 1/3 of the rice mixture on top. Compress.
  • Lightly run a sharp knife around the edge of the measuring cup and then invert onto a plate.
  • Top with 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce, sesame seeds, freshly cracked pepper, and another squeeze of lemon as desired.
  • In another bowl stir together the remaining 1/4 cup mayo with the Sriracha sauce. Drizzle over the sushi stacks.
  • Enjoy immediately.


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Inspired by SkinnyTaste

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

And with a drizzle of the Sriracha mayo over these sushi stacks it is going to be love at first bite!



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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 πŸ™‚ And you are totally right, thank you for catching that, I updated the recipe. I appreciate your help πŸ™‚

  2. Yum! I can’t wait to try these. I love Gina’s original version and make it all the time but I can’t wait to try this with the mango!

    1. I still need to try her original version! It looks amazing! πŸ™‚ I hope you like this twist πŸ™‚

  3. So cute that Grey loves watching foodie videos πŸ™‚ And these sushi stacks are SO gorgeous, Chelsea! I love that you drizzled them with Sriracha mayo!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 jalapeΓ±o, 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! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment Mary!

  6. 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. πŸ™‚ Hope you continue to enjoy!

  7. 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.

  8. 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! πŸ™‚

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

  10. 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 sooo happy to hear you enjoyed the tuna stacks! Thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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