Dishes made with vinegared rice, vegetables and seafood are generally referred to as Sushi-like Tekka maki. They are only referred to as sushi rolls when seaweeds/nori is used to cover them.

Are you one of the Sushi newbies? Do you want to know more about tekka maki? Need a guide on its recipe? Do not worry, I have got you covered.

Tekka Maki or Tuna rolls are one of the most consumed Hosomaki sushi in Japan. Hosomaki or sushi rolls are meals made of sushi rice, fish – gu, nori – algae, gari-ginger, kan-crab, shrimp – ebi & amaebi and some other seafood. Tekka Maki is prepared with high nutritional ingredients which make it a medicinal and tantalizing meal.

Technically, preparing Takka Maki is not a complex task; it is made and served in small rolls that are covered by nori sheets. This is just a preamble; there are more things I need to inform you about Tekka Maki.

What is Tekka Maki?

Before delving into the benefits and how to prepare Tekka maki, let me inform you about Tekka maki. Tekka Maki is one of the various subtypes of sushi appetizers. It is under a variety of sushi called Hosomaki. Homosaki rolls over the years are earning more reputation because they are snacks which are simple and light to consume.

Hosomaki in the English language means “thin roll“. From this, it is apparently the word was formed from its shape which is cylindrical and having up to diameters of 2.5. Under Hosomaki sushi, there are other types which are Kappamaki, Negitoromaki, and Tsunamayomaki. Out of them, the most consumed in Japan is Tekka maki. Tekka Maki or tuna rolls means “red hot iron” the name is derived from the tuna’s color.

Today, sushi roll which has its origin in Japan has been flavored and changed in ingredients and additives in other parts of the world. Outside the Japanese borders, we now have different varieties of sushi rolls such as Philadelphia roll, California roll, Hawaiian roll, Alaska roll, British Columbia roll, and many others.

People from these countries in preparation of their sushi rolls add some ingredients which may not necessarily be in the original sushi roll – Tekka maki. Some of these ingredients are avocado, salmon, mango paste, cucumber, cream chess, and many others. Below are some of the ingredients of Tekka Maki;

What is in a tuna roll?

There are three basic ingredients you will need for the preparation of Sushi roll, I would list and give every important detail on each ingredient which are;

  • Sushi-Meshi
  • Nori
  • Gu
  • Bamboo mat

Sushi Meshi: Sushi Meshi is also referred to as Gohan. It is a making of Japanese rice of little white grains. The preparation is done with salt, sugar, and vinegar. After it’s preparations, when it is cool it is then stuffed in sushi which conforms and makes it sushi-meshi.

Sushi-meshi in different destinations and residents is made in different forms because of different culinary methods in its preparation. An evident difference is the method of wrapping the rice. Some places use more sugar while some use more salt. An example for the former is West Japan while for the latter is East Japan.

Nori: Nori is a black sheet of seaweed which is used for wrapping the sushi. In preparation of the sushi, different sizes of seaweed sheet are required for different types of sushi. For Hosomaki, the variety that Tekka Maki is under, just half of a full-sized sheet is required unlike a variety like Futomaki which requires the full sheet of Nori or Gukan which requires smaller sheet than the two.

The sheet of seaweed is a snack on its own.

It can be eaten independently. They are made in two varieties; it may be salt concentrate or flavor concentrate. For quality and desirable outcome, seaweed made with salt is more preferred than the flavored.

Gu: Gu is all the interior additives in making Tekka maki. They are different types of fish. While preparing, fresh/raw fish, as well as cooked fish, are used but the quality and quantity of the raw fish should supersede that of the cooked one.

There are no specific fish to be used but as peculiar to your region or destination. But some general of these fish are; Tuna, Yellowtail, Snapper, Mackerel, Salmon e.t.c. Apart from fish, other ingredients for interior usage in preparation of sushi are seafood such as shellfish of varieties; prawn, scallop and abalone, sea urchin-Uni, Anago and unagi(ell) Roe(masago, ikura), Octopus, pikes conger(hamo), shrimp and many others.

The selection of the interior ingredients is to be done painstakingly because the sushi roll would only come out best if there is coherence in the texture, color, taste, in all the ingredients chosen.

The Bamboo mat: the bamboo mat is a very important tool needed for the production of Tekka maki roll. I would say a quality mat of this type is needed. The bamboo mats are made from pieces of bamboos which are joined by strings. It is a very imperative tool which is recommended by professional chefs for beginners because it enables easy rolling and it would be used as an object where ingredients would be placed.

How To Make Tuna Sushi Rolls

After your familiarity with the various ingredients used in making Tekka Maki, the next thing is a tutorial on how to make the Tekka sushi roll but before that, I want to know if there are any skills required in making Tuna Sushi rolls.

Skills required for making Sushi rolls

Food and culture in Japan the origin of Tekka maki are not flimsy matters.  A professional chef there may pass through culinary lessons or training for the purpose of learning the steps involved in making a sushi roll. Some of these pros go to the extent of having the skill of ingredient placement or arrangement, measuring and cutting accuracy.

Flowing from the above, the making of sushi might be seen as a cumbersome task but it is very lucid to make at home. Truth be told, you might not perfectly shape the sushi rolls (if you do not pay attention to my guidelines below) but trust me the taste would tantalizing.

The steps to follow in making Tuna sushi rolls.

The ingredients; sushi Knife, small bowl of water, Sushi rice, Tuna, Sushi Nori(half sheet) Tashi, and Makisu or Bamboo sushi mat.

Making sushi rice

  1. To make the sushi rice, you take the preferred amount of sushi rice you want to make i.e 2 cups then you rinse the small grains of rice for a couple of times. Forthwith, soak the rice for close to an hour.
  2. After soaking the rice, you then boil the rice with either you rice cooker or pot; it should be above medium heat. That should be done for about 10-15 minutes till it is cooked.
  3. You then proceed in making your rice vinegar. In making this, you mix your vinegar with enough sugar and salt for the amount of rice you had prepared. Put the vinegar mixture on the cooked rice and stir till it is even, smooth, sticky and cold. When it is in this state; cold and sticky, it is the best to make Tuna sushi rolls.

Note: it is better to use a wooden bowl because when mixing, the rice is hot and steamy, so the wooden bowl would absolve the excessive moisture that is in the rice till it gets cold.

After making the sushi rice and all other ingredients aforementioned are available, you are ready to go.

  1. First, you set the bamboo mat on the table. The bamboo has two sides; one is flat and one is rounded or bumpy. The flat side should face up. Also, make sure the string holding the mat is facing your side so you would have something to hold onto.
  2. The sushi nori of half sheet size would be placed on the bamboo mat. Again the sushi nori has two sides; one is somewhat rough while one is shinning. The Rough side should face up because eventually, the shining side would be facing out which makes it more presentable. In placing the Nori on the bamboo mat, make sure you leave a small space beneath like an inch or half an inch which would be used for rolling when it is time to.
  3. Get your fingers wet so it would prevent the sushi rice from sticking when spreading it. Then you take the sushi rice prepared earlier (ensure it is cold) and spread it on the rough surface of the half-sized nori sheet. Ensure all parts of the nori sheet is filled including the edges. The rice should be evenly spread on it.
  4. After that, you then apply the sesame seed; it should be sprinkled across the center and not spread all over the sushi rice.
  5. Then, the Tuna would be placed horizontally across the center where you had applied the sesame seed. You can adjust any imperfections at this stage; in case if the surface is not even or if there are thick ends it should be adjusted with your hands.
  6. You then put your thumbs at the back of the bamboo (just the inch you had left beneath the nori earlier) and your fingers should be placed on top of the tuna then gradually roll It up and apply pressure on the tuna to to make it tight inside and keep the it in place and then rollover. When the bamboo mat is over the roll,  use your hand to put it in shape. Do not apply to much pressure in doing this so you would end up mashing the sushi rice and the tuna.
  7. After the tuna sushi has been rolled up nicely, wet your sushi knife then cut the tuna sushi right in the middle. Set the two halves together, then cut it together right in the middle to make it four.
  8. That all; sushi is ready.

Note: if you want to add other ingredients which I had mentioned earlier or you are not contented with the ingredients used for the illustration, the procedure is still the same;

After adding the sushi rice on the sheet of nori, you add your preferred ingredients, roll the sushi up then you are done making the Tuna roll. Serve it right away to have the taste of the ambrosial banquet.

Health Benefits & Nutritional Value of eating Seaweed sushi rolls

Apart from being a nice food, tuna sushi, like other sushi have numerous health benefits. The list of ingredients of sushi, it is apparent that the meal is very healthy and nutritious. Sushi contains seafood which is generally known to be highly nutritional. Vegetables are also in its ingredients which are rich in vitamins. It can be deduced that Sushi does a dual task of satisfaction and purification. Below are the numerous benefits of sushi;

  • Source of protein: Tekka Maki is a very good provider of protein as its major additives are fish, tuna and some others. To be factual, one can acquire about 20 grams of protein or even more per Tekka maki roll consumed. As it is generally known, proteins increase the health status of an individual. It also assists in building your muscle and also recreates new cells in replacement of the broken ones. With this, the consumption of Sushi roll is very beneficial because of its protein.
  • Provision of Omegas -3: Also, the effect of fish and seafood in Tekka maki makes it a good provider of omega-3 and vitamin. With the presence of omega-3, the functions of the brain would be smooth and healthy. This also applies to all the systems in the body. The risk of getting heart attacks and stroke which are deadly will also be reduced.
  • Fiber provision: Apart from seafood and protein, Tekka maki contains vegetables and fruits like cucumber, ginger, carrot which make it rich in nutritional elements as fiber. Fiber’s main function is aiding the digestive system. All digestion problems whatsoever are reduced when Tekka maki is consumed.
  • Source of mineral: Tekka maki Sushi is eaten with ingredients with a source of minerals such as ginger. Although it is just pricked, it is a vibrant source of manganese, copper, magnesium, and potassium. Potassium functions as a bodybuilding agent while magnesium helps in reducing the risk of getting osteoporosis. Ginger also protects the body against viruses and bacteria.
  • Energy booster: The major ingredient for Tekka maki is the vinegared rice; the sushi-meshi. It is an energy giving food because it contains carbohydrates. If brown rice is used in making sushi-meshi for the production of Tekka maki, it would be more nutritional.
  • Reduction of cholesterol level: Many people today have high cholesterol level so they are inclined to check what they consume to reduce it. People like this eat vegetables which help hugely in cholesterol reduction; vegetables are present in Tekka maki which makes it perform the same task to some extent.

Vegetables also provide vitamins and a healthy heart.

  • Promotion of healthy bones: Seafood has high levels of minerals as calcium. The primary function of calcium is enhancing of the bones to make them stronger. Both the structure of the bones as well as its density is improved. Seafoods are parts of the ingredients of Tekka maki.
  • Prevents cancer: A jaw-dropping benefit of Tekka maki is the prevention of cancer. One of its ingredients ginger contains anti-carcinogenic compounds. With this, they will stop the growth of cancer cells and cancer as well because of the antioxidants nutrients that they have.
  • It ensures a healthy heart: The consumption of Tekka maki will help in the reduction of cholesterol and also the presence of omega-3 would help in the reduction of blood pressure. With this in place, the heart is concurrently safe and secured from attacks and arrests.
  • Enhances metabolism of the body: With the various nutritional benefits present in sushi generally, it is a good prescription for anyone that wants a better and healthy body system. The different nutrients such as protein, minerals and vitamins all help in enhancing the metabolism of the body.


I am sure I have raised your urge to consume Tekka maki. Do you wish to make some by your self? It is pretty easy; the knowledge on tekka maki which I have explicitly stated earlier should guide you in the preparation of the sumptuous delicacy. Make sure you get all the necessary ingredients and then you are ready to go. You would enjoy the pleasant taste of the role and the numerous nutritional advantages. What are you waiting for? Start now!


Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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