Gunkan with tuna recipe

Gunkan with tuna recipe

Today we turn on the cookers at Oriental Market to start cooking oriental recipes that we will be explaining month by month in our blog. A culinary corner where the gastronomy of more than 14 Asian countries will be present, places where all the ingredients in our shop come from. A space to talk about cooking, discover how to improve each dish, tell us about your experiences and also, where we will be able to publish the Japanese recipes or those from other countries that you send us to So, shall we get started? Today: Sushi gunkan with tuna.

First of all, what does Gunkan mean? The literal translation is “warship”. And although, apparently, this concept has little to do with cooking, it is when it comes to defining the silhouette of this special sushi. It is an oval-shaped rice base that is wrapped in a strip of nori seaweed around its perimeter to form a container (or “ship”) that is filled with different mild-flavoured and finely chopped ingredients, such as roe or finely chopped crab, or tuna as in this case.

We can therefore say that it is not a traditional form of sushi, but it allows for multiple combinations and a perfect oriental flavour. How will we prepare today’s recipe?


50 g of cooked sushi rice, 3 sheets of nori seaweed, 2 tins of tuna, 1 spring onion and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Soy sauce, wasabi paste, etc. to accompany.


  1. Prepare the rice according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Once the rice is ready, wet your hands and take small portions and squeeze them with your hands. Put the rice in one hand and squeeze with two fingers with the other, giving it an elongated shape. Make sure it is not too big as it should fit in a mouthful or two at the most.
  3. Cut the sheets of nori into 5 or 6 strips and wrap them around each mound. You will notice that there is a hole at the top.
  4. Now we will put the filling, which we will make by mixing the tuna with the mayonnaise and the finely chopped spring onion. If you like, you can add a little soy sauce and rice vinegar instead of lemon to the mayonnaise instead of salt. This way we will have a delicious Japanese mayonnaise.

And that’s it! Remember: preparation time: approximately 2 hours.


Source: Directo Al Paladar