A simple and tasty meal of tuna rice! Mix canned tuna with Kewpie mayonnaise (delicious Japanese mayo) and black pepper. Eat with rice ^_^
Tuna Rice! This is a popular Hawaii dish. We ate it often as kids…and we still eat it a lot as adult (only now it’s considered comfort food).
It’s basically a tuna rice bowl of hot rice topped with canned tuna mixed with mayo and a bit of black pepper.
We prepare tuna rice for quick lunches and snacks at home. Tuna rice was also a popular “home lunch” that lots of kids brought to school. I remember one friend’s dad made it with a lot of mayo and she brought it to school in a long clear rectangular container. Another friend brought snack size nori sheets to eat alongside her tuna rice. Every family seems to have their own version of tuna rice.
It seems silly to write down a recipe for something so ordinary and simple, but the goal with Onolicious is to document all the good home cooking of Hawaii. Hope you enjoy ^_^
- Cooked rice – We usually cook 1 cup rice (which equals 3 cups cooked rice) for every 2 people.
- Canned tuna in water – Tuna in oil is considered tastier and more flavorful, but you need tuna in water for this recipe. The water is drained and mixed with mayonnaise.
- Kewpie Mayonnaise – Instead of regular mayonnaise, we use Kewpie Mayonnaise! You can still you regular mayonnaise if you prefer (we use Best Foods brand in Hawaii).
- Black Pepper – A little or a lot, up to you! The black pepper is mixed directly in with the tuna and mayonnaise.
- Green Onion – Chopped and sprinkled on top.
I usually make this dish for two people. Divide the warm rice into two serving bowls. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, and black pepper. Feel free to add more or less of the mayonnaise and black pepper, depending on your tastes.
Divide the mixed tuna over the two rice bowls. Top with the chopped green onions. Eat and enjoy! Easy, yeah? ^_^
See below for ideas on variations and other ways to spice up the dish.
What Is Kewpie Mayonnaise?
How is it different from “regular” mayonnaise?
- Kewpie mayonnaise is made from only egg yolks. Regular mayonnaise is made from egg yolks and egg whites.
- No added sugar or salt.
- Includes a bit of rice vinegar.
- And a kiss of msg!
It’s richer in flavor and more complex tasting. You can sub Kewpie mayonnaise in any recipe that calls for mayonnaise.
There are endless variations you can do with this recipe. Here are a few popular ideas:
Tuna goes well with so many different types of pepper. We use black pepper as the default for this recipe, but you can use anything from Japanese shichimi togarashi, and even Thai chili peppers.
Sweet Maui Onions
Finaly chop sweet Maui onions and fold it into the tuna (along with the mayonnaise and black pepper). It’s gives a bit of sweetness and juicy crunch. No access to Maui onions? Then just use any sweet onion you can find at the supermarket.
Instead of soy sauce, use Maggie seasoning (which I prefer for this dish).
These days we make this dish with tuna and brown rice. But growing up we had it with white rice only. You can even do half-white and half-brown rice (we call this “hapa rice”).
Questions and Tips
The prepared tuna keeps 1-2 days in the fridge, but it’s best to eat it the day you make it.
The rice should be hot, and the tuna should be room temperature (or very lightly chilled if you prefer).
Yes! Feel free to change it up however you want. I like 2 tablespoons of Kewpie Mayonnaise per every 5 ounce can of tuna, but you can use more or less mayo.
Sometimes I’m in a super peppery mood and add lots of pepper. Other times I mix the green onions directly into the tuna (instead of sprinkling on top). Few ways to go wrong ^_^
So Kewpie Mayonnaise is definitely the first choice mayo for this recipe. But you can still make it with a different brand of mayo or even homemade mayo!
Best Foods is the most popular mayo brand in Hawaii and has a very loyal following. Many people insist that local macaroni salad MUST be made with Best Foods (and I do not disagree ^_^)
Tuna Rice Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
- Divide the rice into two serving bowls. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix together the drained tuna, Kewpie mayonnaise, and black pepper.
- Divide the mixed tuna over the two rice bowls. Top with the chopped green onions.
- Eat and enjoy!
- P.S. Feel free to also add a dash of Maggie seasoning and/or shichimi togarashi.
1 cup uncooked rice = 3 cups cooked rice