Skip the mat-and-roll routine and keep sushi night simple with these easy-to-make and impressive-to-serve cups. For a wow-worthy party app, try this recipe in mini muffin cups to create perfectly poppable bites.


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45 mins
25 mins
45 mins
1 hr 55 mins
12 cups


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes (do not uncover while cooking.) Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

  • While rice stands, combine 2 tablespoons vinegar and sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high until boiling, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir mixture with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon salt to bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine. Gently fold vinegar mixture into rice using a rubber spatula; let stand for 5 minutes.

  • Generously coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Lightly coat each of 12 (5-inch square) parchment paper pieces with cooking spray; press paper squares into muffin cups to form a liner. Using moistened hands, press rice mixture evenly along bottom and sides of muffin cups (about 2 1/2 tablespoons rice per cup). Refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Combine remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add tuna, cucumber, green onions, and avocado to bowl. Toss gently to combine.

  • Divide tuna mixture evenly among rice cups; sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds. Gently remove cups from pan by lifting parchment paper edges.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 21.8g; carbohydrates 34g; fat 9.9g; cholesterol 36.7mg; sodium 1185.2mg. Full Nutrition