Ahi Sushi Cups


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.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
12 cups


  • 1 cup sushi rice, rinsed

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 8 teaspoons rice vinegar, divided

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 ounce 1/3 less fat cream cheese at room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided

  • cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna, cubed

  • ½ cup cucumber - peeled, seeded, and diced

  • 2 medium green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 large avocado, diced

  • ½ tablespoon black sesame seeds, lightly toasted


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
10g Fat
34g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 1185mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 631mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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