Crispy Rice Sushi Bites (Copycat Nobu Recipe)

With this copycat Nobu recipe, you don't need to visit the acclaimed Japanese restaurant to get your hands on this trendy, tasty appetizer. Crispy fried rice bites are piled high with rich spicy tuna, creamy avocado, and kick of hot chili sauce for a vibrant and crave-worthy bite. This light, yet decadent, dish has a gorgeous presentation and delicious combination of flavors that will make you feel like a gourmet chef in your very own kitchen.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 rice bites


  • 2 ½ cups prepared sushi rice

  • ½ cup neutral-flavored oil, such as grapeseed or canola

  • 1 pound sushi grade tuna, finely diced

  • 3 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise (such as Kewpie®)

  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha, plus more for serving

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, or more to taste

  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced

  • ½ jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

  • sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Tightly pack the sushi rice into a square 8x8-inch cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 to 3 hours in the refrigerator or 30 minutes in the freezer.

  2. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cut the rice into thick, rectangular shapes, about 2 to 3 inches in length and 1 inch in width. Carefully move the pieces to the hot oil and fry until they reach a deep golden brown color, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

  3. Combine diced tuna with mayonnaise, Sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, and lime juice in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.

  4. To assemble, place fried sushi rice on a serving platter. Top with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the spicy tuna mixture. Layer a few slices of avocado on top of each piece. Garnish with a thin drizzle of Sriracha, a jalapeño slice, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

    Crispy Rice Sushi Bites (Copycat Nobu Recipe)
    Crispy Rice Sushi Bites (Copycat Nobu Recipe). Annie Campbell

Cook's Note:

You can use regular mayonnaise if you can't find Kewpie®.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
16g Fat
14g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 10g
Potassium 265mg 6%

* 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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