Spicy Tuna Radish Bites

Spicy tuna radish bites are a perfect and easy appetizer for your next party. Healthy and delicious, these snacks can be made in less than 15 minutes. #spicytuna #appetizer #paleo #healthy

Spicy tuna rolls are one of my favorite foods, but good grief they’re difficult to make at home! Not only does the rice have to be the perfect stickiness, but then you have all the rolling and pressing. For these appetizers, I wanted that same flavor but with half of the effort. Thus these spicy tuna bites were born.

Sushi is probably one of the things I missed the most when first starting my migraine elimination diet. Eventually I was able to enjoy it again with a few limitations, however I no longer dunk my rolls in soy sauce with every bite This is actually something I learned in Japan. Over there, soy sauce is meant to highlight the flavor of the fish, not mask it. And you don’t even want to know what will happen if you mix your wasabi in with a giant amount of soy sauce…

Actually the “spicy tuna roll” did not even originate in Japan, but in LA. It was essentially a good way to use up the parts of tuna that weren’t prime enough for nigiri. According to one of the chefs in The Story of Sushi, they actually used Tex-Mex chili sauces to make the spicy mayo when this became popular in California. How resourceful!

Spicy tuna radish bites are a perfect and easy appetizer for your next party. Healthy and delicious, these snacks can be made in less than 15 minutes. #spicytuna #appetizer #paleo #healthy

Tuna Time

For this recipe, unless you want to cook your tuna all the way through, you want to make sure to use a high quality tuna. If you prefer to not sear it at all, I would look into sushi/sashimi grade, which can typically be found in the freezer section at Whole Foods. Ahi, yellowfin, and sashimi will all work fine. If you prefer your tuna more on the rare side, stick with searing 1 minute per side. For medium rare, 2-3 minutes per side will work best.

Spicy Mayo Options

For store-bought mayonnaise I like to use either Sir Kensington’s Organic or Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo (btw this is super cheap at Costco). You can also make your own mayo using this recipe.
My favorite clean sriracha is Lingham’s.
If you can tolerate rice vinegar, Fix is another good one.
You may be able to find other local brands in store that are fine, just check your labels. Of course Tabasco is a good alternative as well.

Watermelon radish are a type of radish that looks dull on the outside, but with a colorful, bright center. It can be tricky to find these sometimes and regular radishes are quite small. If you can’t find watermelon radish, good substitutes would be sliced jicama, cucumber, rice cakes, or wonton chips.

Spicy tuna radish bites are a perfect and easy appetizer for your next party. Healthy and delicious, these snacks can be made in less than 15 minutes. #spicytuna #appetizer #paleo #healthy

Spicy tuna radish bites are a perfect and easy appetizer for your next party. Healthy and delicious, these snacks can be made in less than 15 minutes. #spicytuna #appetizer #paleo #healthy

Spicy Tuna Radish Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 mins
 

The easiest appetizer you can make, these tuna bites are quickly seared and topped with a spicy mayo sauce. Put on radishes, jicama, or rice cakes for a delicious and healthy snack. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Asian, Snacks
Keyword: Bites, Radish, Spicy Tuna
Servings: 10 bites
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb fresh, high quality tuna (if not cooking through)
  • 1-2 large watermelon radish
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or hot sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • oil for searing
Instructions
  1. Over medium high heat, add a small amount of oil in a pan and sear your tuna. 1 minute per side for rare, 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove from pan and allow to cool, then slice into small cubes.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine hot sauce with mayonnaise and slice your watermelon radish about 1/4" thick. Top radishes with tuna, drizzle with spicy mayo, and add chives on top. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

If you can't find watermelon radish, substitute thick slices of jicama, cucumber, wonton chips or rice cakes. 

Spicy tuna radish bites are a perfect and easy appetizer for your next party. Healthy and delicious, these snacks can be made in less than 15 minutes. #spicytuna #appetizer #paleo #healthy

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

One comment

  1. Mickayla

    Too funny, you’re a mind reader! I was just craving sushi and researching what type of fish to use this weekend. Although I’ve been known to advocate for the same fish you mentioned at Whole Foods – apparently there is no standard for what “sushi grade” fish means! So it could mean everything or nothing. Just FYI for anyone curious about the topic:

    According to the great world of the web, large species of tuna do not contain parasites. After extensive searching, I found this FDA document that seems to support that concept. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM252383.pdf

    Although it appears to be safe, I personally still feel a little uneasy with trusting that. I found these FDA guidelines on how to make any type of fish safe and free from live parasites! I’ve set my freezer to -21 degrees Celsius and will wait until next weekend now 😀
    https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM252393.pdf

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