Beautiful and Delicious Ahi Sushi Cups

Do you like tuna? These Ahi Sushi Cups are beautiful, healthy and delicious to serve for a dinner party or at home.

Isn’t it great to have someone try recipes for you? How many times have you tried making something that looked good on the recipe that turned out to be a complete mistake? I’m happy to be the tester for you – in both prep and taste.  Because let’s face it, most of us aren’t Ina Gartens.

The hardest part of this recipe is making the rice cup molds. If you don’t need the dish to look pretty, I suggest skipping that step and placing the rice on some parchment paper in a casserole dish before putting on the rest of the ingredients. This will make an ahi “layered type” dish.

What makes this dish special is the sauce. I usually don’t add cream cheese to rice but the small amount added in this recipe pairs beautifully with the tangy/sweet/spicy taste of the sauce covered cucumber/avocado/tuna. If you want to sub out any of these ingredients, you can- except for the sauce and rice mix. Those are what make this recipe taste so good.

This dish will not disappoint! Serve it with some edamame and you are set.

Ahi Sushi Cups

This recipe can be found on I modified it a bit, based on my family’s preferences.

For instance, the original recipe uses 1 Tbs of kosher salt which is very salty for us (dare I say it’s a typo on their page?).  I use 1 tsp of salt as shown below. I added more cucumbers and finished the dish off with crumbled toasted nori to make a very tasty and healthy dinner for the family!


  • 1 cup Sushi Rice, rinsed well (short grain rice cooked per package directions) Note: added 1/2 Cauli rice is great for a healthier option
  • 8 tsps Rice Vinegar, divided into 6tsp/2tsp
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt (divided into 1/2 tsp)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 Tbs Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 cup English or Persian Cucumber (diced)
  • 1lb Raw Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna (cut into 1/2- inch cubes)
  • 1 Avocado (diced)
  • 1 serving Nori (toasted seaweed) to sprinkle on top

Optional: Sesame Seeds


1. Rice Mix: Combine vinegar and sugar in a bowl and microwave 30 seconds. Stir with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add cream cheese and 1/2 tsp salt. Gently fold vinegar mixture into rice. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.

2. Prep Rice Cups: Lightly coat muffin cups with cooking spray and place parchment paper in cups to form a liner. With wet hands, press rice mix into the cups with a hollow center. Alternatively (to save time), fill the bottom of a casserole dish with a thin layer of rice (1/3 inch) over parchment paper. Refrigerate 30-40 minutes.

3. Sauce: Combine remaining 2 tsp vinegar, remaining 1/2 tsp salt, soy sauce, oil and red pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add the cucumber, avocado and tuna. Toss.

Diced cucumber (note: I usually like to get Persian or cocktail cucumbers so I don’t need to peel skin)

Diced avocado Note: rinse with cold water to keep color from turning brown

Sushi grade Ahi – I got pre-prepared spicy tuna from local grocer Bristol Farms but unseasoned fresh Ahi is what recipe calls for. Either will work.

Cucumber and avocado mixed with prepared sauce.

4. Fill Cups: Divide mixture over rice cups or layer over the rice in the casserole and sprinkle with toasted seaweed. Optional: top with sesame seeds. Serve!

A compilation of my Instagram Stories while making this dish on a weeknight below!

Will you try it? Let me know how your Ahi Sushi Cups turn out!

Flavor Your Life with an Ounce of Salt. A lifestyle blog by Jen Oliak