How to Make a Perfect Spicy Tuna Bowl

How to Make a Perfect Spicy Tuna Bowl


When we first moved to Michigan, a friend who worked in the Farmington Hills area highly recommended a restaurant called ‘Happy Sushi.’ He claimed there were bowls that were not on the menu…only those who knew could order. What?! A secret dish that only those in-the-know could enjoy?! A dish that couldn’t be eaten by just anyone?! Well, we were in. So, our friend told us how to order it, and sure enough, we tried our first Spicy Tuna Bowl – we were instantly addicted. From that point forward, we would make it our mission to get our Spicy Tuna Bowl fix and there was something about sitting down and ordering this amazing dish while everyone else was choosing from the standard menu. We felt SPECIAL! (They eventually added it to their regular menu, so I guess we weren’t THAT special ๐Ÿ˜†).

We continued to frequent this restaurant and the staff came to know us. Even as we had 1, then 2 babies, we would bring them strapped in their car seats, and set them up so we could enjoy those sushi bowls. The staff patiently brought us hot water to warm up bottles, extra napkins to wipe up spilled baby food, and kindly offered crackers when the babies were fussy. They literally watched my 1st and 2nd children grow from being weeks-old until their first few years. Sadly, once I had my 3rd baby, it was too much to lug all three little ones, ages 3 and under to a restaurant. Believe me, we tried, with the optimistic belief that we could actually enjoy the meal. However, we quickly learned it wasn’t worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Then last year, our local Kroger began carrying a Spicy Tuna Poke in their seafood counter. We couldn’t believe how similar the flavors were to what we loved from ‘Happy Sushi’! We then experimented and came up with a dish that was as close to the Spicy Tuna Bowl that we used to enjoy all the time. Without the travel, without the kids, AND for a portion of the price! However, if you’re ever in the Novi area near Meadowbrook Road and 10 Mile Road, I highly suggest taking the time to check out this tiny little place, located in the Busch’s Food Market Plaza. You will not be disappointed!


  • 1 lb Spicy Tuna Poke (Call the Kroger to make sure they have it first)
  • Sticky Rice
  • English Cucumber, Sliced Thin
  • Pickled Ginger (You can find this in the ethnic aisle)
  • Avocado, Sliced
  • Sesame Seeds, Optional
  • Roasted Seaweed, Optional (I cut this into small pieces with kitchen scissors)
  • Wasabi
  • Soy Sauce


  1. Take the tuna poke and chop with a sharp knife until it’s the desired consistency. I have also used a small food processor to get a finer texture.
  2. Cook sticky rice, following the instructions (you can also find individual, microwavable portions in the rice aisle).
  3. Place the cooked rice into the bottom of a bowl.
  4. Top with tuna poke, English cucumber, pickled ginger, and avocado.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds and roasted seaweed on top.
  6. Mix wasabi and soy sauce, pouring over the top before serving, or keep it on the side for dipping. You can also drizzle sriracha sauce over the top if you like more spice.

Note: Happy Sushi also sprinkles a good amount of toasted panko crumbs on top, giving the dish that perfect crunch to add to the spicy and salty flavor.

Alison Catone

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