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Tuna Kimbap
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Tuna Kimbap - One of Korea's Favorite Kimbap

Tuna Kimbap is one of Korea's favorite type of Kimbap
Course: Easy
Servings: 3 rolls


Fresh ingredients

  • Tuna - 1 can 150 grams
  • Gim - 3 sheets
  • Cabbage - 1 layer
  • Perilla leaves - 6
  • Cucumber - small piece length of your pointer finger
  • Onion - ¼ whole

Sushi Rice Seasoning

  • Cooked white rice - 2 cups
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon
  • Sesame oil - 1 Tablespoon
  • Sesame seeds - few shakes

Tuna Cucumber Salad Seasoning

  • Mayonnaise - 3 Tablespoons Japanese or Korean Mayonnaise tastes great!
  • Vinegar - 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper - few shakes


Prep ingredients

  • Open tuna can. Drain it and squeeze out the oil. 
  • Take stems off perilla leaves. Cut the ¼ piece of onion into thin small slices. Julienne the piece of cucumber and cabbage leaf into very thin strips. 
  • Take out a mixing bowl. Mix-in mayonnaise, vinegar and black pepper. Stir it together. Then throw in the tuna, cabbage, cucumber and onions. Mix it together with your hands. Top the mixture with a few shakes of black pepper. 

Make gimbap rice

  • Put rice into a large bowl. Fan it out so it can lose some steam and cool off.
  • Then sprinkle some salt (½ teaspoon) over the rice. Place sesame oil in (1 Tablespoon). Sprinkle on sesame seeds as well. Mix everything together. Set aside.

Roll-up gimbap

  • Place a sheet of gim on the cutting board (make sure its dry) 
  • Place an even layer of rice over the gim - up to about ⅔ of the sheet (reference video). Don't let the rice clump up in one spot - spread it out evenly. 
  • Place two perilla leaves at the center of the rice. Then put a few scoops of the tuna mixture over the leaves. 
  • Pull the bottom of the sheet up to the ⅔ line. Then use your hands to gently scoot back the filling, while squeezing the roll to make it firm. Continue to roll to the end.
  • Dab your finger in water. Then run it across the edge of the sheet. Roll it and seal the roll off.
  • Repeat again to make two more rolls.


  • It should make 3 kimbap rolls
  • See video below for more details