Tuna takikomi rice, or takikomi gohan, is a Japanese seasoned rice dish with veggies and tuna. Easy, filling, and nutritious, all you need to do is prep the ingredients, throw them in the rice cooker, and press start!
Here’s a scenario: you don’t feel like making dinner. But you have people in the house you have to feed. Ah, life. This is me, 3 out of 7 days at LEAST.
I have several quick go-to dishes for my lazy nights, like my beef soboro. Here’s another one to add to the list… and you DON’T have to defrost any meat for it! Woohoo! This tuna rice, or tuna takikomi gohan, is quick, easy, and convenient! It’s also quite customizable, to suit your family’s tastes.
Basically, all you have to do is get your ingredients ready, throw them in the rice cooker, and let the cooker do its thing. I LOVE rice cooker meals! By the way, my rice cooker is over ten years old, and I inherited it from my mom. It’s getting pretty dinged up, but it still works great. Made in Japan, guys. Made in Japan.
So, the main star of this meal is canned solid albacore tuna. I use Wild Planet tuna, which I buy on Amazon with my link or at Costco if you prefer. I also add carrots, corn, shiitake mushrooms, and hijiki (a type of seaweed that is quite nutritious). The shiitake adds a lot of flavor to the tuna takikomi, so I would definitely recommend using it. I buy a pack of dried shiitake at the Asian market and throw it in the freezer.
For kids, tuna takikomi makes a great main dish. If you are serving adults, you may want to use this as a side dish, or pair it with a filling side. It also makes a great lunch.
Try switching out different chopped veggies, and have fun with it!