Kabuki Firecracker Copycat

I worked at Kabuki for many years as a young adult, and I love their food! I’m going to be sharing 5 recipes inspired by my favorite Kabuki signature dishes, starting with the Firecracker. This appetizer is a spicy tuna dip with crispy wonton chips. I order it every time I dine at Kabuki!

The Firecracker is almost like tuna poke, but ground up as a dip and served with wonton chips on the side. It’s made with sriracha, japanese mayo, sesame oil, soy sauce, a tiny bit of sugar, and my secret ingredient which I will talk about later!

My best friends and I used to go to Kabuki all the time (even when I worked there), and we’d start off with the Firecracker as an appetizer. One time we were really craving it, but there wasn’t a Kabuki nearby so we tried to see if we could make it at home with some salmon that we had. This recipe is based off that very successful attempt, since I don’t know Kabuki’s actual recipe for the Firecracker.  

Ingredients

  • Tuna– you can also use salmon if you prefer, just make sure it is “sushi grade” or safe for raw consumption.

    *The term “sushi grade” in itself is not a real thing- more of a marketing term but, it is important to find fish that has been “previously frozen below a specific temperature and for a specific amount of time.” You can find more info about raw food safety here. 

  • Veggies- finely diced tomato, red onion, and cilantro go into the spicy tuna dip, then topped with sliced green onion.

  • Sauce- Sriracha, Japanese mayo, sesame oil, soy sauce, a little sugar for balance, and my secret ingredient: pickled ginger brine. Does Kabuki add it to their mix? Probably not. I don’t know for sure. But this specific sauce, which I also use for poke bowls, tastes so much better with some pickled ginger brine. If you’ve ever tried to make a similar sauce at home and felt like it was missing something- it’s probably that.   

  • Wonton chips- these are super easy to make, all you need are eggroll skins cut into small pieces and lightly fried for 10-15 seconds. That’s it! They add a very nice crunch and flavor to the dish. Perfect for dipping. 

Storage & tips:

  • I recommend letting the spicy tuna dip marinate (in the refrigerator) for an hour before eating it. You don’t have to, but I do think that hour gives the marinade enough time to really enhance the flavors. 

  • Do not keep in the refrigerator for more than 1 day. If you have leftovers just make sure to eat them within 24 hours. It may turn to a brownish color but it’s ok to eat during that time. 

  • If you’re making this for a party or large gathering, you can make the chips ahead of time and store in air-tight containers. They will stay crispy. 

  • I highly recommend serving with some sliced or cubed avocados! 

Kabuki Firecracker Copycat

5 from 2 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz tuna or salmon sushi grade
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • 2 tbsp tomato
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 3 8x8 eggroll wrappers makes 27 chips
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp Japanese mayo American mayo is ok too- just add a pinch of msg.
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp pickled ginger brine
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sugar

Optional add-ons:

  • avocado
  • green onion

Instructions
 

  • Mix together all the sauce ingredients and set it aside.
  • Mince the tuna into a paste-like consistency. If your tuna has a lot of sinew, you may need to use a spoon and scrape the tuna off the sinew to separate it.
    Note: You can also use salmon which is what I actually prefer. Always use sushi grade fish when preparing for raw consumption.
  • Add the tuna to the sauce, along with finely chopped tomato, red onion, and cilantro. Mix well and set in the freezer (so it firms up a little bit and stays cold) while we make the wonton chips.
  • Stack the eggroll skins on top of each other and cut them into 9 squares by making 2 vertical and horizontal cuts (like a tic-tac-toe board).
  • In batches, fry in oil for 10-15 seconds, flipping over once. They will look like they are slightly under cooked but just trust me- any longer and they will brown too much. Rest on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  • Plate then top the spicy tuna mix with some chopped green onions, and that's it! You can also add some avocado slices to the side.

Notes

  • I recommend letting the spicy tuna dip marinate (in the refrigerator) for an hour before eating it. You don't have to, but I do think that hour gives the marinade enough time to really enhance the flavors. 
  • Do not keep in the refrigerator for more than 1 day. 
  • If you're making this for a party or large gathering, you can make the chips ahead of time and store in air-tight containers. They will stay crispy. 
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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Londyn Hendrix

    5 stars
    This was great! I used seaweed chips instead and I ran out of red onion so I used white.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Sean

    5 stars
    Any recommendations other than the fried eggroll wrappers? Wife can’t eat due to allergies

    1. stellanspice

      I think fried seaweed chips would be a great alternative!

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