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This Vegan 'Tuna' Recipe Utilizes a Surprising Ingredient

You can make vegan tuna using—wait for it—a watermelon. This simple recipe can be used for sushi, poké bowls, and beyond.

vegan tuna recipe
Written by
Tehrene Firman
Even though there are plenty of vegan tuna options available these days (if you haven't tried
Good Catch
, go for it!), a DIY version recently caught the eye of millions on TikTok because it gets its fishy texture from a super-surprising
ingredient: watermelon.
Halle Burns
, a popular recipe developer, shared a recipe for vegan tuna made from watermelon that has more than
4 million views
. "I'll give you three seconds to name what kind of fish this is," she says. "...it's a watermelon."
Watermelon successfully disguising itself as a fish seems nearly impossible. But this recipe is actually really popular—especially in dishes like sushi and poké bowls. Not only is the vegan tuna tasty, but it's also good for the planet.
Tuna is heavily overfished, and the
World Wildlife Fund
says this has resulted in "significant population declines, poor international conservation management, and high levels of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing." Swapping in a plant-based option once in a while can help make a difference. Plus, it's fun!
Want to try making this vegan tuna for yourself? Grab a watermelon and get to work using Burns' easy-to-follow recipe below.

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Watermelon Vegan Tuna Recipe

vegan tuna recipe watermelon
Photo: TikTok/@Ballehurns
Sesame oil
Soy sauce
Seaweed flakes
Sesame seeds
1. Cut the watermelon in half and slice it into cubes.
2. Marinade watermelon cubes in sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and seaweed flakes. Then top with salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.
3. After four hours, bake the cubes on
reusable parchment paper
for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Enjoy the vegan tuna in sushi, poké bowls, and other tuna-based dishes.