This ahi tuna poke bowl is made with chunks of marinated tuna served with steamed rice, avocado, cucumbers, and a wonderful creamy mayonnaise-based sauce. Simple, easy, healthy, and packed with nutrition.
If you love raw sushi and tuna, then this will probably be on your list of favorites very soon.
What is poke? poke is raw fish cut into cubes and marinated. Tuna and salmon are the most common. You can serve this as a meal on its own or as a side dish along with other main courses.
About raw fish - the most important thing to note about making ahi tuna like this is to ensure you have sushi-grade tuna. This is why it is very important to buy from a trust-worthy source. If you are not used to eating raw fish, you can cook it a little too. Read more about raw fish for sushi here.
What is the poke marinade? The marinade has a combination of sourness from the vinegar and sweetness from the mirin. The garlic and ginger add a nice punch of flavor. And, the chilly flakes give it a nice little kick of spice. So, while the fish is raw all these flavors keep it from tasting fishy.
What is the poke sauce? The sauce is a mayonnaise-based spicy sauce made with mayo, lemon, chilly, and sesame oil.
What do you serve with the poke? We serve it with sushi rice. But, brown rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice would also work.
Salad for poke - a poke bowl is usually served with veggies along with the rice on the side. Today, I am serving this bowl with sliced cucumbers, radishes, and sauteed asparagus. You can also add steamed broccoli, carrots, or other veggies. In addition, you can also use shredded cabbage.
Ingredients and substitutes
- Tuna - Since we eat this tuna raw, it is very important to buy sushi-grade tuna from a trust-worthy source.
- Mirin - this is a Japanese sweet sauce, which can be easily replaced with maple syrup or honey.
- Soy sauce - I prefer to use low sodium soy sauce so the salmon is not too salty. If you have regular salt, use it but don't add any more salt for seasoning until you taste and adjust for seasoning.
- Rice vinegar - this is Japanese vinegar made from rice. You can also use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
- Sesame oil - add a nice Asian flavor to the dish. While you can certainly omit it, I highly recommend it.
Step by step instructions
- Rice - Wash the rice in clean running water a couple of times until the water runs clear. Cook according to the package directions. And set aside.
Tip - Generally, you would add 1 cup water and 1 cup rice in a pot. Let come to a boil. Then, turn the heat to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes. And, set aside until ready to serve.
- Ahi Tuna - Cut the tuna into small ½-inch cubes. Set aside.
- Marinade - Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the chopped tuna, and combine well. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- After two hours, add the chilly flakes and sesame seeds.
- Sauce - Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl - mayo, rice vinegar, chilly, and sesame oil.
- Assemble -
Here are two plates that I prepared. As you can see the recipe is simple and easy but the way you plate it makes a huge difference.
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- 1 lb (450 g) Sushi grade Ahi Tuna cut into ½ inch cubes
- ½ tsp Chilly flakes
- 1 tsp Sesame seeds
- ¼ cup (60 ml) Soy sauce
- 1 tsp Rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Mirin sweet sauce (or honey or maple syrup)
- 1 small Garlic sliced
- 1 inch (2.5 cm) Ginger sliced
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- 2 tbsp Green onions chopped
- 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp Mirin sauce (or honey or maple syrup)
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Chily sauce
- 2 cups (370 g) Sushi rice cooked
- 1 cup Cucumber slices
- 1 Avocado slices
- ½ cup Radishes sliced
- 1 cup Lettuce (I used asparagus instead)
- Rice - Wash the rice in clean running water a couple of times until the water runs clear. Cook according to the package directions. And set aside.Tip - Generally, you would add 1 cup water and 1 cup rice in a pot. Let come to a boil. Then, turn the heat to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Set aside until ready to serve.
- Ahi Tuna - Cut the tuna into small ½-inch cubes. And set aside.
- Sauce - Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl - mayo, rice vinegar, chili, and sesame oil.
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