I guess you know something is really trendy when you see it popping up literally everywhere! I first had Tuna Poke in a sushi style hand roll, wrapped in nori, aka seaweed, when I worked at a sushi restaurant in Boulder, CO. I thought it was delicious, but had no idea of it’s history and Hawaiian heritage back then. Fast forward to now and it seems to be the dish of the summer! I am not only seeing it on restaurant menus but am seeing entire establishments devoted to this raw cubed fish sensation. So I decided to try my hand at making this popular dish at home. I think the key is to find the freshest fist you can (I got mine at Whole Foods), use delicious raw vegetables for crunch and a nice mixture of sauces to enhance the flavor.
Poke literally means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces. In Hawaii it is so popular you find it at gas stations and roadside street stands.
Tuna Poke Rice Bowl
What you’ll need…
- Della Basmati & Quinoa, cooked
- 1 lb sashimi grade Ahi tuna steaks, cut into ½ inch cubes
- ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ C scallion (green onion), chopped
- ¼ C cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
- 3 T soy sauce
- 1 T sesame oil
- 1 T rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 T sesame seeds
- Edamame beans, shelled
- Radish, slices
- ½ Avocado, sliced
- ¼ yellow bell pepper, sliced
- Garnish: with a squeeze of lime
How to make…
- Cook Della Basmati & Quinoa as instructed
- Rinse and pat the ahi tuna dry, then neatly cut into small ½ inch cubes.
- In a large bowl add: 3 T soy sauce, 1 T rice wine vinegar, 1 T sesame oil, 1 tsp honey,1 T sesame seed, ahi tuna, ½ C scallions, ¼ C cilantro, 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger, ¼ thinly sliced red onion. Gently toss until combined.
- Next create your rice bowl– The base of the bowl is Della rice, next add the tuna poke mixture, radish slices, sliced avocado, yellow pepper, and garnish with a squeeze of lime. Serve immediately, or slightly chilled.