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Tuna poke is a traditional Hawaiian salad of raw tuna marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, and onions. Here it’s served over sushi rice with your favorite toppings.

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

Many years ago, after visiting our son at sleepaway camp during the summer, Michael and I spent a weekend at a a spa resort in the Poconos called The Lodge at Woodloch. I love all that Zen spa stuff, but Michael joked that the place was named “Woodloch” because they lock you in the woods with nothing to do and starve you with teeny-tiny portions. Spa cuisine: sooo not his thing. However, we both loved the resort’s take on tuna poke (pronounced po-kay), a traditional Hawaiian salad of marinated raw tuna with sushi rice and lots of toppings, so I came up with this similar version when we got home. The resort dish was served with fresh crispy-fried wontons; to keep things weeknight streamlined, I put potato chips on mine instead! They make a delicious (and easy) addition.

What you need To Make Tuna Poke Bowls

how to make tuna poke bowls

When selecting your tuna, be sure to get fresh sushi-grade yellowfin or bigeye tuna (both referred to as “ahi”), with a pink or reddish color. Locally (in the Washington, DC area), I’ve found fresh ahi tuna at Harris Teeter. Also, Whole Foods carries frozen yellowfin tuna that works nicely. Just be sure not to buy Albacore tuna, which is the white tuna used to make canned tuna fish.

How To Make Tuna Poke Bowls

how to make tuna poke bowls

To begin: In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, honey, sambal oelek, ginger, and scallions.

how to make tuna poke bowls

Add the tuna and toss. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.

how to make tuna poke bowls

To serve, scoop rice into bowls, top with tuna poke and desired toppings.

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

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Tuna Poke Bowls

Tuna poke is a traditional Hawaiian salad of raw tuna marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, and onions. Here it’s served over sushi rice with your favorite toppings.

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes, plus at least 15 minutes to marinate

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna (such as yellowfin or big-eye tuna), diced into ¼ or ½-inch pieces
  • 2 cups sushi rice, cooked according to package instructions (any other type of rice or grain can be substituted)

Optional Toppings

  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Edamame
  • Pickled ginger
  • Diced mango
  • Potato chips or wonton crisps
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, honey, sambal oelek, ginger, and scallions. Add the tuna and toss. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. To serve, scoop rice into bowls, top with tuna poke and desired toppings. You will have extra sauce for drizzling over the toppings; serve on the side.
  3. Note: Sambal Oelek can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets. It is sometimes labeled Chile Garlic Sauce.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (Nutritional data does not include optional toppings -- 6 servings)
  • Calories: 411
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Sodium: 943 mg
  • Cholesterol: 29 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • Great recipe, my wife wanted Poke for her birthday and we had never made it before. Came out phenomenal!

    As for adding “crunch”, my wife does not like fried wonton crisps and wasn’t a fan of the thought of adding potato chips (she’s a bit of a health nut).

    I found the solution in Costco… dehydrated fruit! Gave a great crunch, a burst of flavor, and they’re not fried so my wife loved them!

    We told the kids they were “mango and apple croutons”. They ate them up!

    The kids did teriyaki chicken for their poke, lest you think I have adventurous food kids. Alas, I do not. But they loved the poke bowls, they say it’s like an ice cream sundae bar for dinner. Poke is now on our regular dinner rotation. It will replace taco Tuesday at least once a month!

    • — Mike on August 28, 2022
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  • I recently made your zucchini pancakes with Greek Feta, served them with sour cream on top. They are so delicious and I’m going to make them for my kids and grandkids when they visit in a couple of months. Thank you 🙏

    • — Carol Nemo on August 21, 2022
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  • I made this for the first time for four of my family members and it was an absolute hit! I put it over coconut rice, and topped it with cucumber, edamame, sriracha mayo, sesame seeds and avocado.

    • — Elizabeth Ho on July 31, 2022
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  • AMAZING & AUTHENTIC!

    • — Jessica on July 26, 2022
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  • Curious about using salmon instead of tuna – would that still be raw, grilled or seared?
    I’m having guests and one doesn’t eat raw fish – her loss (and ours!) but I’d like to adjust the recipe for her.

    • — Bonnie on July 21, 2022
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    • Hi Bonnie, You could definitely try the recipe with raw, grilled, or seared salmon. If you cook it, I’d keep it medium-rare if that’s acceptable to your guest. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on July 21, 2022
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  • I made this for our family & friends over the weekend and we all loved it! We had delicious fresh tuna from Maine and it was so clean and delicious! Jenn, I have your first cookbook and I was comparing the recipes. I liked that you added 1 teaspoon of lime juice to your original recipe so I added that into this recipe. Also, I love micro greens on top of the bowl. Thank you for your delicious recipes and your commitment to accuracy and perfection that goes into crafting them!

    • — Donna L. on July 12, 2022
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  • I’d like to make this for a casual dinner party but would like some ideas on what to serve with it? Can you please provide some suggestions?

    • — andi on July 7, 2022
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