So here’s the scoop. Or catch.
Poke bowls are all the rage and honestly, I’m a bit behind here. I have not posted an ahi poke bowl recipe or even mentioned it, and I feel super shameful, okay?
But here’s the other thing. The poke bowls I am posting today are extra yummy.
And, extra beautiful (I think, but I may be biased).
Ahi Poke Bowl Recipe
What are Poke Bowls?
If any of you are a bit ‘behind’ when it comes to poke bowls, like I am, here is the actual scoop: It’s a Hawaiian ‘dish’ made with raw fish that’s often tossed in a sauce like soy aka shoyu and served with rice and sometimes vegetables.
Fortunately, poke bowls are really whatever you want them to be, as long as your bowl focuses on high quality raw fish.
Winner, winner poke dinner.
How to Make the Perfect Ahi Poke Bowl
Okay I’m officially ridiculous. Anyway, my poke bowls are made with:
- Fresh Ahi tuna, cubed and tossed in a marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce and fresh ginger and garlic (510% yes to every one of those ingredients – they are absolutely dynamite and you should absolutely cook with them all of the time).
- Handfuls of fresh veggies like shelled edamame, shredded carrots, radishes, red or Napa cabbage, green onion for that freshy fresh.
- Handfuls of fresh fruit like mango and avocado, which gives a creaminess and amazing mouth-feel to the party.
- A smattering of toasted sesame seeds for a little more texture, flavor and beauty.
- Spicy mayo because I want to smother it anything and everything. I can’t help it.
Also, did I mention how amazing the tuna tastes after it’s been marinated in all that goodness? It’s literally melt-in-your-mouth.
Also, let’s talk seafood. It’s often overlooked because it can be intimidating to prepare and cook, but don’t forget about it because many types of seafood, like Ahi tuna, are packed with nutrition (hello omega 3’s!) and when in season are very affordable.
And it easily takes on any flavor you’re going for. In this case, it’s that amazing soy/ginger/sesame marinade.
So go ahead, throw a mini (or giant) poke bowl party with all the goods and your friends will never ever forget it. You’ll be the official poke bowl hero.
Other proteins you can use in poke bowls
Add some variety with your poke bowls, you don’t have to stick with just ahi tuna. Mix and match these other protein:
Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls
Enjoy this delicious and colorful ahi poke bowl recipe!
- Prep Time: 15
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 Bowls 1x
- Category: Dinner, Lunch
- Method: No-Cook
- Cuisine: Hawaiian
Tuna & Marinade:
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- Splash fish sauce
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 1-pound fresh ahi tuna (high quality), cubed
- 2 cups chopped veggies (shredded carrots, shelled edamame, sliced radishes, red or Napa cabbage)
- 3–4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 cups cooked sushi or Jasmine rice
- ½–1 cup diced mango
- 1–2 ripe avocados, sliced
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 2–3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Spicy mayo (¼ cup mayo + 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha), for serving
- In a medium glass bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger and garlic until combined. Add cubes of fresh ahi tuna and stir to combine. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least one hour.
- In a medium glass bowl, combine chopped vegetables and rice wine vinegar; toss to combine. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least one hour. (This is an optional step but adds a ton of flavor.)
- To assemble bowls: Spoon rice into four bowls. Distribute pickled vegetables, mango, avocado, and marinated tuna among bowls. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with spicy mayo, if desired.
Cooking Tip: To make these appetizer size, use small ramekins to build 10-12 mini poke bowls.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 455
- Sugar: 12 g
- Sodium: 696 mg
- Fat: 18 g
- Saturated Fat: 3 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 10 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 36 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 36 g
- Cholesterol: 57 mg
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