Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls

Fish & Shellfish  |  Published Jul 6, 2021  |  Updated Jul 6, 2021  |  By Tawnie

ahi tuna poke on top of white rice in a white bowl

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls are one of my favorite things to order when out to eat, but they are super easy to make at home! It’s a light, wholesome dish that’s perfect for summer.

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Poke (pronounced Po-Kay) literally means “chunk” in Hawaiian. It generally refers to raw pieces of tuna cut into cubes and then marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil.

ahi poke in a brown bowl topped with green onions with black chopsticks

I wanted to keep this recipe basic, but also busting with flavor and crunch. What’s so great about ahi poke bowls is they don’t require a long wait before you can enjoy it! Chop, mix, and serve!

 Plus, in this summer heat it’s refreshing, quick and easy.

Ingredient List:

ingredients to make poke bowls in small dishes
  • Rice: I’m using U.S.-grown long grain white rice with these ahi poke bowls. Long grain rice has a long, slender kernel and cooks lighter, fluffier, and more separated than medium or short grain rice. You can also use sushi rice, brown rice, or your favorite rice! Here is an informative list on U.S. Rice Varieties.
  • Ahi Tuna Steaks: You’ll need 1 lb. for this recipe. Be sure to purchase high-quality, sushi-grade ahi tuna from the grocery store or fish market since you will be consuming raw fish. Fresh is best.
  • Marinade: I’m using sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, fresh garlic and ginger, and green onions. It’s simple and downright delicious!
  • Toppings and mix-ins: There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to what you want to add to your bowls. We love adding in avocado chunks, edamame, wasabi peas, toasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds.
    • Other toppings and add ins: shredded carrots, cucumber, spicy mayo, sliced radish, microgreens, fried shallots, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno, mango chunks, seaweed, pickled ginger, shredded purple cabbage, etc.
ahi on a plate and rice in a brown bowl

Step by Step Directions:

All you need is about 30 minutes and minimal cooking utensils to whip up this gorgeous meal! #bowlgoals

  1. Rinse the rice: add the rice to a fine mesh strainer or sieve and rinse until the water becomes clear.
  2. Cook the U.S.-grown long grain rice: Follow the package directions or us this easy stovetop method: Combine 1 cup long grain rice with 2 cups water and a dash of salt in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Allow the pot to sit, undisturbed, for another 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  3. Slice the ahi tuna into 1-inch cubes or small bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add the green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, red pepper chili flakes, salt, avocado, edamame, and sesame seeds to the ahi tuna. Stir to combine.
  5. Add a few spoonfuls of rice to a bowl, top with the ahi tuna and then garnish with wasabi peas, green onions, more white and black sesame seeds and any of desired toppings.
ahi poke in a brown bowl topped with green onions

Expert Tips and Modifications

The best part of this ahi tuna poke bowl is the customization so you can add your own spin to your bowl!

  • Make this into salmon poke by using sockeye salmon!
  • Add your favorite pickled veggies to liven up the bowl.
  • Be sure to add crunch! Fried shallots, carrot, cucumber or wasabi peas are some of our favorite options.
  • Drizzle with a spicy sauce: try combining 2 Tbsp. mayo or Greek yogurt with 1 Tbsp. Sriracha and a squeeze of lemon to drizzle over the bowl prior to serving.

FAQ

Is rice healthy?

I love that rice is nutrient-rich and contributes more than 15 vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and other B-vitamins, as well as iron and zinc. Rice is comprised of complex carbohydrates that are more slowly digested and can help keep you full longer. Win-win! I adore how versatile, convenient, and inexpensive rice is. It’s a staple in our pantry!

Do you eat ahi poke raw?

This recipe is made with raw ahi tuna, yes. However, you can sear the ahi if you prefer.

ahi poke in a white bowl with white rice

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Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls

These ahi tuna poke bowls are made with a simple sauce using soy sauce and sesame oil, they are loaded with avocado, edamame, wasabi peas and scallions and served over rice. It’s full of flavor, nutritious and simple to make!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 bowls
Calories: 655kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups U.S.-grown long grain white rice
  • 1 lb. sushi-grade ahi tuna, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly slices, plus more for garnish
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper chili flakes (optional)
  • salt, to taste

Topping ideas

  • wasabi peas, shredded carrots, cucumber, sriracha mayo, sliced radish, microgreens, fried shallots, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno, mango, seaweed, pickled ginger, shredded purple cabbage, etc.

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice: add the rice to a fine mesh strainer or sieve and rinse until the water becomes clear.
  • Cook the U.S.-grown long grain rice: Follow the package directions or us this easy stovetop method: Combine 1 cup long grain rice with 2 cups water and a dash of salt in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice.Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Allow the pot to sit, undisturbed, for another 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  • Slice the ahi tuna into 3/4 inch cubes or small bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, red pepper chili flakes, salt, avocado, edamame, and sesame seeds to the ahi tuna. Stir to combine.
    1 avocado, diced, 1/2 cup shelled edamame , 1/4 cup green onions, thinly slices, plus more for garnish, 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 tsp. ginger, minced, 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, 1 tsp. black sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp. red pepper chili flakes (optional), 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • Add a few spoonfuls of rice to a bowl, top with the ahi tuna and then garnish with wasabi peas, green onions, more white and black sesame seeds and any of desired toppings. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Be sure to add crunch! Fried shallots, carrot, cucumber or wasabi peas are some of our favorite options.
  • Drizzle with a spicy sauce: try combining 2 Tbsp. mayo or Greek yogurt with 1 Tbsp. Sriracha and a squeeze of lemon to drizzle over the bowl prior to serving.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2549IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg

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Araceli
18 days ago

Hi Tawnie! I want to try making this. Where do you buy the ahi tuna? Central Fish?

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