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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 a poke bowl 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). 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 or 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.
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.
My last and most important comment about this dish is it’s amazing ability to be an appetizer. It’s so incredible that it’s difficult not to sit down with a giant freakin’ bowl and go to town. But sometimes there are other amazing things we want to eat, so that’s where mini Ahi tuna poke bowls come into play. DO YOU SEE HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE? Sorry for shouting, but I’m in love.
And they’re so very perfect for National Seafood Month (yes, it’s October!). Seafood is often overlooked for appetizers and even main dishes because it can be intimidating, but 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. P.S. I realize I just made more points after I said I only have one more point. Again, can’t help it.
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.
- 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- ½ Tbsp. sesame oil
- Splash fish sauce
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 1 lb. fresh ahi tuna (high quality), cubed
- 2 cups chopped veggies (shredded carrots, shelled edamame, sliced radishes, red or Napa cabbage)
- 3-4 Tbsp. 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 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- Spicy mayo (¼ cup mayo + 1-2 Tbsp. 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.
- *To make these appetizer size, use small ramekins to build 10-12 mini poke bowls.