No more intimidation! It's time to impress yourself (and those around you) with this incredible Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl. The best part?
Just how easy it is to make your Poke dreams come true—all in your kitchen!
What is a poke bowl?
Traditionally, Poke (poh-kay) itself is just diced fish, served raw, but as food trends become popularized, things tend to develop to suit the taste of the masses.
So, when most people talk about Poke now, they're talking about a bowl with some sort of sliced-up seafood over rice, with some kind of sauce and a whole bunch of topping choices.
What is tuna poke?
Poke can be made from almost any fish or variety of seafood. This recipe utilizes seared Ahi tuna to provide the main protein. It's a light, flavorful fish that provides the perfect complement to a tangy, spicy sauce.
Spicy tuna poke bowl
The combination of seared Ahi tuna with edamame, avocado, green onion, and carrots, all tied together with a mouthwatering spicy sauce?
This would be worth hours of effort, but it comes together SO FAST. Trust me: you deserve it.
Spicy tuna poke bowl recipe
The star of the show is the Ahi tuna. I used these frozen Ahi tuna steaks from HEB, and they worked very well. The tuna steaks are flavored with a mixture of soy sauce, rice, vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds, with an option for red pepper flakes to kick it up a bit more.
After building a base of rice and your favorite veggie accompaniments (use mine or switch it up!), the real flavor-maker in this recipe is from a sriracha-mayo mixture that pulls everything together.
How spicy is spicy tuna?
How spicy do you want it??? For real, this is up to you. You could use any mayo mixture that suits your taste—it doesn't have to be as hot as sriracha, but then again, it doesn't have to stop there, either...
How do you make homemade spicy tuna poke bowl?
This recipe is really simple. It involves three main parts:
- Searing the tuna
- Making the sauce
- Building the bowl
To sear the tuna, spray a pan with cooking spray and bring to high heat. Cook the tuna for just 1-2 minutes on each side.
Then, dice the tuna into cubes. Mix together the ingredients for the tuna sauce, and coat thoroughly.
After that, make the bowl by adding the rice together with the veggies and other toppings. Continue by making the sauce for the bowl out of sriracha and mayo, mixing together and adding water if needed for consistency.
Finally, mix everything together and serve by drizzling the sauce over the top of the bowl.
Most important step: enjoy!
Do you eat ahi poke raw?
In this case, the Ahi steaks are seared on the outside with a very rare, almost-raw center. With high-quality tuna, this shouldn't be a concern, but if this still isn't your thing, feel free to cook the steaks through!
Alternatively, you could go traditional Poke style and have it completely raw; it's good to be aware of the risks associated with raw foods, however.
How to store poke bowl
Poke (specifically the tuna portion) is best consumed day-of. If you want to turn these Poke bowls into a meal prep option, you can make the other ingredients ahead of time and prepare the tuna the day you're going to eat it!
It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
Are tuna poke bowls healthy?
Ahi tuna can be a great protein source, and eating quality seafood provides a variety of nutritional benefits. The rice and veggies are awesome, too; if there's any nutritional caution here, it's from going overboard on the sriracha mayo sauce. It is still mayo, after all!
That said, you need to find what works best for you, and it's good to enjoy your food!
How many calories are in a spicy tuna poke bowl?
These Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls have 393 calories per serving, with 34 grams of carbs, 33 grams of protein, and `13 grams of fat.
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Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl
- ½ lb ahi tuna steaks
FOR SAUCE (TUNA):
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes omit if don't like spicy
- 1 cup rice
- ½ avocado
- 2 tbsp green onions
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- ¼ cup edamame
- ¼ cup shredded carrots
FOR SAUCE (BOWL):
- 2 tsp mayo
- 2 tsp sriracha
- water for consistency
- Optional: cucumbers mixed greens, seaweed
- Heat up a pan on high heat. Grease with cooking spray.
- Sear ahi tuna on the pan, cooking for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Mix together the ingredients to make the sauce.
- Cut the tuna into small cubes and add to the sauce bowl. Coat completely.
- Add rice to a separate bowl. Top the rice with edamame, sauced ahi tuna, carrots, green onions, sesame seeds, and any additional toppings you want.
- In a small separate bowl, mix together sriracha and mayo. Add a little bit of water to make the sauce runny and drizzle over the top of the bowl.