3 easy steps to make a perfect poke bowl at home

Food The List
By: Teresa Strasser | Jessica Robertson Posted: 6:52 PM, Sep 7, 2017

The traditional Hawaiian, cubed, raw-fish delight has been around for years, but poke is blowing up in a big way right now. Think you have to be a chef to make it at home? Teresa Strasser and chef Teresa Hansen have three delicious steps to make the perfect poke bowl at home.

1.  Pick the Right Fish

Sushi Grade is term used by marketing companies as a way to increase sales. You want to look for Grade One Tuna which is the highest rates tuna, or Grade A Salmon. That's the highest quality salmon you can find. Those are terms coming directly from the fishing companies, not the marketing companies. Fish that's been caught within 24 hours or flash frozen is optimal.

2.  The Secret’s in the Sauce

Everyone knows about the soy sauce, but the real secret ingredient to a poke sauce is the sesame oil. Sesame oil's a lot more delicate and has a nutty aroma and taste. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar sesame oil and Chile garlic sauce. Then marinate the fish for five minutes. Add the fish and that brings us to our third secret to perfect poke.

3.  Gotta Have the Crunch

We've got a lot of soft textures with the rice, and the salmon or the tuna, so we need a little crunchiness. Crunchy carrots, cucumber, onion strings, leafy greens and macadamia nuts add crunch and nutrients.


Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings



Sauce Marinade

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

½ teaspoon chili garlic sauce

8 ounces wild caught tuna, cut into ½ inch cubes*

2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

1 cup brown rice, white rice or vermicelli rice noodles

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 cup mixed greens


Avocado                    Sesame Seeds

Grated Carrot          Sliced Green Onions

Crispy Onions         Crispy Wontons

Pickled Ginger         Cucumber


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chili garlic sauce in a medium bowl.  Gently fold in tuna and green onions.   Set aside.
  2. Mix together rice or rice noodles and mixed greens with rice vinegar and sesame oil. 
  3. Begin building your Ahi Bowl- Divide rice and salad mixture between two bowls. Divide marinated Ahi Tuna among bowls.  Now Add your toppings!  Garnish with additional sesame seeds and green onions.

**If using salmon, buy previously frozen salmon or freeze salmon for at least 24 hours for food safety measures**


Nutrition Facts per serving: 293 calories, 5g fat, 33g protein, 28g carbs, 3g fiber

Recipe provided by Chef Teresa Hansen www.chefhansen.com

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