The Extraordinary Ease of Making Authentic Poke


I discovered poke in Hawaii. I love it there. Its florescent beauty is unparalleled. Unfortunately my museum job didn’t pay well enough to sustain a life in paradise.

Ahi tuna poke bowl

Poke Bowls

Newly popular on menus of Mainland restaurants, poke has long been a stable of Hawaiian supermarkets. Chunks of raw fish dressed as a salad, it’s similar to ceviche, except the dressing is savory rather than citrus.

soy sauce

Brown Rice

Although nouvelle interpretations of this dish are easy to find, my recipe pays tribute to the traditional presentation of this Hawaiian favorite. I did make a few changes to the classic bowl. Usually served on a bed of white sushi rice, I made it healthier by substituting short grain brown rice.

brown rice

Fresh Fish

Like sushi, the quality of this dish is reliant on using the freshest fish possible. Go to a fish market instead of the grocery store.

ah tuna

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Brown Rice

1 cup short grain brown rice

2 cups water

Pinch of salt

Rinse the rice. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook approximately 45 minutes until tender (or follow the package directions.)


1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

1 shake Sriracha

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon grated ginger

Whisk sauce ingredients together.

¾ lb. ahi tuna, cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife

1 green onion, white part only, sliced

Add the tuna and onions to the sauce and refrigerate 1 hour.

2 grated carrots

1 avocado cubed

sesame seeds

soy sauce


Make a bed of the brown rice in a bowl. Arrange the tuna, avocado and carrots on top of the rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with soy sauce and Sriracha on the side.

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