Ahi Poke Bowl Recipe

Published on July 18th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front View of Ahi Poke Bowl

Poke is the Hawaiian word for "to slice or cut" It's said the Ahi Poke Bowl was created by the fishermen who would take the leftover scraps of fish, dice them up, season them, and eat them raw. Then, however, the bowl was brought to life. It's now trendy, with different versions of the dish seen worldwide. 

There are two key simple ingredients in a poke bowl. The objective is to be sure they are fresh and of the highest quality. These two ingredients are, of course, sashimi-grade ahi tuna and perfectly cooked and seasoned sushi rice. The rest of the bowl can be adjusted with different toppings and your preferred sauces or condiments. Accompanying this ahi poke bowl, there are some crispy cucumber ribbons, seaweed salad, sliced avocado, radishes, and shaved red cabbage. The tuna is tossed with soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds, oil, sambal, scallions, pickled ginger, and cilantro. 

Tuna poke can also make for a dish on its own, served with crispy wonton chips or made into a lettuce wrap, making it a low-carb dish. Try this dish with some Lemongrass Tea or Boba Milk Tea

Are poke bowls healthy?

Poke bowls can be very healthy depending on the ingredients that are added to the bowls. Sushi rice is a poke bowl staple however by just by switching regular sushi rice to brown rice or eliminating it all together makes this dish even healthier. 

Is ahi tuna good for you?

Yes, ahi tuna is good for you in moderation of course. This fish contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that aid in the overall heath of your heart, it's also high in lean protein without saturated fats. 

How often is it OK to eat ahi tuna?

Eating too much of anything isn't ideal, tuna is known to contain higher levels of mercury, that being said, Ahi tuna is ok to be consumed once or twice per week. 

What does ahi poke taste like?

Ahi poke has a combination of salty from the soy sauce, savory from the toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil, pungent from the scallions, and spicy from the chili pepper paste that is added. Overall each bite is addictive and keeps you going back for more.  

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
4 persons


Ahi Poke
  • 1 pound Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna, diced small

  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seeds

  • 1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon Sambal, or more if you're a fan of spice

  • 1 tablespoon Scallions, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon Pickled Ginger, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped 

Sushi Rice
  • 1 cup Sushi Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups Water

  • 1/4 cup Sushi Vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Mirin 

Poke Bowl Assembly
  • 1 medium Cucumber, sliced into ribbons 

  • 1 cup Seaweed Salad  

  • 1 Avocado, sliced 

  • 2 Red Radishes, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup Red Cabbage, shaved thinly 


Ahi Poke

Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl tossing everything together using a spoon. Cover and place into the fridge until ready for assembly. 

Sushi Rice

Add the rice to a fine mesh strainer and rinse under running cool water until the water runs clear. Shake off any excess water. 

Mix the rice and water into a rice cooker, setting it to cook. If you don't have a rice cooker which is highly recommended for cooking sushi rice. You can use the stove top method by placing a pot with the water onto high heat, once boiling add in the rice, stirring with a fork until it comes up to a boil again. Turn off the heat, place the lid on tightly, not removing it for 25-30 minutes until the rice is fully cooked. 

Once the rice is cooked, remove the lid letting the rice sit for 5 minutes before touching it. Place the rice into a baking dish or a wooden sushi rice bowl. Use a rice paddle or spatula to gently scrap and separate the grains of rice while fanning the rice with a plastic lid or plate to help cool the rice down. Once the rice is cooled slightly and separated, add the sushi vinegar and mirin to the rice mixing gently. Set the rice aside until ready to assemble.  

Poke Bowl Assembly

Spread out 4 large bowls onto the countertop. Portion out the rice, tuna and vegetables into each dish, you can get creative with the presentation at this point. Slide a set of chopsticks into each bowl and eat right away.   

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