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Tuna Poke Bowl
with rice / kale / avocados / spicy garlic mayo

Active: 30 minTotal: 40 min

Poke bowls are quickly becoming a Cook Smarts' classic since they were first featured in a meal plan. Our community always gives this recipe high reviews as an easy meal for a warm summer night. If you haven't come across poke bowls, they are like burrito bowls made with sushi-inspired ingredients. Top rice with fresh raw fish and then pile on other fun things like avocado, edamame, and spicy garlic mayo for a creamy finish. Check out this video to see how it's done!
Smarts: These bowls are so simple that the fish really needs to be the star. Make sure to get sushi-grade tuna (or salmon). Tell your fishmonger that you plan to serve it raw so that he / she can point you towards the best fish. If there's not a great fresh fish option, buy pre-cooked cocktail shrimp that can be prepared in the same way.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Spicy Garlic Mayo:
  • Mayonnaise - 4 Tbsp
  • Chili-garlic sauce - 2 tsp
Tuna Poke Bowl:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, thinly sliced, white and green parts
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Kale - 6 oz, very thinly sliced
  • Edamame, shelled - 3/4 cup
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 tsp + 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Tuna, sushi-grade - 12 oz, ½” / 1.3 cm cubes (sub sushi-grade salmon or pre-cooked shrimp)
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, any color (opt) - 2 tsp
  • Pickled ginger (opt) - for serving

Nutrition Facts

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Rice - (Double if making Wednesday's meal.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make spicy garlic mayo - Whisk together mayonnaise and chili-garlic sauce. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cucumbers / Limes / Green onions - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Avocados / Kale / Edamame - Prep as directed. If using frozen edamame, defrost.

Make

  1. Stir the first part of vinegar into the rice for tonight (reserve half the rice if doubled for Wednesday). If the rice was made ahead, heat in the microwave so it is warm but not hot.
  2. Toss kale with second part of vinegar and cooking oil. (For more tender kale, massage the vinegar and cooking oil into the leaves.) Season with a pinch of salt.
  3. Slice tuna into 1/2” / 1.3 cm cubes. Toss tuna with green onions (green and white parts), soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  4. Assemble bowls by dividing rice and kale between serving bowls. Top with avocado, edamame, cucumber, and tuna. Finish with sesame seeds and a drizzle of spicy garlic mayo.
  5. Serve bowls with lime wedges and pickled ginger on the side.

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Reviews

This meal has 30 reviews

This is SO good - felt like I was at a restaurant and it was almost no work. I was able to buy tune poke at Fresh Time already seasoned so I got to skip a few steps. This is going in the regular repertoire!

By: Jenni
Posted: Sep 16, 2019
Diet: Original

First Cook Smarts Meal and really liked it. Used brown rice which gives a more nutty flavor to the meal. Kids wanted a little more flavor so had to add more soy sauce on top for them. I would recommend peeling the skin off of the cucumber as the kale was very crisp. Husband recommended mixing poke in sauce with cucumber, kale and edamame to give more flavor to everything.

By: J
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Original

Seared my tuna with a sesame seed crust since I don’t like raw fish but really loved the flavors in this!!

By: Zach
Posted: Jul 03, 2019
Diet: Original

YUM!!!!!!!!!

By: Amanda
Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Diet: Original

Went to the Japanese supermarket for fresh fish - worth the trip!

By: Eva
Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Diet: Original

Really liked this and loved the kale prepared this way. Was happy to find pickled ginger at the store, it really added a great dimension to the dish! Forgot mango, partner added shrimp and really enjoyed it that way too.

By: Emily
Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian