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Exotic Tuna Mango Poke Bowl

Have you ever had a poke bowl? A poke bowl is a traditional Hawaiian dish which includes raw marinated fish, rice and some form of vegetable or fruit. These vibrant colored bowls are one of my favorite dishes to order in for lunch, as they are healthy, fresh and light. The beauty of a poke bowl is that you can always vary the ingredients so you are not constantly eating the same thing over and over again. The list of benefits is amazing, a high protein and veggie content, low fat and carbohydrate levels and an overload of vitamins! Substitute standard white rice for black rice, quinoa, or lettuce for a healthier option. Another plus for a poke bowl? It is an excellent meal to serve guests, as it really only involves mise en place – prepping and arranging all the ingredients to perfection. Guests can assemble their own poke bowl based on their likings, with whatever toppings and sauces they prefer, an engaging lunch or dinner idea. It plates beautifully, it is full of color, offers a variety of flavors and guests are always impressed!

Poke bowl

– 7 oz tuna steak, diced
– 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
– 2 tsp. sesame oil
– 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
– 2 tbsp. lemon juice
– Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
– 2 spring onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
– 3 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
– 1.5lb. sushi-grade ahi tuna, cut into bite-size pieces
– 6 oz cup cooked brown rice
– 1 oz red cabbage, shredded
– ½ avocado, thinly sliced
– 1 oz. pineapple, chopped
– 1 oz. mango, chopped

In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and sesame seeds. Then add tuna and toss to coat and saturate. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to mingle.

To arrange the poke bowl, layer rice at the bottom, add red cabbage, avocado, pineapple, mango and tuna in small bunches over rice and garnish with spring onions and leftover sesame seeds before serving.

Tip: For more flavor, pour the leftover juice from the fish marinade over the toppings.

I love Asian food, the marvellous sweet, sour, savoury flavors all tangled together…check out some other of my Asian recipes here.

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