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Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowls

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Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl

Hi friends, happy Friday! I am sooooo excited for the weekend. I’m going to get my favourite takeout tonight from this Caribbean vegan restaurant (it’s called One Love for those of you that are wondering…) and snuggle up with a movie. Tomorrow, I have a digital media and marketing conference to attend with a friend, which is perfect timing as I finish up my Masters degree this spring. Sooooo many things on the go. With everything going on in my life, I’ve found it hard to keep up with the latest food trends but as soon as I saw this one coming, I know I had to jump on board the poke train.?

Say hell to my Super Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowls! Filled with colourful, vibrant vegetables and brown rice, I created this spin on the traditional poke bowl to be hearty, filling and most of all, easy to throw together after a long day doing whatever you happen to be running around doing. Lots of colour, lots of flavour!?

Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl         Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl

For all of those that don’t know, poke is pronounced “POH-key”, and originates from the beautiful island of Hawaii. Poke actually means “to cut into pieces” in Hawaiian. Well, here’s to taking that literally with this grain bowl!?Now I know tuna is expensive, so one way to find a cheaper cut is to look for the kind that is flash-frozen. I truly love the taste and texture of fresh, but honestly it’s such a high maintenance dish to buy fresh. You have to go to the store that day to get the fish, then the price can be ridiculous. Needless to say it’s a once in a while treat for me.

Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl

Avocado and tuna were made practically for each other – I fell in love with their smooth texture and delicious flavour the second I had them both at a sushi restaurant. I can’t afford tuna very often, but it’s worth it as a weekend treat.

Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl        Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl

Now let me tell you ’bout this habanero sauce.?This stuff is magical, and inspired by the takeout place I’m headed to tonight. I bought a little container of it, and have been using it on literally everything. So no surprises here that it’s in my poke bowl. Caribbean flavour meets Hawaiian. Solddddddd. If you want to replicate this hot sauce at home, I’ve included the recipe below (and yes, I have perfected the recipe at home…habanero peppers are just a bit harder to come by this time of the year. You can always sub jalapeño or chilies!)

Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl

Though traditional poke is made with raw tuna marinated in sesame oil and soy sauce, I decided to sear it a little bit to add a crunchy, delicious flavour and texture. I’m so used to searing my tuna steak and then slicing it and eating with avocado, but I have to say the cubed version is growing on me. My version uses sesame seeds instead of oil for a more subtle flavour, then soy sauce and this delicious (but dangerous) habanero sauce finishes it off!

Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl

Will you be trying these Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowls? I’d love to see what toppings and ingredients you add to your bowls on Instagram and Twitter!

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Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
large bowls
Ingredients
Poke
Habanero sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
large bowls
Ingredients
Poke
Habanero sauce
Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowl
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Cook brown rice according to package instructions. I personally use a brand called Dainty Rice and their Time-Wise brown rice because it cooks like pasta and is ready in 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, season tuna steak with salt, pepper and sesame seeds, making sure tuna is coated.
  3. Divide vegetables into two large pasta bowls. Add 1/2 cup of brown rice to each bowl, and set aside.
  4. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil in medium frying pan over high heat. Once oil is close to smoking, add tuna, cooking for about 30-45 seconds per side.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for a couple of minutes before cubing and tossing with soy sauce and habanero sauce.
  6. Use additional soy sauce and habanero sauce for the rest of the bowl as well to taste, or add spicy mayo and enjoy!

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Samantha @mykitchenlove
    February 19, 2016 at 11:20

    I am so excited to eat raw tuna again. I’ve been pregnant or nursing a baby for way too long that it will be a great treat! These poke bowls look amazing! Great photos (as usual)!
    PS – Was it you that posted about “Burnt”? I watched it after your comment 😉 I’m eager to hear about your movie choice tonight.

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      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:52

      Thanks so much Samantha!! No I don’t think I posted about Burnt haha I’m sure another one of us FBCers did though recently. Was it any good?? I need new movie ideas!!

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    Sean
    February 19, 2016 at 13:11

    Gah! So much colour! Seriously, February food is not supposed to look so freakin’ cheerful! It makes me feel like (or wish I was) back in Hawaii again. Honestly, this looks so fresh, and delicious, and amazing. I adore tuna poke, but I’d never really thought about adding so many fruits and veggies to the mix. It’s a brilliant idea.

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      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:51

      Sean – I’m just jealous you have been to Hawaii and I haven’t!! Haha..I’m glad I was able to nail the colour though. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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    Nicoletta
    February 20, 2016 at 02:06

    Beautiful dish and gorgeous photos! I love the colors and the flavors together. It is so cheerful to look at and I’m sure so tasty!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:50

      Thanks Nicoletta!! 🙂

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    Nicoletta
    February 20, 2016 at 02:08

    Beautiful dish and gorgeous photos, Taylor! I love the colors and the flavors together. It looks so cheerful and I’m sure it tastes amazing!

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    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    February 20, 2016 at 07:49

    Holy YUM! This buddha bowl with all things I love sound amazing! I love tuna poke!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:50

      Good to hear Bethany, thank you!! 🙂 I am addicted to Buddha Bowls!

  • Reply
    Bella B (xoxoBella)
    February 20, 2016 at 15:05

    I pinned this. It looks so good! I would probably use salmon instead of tuna. 🙂

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:44

      Yes you could definitely sub in salmon – go light on the cook time 🙂

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    Beth (OMG! Yummy)
    February 22, 2016 at 02:02

    We love our poke bowls in this house – new restaurant just opened up near us with a great version but now I think I might just make them at home! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:40

      Thanks Beth!! I have yet to find a great poke place in town. The trend hasn’t quite caught on in Toronto yet!

  • Reply
    Tess
    February 22, 2016 at 18:10

    So these look PHENOMENAL! Definitely going to be including these in my meal plan for the coming weeks1

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      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:37

      Thank you so much Tess! Let me know how it works out!

  • Reply
    Marie
    February 22, 2016 at 21:19

    I haven’t been to Hawaii yet, but I’ve heard so much about the food over there. I’d gladly hop on a flight and enjoy a bowl of poke in the sun right about now! I’m sure I’ll make it there soon enough, but in the meantime, your recipe will bring the fresh and colorful flavors of the country to me. I’ve added this to my “From the Sea” Pinterest board. (Gorgeous pictures, by the way!)

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      Taylor Stinson
      February 24, 2016 at 16:37

      Aww thank you Marie that really means alot!! I haven’t been to Hawaii either, but here’s counting down the days haha

  • Reply
    Maegan
    March 28, 2016 at 19:44

    YES! THis looks amazing!

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