• August 16, 2018

    Tuna Poke Bowls with Coconut Rice


    These delicious homemade tuna poke bowls are crazy easy and made with seared tuna and coconut rice. This tuna poke bowl recipe comes together in a flash and is an incredibly filling and nutritious meal idea.

    homemade tuna poke bowls on a marble background

    Poke bowls are a fresh, summery meal that’s both filling and healthy. They’re having a moment right now, with poke restaurants popping up on every corner, but they’re genuinely a cinch to whip up in your own kitchen.

    We’ve been spoiled rotten with visiting Hawaii many times in recent years. Direct flights are frequently available round trip from Vancouver for $300 and, come on, it would be unreasonable to turn that down.

    I love Hawaiian “mixed plate” meals, which consist of sticky rice, macaroni salad, and grilled fish or meats.  For many trips, it’s what I always ordered when we went out for lunch.

    Until last time, when I got a poke bowl: sticky white rice topped with fresh, raw fish, the sweetest local pineapple, fresh cucumber, some crunchy puffed rice, and a sesame dressing. It was so light and delicious and full of textures and flavours that I became obsessed.

    I’ve started ordering them in Vancouver and then moved on to making them at home. I start mine with a base of coconut rice, then I sear a tuna steak (it’s usually served raw, but I don’t tend to make raw fish dishes at home) and toss on whatever fresh fruits and veggies I have in the fridge.

    closeup of tuna poke bowls

    You can serve the coconut rice warm or room temperature, and the tuna can be hot, cold or room temperature according to your preference. I won’t judge you if you decide to go with canned tuna – that makes a super-easy weekday lunch.

    Go crazy with the toppings. Ideally, you want to have a mix of sweet (like mango, peach, or pineapple), crunchy (like radish, corn or cucumber), spicy (fresh chiles), savoury (minced red onion or sliced green onion) and nutty (peanuts, toasted coconut, sesame seeds, etc.). As long as you have two or three of those pillars, your poke bowl will be delicious.

    The kids gobble them up, too. They love all the individual components, and it’s fun for them to build their own.

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    Seared Tuna Poke Bowl with Coconut Rice

    An easy & delicious Tuna Poke Bowl recipe served with seared tuna and coconut rice, mango and avocado. It's filled with colour and texture and is healthy & completely irresistible. 
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Hawaiian
    Servings: 6
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    For Coconut Sticky Rice

    • 1 1/2 cups white rice
    • 1 tsp coarse salt
    • 3 cups coconut milk
    • 2 1/2 cups water

    For Dressing

    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tsp granulated sugar


    • 1 tbsp canola oil
    • 1 fresh tuna steak
    • salt
    • chopped avocado, thawed frozen corn, sliced radishes, sliced green onion, cucumber, chopped ripe peach or mango, chopped peanuts as desired


    For Coconut Rice

    • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Cook for 20-25 minutes, occasionally stirring to avoid sticking, until rice is creamy and tender.  If the liquid evaporates before the rice has softened, stir in 1/2 cup of water and cook until absorbed. 

    For Dressing

    • Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup.

    For Tuna and Toppings

    • Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet or grill pan over high heat. Season tuna with salt on both sides then add to pan. Cook, flipping to sear all sides. Transfer to a cutting board, rest 5 minutes, then use a sharp knife to cut it in small pieces. 

    Top rice with seared tuna, desired toppings, and a big spoonful of dressing.

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      Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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