Sushi night: tuna poke on crispy rice

Whenever I see sushi grade tuna at my local Whole Foods or Trader Joes, I buy it.  Every time.  I can’t help myself — I’m a sushi addict.  Plus, making tuna poke at home doesn’t require any cooking (a plus after a 9-hour shift at the restaurant), and it’s just as good as the spicy tuna you get at your local sushi bar.  (See my easy recipe for spicy tuna poke below, look for the ingredients at your local asian market or in the asian food aisle at Whole Foods).

The other night for dinner I decided to put a little spin on our typical tuna poke and served it over a bed of crispy sushi rice.  (See a simple sushi rice recipe here, except I add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar to my rice as it’s cooking to give it a little extra flavor).  I made the sushi rice, formed it into square cakes in my square mold, then fried them in grapeseed oil until GBD (golden brown & delicious).   I layered a nice brick of the tuna poke over the crispy rice.

Boy oh boy was it good.  Spicy tuna with creamy avocado over crispy sweet/salty rice with a generous helping of wasabi paste in between.  I take it back.  Homemade spicy tuna cakes are better than those at my local sushi bar.  You try!


Spicy Tuna Poke

Serves 2
Prep time 20 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Main Dish
Region Japanese


  • 1/2lb Ahi tuna (Be sure it is sashimi grade only!)
  • Sesame oil (To taste, I use spicy chili sesame oil (it's red in color))
  • 1/2 teaspoon Toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup Scallions or green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Salt (To taste, I prefer crunchy Hawaiian red salt for this recipe)
  • Nori sheets (Dried seaweed sheets, as needed)


1. Finely dice tuna, discarding tough white veiny parts.
2. Toast sesame seeds by heating them in a dry pan until they brown slightly and become fragrant, cool.
3. Add scallions to the tuna. Stir in chili oil to taste, add salt to taste. Add sesame seeds, chopped seaweed flakes, and diced avocado just before serving.


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve been looking for a tuna poke recipe for my husband. He’s a big fan of spicy tuna, so I’m excited to make this for him to try. :-)

  2. Thanks Lisa. This recipe makes a light quick dinner. How did yours turn out?

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