It’s a traditional Hawaiian fish salad, which is like a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl. It’s made with large cuts of tuna marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and green onions, served along side rice.
L.A. and NYC are wild about poke. A fleet of restaurants with names like Okee Poke and Pokeworks are popping up to serve the dish, but this coastal restaurant craze hasn’t reached us here in Texas — My Google search for “Texas poke restaurant” returned Pok-e-Joe’s Smokehouse.
Sounds about right.
But, poke has a lot going for it: It’s simple to make at home, flavorful, customizable, easy to eat on-the-go, and (drumroll, please!) it’s healthy. So, whether you’re a seasoned seafood foodie, new to poke and stoked about trying your hand at what is basically the spirit of Aloha in a bowl, or maybe looking for a new a flavor of protein that won’t derail your Paleo diet and Crossfit workouts, poke is for you.
Ready to give it a whirl? Pick up a Poke Salad Bowl or make your own with this super simple recipe. (Big Eye Tuna is super on sale right now!) Pretty much all you need to do is whisk together a marinade, cube the tuna, toss it together, chill it, and serve over rice with whatever add-ins sound tasty to you.
Go for it! And if you have any questions about preparing your poke, ask a Central Market fishmonger when you pick up your ingredients.