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Bowl topped with with seared tuna, mango, avocado topped with sliced jalapeños and cilantro.

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Recipe

Want to learn how to make Tuna Poke? Sweet basmati rice is topped with a dollop of mashed avocado and diced mango. Perfected seared tuna is diced and mixed with slivers of white onions and a sweet soy sauce. This bowl is topped with thinly sliced jalapeños, cilantro and sesame seeds.
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword grilled seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 660kcal
Author Deb Clark
Cost $20


  • 1/2 pound tuna steak sushi grade, ahi tuna recommended
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp white onion slice the onion into slivers
  • 1 mango peeled and diced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted plus additional teaspoon for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 jalapeños sliced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro minced


  • Start by making the sweet soy sauce. Add the soy to a small heavy bottom pan and place over medium high heat. Add the brown sugar, water and star anise. Bring to a boil and stir until the brown sugar dissolves.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally. Continuing cooking for about ten minutes. It will reduce and slightly thicken.
  • Remove from heat, remove star anise. Add *toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. Set aside to cool. Store it in a screw top jar in the refrigerator. This will keep for about two weeks.
  • Peel the mango and dice.
  • Slice the avocado in half. Remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and mash together with freshly squeezed lemon. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Slice jalapeños and mince cilantro.
  • For the seared tuna, heat your grill pan or grill on high for five minutes, you want your grill screaming hot.
  • Brush the tuna steak with Mazola® Corn Oil and lightly salt/pepper each side.
  • Place the steak(s) on the hot grill for 1 minute 30 seconds side one, flip and grill on side two for another 1 minute 30 seconds. The steak will be perfectly seared on the outside and still pink on the inside.
  • Remove from the heat and dice into cubes.
  • Add cooked rice and or salad greens to a bowl.
  • Add a scoop of avocado and diced mango to each bowl.
  • Mix the cubed tuna and slivered white onions with about 4-5 tablespoons of sweet soy sauce. Split between the two bowls, pouring the excess sauce over the bowls.
  • Garnish each poke bowl with chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeños and sesame seeds.


* To toast sesame seeds, place a heavy fry pan (cast iron works great) over low heat.
Add the sesame seeds and roast them dry. Keep an eye on them, it only takes minutes. If you can smell them toasting they are done!


Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 6545mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 3470IU | Vitamin C: 54.1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 5.4mg