Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Raw tuna is probably one of my top 5 favorite foods. It's just so freaking delicious. Take me to a sushi restaurant and try to make me order a sushi roll. I don't need all that filler crap. Just serve me up a filet of raw tuna and set me free! (Here's another tuna recipe I made awhile back)
I first discovered tuna poke (prounced Po-Kay) on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This dish is so easy to make and so rewarding.
Here's What You Do:
Go to a GOOD grocery store that you trust (Whole Foods or Fresh Market), or if you're lucky to live by the water, go to your local seafood shop and purchase a hunk of sushi grade tuna.
(And here's where sometimes it sucks to write a food blog. You see, I try to provide you all with the information I like to know about food. So in writing this particular blog, I looked up what parameters fish must fall under to make them "sushi grade" because I was curious myself. And what I discovered was this. There are none. Nope...it's a marketing scam. No one regulates it. So go with my first recommendation of buying fish from somewhere you trust, like Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Just look for a deep red color and make sure it smells like the ocean, but isn't fishy)
Next, cut up your tuna into small squares. Slice some green onion and cube some avocado. I know you're not going to like the following, because there are no measurements, you just do it to your liking. Just remember not to go overboard with any one ingredient. What I did next was just sprinkled a little soy sauce, a little sesame oil, a little lime juice, some toasted sesame seeds, the green onion and the avocado over the raw tuna and lightly tossed it. Now just give it a little taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary. I like mine to be a little more on the sesame oil side, so I usually add in a little more. If you want to spice it up you can add in some jalapeno or some sambal oelek. You can also add some chopped cilantro for an extra layer of flavor.
Then, serve it on lettuce cups, or if you're like me, just break out some chop sticks and eat it right out of the bowl. Yet another thing you can create at home that will be MUCH cheaper and more delicious. I actually paid $12 for two healthy sized tuna filets. So I made this Poke one day and I made some spicy tuna burgers the next day.
Do it. Fish-o.