Pete and I were in Hawaii a few years ago to celebrate my birthday. The “State of Many Islands” is beautiful. One of the things that Pete loved was all the fresh fish! Since returning, it seems that every time I turn around, there is a new Poke shop poking up!
Have you caught on to the Poke craze yet? Pronounced poh-KAY (or, as we Canadians say, poke-EH!) this Hawaiian food could be called the evolution of sushi. Poke means “to cut” in Hawaiian and the cold, cut Poke is certainly HOT right now!
For a party, I wanted to make a dish that was fresh, easy to prepare and looked super cute. Since Poke is everywhere, I thought I’d do mini Poke bites (after all, who doesn’t love mini foods?).
These can be prepped ahead of time and assembled just prior to your party. They looked great and were a big hit! Poke Poke Poke, make sure you get one early, as these mini Poke bites disappear fast!
Want to make this a dinner for four? Dice up your cucumber and divide the rice, Poke mix and veggies into 4 bowls. I love hors d’oeuvre that can double as dinner!
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 5+ minutes to marinate; 10 minutes to assemble; Serves: 24 pieces (and 2 dinners)
What you need:
- 1 lb sushi grade tuna (Ahi), cut into bite-size cubes
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 2 cups cooked sushi (or white) rice
- 2 large English cucumbers, sliced into 1/2″ rounds
- 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp Mirin (or sherry, if you don’t have Mirin)
- 1/4 cup soya sauce (use Tamari if you want gluten-free)
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce (or red pepper flakes)
- 1/8 Red Hawaiian salt (or kosher)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted (split into 1 tsp + 2 tsp measure after toasting) – I used black sesame seeds, white or a combo are fine
- pickled onions (garnish)
- Avocado, cubed (optional)
What you do:
- In a bowl, add your rice wine vinegar and salt, stir, let sit for a few minutes to dissolve salt
- Into the same bowl, mix together your sesame oil, Mirin (or sherry), soya sauce, Sriracha and 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Whisk together
- Add your diced tuna and sliced green onion, stir, let sit for 5 minutes (to 2 hours), refrigerate
- To assemble:
- Take a cucumber round
- Top with a small spoon of rice
- Add the grated carrot
- Add the marinated Poke mix
- Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and pickled onion
- (optional: top with a small cube of avocado)
- Mini Poke bites
- Bonus, leftovers can be used for dinner!
- Party food and dinner reboot!
- Fan favourite