4-Step Tuna Poke Recipe (Sushi Lovers, Rejoice!)

tuna poke recipe
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We’re having our poke moment

Talk about all the rage! Poke (pronounced “POH-keh”), which originated in Hawaii, is becoming a go-to staple for many trying to stay low carb. What is it? Fresh, filling, deliciousness, by way of a sushi-inspired salad. If sushi is your thing, poke is your new thang.

Why tuna poke? 🎏

Tuna poke is a simple, four-step recipe that helps keep us chilled out here in Arizona – no ovens to turn on, no cooking required! While poke works great on rice, noodles, or crackers, it also goes perfectly atop a bed of greens, or cucumber slices for a tasty, low carb alternative. This poke recipe is a great way to get that sushi-like meal you’re craving, without the rolling or the carbs! Serve it along with diced avocado, edamame, beets, or shaved carrots, and you’ve got a colorful poke concoction.

Fresh, sashimi grade fish is an important part of this recipe, and it may take some time to find a source in your city. Especially if you are landlocked in Arizona like my family! But once you do locate a reputable seller, your low carb options will be as wide open as the ocean. So start asking around if you don’t already have one!

tuna poke recipe


For the fish
✓ 16 ounces fresh ahi tuna steak (sashimi grade)

For the marinade
✓ About ½ cup of soy sauce
✓ A couple of tablespoons of sesame seed oil
✓ A teaspoon or so of grated ginger
✓ A little extra salt
++Whatever strikes your fancy! (Sliced jalapeño or serrano peppers, crushed red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds, roasted seaweed, garlic cloves, green onions, crushed macadamia nuts, orange zest, or any other flavors you like!)

tuna poke recipe


1. Mix the marinade ingredients and give a good stir.
2. Slice the tuna steaks into small cubes that are similar in size.
3. Mix the tuna cubes into the marinade.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour, but up to 2 days.

tuna poke recipe

Total Carbohydrate per serving: 3 grams
Calories per serving: 215
Serves 4

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Rachel Head CDE
Rachel Head CDE

Rachel Head is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, specializing in pediatric diabetes, diabetes technology, and the role of social media in disease management. Rachel became particularly interested in the behavioral aspect of diabetes management after working in a clinic whose primary patients were people living with diabetes. Upon realizing the the need for a more personalized approach to diabetes education, she focused on changing those tools to have a more impactful and individualized component. At One Drop, Rachel provides that behavioral-based method in her coaching and support as part of the Experts program. Rachel also volunteers with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where she currently serves as a Media Spokesperson and member of the 2017 Diabetes Technology Workgroup. Rachel previously served as Chair of the Arizona State Coordinating Body (2014-2015) and Co-Leader of the Diabetes Technology Community of Interest (2015). Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Coordinated Dietetics from Texas Christian University in 2008, and became a Registered Dietitian the same year.