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"Exploring the Bold and Flavorful World of Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls"

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls are a delectable combination of fresh, sushi-grade tuna and a variety of toppings and sauces, usually served over rice or greens. To make it align with a keto diet, you would serve it over a low-carb base like cauliflower rice. Here's a simple recipe to create your own Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl at home, along with some tips and tricks for the perfect bowl.

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe


  • Dish name: Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian/Japanese-inspired

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound sushi-grade tuna, diced into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 cup cauliflower rice, cooked and cooled

  • 1 avocado, sliced or cubed

  • 1/4 cup cucumber, sliced into half-moons

  • 1/4 cup radishes, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • Nori sheets or seaweed snacks for garnish

For the spicy sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (preferably avocado oil mayonnaise)

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or chili paste (adjust to your heat preference)

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free)

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. In a bowl, mix diced tuna with the spicy sauce ingredients until well coated. Refrigerate this mixture to chill and marinate.

  2. Prepare the cauliflower rice and let it cool down to room temperature. Season with a bit of salt or rice vinegar if desired.

  3. Arrange the cooled cauliflower rice in bowls as the base.

  4. Neatly place the marinated tuna, avocado, cucumber, radishes, and green onions over the cauliflower rice.

  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and nori or seaweed snacks.

  6. Serve immediately.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Tuna Quality: Ensure you get the freshest sushi-grade tuna from a reputable seafood market for the best taste and food safety.

  • Cauliflower Rice: For a more authentic taste, stir-fry the cauliflower rice with a little sesame oil, salt, and a dash of rice vinegar.

  • Sauce Balance: Adjust the spiciness of the sauce to your preference. You can also add a small amount of honey or a keto-friendly sweetener to balance the heat.

  • Texture Contrast: Add different textures with ingredients like edamame (if not strictly keto), sliced almonds, or macadamia nuts.

  • Marinating Time: Let the marinated tuna sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes for the flavors to meld.

  • Serve Cold: Poke bowls are best enjoyed cold, so make sure all the components are well-chilled before assembling.

  • Garnish Options: Top with other garnishes like pickled ginger, wasabi, or daikon sprouts for added flavor and color.

  • Portion Sizes: Adjust the ingredients proportionally if you’re serving more people or want a larger portion.

  • Safety: If you can't access sushi-grade fish, consider searing the tuna quickly on each side before cutting it, and then use immediately.

  • Customization: Feel free to skip or add other keto-friendly ingredients like shredded cabbage, sliced bell peppers, or pickled vegetables.

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls provide a refreshing and satisfying meal, with rich flavors and a kick of heat from the spicy sauce. They're easy to customize and a great way to enjoy a seafood dish that's full of nutritious ingredients. Enjoy your poke adventure!

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