Alijos Yellowtail Poke Bowl

May 28, 2017

Poke Made From Yellowtail

After moving to Hawaii, I fell in love with poke. And while I loved living and working in Hawaii, I was a California fisherman at heart. So, poke made from yellowtail is something I thought about all the time.


In Hawaii, they used anything that came from the ocean to make poke. So, after I came back to California, yellowtail poke seemed like a natural to me. I make it over a bowl of rice and now, it has become a regular menu item at my house. Here's my go-to recipe for those of you who would love to try poke made from yellowtail. 


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Easy Yellowtail Poke Bowl (serves 2)

½ pound yellowtail fillets 1/4” cubed 

1 ¼ cups sushi rice

1 ½ cups of water

2 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon of molasses

2 limes juiced

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 tablespoons of sesame seeds

1 mango 1/4” cubed

1 avocado cut into rose petals (see video)

Red chili flakes

Sea salt


Sushi Rice

1. First, wash the rice in a strainer, until the water becomes clear.


2. Then, in a small pot, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil, with a pinch of salt. Add the rice, reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes with a lid on the pot. Now, create the vinegar rice seasoning by mixing the vinegar, sugar and salt. Set aside. After the rice has simmered for 10 minutes, remove it from the heat and let stand for at least 10 minutes. Remember, do not remove the lid.


3. Now, place the rice into a large nonmetallic bowl or a wooden/plastic cutting board. With the wooden spatula, begin to gently break apart the rice to allow for cooling. At the same time, add the vinegar seasoning while continuing to gently mix until rice is at room temperature. 


Assembling The Poke Made From Yellowtail

4. Create the poke dressing by adding the soy sauce, molasses, lime juice, sesame seed oil and sesame seeds into a small mixing bowl and stir. Now add the cubed fish, mix and place in the refrigerator until needed.


5. In a serving bowl, first lay a bed of the sushi rice, then add the dressed yellowtail cubes. Now add the cut mango and, finally, add the avocado rose dead center on the plate. And, finally, garnish with red chili flakes and sea salt. Enjoy!


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