Tuna Poke With Avocado

If you want to relax and enjoy a healthy, Whole30-friendly no-cook meal at home in your pajamas, this simple Tuna Poke with Avocado will do the trick. And if you’ve got a bottle of my super versatile All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce on hand, you can toss this savory and spicy dish together in just 10 minutes!

An overhead shot of healthy paleo Tuna Poke with Avocado in a blue and white bowl.

What is poke?

I first tried poke (pronounced: pō-ˈkā) on my honeymoon in Hawaii many, many years ago. (MANY.) After researching local food that I wanted to sample on our trip, I put together a list. On the top of the list? Poke—a diced raw fish (e.g., ahi tuna) dish tossed with sea salt or seasoned soy sauce, chopped kukui nuts, scallions, seaweed, and limu (a type of brown algae). It’s like a sashimi salad with a sunny Hawaiian spin!

Poke isn’t just found in Hawaii anymore. These days, you can walk into a poke bar on the mainland and mix and match a bunch of different poke variations with a myriad of toppings. Still, it’s tough to find a Whole30 version when you’re eating out, so I decided to make one myself. The result: a super-easy, flavor-packed poke featuring some of my favorite ingredients!

A closeup shot of Whole30 Tuna Poke with Avocado in a blue and white bowl.

What makes this tuna poke Whole30-friendly?

When you order poke at a restaurant, the sauce is typically made with soy sauce—an ingredient to be avoided while on a Whole30 because it contains soy and gluten. However, for this homemade version, you can use my paleo-friendly All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce mixed with my Whole30 Sriracha as a zingy and umami-packed replacement for the soy sauce. This tuna poke is Whole30-compliant and tastier than what you’d get when you order out—I promise!

To keep this dish paleo and Whole30-friendly, I serve the poke as-is or on a bed of salad greens or cooked cauliflower rice. You can also wrap it up in toasted seaweed (e.g. SeaSnax is one of my favorite brands) for a tasty hand-held meal!

How do you source the tuna?

Very carefully! You should buy sushi- or sashimi-grade tuna at a Japanese or seafood market that you trust. When in doubt, ask the fishmonger for recommendations and don’t be afraid to ask questions about their handling practices, storage, processing, and turn-over. Sushi-grade tuna is pricey (and you don’t want to get sick!) so do your research before buying raw tuna. Also, you should always bring an ice pack and an insulated bag with you so the tuna stays chilled until you can put it in your home refrigerator.

Can I use cooked protein in this dish?

Definitely! This dish tastes great with cooked seafood like shrimp, salmon, or octopus.

Can you make it ahead of time?

Not really. I mix up the tuna poke right before I serve it so the dish is as fresh as possible. If you do make it ahead, put it in the refrigerator immediately and eat within 4 hours. Safety first, people!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Whole30 Sriracha or ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 pound tuna steaks (sushi- or sashimi-grade), cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 medium avocado, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup microgreens (optional)

Method:

Pour the All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce and Whole30 Sriracha into a small measuring cup…

Pouring All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce and Nom Nom Paleo Sriracha into a measuring cup to make a Whole30-friendly sauce for poke.

…and whisk together.

Whisking the sauce for Whole30 and gluten-free tuna poke with avocado.

In a large bowl, combine the tuna, avocado…

Adding avocado to a large bowl filled with raw diced tuna for a healthy paleo poke bowl.

…and scallion. Pour the sauce over the ingredients.

Adding scallions and the Whole30 sauce to the tuna poke and avocado in large bowl.

Carefully mix the ingredients, making sure the sauce is well distributed.

A person is carefully mixing the tuna poke with avocado in a bowl to mix the sauce well.

Top with toasted sesame seeds and microgreens.

Sprinkling toasted sesame seeds on top of Whole30 tuna poke with avocado.

Serve immediately. You can also spoon it on top of a bed of salad greens or cauliflower rice to make it a full meal!

An overhead shot of a big bowl of paleo tuna poke with avocado.

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Tuna Poke With Avocado

If you want to enjoy a healthy, Whole30-friendly no-cook meal at home in your pajamas, this simple Tuna Poke with Avocado will hit the spot!

  • ¼ cup All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Whole30 Sriracha (or ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional))
  • 1 pound tuna steaks (sushi-grade) (cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 1 medium avocado <br /> (cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 1 scallion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup microgreens (optional)
  1. Whisk the All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce and Whole30 Sriracha (if using) in a small measuring cup. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the cubed tuna, avocado, and scallions. Pour in the sauce and carefully mix it together.

  3. Sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds and microgreens (if using). Serve on a bed of salad greens or cauliflower rice!

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