Passionfruit-Marinated Tuna Poke Recipe

Indulge in a burst of Hawaiian tropical flavors with this exquisite passionfruit-marinated tuna poke recipe. A delightful fusion of fresh tuna and the zesty sweetness of passionfruit, this dish takes your taste buds on a journey to paradise. Inspired by At the Immigrant's Table food blogger Ksenia Prints' travels to Hawaii, this dish builds on the natural bounty of America's Polynesian tropical island.

With a harmonious blend of tangy soy sauce and lime juice, each bite of this vibrant and refreshing poke showcases the tantalizing contrast of textures and flavors. Whether enjoyed over a bed of fluffy rice or atop a crisp bed of greens, or eaten on its own as a refreshing appetizer, this tantalizing culinary creation will make you experience sweet and tangy tuna like you've never had it before. This bowl is easily customizable, so you can add or take away any additions as suited to your taste and textural preferences.

Gather the ingredients for passionfruit-marinated tuna poke

To make this Hawaiian-inspired dish, you need fresh sushi-grade tuna, juicy passionfruits, a lime, and a medley of vibrant ingredients such as green onion, sesame seeds, avocado, and mango. You can also add a splash of soy sauce and an optional drizzle of rice vinegar, or a hint of honey for an extra layer of flavor. This vibrant and refreshing poke can be savored on its own or served over a bed of fluffy rice or crisp greens.

Prepare the tuna and fruits

Begin by carefully dicing 1 pound of fresh, high-quality sushi-grade tuna into small, bite-sized cubes. Then, peel the skin off two passionfruits and scoop out their juicy flesh, making sure to include the seeds for an added burst of flavor and texture.

Next, take one ripe avocado and one mango and skillfully dice them into little cubes of a similar size to the tuna. Thinly slice the scallions while you're on a slicing and dicing kick.

Mix everything together

In a mixing bowl, bring together the small cubes of tuna, passionfruit pulp, diced avocado, and sweet mango. Pour in the soy sauce to infuse the mixture with its savory notes and add the juice of the lime, adding a burst of citrusy freshness.

Gently toss the mixture, reserving some scallions for garnish. Make sure that all the ingredients are well-coated, allowing the flavors to intermingle harmoniously. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the poke marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld together and develop their full potential.

Taste and correct seasoning

Remove the tuna poke from the fridge, taste, and correct the seasoning as desired. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, or more lime juice. If desired, you can also add 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to enhance the flavors.

Serve this sweet and refreshing poke bowl

Once marinated, take the tuna mixture out of the refrigerator. Give it a gentle toss to ensure all the flavors are evenly distributed. We recommend serving the passionfruit-marinated tuna poke immediately to enjoy the vibrant fusion of tropical flavors, delicate textures, and enticing aromas of this unique dish.

To serve, sprinkle the tuna poke with reserved scallions and sesame seeds, adding a subtle nutty flavor and visual appeal. Garnish the dish with lime wedges for an added burst of freshness. If desired, serve the poke over a bed of cooked rice or a vibrant selection of salad greens. For an extra kick of heat, you can optionally sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Passionfruit-Marinated Tuna Poke Recipe
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This refreshing tuna poke recipe features a sweet passionfruit marinade.
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overhead view of tuna poke and garnishes
Total time: 40 minutes
  • 1 pound fresh, sushi-grade tuna
  • 2 passionfruits
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango
  • 1 scallion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • rice, for serving
  • salad greens, for serving
  1. Dice 1 pound of fresh sushi-grade tuna into small, bite-sized cubes.
  2. Peel and scoop out the flesh of 2 passionfruits, along with the seeds. Dice 1 ripe avocado and 1 mango into small cubes. Slice the scallion.
  3. Combine the tuna, passionfruit flesh, avocado, mango, and most of the scallions in a medium bowl, reserving some scallions for topping.
  4. Add the soy sauce and squeeze the juice of the lime over the mixture. Gently toss everything together.
  5. Transfer the tuna poke to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Once marinated, taste the mixture and if desired, optionally add rice vinegar or honey to enhance the flavors.
  7. To serve, sprinkle the tuna poke with reserved the scallions and white and black sesame seeds.
  8. If desired, serve the poke over a bed of cooked rice or a vibrant selection of salad greens.
Calories per Serving 556
Total Fat 17.6 g
Saturated Fat 2.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 88.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 43.2 g
Dietary Fiber 12.7 g
Total Sugars 26.5 g
Sodium 996.2 mg
Protein 61.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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