Ginger-Soy Tuna Poke on Pressed Avocado

I discovered poke on one of our Maui vacations. It’s so good that I can easily order a pound at a time and eat only that all day long. Of course, I had to start a Hawaiian cooking class, just so I could show my students how to make it.
By Chef David Robertson, The Dirty Apron

Tuna Poke

Serves 4


Pressed avocado

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 medium resealable plastic bag

Ginger-soy tuna poke

  • 12 oz sushi-grade tuna, in 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 c English cucumber, peeled and cut in 1/8-inch dice
  • 1 c finely chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • togarashi spice, toasted (see Chef’s Note)


Pressed avocado

Halve the avocado and remove and discard the seed. Scoop out 3/4 of the avocado flesh and place it in the resealable plastic bag. With the seal of the bag still open, massage the bag with your hands, smashing the avocado and spreading the mashed pulp evenly throughout the bag. You want a mash with an even thickness and no air bubbles. Seal the bag, place it on a baking sheet and set it in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Ginger-soy tuna poke

Place all of the ingredients except the togarashi in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Season to taste with togarashi and salt and pepper.

Finish avocado

Remove the avocado from the freezer. Working quickly and using a sharp knife, cut the avocado through the bag into 4 pieces of any shape. Remove and discard the plastic. Set the avocado on individual plates. Top with spoonfuls of the tuna poke and serve immediately. The avocado becomes soft about 2 minutes after it is plated.

Chef's Note:

Do your best to keep the tuna cold at all times by keeping it refrigerated before plating. Leaving it at room temperature can cause it to spoil.
Togarashi spice is a seven-spice powder that also includes chilies. It brings out the clean, simple flavours of Japanese food and can be found in specialty Japanese food stores.

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