When I crave something, it’s usually sushi, and it’s not something that I have the time, patience nor gadgets to be able to make on a whim. However, my “express” ahi tuna and cucumber bowl will totally satisfy those relatively expensive cravings for that sushi night out! A flavor packed vinaigrette tossed with fresh veggies and delicious ahi tuna chunks makes for a perfect lunch that you can have anytime, and it can be made in minutes!
By investing in just a few staple cabinet ingredients, you can whip up this ahi tuna bowl in no time! Making sure that you have the ahi tuna of course! Sesame oil, rice vinegar, sambal oelek and soy sauce are the base for the vinaigrette. The vinaigrette is the most extensive part, but the literal seconds that it takes to make it is extremely worth it! The richness of the sesame oil combined with the saltiness of the soy sauce, the twang of the rice vinegar and the garlicky spiciness of the sambal oelek create such an awesome flavor combination that I literally drink it out of my bowl after finishing this meal. Not one drop goes to waste!
The fresh ingredients that I enjoy using are chopped cucumbers, red onion, diced avocado, fresh lime juice and cilantro. Tossing the chopped avocados in the fresh lime juice not only keeps them from turning brown, but totally adds to the flavor of the awesome vinaigrette. The good news about this “express” dish is that if you don’t happen to have one of the ingredients, you can still make this with what you have on hand and have it still taste delicious! I have made this meal with ONLY ahi tuna and cucumbers (hence the title haha!), and it was still delicious!
When it comes to the preparation of the ahi tuna for this dish, it is completely your preference. I prefer using raw tuna, personally, but I have made this with slightly seared ahi tuna, and both have been amazing. It just depends on the type of ahi tuna you purchase (fresh, previously frozen, frozen in bags in the freezer section), and whatever way you are comfortable with eating it. Even if searing your tuna, this dish can be made in no time! Raw or cooked, you should definitely try this dish!
This recipe truly shows how having an array of ingredients available to you in your pantry, along with a few fresh ingredients in your fridge, can take you to an entirely different continent, or at least save you the trip and the tab of going out to eat in order to satisfy a craving!
P.S. MY playlist song of choice for this dish is Samurai by Michael Cretu!
- 4 oz. Ahi tuna, raw or slightly seared to liking, diced into small pieces
- ⅓ Hot House cucumber, diced into small squares
- ½ small avocado, diced or sliced
- ⅓ small red onion, very small dice
- 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 Lime, juiced
- 1 ½ Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon (or more) Sambal Oelek
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Sesame seeds (optional)
- Sriracha drizzle (optional)
- Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, Sambal Oelek, rice vinegar, salt and pepper together and give a good whisk. Chop avocado and toss in fresh lime juice. Add in all chopped ingredients and toss together. Enjoy (with chopsticks!)!