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Spicy Albacore Tuna Poke

2011 March 23
by Eric Hwang
My brother-in-law went fishing last weekend and brought home nearly 30 lbs. of Albacore tuna. He gave me two large 2 lb. filets and we cut the ends off one of the filets to make tuna poke. Here’s my recipe for spicy Albacore tuna poke:

Spicy Albacore Tuna Poke

8 to 12 oz. fresh Albacore Tuna (no more than 5 days old)
1 firm English cucumber, seeded & diced into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup dried wakame seaweed
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
2 tsp. spicy Hawaiian sea salt (or regular sea salt if Hawaiian salt unavailable)
1 tsp. spicy red chili sauce
1/2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Soak wakame in warm water for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly. Dry the tuna with paper towels and dice into 1/2 cubes. Combine remaining ingredients except sesame seeds. Chill for 1 hour before serving with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. A nice dry Riesling goes great with this dish to cool the spiciness and cut through the sesame and fish oils.

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