Spicy Salmon Poke with Crunchy Cucumber

Spicy Salmon Poke with Crunchy Cucumber

We are big on raw fish Chez Robinson. While I generally prefer to have sushi out so we can enjoy a wide variety of fish, sometimes a quick and easy poke bowl at home satisfies the sushi craving without breaking the bank.

Poke (POHkeh) is a Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish and other ingredients, and the possibilities are endless. In our house, we'll eat all kinds of poke, but salmon is probably our favorite fish for the application.

I love this combination of rich, raw salmon with the savory crunch of the onion, the refreshing crunch of the cucumber, and the yummydelicious spicy seasoning in which it's tossed.

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2 as entree
  1. 3/4 pound fresh raw salmon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (you can use whatever sushi fish you like if you don't like salmon)
  2. 1 medium Persian/Lebanese or Kirby cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  3. 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (you can use white or yellow if you don't have the red)
  4. 1-2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chilies (I like jalapeños or serranos.)
  5. 5-10 whole stems cilantro, chopped
  6. 1 Tablespoon soy sauce to start
  7. 1/2 Tablespoon chili garlic paste to start (you can also use sriracha or sambal oelek)
  8. 1/2 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  9. 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice to start
  10. 1/2 teaspoon sugar


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    Combine all ingredients in large bowl and gently toss with a spoon or spatula to season evenly. Adjust seasoning if needed, toss again, and enjoy!

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    It's great over plain steamed rice, or, if you prefer, seasoned sushi rice, which is made by adding seasoned sushi vinegar to your steamed rice per bottle instructions, or to taste.

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    Enjoy! :)

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