Peppered Seared Tuna (Poke) and Rice

Switch up the average recipe for a Hawaiian Poke Bowl by trying this dish with peppered seared tuna and fluffy white rice!

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Peppered Seared Tuna (Poke) and Rice

Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 bag Success® White Rice
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 8 oz piece sushi grade tuna, skin removed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • sesame seeds, optional
  • bottled poke sauce, optional


What are Poke Bowls?

This Hawaiian-inspired dish is a simple way to enjoy a refreshing and easily made meal. Poke traditionally refers to seared raw fish served with rice, vegetables and sauce. However, in this rice bowl recipe, we’re using peppered and seared sushi-grade tuna for a delicious and simple-to-make recipe! The combination of rice, fish and toppings makes it perfect to enjoy loads of flavor in every bite.

Poke Bowl Components

While there are plenty of ways to customize a poke bowl, we’ll walk you through the main components so you can use this recipe as a delicious example and create your own version.

Base: Poke bowls contain a hearty rice base.

Protein: While poke bowls traditionally use poke, or fish, the protein used in a poke bowl can range from salmon, tuna and shrimp to non sea life such as chicken or even tofu. We’ve chosen delicious black-pepper seared tuna, which might seem intimidating but is quite simple. Start by coating the tuna in black pepper and make sure it’s pressed into the fish so that the bold flavor is enjoyed. One thing to note is that this tuna is seared, rather than cooked all the way through. In order to do that, you must heat oil in a pan over high heat and cook the tuna on each side for only a minute.

NOTE: To sear tuna, ensure you purchase sushi-grade tuna, if you use fresh tuna, make sure to cook all the way through. 

Assembly: Classic toppings for poke bowls include cucumber, avocado, edamame, or even sometimes fresh fruit like mango. After adding them to the bowl, add your favorite poke dressing which can be anything from simple soy sauce, spicy mayo or even sesame oil. Garnish with green onions or sesame seeds for an extra crunch.

Enjoy this meal for a delicious lunch or a quick weeknight dinner. Want more tasty recipes? Learn how to make Spanish white rice.

  • Create your own poke bowl using peppered seared tuna and serve over a delicious bed of fluffy white rice!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Spread black pepper on a small plate. Dry tuna with paper towels and press tuna into black pepper to coat.  Repeat on other side of tuna. Discard any leftover pepper. Season tuna with salt. Heat vegetable oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Place tuna in skillet and allow to sear undisturbed for 1 minute. Using tongs, flip tuna over and sear other side for 1 minute. Remove tuna from skillet and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Step 3

  • In same skillet, reduce heat to low and heat sesame oil. Add garlic and ginger and sauté 1 minute. Add rice, peas, carrots, red bell peppers, and green onions, reserving 2 tablespoons of green onions. Cook and stir until well blended and heated through, about 2 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Slice tuna. Arrange rice on a platter or individual bowls and top with tuna. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle with poke sauce, if desired. Garnish with reserved green onions.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute poke sauce with a spicy mayo. Mix 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon Sriracha. Instead of black pepper use black sesame seeds to coat tuna.