TUNA, ORANGE AND BEET POKE
In a classic poke (pronounced po-kay), any very acidic citrus is almost incidental and added at the last minute as the fish should be raw, not “cooked.” I have taken some of the classic elements and added beet, as I like its sweet, earthy flavors here. You don’t have to use tuna. Any oily fish would work, including mackerel. — Catherine Phipps
2 oranges or 4 mandarins 14 ounces extremely fresh well-chilled tuna or other oily fish Sea salt 1 garlic clove, finely
chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems (save the leaves for garnish) Finely grated zest of 1
lime Finely grated zest of 1
mandarin (optional) ¾-inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 1 red chili, finely chopped 2 tablespoons light soy
sauce A dash of brown rice
vinegar A few drops of sesame oil 2 medium-sized cooked beets, peeled and diced 1 avocado, diced 2 scallions, finely
chopped Juice of 1 lime Cooked sushi rice or quinoa, or a few lettuce leaves, for serving
Sesame seeds, for garnish Cilantro leaves, for garnish
Segment the oranges or mandarins over a bowl to catch any juice, and set the segments aside. Squeeze out the peel and membranes into the juice.
Make sure the tuna is extremely well chilled — in fact, it does no harm to freeze it for an hour before you want to use it, and freezing makes it easier to cut. Cut into an even dice, around 1/2 to 3/4 inches, place in a dish and sprinkle with salt. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients (garlic through sesame oil) and pour over the tuna. Leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes, no longer.
When you are ready to serve, put the tuna and its dressing in a serving bowl with the orange or mandarin segments, beet, avocado and scallions. Mix the reserved orange juice with the lime juice and pour over the contents of the bowl. Fold very gently — you don’t want the beets to bleed too much or for the avocado to turn to mush.
Serve with rice (traditional) or quinoa, or simply pile into lettuce leaves, sprinkled with sesame seeds and cilantro leaves. Serves 4. — From “Citrus: 150 Recipes Celebrating the Sweet and the Sour” by Catherine Phipps (Quadrille, $29.99)
This poke is made with tuna, orange and beets and is from “Citrus: 150 Recipes Celebrating the Sweet and the Sour” by Catherine Phipps (Quadrille, $29.99).