We eat a fair amount of seafood in my home: albacore tuna, black cod, salmon, spot shrimp and fresh oysters, particularly now that we live near the sea, but it's something I've always valued serving my family as seafood packs powerful nutrition as it's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals, and provides a nice balance to meat-heavy fare.
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What is Poke?
Poke is a traditional fish dish from Hawaii, where fresh tuna is chopped coarsely, mixed with other ingredients like macadamia nuts, green onions, and seaweed, and seasoned with soy sauce. It's light, fresh and delicious served over rice.
I often serve poke in the summer months when I don't feel like heating up the kitchen with the stove and oven and need something satisfying but light at the same time.
Albacore has a lean, clean flavor and faint butteriness that pairs. Its leanness means that it benefits from minimal cooking, which keeps it moist instead of dry, and it's that very leanness that makes it a solid choice for something like poke.
Why I Choose Sustainable, Wild-Caught Fish
Fish is extraordinarily rich in wholesome nutrition, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals, and quality protein. It's a staple in our home, but I'm likewise concerned, like many of you are, about overfishing, and general sustainability.
Techniques like fishing from sustainably managed fisheries, like those in Alaska, as well as fishing for one fish at a time using old-fashioned hook-and-line techniques ensure that bycatch is minimized and fish populations can continue to proliferate. For my part, I want some sort of guarantee, and that's why I like to buy my fish straight from a cooperative of men and women who catch them.