Mexican Yellowtail Poke

I’m so glad that my husband, El Gringo, can find the time in his busy retirement schedule to catch our dinner from the Sea of Cortez. He has to leave the house at 5 am to catch bait and then has to spend the day with his buddies catching red snapper, yellowtail amber jack, cabrilla and pinto bass. It’s a sacrifice, I know. His only rewards are a couple of cold cervezas, a good time and oh by the way a few weeks of delicious fresh fish meals.

When the boat comes in, it is imperitive to make La Gringa’sΒ version of Hawaiian poke. I use the yellowtail which is a close cousin of tuna and add my own spin with Serrano chili, wakame and sweet Mexican white onion. You can eat this with a spoon but we prefer to serve it with tostada chips and a dab of wasabi on the side. Delish.
I’m taking my poke to Fiesta Friday. Follow the bread crumbs for more delicious recipes. Our co-hosts are Sarah and Liz.

One word of caution, the bigger predatory fish like tuna, red snapper and cabrilla do have some mercury contamination so I limit our big fish meals to twice per month. You could make this poke with fresh Alaskan salmon for a safer substitute but the salmon aren’t swimming in The Baja, although the humpback and blue whales travel from the North to calve and winter in the neighborhood.

Mexican Yellowtail Poke

1 lb fresh yellowtail or tuna, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced Serrano chili or to taste
1 tablespoon reconstituted and chopped wakame seaweed (optional)
1 tablespoon black and or white toasted sesame seeds
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Juice of 1 key lime or 1 tablespoon of lime juice

Prepare fish and set aside. Mix remaining ingredients. Combine fish with marinade when you are ready to serve and not a minute sooner. You do not want the fish to be cooked in the lime juice. Serve with tortilla chips fir a Mexicana flare or crackers. Wasabi on the side is a nice touch for the sushi lovers in the crowd.
I serve this as an appetizer accompanied by cold cerveza, a margarita or a fruity vino blanco.

Savor every bite.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. LOVE Tracey and Toms Poke!

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  2. Sounds like a tough job for El Gringo!!!

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      1. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


  3. Guess what? I made ahi poke yesterday! Sadly with sashimi tuna from a sushi place. It was good but yours is probably far superior since the thing was still swimming hours before πŸ˜„ Hard life for el gringo! πŸ˜‚

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    1. There is nothing like a fish eaten hours after leaving the sea. We are definitely getting spoiled. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting La Fiesta.

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  4. Wow, I would love to try fish that fresh, how lucky you are. What a delicious way to serve it too, thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday πŸ™‚

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    1. Dare I say that I get tired of eating fish here? ha ha Thank you for dropping in Sarah.


  5. What a treat to get fresh tuna right off your own boat, foraging at it’s very best. I love poke and it is perfect on a tortilla chip, hand me a cold beer! Thank you for bringing this to Fiesta Friday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately we left our sailboat in California for the winter. Maybe next year we’ll he bring down to the Sea of Cortez. One cerveza fria coming up.


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