5-Ingredient Everything-But-the-Bagel Ahi Poke

Local style Hawaiian poke- with a California style Trader Joe’s twist!

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t pick up poke from Foodlands here. While I don’t intend to stop, I do intend to start making it more at home now that I know how easy it is. The key is picking up fresh, delicious ahi. From there, it’s just having the right simple pantry staples!

That said, the pickings are slim when you go later at night, during the after dinner rush. Typically, the only option left is spicy California roll style. Which, for those who don’t know, is basically spicy Mayo with a side of fish. I actually even got mercilessly teased at Foodland checkout, for being a California girl getting California-style poke and not eating it local style (aka without mustard).

Well, Foodlands, I have found a way to both embrace the California girl title AND made my poke local-style. Enter: this quick and easy poke with a California Trader Joe’s twist. 


(Serves 2 for lunch or dinner)

  • 1 lbs fresh, wild caught ahi tuna
  • 4 TBS soy sauce (add 1 TBS at a time — amount of soy is very personalized)
  • 1.5 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
  • Pepper to taste

Directions (10 min):

  1. Cut your tuna in half inch cubes 00 across the grain of the fish. Add to a bowl with all other ingredients. Stir, then let sit for 15 minutes in the fridge to marinade. Enjoy!


On buying the fish: I buy my ahi tuna from Costco. It’s delicious!

On sides: I served mine with one cup of Jasmine rice, though brown rice is also delicious. Alternatively, serve over a bed of greens!

What am I listening to as I make this?Two Princes” by Spin Doctors

What can I learn while I make this? How contentious the history of the everything bagel is! While no one is vying for Trader Joe’s place as the investor of the everything-BUT-the-bagel (though Aldi is now selling as similar seasoning!), there are several claimed inventors of the everything bagel throughout the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S. The commonality beyond the era in American history? All had the idea through working with bagels and noticing the unused leftovers. You can read more here.

What if I want seafood but not this? Don’t worry– I won’t be offended! Check out these other ideas below:

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