Alex’s Dakine Poke Gunkan Maki

Alex's Dakine Poke Gunkan Maki

As we all know, I’ve got some awesome readers. Often I get emails from readers, telling me about their favorite roll from a sushi restaurant, or a new idea they had for sushi they make at home. This is one such sushi recipe, from a reader named Alex Viera.

Alex's Dakine Poke Gunkan Maki

The tuna poke mixture used in this gunkan maki has a very complex yet addictive flavor. It is both sweet and spicy, but still the clean tuna flavor is allowed to shine through. This has a heat that slowly builds until it fills your mouth with fire. At the same time, it is so flavorful that you can’t help but want more. This recipe has definitely earned a place on the list of sushi that I make over and over again – it’s just that good.

Alex's Dakine Poke Gunkan Maki

  • 3 sheets nori
  • 4 cups sumeshi
  • 3 jalapenos, minced
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/3 c shoyu
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese hot oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb sashimi-grade ahi (yellowfin) tuna
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Slice Tuna into small bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix jalapenos, green onions, brown sugar, shoyu, sesame seeds, sesame oil, hot oil, and black pepper in a bowl.
  4. Add tuna; gently toss with large spoon.
  5. Seal bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  6. Gently mix/toss again, seal bowl and refrigerate for one more hour.
  7. Prepare the gunkan maki, using the tuna poke mixture instead of roe.
  8. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 piece Alex’s Dakine Poke Gunkan Maki

  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 7g, 11% DV
  • Saturated Fat: 1g, 6% DV
  • Cholesterol: 11mg, 4% DV
  • Sodium: 707mg, 29% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates: 11g, 4% DV
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g, 4% DV
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 8g, 16% DV
  • Vitamin A: 16%
  • Vitamin C: 3%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Iron: 7%
  • Magnesium: 8%
  • Potassium: 4%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These values are only estimates based on the individual ingredients, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.

19 thoughts on “Alex’s Dakine Poke Gunkan Maki”

  1. Allison -

    Nate – I really recommend it.

    Friar – Had I chosen the winners based on that, you’d have probably won anyways. πŸ˜‰

    LaraQ – Poke is a Hawaiian-style fish salad, made with cubed raw fish, along with selected sauces or oils (shoyu, etc.) and vegetables (green onion, sometimes tomato, etc.) You can read more about it here if you’re interested.

  2. Katie -

    i am looking at the picture and then the ingredients…what is the tannish brownish stuff that appears on the tuna?

  3. LaraQ -

    Thank you for the poke explanation. I’ve yet to make any gunkan style maki (finally made hand rolls on my last sushi making day) but this looks like a good first try especially since I have sourced good sushi grade ahi tuna. I’ve had both salmon and masago gunkan in sushi restaurants but am not that fond of it.

  4. Laura -

    Wow, this recepie looks so wonderful. Thanks to Alex Viera for sharing it. Does he have any others?

  5. Elin -

    This is definitively the nicest thing that happened to me because a comment on a blog. πŸ™‚

    And guess what, so far no one has manages to give the obvious answer “A book abut sustainable sushi” when I’ve asked “Guess what I just won?”

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  7. Allison -

    Katie – The sauce includes brown sugar and shoyu, which might be what you’re talking about. Or if you’re referring to that tannish-brownish object in the middle of the picture… that’s a sliced jalapeño (from a jar, not fresh). πŸ™‚

    LaraQ – I have to admit, I’m not so fond of masago or ikura gunkan maki either. But this one is perfect… the tuna poke is SO addictive.

    Laura – This is the only one he shared with me, though if he ever wants to send me another recipe I’ll definitely be making it ASAP. πŸ˜€

    Elin – I hope you enjoy the book!

    Marc – It’s a great combination, I really recommend it!

    mina – Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Sampada – Thanks, hopefully you like it.


    this great sushi site i love it. i want to give mi recipes to try them. I’m from Bulgaria and we have couples of sushi bars. Tell me when to send some pecipes.