Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl Paired with Gaspereau Riesling

Spicy, fresh, and satisfying – what more could you ask for from a spicy tune poke bowl? This recipe balances spice with fresh avocado, ginger, and local yellowfin tuna for a new spin on a modern classic. Pair with Gaspereau Vineyards’ crisp and dry Riesling to harmonize these exciting flavours.


Serves 4


1 cup sushi rice, cooked
2 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt


6 tbsp orange juice
4 tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
1 large lime
2 tsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 lb sushi-grade local yellowfin tuna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes


1 cup carrot, julienned
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
1 large avocado, diced
sesame seeds, for garnish
sliced nori sheet, optional

Spicy Mayo

3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp sriracha
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp local honey


  1. Cook rice however preferred – steamed, boiled, or rice cooker will all work. While rice cooks, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small container and microwave for 30 seconds until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Once the rice is cooked, pour the vinegar mix over the rice and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Let the rice cool at room temperature.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the tuna, except the tuna, in a medium bowl. Add the tuna and stir until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour.
  4. Divide the cooled rice between 4 bowls.
  5. Top each bowl with 1/4 of the tuna mixture. Divide the veggies and arrange beside the tune in clusters. Garnish with sesame seeds and nori.
  6. Mix the ingredients for the spicy mayo together until smooth, then drizzle over the bowls. Serve with Gaspereau Vineyards’ Rielsing.

Wine Pairing

Crisp and dry, Gaspereau Vineyards’ Riesling is a versatile, food-friendly wine!

Local Source Guide

Local tuna: Available at fish markets like Afishionado Fishmongers, Clearwater Seafoods Retail Stores, Evan’s Seafood, Fisherman’s Market International or Masstown Market‘s Catch Of the Bay.

Gaspereau Vineyards’ Riesling: Available for sale directly from Gaspereau Vineyards, NSLC, or private liquor stores.

Recipe provided by: Gaspereau Vineyards

Photography provided by: Alexa Cude, @seriouslyalexa

This recipe is featured in our 2023 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide.

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