Burn Bites | Sweetfin's Hamachi Poke

With temperatures steadily on the rise, the idea of slaving away over a hot stove to cook a homemade meal is becoming less and less desirable. Then again, when is it ever? Certainly not now that Summer has finally arrived; you have far better things to do with your time. Nevertheless, you cannot go hungry. Insert poké - a delicious raw-fish-based dish (think sushi, sans rice) combined with other equally fresh and flavorful ingredients. Commonly referred to as "Hawaiian Soul Food," take one trip to the islands and you will understand why the locals are so in love. Not prepared to travel quite so far? You're in luck! Word about good food spreads fast these days and a few of our friends have already opened their own poké mecca right here in Los Angeles.

Just a few short blocks from Santa Monica pier lies Sweetfin. This quick-fix, Chipotle style eatery offers customizable, fresh poké bowls that are made to order and absolutely divine. Choose from a variety of fish, toppings, and special sauces house-made by Chef Dakota Weiss before digging in to your bowl of 100% healthful bliss....OR try the bowl below on for size. Upon hearing that Trainer Nick Malizia was already a huge fan, the owners of Sweetfin were kind enough to share one of Chef Dakota's tasty poké recipes with us!

What You'll Need:

For the poke  -

1 ½ Hamachi Loin (bloodline removed and diced into 1/2 in. cubes)

1 Bunch Baby Carrots (mixed colored, washed, peeled and julienned)

¼ Sugar Snap Peas (julienned)

Fresh Mint Leaves (about 10 - chopped, saving some for garnish)

½ Shallot (finely chopped)

Zest of 1 Lime

3 Green Onions (chopped)

1 T Toasted Mixed Sesame Seeds (black and white)

½ c. Toasted Coconut

Pinch Himalayan Salt

For the sauce -

½ c. Fresh Carrot Juice

¼ in. Piece Ginger (add to the juicer while juicing carrots or peel and finely chop)

3 ½  T Fresh Lime Juice

1 ½ T Fish Sauce

1 T Rice Vinegar

1 T Mirin

1 T Sesame Oil

1 T Sriracha Sauce

How to Make It Happen:

Place poke ingredients into a bowl and toss lightly. Mix sauce ingredients in a separate bowl, stirring vigorously until well combined. Drizzle sauce over poke, making sure to coat all ingredients equally. Serve alone or over a bed of steamed rice or kelp noodles.