Seared Ahi Tuna Sushi Bowls

Well crap. I just woke up this morning feeling fine, sat down on the couch to cuddle with the puppy dog and I felt a pain shoot up my neck and now I can barely turn my head. What in the what?! I think I may have been cursed since last night I heard a cat fighting with some other creature. I bet it was a black cat and now I’m effed because I didn’t run outside at 3am to save it. So now I’m trying not to move my neck even in the slightest because it shoots sharp pains up and down my spine. Totally normal.

I turn 29 next month. This older age (no, I’m not saying I’m old, stop freaking out) is really starting to rear her ugly head and I’m not into it. Aches and pains, skin texture changing, more moles. I’ve had 3 moles in the past month removed now to check for cancer. Luckily, we are good so far. But I have about 524 to cross off my list. Cute.

Speaking of 30, I want to start planning my 30th birthday trip. I’m not a huge birthday person. I don’t like people feeling obligated to talk to me or give me things because it’s the day I shot out of my mother’s womb. I just like spending that day however I’d like – which means I usually work, go to the gym, then get myself some gluten free cake. I don’t need presents or FB wishes. If I want something, I will just make myself work hard enough to earn it. BUT I do like an excuse to plan a trip somewhere. And a part of me REALLY wants to go to Greece. But that’s an expensive trip and most of my friends are shooting out babies or just don’t want to spend that much money on travel. I’m already told daily that I’m an only child and act out only child behaviors on a daily basis, so just saying eff it and going to Greece could come off a tad selfish.

So where should I (meaning we…there I go with the only child stuff) go?! I’ve been to Mexico so many times but a blogger I follow just started posting some photos from Playa del Carmen and it looks pretty damn awesome! And it’s so easy to get to and affordable compared to other options.

PS – still can’t move my neck. Send help! And cake!

PaleOMG Seared Ahi Tuna Sushi Bowls


Seared Ahi Tuna Sushi Bowls

  • Yield: 2 1x




  1. Whisk together the coconut aminos, sriracha, sesame oil, vinegar and salt. Reserve 1/2 the mixture and set aside. Place tuna steak in a shallow dish then pour the other 1/2 of the mixture on top. Cover and set in the fridge to marinate for 3 or more hours, turning to tuna half way through.
  2. Once the tuna is done marinating, make the cauliflower rice and set to the side to keep warm while you finish the rest of the bowl.
  3. Place a medium stainless steel pan over medium high heat and add the avocado oil. Once pan is super hot, place the marinated tuna steak in the pan and sear on both sides for 1 minute. Remove from pan after the 2 minutes and place on a cutting board to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. While the tuna steak rests, dice the cucumber and avocado and begin to build the bowls.
  5. Thinly slice the tuna steak against the grain and top on your rice bowl. Garnish with green onions, pickled ginger, and sesame seeds and use the 1/2 reserved marinade to splash on top of your tuna bowls!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


53 thoughts on “Seared Ahi Tuna Sushi Bowls”

  1. MAUI! Do HomeAway or VRBO, rent a car and tear it up! Seriously an amazing trip and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

  2. Go to Greece. It’s not like if you do have kids it’s going to get cheaper. If you can go now, it will be worth it.

  3. Happy early birthday! I will be turning 28 next month, but 30 feels like it’s around the corner! I saw recently that you wanted to visit Alaska…you should totally do an Alaskan cruise. I did it a few years ago and it was beautiful. The ship left out of Seattle so you could always do a day or two there before/after the cruise too! We got to visit a few different cities in Alaska, go hiking, see some whales, bald eagles – you name it. Some friends decided to do an excursion where they took a helicopter and got to land on top of a glacier. It was incredible! 🙂

  4. I second the “go to Greece!” But if you’re thinking Mexico, we got married in Playa and then went down to Tulum, and both were f-ing awesome. Really loved Tulum. I would also highly recommend Nicaragua!

  5. Playa Del Carmen is the best! There are tons of super cute boutique hotels that are intimate and right in the middle of town. They blocked off the main street so that it’s pedestrian only and it’s awesome to explore the local shops and taquerias. We love Illusion Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels, it’s adult only (no kiddies running around the pool!) and it’s not fancy at all which makes it even more awesome. It’s like 10 steps from the beach. Playa still feels very local, it has not been taken over by the big brands like Cancun yet. YET…. every time we visit we see a few more changes so if you want to go, do it soon!

    And also, if want to go to Greece then go to freaking Greece, who cares what others think? Hubby and I stopped caring and started traveling the way we like to and guess what, eventually a few friends jumped on board too. Lol, guess they saw how much fun we were having!

  6. Go to Greece! And don’t feel guilty or selfish for doing it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong or only child-esque about planning a big trip for your birthday. Or just because you want to do it. Plenty of people with siblings do it, too. People with kids do it. People in general do it, if it’s a priority. Doooo iiiiiiit. It’ll be awesome.

  7. I went to Greece last year and it was amazing. It wasn’t cheap because we splurged on hotels with amazing views. I think the flight and hotels for a 9 day trip were about $2,000 per person. But there are certainly cheaper places to stay than the ones we picked. If you are going for your 30th def check out Mykonos – that is the “party” island in Greece. Santorini is beautiful but kind of more of a couples scene.

    Other ideas: Ibiza; Cuba; Aruba; Paris

  8. I just booked my 30th birthday trip to Playa del Carmen! Found a great place and Southwest has a package with flights that was perfectly priced.

  9. Hi Juli! I think this was the podcast that you gave a quick rundown or your orange theory workout? My first orange theory class was the same day! I did the same workout- it was a tough one! I also found myself getting into the red zone more than they wanted. It was hard for me because my “all out” seems to be different than what they mean. Coming from crossfit, my all out is ALLLLL out! I was almost pukey through the burpee part! went again today and paced myself better! Its an awesome class! Love the podcast and your awesome website! (And snaps and anything involving Jackson)

    1. yeah the competitive crossfit in us crossfitters definitely makes us go ALL OUT! and when i look up at the screen and see i have less calories than someone else, it makes me want to push harder. i can’t help it!

  10. Girrrrl, as an only child who’s married without kids to another only child who’s married without kids, GO TO GREECE! My husband and I bought a Groupon for 6 nights in Greece, 3 in Athens and 3 in Santorini, that includes flights, hotels, and the ferry to/from the island. It was (in my opinion) very reasonably priced. We’re going in 1 month! My thought was 1) I’ve never been to Europe and 2) why wait until you’re pregnant and can’t drink to take a babymoon??? So Greece will be honeymoon #2 because 1 just isn’t enough. I recommend looking at Groupon trip deals! They have a lot of great ones! 🙂

      1. Nope! It was like buying a voucher that you redeem for the package through a travel agency. Granted we haven’t gone yet, but the hotels in our package are 4 star (one of which we upgraded for a little extra $). Our particular trip had 10 or 12 travel dates to choose from too. I asked around with people first and heard several say the Groupon trips they’ve taken have been awesome. 🙂

  11. Where do you buy sushi grade tuna? My first thought was Whole Foods but I’m not sure if I’ve seen it at mine.

  12. GO TO GREECE! Take your husband with you and have a friends party/outing/whatevs before or after. Then you only have to worry about your budget. My guy and I went to Costa Rica for my 30th. It’s one of those milestone birthdays that I just think you should do something awesome for. And, 30 is kind of awesome. I pretend it means people take me seriously, but that’s probably wishful thinking. 🙂

  13. GREECE!!! Just finished up my husband’s 30th birthday trip in Spain and it was so much fun! My advice-just go with your husband or one other couple that you know you travel well with. Greece is next on our list 🙂

    If you do choose Mexico, I second Tulum! It is so awesome! Little bungalows with amazing food and drinks. Totally laid back and not full of touristy stuff. We loved it!

    1. ok good to know about the greece with couples trip! and tulum! i think my best friend wants to go there for her 30th so i’m glad to hear it’s awesome!

  14. Go to Greece!!!
    We went to Spain this past January-Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Zaragoza and guess what? We’re going back to Barcelona this May to see a soccer game?!! (and I’m not even a sports fan).
    And I see that I am clearly an atypical Juli fan, since I will be 58 on my next birthday.
    I have been meaning to send a kudos to you for awhile. When I first got interested in Paleo several years back, yours was one of the first websites I found and I stayed because, well, YOU CAN COOK. Your energy is fun and you’ve made a difference in my life. It was you who ranted so much on CrossFit that while reading one of your workouts to my husband (not quite understanding all of the language yet) we both joined a box (2+ years ago). I will never be going to the CrossFit games but I still wear a size 4 jeans. Also, and this one did take a little effort, last April in a post, you reiterated something I already knew…you won’t lose or keep the weight off if you don’t give up the alcohol; so as of that day I did. Not that I was a big drinker but I did appreciate and look forward that glass of white wine at the end of the day. Now, the same way your cravings change when you eat good food and you start to crave it, when I get home I really look forward to that glass of Seltzer water. Who knew? Anyway… Greece is calling… and perhaps your chiropractor is as well (insert cake emogi here):)

    1. awwwwww that’s so so amazing! good for you for taking the leap and trying crossfit out! and extra kudos to you for cutting out alcohol to see what it does to your body and how you feel!! that’s DEFINITELY the hardest thing for people to cut out!

  15. Greece is surprisingly affordable once you get there (the flight can be pricey, of course). I had a Greece trip planned…then broke up with my boyfriend and had to rethink that (ugh). But I was finding amazing Airbnbs within walking distance of the Parthenon in Athens for less than $100 a night (and most are in the $50 – $80 range). No joke. And these were (by pictures, of course) fully equipped, nice flats. Greece’s economy isn’t great at the moment, which makes prices for travelers more friendly…but who knows where that could be in another year. But I say go for it! Mexico will always be there waiting for a quick / inexpensive trip.

  16. I JUST booked flights to Greece this week for the end of this summer and honestly cried a little when we did! 🙂 it’s been a lifelong dream. It was just over $800 round trip but at one point I saw some for $650-ish, I say totally go for it!

  17. You should definitely go to greece! Most of my family lives their and I have been multiple times and its one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It would be a great trip to just do with your husband! There are so many thing you can do that aren’t expensive at all. I love your recipes btw. I think you are definitely my favorite paleo blogger!

  18. I had the same problem with my neck a few months ago! I went to the chiropractor and I was feeling 200% better by that afternoon. It really helped me! This recipe looks awesome, btw. 😛

  19. You and your husband should go to San Juan, Puerto Rico! Old San Juan is gorgeous. Full of history, amazing food, and the coffee is unreal. The beaches are stunning and the surfing is incredible and you don’t have to wear a wetsuit!

  20. I live in the UK so have been to Greece on many holidays and can’t recomend it enough! Visiting the islands has definitely been my favourite, peronally we choose to get an apartment in a complex with a shared pool, so we can cook for oursleves (helps keep costs down) and pick some places ot eat out, I find it means you go out and explore more as you’re not tied to eating on the complex!

  21. Girl, you should go to New Orleans for your 30th!! That’s what I did for mine last year! It’s cheap to travel there (good if you want to invite a lot of friends), the food is AMAZING and you can walk around and drink! And there’s lots of stuff to do in the area, it’s not just drinking and bars. So fun to walk around and explore. I freaking love NOLA!!

  22. Juli you should definitely go to Greece – It is absolutely beautiful there! The sights, the history, the partying, beautiful people and weather and the food is absolutely to die for! Greece (particularly the islands – Santorini, Mykonos) is one of my top HAVE TO RETURN to destinations. You would love it 🙂

  23. About the neck pain…..see a chiropractor. Honestly, one, chiropractic WORKS! Two, Chiropractic fixes the problem (as opposed to drugs that just cover up the problem and stop the pain). And, three, Chiropractic is totally paleo. It is natural and your own body fixes your own body.

    If you want more info feel free to ask!

  24. And Greece has airbnb which is good for self catering. However, there are millions on refugees floating around all of Europe right now so not sure how Greece is coping, I know they were overwhelmed a few months ago and the country is close to bankruptcy. Might be better for the dollar.
    I like Sprouts for the sashimi grade tuna.

  25. Hi Juli! Thanks so much for sharing so many amazing recipes. I am new to the paleo world, as in like in the last month lol but have loved everything about your podcasts and blog. I am 21 years old and find it very encouraging that you started your paleo journey around this same time. I have bought one of your cook books as well as the Fed and Fit cook book. I was wondering if there are any books you suggest I read to really learn more about paleo in general, not necessarily just recipes but just to become more educated about everything and the reasons behind it. If you know of any good tools please let me know! and by the way I’ll literally turn on your podcasts for my 5 minute drive home from class because it just puts me in such a great mood to go conquer the world with confidence in who I am, so yeah thanks for that! You rock, and sorry about all your crazy haters.

    1. that’s so awesome! glad Cassy and I can be part of your journey! definitely check out Robb Wolf! He has a new book out, too. i haven’t checked that one out yet, but his book The Paleo Solution completely changed my life and really opened my eyes! it’s amazing!

      1. Hi, Mallory. I am also new too, and Juli and Cassy have both changed my lives and inspired me in so many ways (love both of their podcasts). Thanks so much Juli!!! 🙂 I agree with Juli about Paleo Solution, and I am so excited to read Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf. I also love Practical Paleo second addition by Diane Sanfillipo–I listen to her podcast religiously as well and she is super smart and explains things so well in her book and on her podcast. From one Paleo newbie to another–excited to keep enjoy learning and sharing all of this wonderful material! Good for both of you for starting so young–I am in my mid 30s, better late than never though, right? 🙂

  26. Dude…. from one only child to another, GO TO GREECE. If your friends can’t do, you can hang with them when you get back.

  27. Go to Greece 100%!!!! For a major bday you deserve it!
    I’m going to Ireland and Scotland with my husband and two closest cousins (who happen to be two of my best friends) for my 30 at the end of April, and I felt soooo guilty booking it but now I absolutely can’t wait!
    I prioritize EXPERIENCES rather than things in my life, so that’s your same justification to go to Greece!
    Side note: can’t wait to try the sushi bowls!

  28. So Greece is beautiful and the people there are so lovely and friendly. But the country is on the brink of collapse and they’re bankrupt. We were there a year and a half ago and it was so sad. They’ve had to completely defund they sanitation department so there are literally thousands of bags of garbage just piled up along the sides of the streets and poverty is seeping throughout. It’s so sad because so much of Greece is so truly beautiful. If you want to go to Europe, I highly recommend Spain ! The food is AMAZING! There’s beaches and amazing architecture , the people are warm and friendly and paleo eating is so doable. We were there a week in Barcelona and I went to a cafe every morning for an almond milk latte ( several cafes make there own but milk fresh daily) and the seafood was unbeatable. And Sangria! SANGRIA. As a former chef, I can’t recommend Barcelona enough.

  29. Juli, have you ever tried dry needling and cupping!! No not talking about acupuncture I’m talking dry needling. Most amazing (yes can be painful) treatment for any muscle spasms!!!!!!!

  30. St. John is amazing. Highly recommend. We went there for our honeymoon and I’d go back every year if we could. Beautiful scenery, mountains and trails to hike, tons of private beaches, snorkeling is amazing there. We were looking for an active healthy vacation, but with relaxation worked in as well, and this was the best. Wonderful fresh food and drinks. It’s absolute heaven there. The terrain is crazy–we rented a jeep so we could drive the island and my husband had a blast driving on those roads (I would never have the courage to drive those roads but so glad he did because being a passenger was awesome and we saw so much amazing scenery and terrain). We stayed at the Westin but now that I’ve been, it’s way overpriced and I do not recommend staying there. I would recommend renting a cottage or home for the week–much more cost efficient and you could find an adorable place with a great view. Have fun planning!

  31. Greece is lovely and the food would be up your alley (fresh, simple, clean and delicious). BUT one reason I will likely not go back to Greece again is the number of homeless stray pups wandering around. It was so so sad!! They’re so sweet and this one pup followed us around. It broke my heart … as a dog lover, I don’t want to go somewhere and be sad at all the homeless dogs and at the sometimes careless / cold attitudes people have towards dogs.

  32. Joyce Ewers Frederick

    Sorry, no travel recommendations but I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious! Husband said it was a keeper. Once the fish is marinated it comes together very easily and the flavor are fanatastic.

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