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The 6-Ingredient No-Cook Trader Joe’s Dinner I’m Making on Repeat This Summer

updated May 28, 2021
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It turns out, living in a 4th-floor walk-up in New York City when temperatures hover around 80 degrees will make you never want to turn your stovetop or oven on ever again! (Who would have thought?) I know my hot-weather cooking woes are pretty universal and not exclusive to my situation by any means, so, because most of you are likely commiserating, I thought I’d share an easy, no-cook dinner equation that I’m making on repeat this summer: Trader Joe’s Sesame Crusted Hardwood Smoked Ahi Tuna Bowls.

Credit: Lauren Masur

This bowl involves just six ingredients (all of which you can purchase at Trader Joe’s), but the star of the show is the sashimi-grade Sesame Crusted Hardwood Smoked Ahi Tuna. The tuna, which costs $5.99 for 4 ounces, is a new-to-Trader Joe’s ingredient as of 2021. (You can find it in the refrigerated section, right next to the smoked salmon selection.) After one taste, this tuna quickly became one of my staples.

In addition to the smoked tuna, you’ll also need some mango, Persian cucumbers, an avocado, Chili Onion Crunch, and frozen rice (I like Jasmine or Organic Brown). If you already have rice at home, by all means you can use that, but that would involve cooking and I promised a no-cook recipe (and I’m a woman of my word).

Credit: Lauren Masur

To make these bowls, first microwave a pouch of frozen rice for three minutes. (Have I mentioned how much I love this rice?) While you wait for the rice to steam, dice the Persian cucumbers, mango, and avocado. Place the rice into a bowl, then top with the cubes of all of the aforementioned ingredients. Lastly, tear the Smoked Ahi Tuna into bits and drizzle with a few spoonfuls of Chili Onion Crunch.

What results is this colorful and fresh rice bowl that’s ready in minutes and perfect for hot summer nights when you don’t feel like breaking a sweat.

Credit: Lauren Masur

I know I’m not a recipe developer here at Kitchn, but I am the ~Groceries Editor~ which is why I feel qualified to share this recipe: No cooking, just shopping. (And I guess some chopping.) Now, shop and chop away!

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Smoked Ahi Tuna yet?