Ahi tuna poke is a refreshing and savory Hawaiian snack, perfect for warm weather – or anytime you want to pretend you’re in a tropical paradise.

Ahi tuna poke is a refreshing and savory Hawaiian snack, perfect for warm weather - or anytime you want to pretend you're in a tropical paradise.

Hey, remember the original Facebook poke?  Back in the day, that weird creepy/flirty function that served no function whatsoever?

This is not that kind of poke.  It’s a heavenly Hawaiian snack, pronounced po-kay, and it’s hit some kind of popularity tornado this year.  From poke bowls to burritos, my instagram account is seeing a new kind of fishy activity.  And I love it.

Speaking of back in the day, (almost) five years ago Ross and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii. It was perfect and glorious and the kind of vacation that puts you in a funk for a month when you get back because you are NO LONGER IN HAWAII.  (I still haven’t gotten over it.)  And although the beach was unforgettable, I also have fantastic memories of going to a local dive and eating poke on the beach.  Even Ross, who normally doesn’t get enthused about fish, couldn’t help but smack his lips over the incredibly fresh flavor and savory sauce.

Ahi Tuna Poke is a refreshing and savory Hawaiian snack, perfect for warm weather - or anytime you want to pretend you're in a tropical paradise.

Ahi Tuna Poke is a simple dish that highlights the natural taste of tuna with just a few ingredients to complement it – and it’s also fast and easy if you know what you’re doing.

A couple years ago for Valentine’s Day, I recreated our honeymoon poke at home.  It turned out to be a deliciously successful trip down memory lane.  However, since this experiment took place before poke’s popularity exploded on the interwobs, and it was surprisingly difficult to find a recipe and learn about serving raw fish safely.

Not so anymore!  When I searched last weekend for the recipe I had followed previously, I found that there are a lot more options available nowadays, although they all follow the same basic formula.  (Did I mention it’s incredibly simple?)

There is also a lot more information available about serving and eating raw tuna.  But for your sake, dear readers, I’ll spare you the trouble of the internet searches and give you the basics for your edification here.

Guidelines for making poke with raw tuna:

Don’t worry, that was the only hard part!  Once you find your preferred fish, you simply mix it with some soy sauce, sesame oil, onion, sesame seeds, and a few other goodies according to your own preferences.  Stir, chill, and enjoy. Serving tip: serve it in bowl nestled in a bigger bowl of ice for maximum coolness.  In all senses of the word.

Ahi Tuna Poke is a refreshing and savory Hawaiian snack, perfect for warm weather - or anytime you want to pretend you're in a tropical paradise.

Ahi Tuna Poke is a refreshing and savory Hawaiian snack, perfect for warm weather – or anytime you want to pretend you’re in a tropical paradise.

Recipe barely adapted from Hawaii Magazine.

Ahi Tuna Poke
 
Ahi tuna poke is a refreshing and savory Hawaiian snack, perfect for warm weather - or anytime you want to pretend you're in a tropical paradise.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ahi tuna, cut bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped Maui onion or sweet yellow onion
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. toasted macadamia nuts, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir gently.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours to meld the flavors together.
  3. Garnish with additional sesame seeds, green onions, and macadamia nuts, and serve.
Notes
Keep chilled.

Recipe barely adapted from Hawaii Magazine.

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Open Faced Smoked Salmon and Avocado Sandwich

16 Comments on Ahi Tuna Poke

  1. This looks soooo good! Love your combo of ingredients, especially the addition of sesame seeds and macadamia nuts! Great tips on the whole fish thing, too. Who would have thought that the ‘sushi grade’ thing has virtually no real meaning? I just heard that recently and was amazed. Pinning this deliciousness to try soon 🙂

    • Thanks Dawn! I was pretty surprised about the whole “sushi grade” myth. What will marketers think up next?! Isn’t raw fish intimidating enough? Lol. Buuuut it was worth it to learn more and enjoy my poke without worrying. 😄

  2. what what what?! I didn’t know ‘sushi grade’ meant nothing?! I was actually trying to figure this out myself, because I’ve been curing my own salmon, and don’t want to get listeria. Frozen salmon is cheaper- I love that idea! Also, this looks AMAZING. I love ahi tuna. I really with I was in Hawaii eating it right now!

    • Wish I was right there with you on a beach….ahhhhh! I know, the “sushi grade” thing is such a slap in the face – it’s just like “all natural” and other terms that basically end up being marketing. I’m sure some groups try to make their “sushi grade” fish the freshest, but you just can’t know for sure. I’m going to be watching for your cured salmon recipe now! Sounds AMAZING!

      • Apparently organic is the only label that means anything.. Infuriating! And YESSS it’s so yummy and way cheaper than buying lox… But I need to get a filet knife bc I can’t get it cut pretty enough for photos hahaha. I’m working on it 😉

  3. The NO LONGER IN HAWAII <– okay, but this is sooo a thing. Lol. Right? Every day, I'm like, this is not Hawaii. What's the deal, life? 😉 Meanwhile, you guys! These photos are so ridiculously on point. Thanks for sharing a taste of Hawaii. Hope y'all have a great three-day weekend! 🙂

    • It is TOTALLY a thing. Right this second, I’m thinking, Houston’s fine and all buuuuut…not Hawaii 😁 Guess I’ll just keep making my poke and a few tropical drinks and pretend! Thanks and enjoy your weekend as well!

  4. I’ve been seeing tuna pokes all over the web recently – how super fancy and on trend this is! This is my first time visiting your blog but it certainly won’t be my last! Your photography and recipes are flat out amazing! My boyfriend loves raw tuna so this will be right up his alley 🙂

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