This is a basic Ahi Poke recipe, a local Hawaiian speciality. The basic recipe calls for sea salt, sesame oil, green onions, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. You can also spruce up the dish with other ingredients like salmon or octopus instead of raw tuna to create your own version. It is a dish with a pleasant goma oil fragrance, making it easy to enjoy even for those who don't particularly like raw fish.
What is Ahi Poke?
Ahi poke is a Hawaiian soul food; it is a simple dish of raw tuna seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil mixed with various ingredients such as onions, avocado and seaweed. Ahi Poke is found all over Hawaii, not only in specialty stores but also at deli counters at supermarkets such as Foodland, Whole Foods Market and ABC Stores. In Hawaiian, "ahi" means tuna and "poke" means cut fish into small pieces.
Connections with Japanese food
People in Hawaii originally have a custom of eating raw fish, but today's poke originated from the food culture brought by Japanese immigrants. The tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil and green onions that make up a poke bowl are common ingredients familiar to Japanese people. Ahi Poke can be considered an iconic dish with Japanese culinary influence that has evolved in Hawaii.
As introduced above, "Ahi" means tuna, but tuna is not the only fish used in a poke bowl. Tuna can be replaced with other common seafoods like salmon and octopus. Spicy Ahi Poke, seasoned with mayonnaise and chili sauce, is also a local favorite. The poke don, which is an assortment of Ahi Poke ingredients on a bed of white rice is also wildly popular. One bowl is usually enough to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.
- 8.8 oz Raw tuna (block)
- 1.4 oz Onion
- 0.5 oz Green onion
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
- 0.5 tsp Hawaiian Sea Salt
Cut the tuna into bite-size chunks. Roughly chop onion and green onion into small pieces.
Combine tuna, onion and green onion in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.
Add sesame oil, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.
Serve in a bowl.
- Hawaiian Sea Salt can be substituted with any other type of salt. If you use table salt, add a little less because it is usually saltier.
If you can get seaweed (Limu, Ogo), we recommend adding it along with the other ingredients to improve the texture. It is also delicious to add finely chopped wakame seaweed on top.