Poke is a Hawaiian soul food which is also gaining popularity in the mainland United States. Spicy ahi poke, which is poke marinated in spicy sauce, is especially popular. When comparing mainland with Hawaiian spicy poke, California poke usually uses a simple spicy soy sauce, while poke in Hawaii utilizes a combination of chili sauce and mayonnaise. The tobiko, flying fish roe, has a popping texture adding an exciting accent.
What is Ahi Poke?
Ahi poke is a simple dish of raw tuna meat seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil mixed with various ingredients such as onions, avocado and seaweed. You will find Ahi Poke all over Hawaii, not only in specialty stores but also at deli counters in supermarkets such as Foodland, Whole Foods Market and ABC Stores. In Hawaiian, "ahi" means tuna and "poke" means cut fish into small pieces.
Spicy Ahi Poke
The basic Spicy Poke uses tuna seasoned with a soy sauce based seasoning. Various ingredients and seasoning options are available, so you can mix and match to create your own Spicy Poke. In Hawaii, locals can often be seen with salmon, octopus, and shrimp poke toppings instead of the standard tuna. Yet, the Ahi Tuna Poke is the hands-down winner when it comes to popularity across all ages. While each shop has its own unique tastes, the common sauce is a mixture of chili sauce and mayonnaise. The Sriracha brand chili sauce, originally from Thailand, is the spice of choice. It has become popular in the mainland United States and is a must-have seasoning in many Asian restaurants. Sriacha by itself has a hint of spiciness, but mayonnaise tempers the spiciness into a creamier and more robust result.
- 8.8 oz Raw tuna (block)
- 1.4 oz Onion
- 0.5 oz Green onion
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 0.5 tsp Hawaiian Sea Salt
- 2 tsp Sriracha sauce (chili sauce)
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Tobiko (flying fish roe)
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.
Make the sauce by mixing mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, and tobiko.
Dress tuna with mayonnaise sauce.
Serve in a bowl.
Adjust the spiciness to your taste. You can substitute Sriacha sauce with Chinese chili bean sauce or your favorite chili sauce as you like.