Whenever it has been a while since I have been to Hawaii, I start to suffer from acute ahi tuna poke withdrawal. I LOVE ahi tuna. I would eat it every day (and at almost every meal) if I could.
In Hawaii, ahi tuna is slightly less expensive than on the mainland, and is always super fresh, so it’s like heaven for me. Yesterday, I couldn’t take it any longer, so I had to go out and buy a nice big piece of ahi tuna and make ahi tuna poke.
What is ahi tuna poke?
Poke is a classic Hawaiian way of preparing raw fish with soy, sesame oil, and spices. It’s basically Hawaiian sushi.
Ahi tuna poke is probably the easiest fish dish to make, as you don’t have to cook anything. You just mix all the ingredients and eat :). It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare enough poke for a starter for four people.
Because all the ingredients are raw, you have to use super fresh, high-quality fish. I only buy ahi tuna in Whole Foods or directly from a good fish market.
You should eat the poke fairly soon after preparing it. The soy and sesame oil mix isn’t a marinade, so there is no reason to let it sit in the fridge for more than 10-20 min., which is all it takes to get all the flavors mixed.
How to make Ahi Tuna Poke
All ahi tuna poke recipes use essentially the same base (ahi, soy sauce, and sesame oil), but you can use many different spices. Just be careful not to overwhelm the mild ahi flavor. I like a little bit of kick to my Ahi Tuna Poke, so I use chili and garlic sauce and green onions.
You should be able to get all the ingredients other than the ahi in most grocery stores. If you cannot get the chili garlic sauce, you can just use a little finely chopped fresh chili instead.
If you want this to be a diet dish, just use a little less avocado and sesame oil than I did. The ahi is pure protein, and all the fats are really healthy, but a whole avocado can be a little calorie dense if you are trying to lose weight.
I promise you, after you try this recipe just once, it will be one of your favorite healthy indulgences. It’s mild but flavorful, easy to make but luxurious, and guaranteed to impress anyone you make it for (not that you will want to share…).
I also sometimes make a slightly fancier version of this recipe, turning it into an Ahi Poke Salad with Macadamia Nuts. Both are easy to make and delicious, so pick the one you like best and get poke’ing 😀
Ahi Tuna Poke is a classic Hawaiian way of preparing raw fish with soy, sesame oil, and spices. It’s basically Hawaiian sushi.
- ½ lbs (225 g) Ahi tuna (sushi grade)
- 1 Avocado
- 2 Green onions (also called scallions or spring onions)
- 2 tbsp. Soy sauce (I use low-sodium soy)
- 1 tbsp. Sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. Chili garlic sauce
- 1 tbsp. Sesame seeds
Rinse the ahi tuna and cut it into bite-sized cubes.
Rinse the green onions and chop them finely.
- Mix soy, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, green onion and half the sesame seeds in a bowl.
Add the ahi to the dressing and mix well. You can let it sit in the fridge for 10-20 min for the flavors to mix, but you don’t have to.
Cut the avocado into small cubes and gently mix it into the rest of the dish right before serving.
Sprinkle the remaining sesame seeds on top.
Serve with chips or bread and enjoy!