Looking for intriguing party recipes? This perky Poke Recipe could be the life of your party. Hawaiian Ahi Poke is packed with island flavor, has elegant appeal, and takes only moments to make.

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Hawaiian Poke Recipe

When you think of standard Hawaiian foods, what comes to mind?

Kalua PorkFresh Grilled Fish, Poi, Lomi Lomi, Hawaiian Sweet BreadPOG, Spam… Poke.

Hawaiian Poke makes an incredible first course at a holiday dinner party and can be served as shots at a cocktail party.

It is likely to be the quickest recipe you make and have the biggest impact on your party guests.

Ahi Poke in small cups overhead shot

What Is Poke?

Poke, pronounced po-kay (or po-kee for the haoles) is a lesser-known Hawaiian favorite.

This raw seafood salad, a cross between sushi and ceviche, is loved by both the locals and the haole (white folk) that come to stay.

You can find fresh pre-made Poke at every fish counter in Hawaiian grocery stores and at seafood markets across the state.

Locals often stop by the market several times a week for this quick and healthy lunch.

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I have to confess, we made it a goal to test every Poke Recipe we could find during our time in Hawaii, eating it nearly every day.

We ate Ahi poke, octopus poke, crab poke, oyster poke, mussel poke, and several other Hawaiian fish varieties.

Our favorite, by far, was the Ahi Poke. Rich, tender, sashimi grade Ahi tuna dressed with simple ingredients to allow the essence of the raw fish to shine.

Poke is versatile and recipes are made to taste. The main components in every style are extremely fresh seafood, Maui onion, and soy sauce. All other ingredients are negotiable.

Hawaiian Poke recipe mixed in glass bowl

How To Make Hawaiian Poke 

Ingredients

This Poke Recipe has only seven ingredients and can be made the morning of the party and set out right before it starts.

  • Ahi Tuna Steaks – Sashimi grade, which means they are safe to consume raw.
  • Maui Onions – You can also use sweet onions or shallots.
  • Green Onions – Chopped scallion for color.
  • Soy Sauce – Regular, low sodium, or gluten-free.
  • Sesame Oil – For its nutty essence.
  • Chile Garlic Sauce – This adds a little kick!
  • Sesame Seeds – For crunchy texture.

Instructions 

  1. Pat the Ahi tuna dry, then neatly cut it into small 1/2-inch cubes. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add the shallots, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, and sesame seeds.
  3. Gently toss. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Notes

For another variation, omit the chili sauce and add 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste and 1 teaspoon honey. You can also add a fresh avocado if you so desire!

Also, check out our Hawaiian Poke Bowls, our Wonton Ahi Nachos, and our Authentic Tako Poke Recipe!

If you like sushi or ceviche, you will LOVE poke!

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Ahi Poke Recipe front view in small cups

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Will This Raw Yellowfin Tuna Recipe Last?

You can store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 

What Can I Serve With Poke? 

This sushi-grade fish recipe can be served on top of rice (sushi rice, brown rice, or white rice) and garnished with cucumber, peppers, dried seaweed, red pepper flakes, spicy mayo, or edamame)

What Else Can Be Added To A Poke Recipe?

You can use a variety of seafood, including salmon, scallops, and shrimp. You can also add crunchy macadamia nuts, fried onions, and inamona.

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Ahi Poke Recipe

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
This perky Poke Recipe could be the life of your next party. Hawaiian Ahi Poke makes a splash on the islands, has elegant appeal, and takes only moments to make.
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pat the Ahi tuna dry, then neatly cut it into small 1/2-inch cubes. Place in a bowl.
  • Add the shallots, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, and sesame seeds.
  • Gently toss. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

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Notes

For another variation, omit the chili sauce and add 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste and 1 teaspoon honey. You can also add a fresh avocado if you so desire!
Also, check out our Hawaiian Poke Bowls and our Authentic Tako Poke Recipe!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 426mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 990IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Author: Sommer Collier
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