Hawaiian Ahi Poke Recipe

Looking for intriguing party recipes for New Years? This perky Poke Recipe could be the life of your party. Hawaiian Ahi Poke makes a splash on the islands, has elegant appeal, and takes only moments to make.

Poke Recipe

When you think of standard Hawaiian foods, what come to mind? Kalua Pork, Fresh Grilled Fish, Poi, Lomi Lomi, Hawaiian Sweet Bread, POG, Spam… Poke.

Ahi Poke

Poke, pronounced both po-kee and po-kay, 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.

Spicy Poke Recipe

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

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.

This Poke Recipe has only seven ingredients and can be made the morning of the party and set out right before it starts. If you like sushi or ceviche, you will LOVE poke!

Ahi Poke Recipe

Ahi Poke Recipe

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:8 minutes

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  • 2 large sashimi grade Ahi tuna steaks (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 shallot, sliced (or Maui onions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (look for a gluten free brand)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  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. *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!
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82 comments on “Hawaiian Ahi Poke Recipe

  1. 96819 kalihiposted November 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Wronggg it’s only po-Kay as the prononciation. Po-ki is for the haoles 

    Rating: 0.5
  2. Joposted July 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Excellent recipe. Just like Hawaii. Added a little honey as suggested. 

    Rating: 5
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  6. Isaacposted April 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Looks awesome. Dont forget the Hawaiian Salt

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  11. Mekanaposted May 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm Reply

    This recipe tasted delicious and is simple enough that my pregnant palate had nothing to complain about. I will say one thing, though, in the blog post where you spell out the pronunciation you are quite incorrect. Pronouncing it like po-kee is close to the word for cat. We don’t eat cat. Saying it like po-kay just sounds very obviously haole. It’s po-keh, no eliding or extra vowel sounds. Hawaiian vowels sound just like Spanish ones: ah, eh, ee, oh, oo. I hope that doesn’t come across as rude, I just thought you should know.

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  14. Hayleyposted January 30, 2016 at 10:02 am Reply

    We saw this recipe on theinertia.com and gave it a try! We subbed coconut aminos for half the soy sauce (and used low sodium soy sauce) to cut the sodium, served on brown rice, and topped with avocado, sesame seeds, and green onions. So good!!!

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  19. stefsterNYCposted September 22, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply

    Great job. Love the spoons used. Great photos. Hard to find sashimi grade tuna around unless your a restaurant or have connections. Store tuna isn’t all that great all the time. Where did you find yours?

    • Sommerposted September 22, 2015 at 11:37 pm Reply

      Hi there! You know, I’m able to find it in my local grocery store. Do you have a fish market near you?

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  26. Ninaposted April 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm Reply

    Just came here to say that this is my FAVORITE poke recipe so far that I’ve found on the internet! So simple but such wonderful flavors. The scallions/Maui onion makes a huge difference. I can never find good tuna in my area so I just use fresh salmon. Still wonderful! Thank you for sharing.