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, 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.
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 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
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time:8 minutes
- 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
- 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. *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!
Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!