Spicy tuna poke

I must have mentioned my trip to Hawaii a million times in this blog already, but there was seriously so many memorable food experiences that I came home determined to recreate every recipe that impressed me. This is one of my favourite things that I ate in Hawaii… spicy tuna poke!!! I’d be at the supermarket, and would notice all this awesome sashimi salad-looking things at the deli counter. I quickly learned that the stuff was called poke: not pronounced poe-key, nor paw-key, but poe-kaaaay. It’s a traditional Hawaiian dish and is basically a raw fish salad. They had several variations, but my favourite was the spicy poke. I’d get a little container of it as takeout for lunch, and would snack on it after surfing at Castles Beach in the morning. It was so addictive and incredibly good. I couldn’t find too many recipes online, and modified the few that I found. It turned out tasting pretty genuine! Another version of spicy poke is to make it creamy using mayonnaise, and to add some fish roe instead of sesame seeds. Maybe next time I’ll make that version.


  • 1 ahi tuna steak (ask for sushi-grade, so you know it’s safe to eat raw)
  • Green onion
  • Ginger, grated
  • Shallots
  • Soy sauce
  • Chili sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds

Chop the ahi tuna steak into little cubes. It was such a beautiful steak, that I was reluctant to cut it into tiny pieces, but I knew that I would not regret it once I was eating yummy poke.

Then… Just mix it with the other ingredients.

It seriously took me about 10min to make a bowl of deliciousness. For those of you who are squeamish about eating raw fish… You don’t know what you’re missing out on!!! We had some leftovers, and the next day, I dumped it all into a pan and fried it up a bit, just in case it wasn’t safe to eat the fish raw after spending 1 day in the fridge. I’m sure it would have been fine, but it still tasted really good, even cooked. So for all you germaphobes and picky eaters out there, maybe you can fry up your poke… Even though it’s supposed to be eaten raw… I just hope no Hawaiians are reading this, and cringing at the suggestion of cooking the poke!


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