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Make Hawaii-style ahi poke wherever you are. Here's a recipe.


Ahi Shoyu Poke

ahi_poke_Hawaii_style_recipe1 lb. fresh ahi steaks, cut into cubed, bite-size pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce (shoyu)
1/4 cup chopped green onions (tops included)
1/4  cup chopped Maui onion (or yellow onion)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 chili pepper, cored, seeded and diced (optional)
Sea salt, to taste
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
2 tsp. finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts (optional, as a substitute for inamona, which is difficult to find outside of Hawaii)


(Note: You can vary the ingredients to your taste.)

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, and mix lightly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

The recipe for ahi poke is so simple, we recommend making it yourself. But should you want some assistance, there are options.

Noh, a food brand from Hawaii, also sells poke mixes that you can order online here. If you want the fresh seafood and all the necessary ingredients for poke in one package and you live on the West Coast of the U.S., Hawaii seafood chef Elmer Guzman can overnight full "poke kits" to your home from his excellent Poke Stop take-out store on Oahu (click here).  

If you’re on Oahu and want to try a variety of fresh poke, stop by Poke Stop in Waipahu or Fresh Catch Restaurant in Honolulu. HAWAII Magazine associate editor Sherie Char picked up some Fresh Catch poke for us and wrote about it. Read about her visit and check out a poke slideshow here.

On Kauai, we recommend Pono Market; on Maui, we've enjoyed the poke at Pukalani Superette.

Photos by Sherie Char: ahi poke (top), poke display at Fresh Catch Restaurant, Oahu (bottom)

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