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Hawaiian Tuna Poke Recipes

Updated on September 16, 2010

Delicious Poke Recipes

Tuna Poke (pronounced POH-kay) is a fresh, yummy, and easy to make appetizer! If you love tuna sashimi (raw fish), you'll love popular and tasty Ahi Tuna Poke.

In Hawaiian, poke means "cut piece" or "small piece" and is the flavorful Hawaiian version of Japanese sashimi.

Find various recipes here, including recipes from my daughter and my sister. You'll also find our favorite places to order Tuna Poke.

First, choose the right tuna

Use yellowfin tuna, sashimi grade typically found in Asian grocery stores.

Look for fillets that are bright in color, not dull or darkened or dry looking. Buy loins or thick fillets (at least one inch thick).

Avoid Ahi tuna that has too many white lines in the flesh. This is a soft sinew and has a slight stringy texture, not suitable for sushi. This part of the fish is fine to cook, or it can be used for roll sushi. When chopped, the sinew will easily pull away from the flesh.

Ahi Tuna Steaks
Coming from Hawaii or Ecuador, this sushi quality yellow fin tuna has a vibrant red color and can be eaten raw, grilled or sauteed.

Other places to find tuna online:

Find fresh seafood - sashimi grade tuna - at Catalina Offshore Products.


How to Cut Tuna for Sashimi

Basic Ahi Poke Recipe

Hailing from Hawaii, try the basic Poke recipe and build from there.


4 cups ahi (yellowfin tuna, sashimi grade) diced

1/2 cup onion, minced

1/4 cup green onion, minced

1 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

Salt and pepper to taste


This is the most basic recipe for ahi poke, served as a pupu or appetizer at most luaus and Hawaiian dinners.

Season ahi with Hawaiian salt. Add all ingredients, mix well then chill.


Tuna Poke with Avocado

A delicious recipe from my sister, Sherry - she lives on Guam and is co-owner of Brutus. My daughter, Micah, adds avocado and cherry tomatoes.


1 pound tuna sashimi, sliced in 1/2 inch squares

2-3 stalks of green onions, chopped

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of sesame seed oil

Sprinkle of sesame seeds

salt and pepper to taste

sugar to taste (optional)


1 ripe avocado, cubed

Cherry tomatoes

1 cucumber, sliced


Add all ingredients together, cover and let this marinade in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve with chopsticks!


Tuna "Poke" with Crisp Wonton Chips - Try this recipe from YouTube.

With mango, this Poke recipe is de-licious.

Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos


8 gyoza shells

2 cups oil


Shredded mild cheddar cheese

Sour cream

Ahi poke

1/2 pound raw ahi tuna

1/4 cup low salt soy sauce

1/4 cup minced ginger

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon coriander

Poke Salsa with Salmon:

1/4 pound fresh salmon sashimi, cubed

1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes, green onion, red onion and green ogo seaweed

1 tablespoon sea salt

1/2 Hawaiian chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

To make salsa:

Combine all ingredients and chill.

To make ahi poke: Cut fish into logs. Combine soy sauce, ginger and spices. Pour over fish and marinate 15 minutes.

Heat skillet until smoking over high heat. Sear ahi on all 4 sides. Cool, then dice into small cubes. Set aside.

Deep-fry gyoza in vegetable oil, bending into a taco shape.

To assemble:

Fill gyoza shells with ahi. Garnish with lettuce, cheese and sour cream. Top with salmon salsa. Serves 4.


Ahi Tuna Poke from Roy's Restaurant - Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

Roy's Restaurant is one of my favorites on Guam, located in the Hilton Hotel in beautiful Tumon. Today, there are over 36 Roy’s locations around the world – 27 in the continental US, seven in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam.

Hawaii's 3-Day Poke Festival

Each September since 1992, visitors and locals visit the Annual 3-day Poke Festival, tasting and contest. The contest draws entries and contestants locally and nationally.

If you're planning a trip to Hawaii, this is definitely where you want to be. According to, the contest draws over 2,000 entries from Western Canada, the mainland United States, Hawaii, and the South Pacific. 75 entries are selected as finalists, with many wildly inventive variations of the basic poke.



Sam Choy Hawaiian Restaurant

I'm from Guam, and love this Restaurant!

If you love island, Hawaiian food, you have to find a Sam Choy Restaurant. You may have also seen or heard of his cookbook - educate yourself further with Hawaiian and island recipes.

Click here for their locations - 2 around the world.

He's so generous, he even provides some of his recipes online. Click here to view some of his recipes such as Banana Fritters, Kalua Pig, Tri Tip Steak Kabobs. Mmm... There's more.

Trader Vic's Restaurant

Trader Vic's Restaurant has 26 Polynesian-style restaurants around the world from Los Angeles, California to Dubai Souk Madinat, U.A.E.

Visit Trader Vic's for delicious and exotic island foods.

Like Tuna Poke? - Tell us what's on your mind. Like it, never tried it, gonna try it?

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      Stephanie Launiu 2 years ago from Hawai'i

      Thanks for your recipes for poke. I pinned your hub to my "Hawaiian Appetizers" board on pinterest.

      Aloha, Stephanie

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Not a fan of raw fish. But I'd gladly try out Sam Choy's restaurant.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I had Poke once when I stayed in Hawaii. I was very flavorful and I was intrigued that it could be eaten without cooking.

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      SavvyVAGirl 5 years ago

      Thank you for posting this. My brother in law is Hawaiian and a chef. He makes this for us and we love it.. every time I try to make it, it turns out bad. I am going to try this recipe!!

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      jon-treadway2 5 years ago

      I've been a Sushi and Sashimi lover for quite some time, but I was only introduced to Poke very recently, and fell in love with it, If you're aware of one, I'd love to find either a website or recipe book that has different Poke recipe's with different flavor profiles, sweet, savory, mild, spicy, etc. Is anyone aware of where I could find this??

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Absolutely love tuna poke!

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Tasty stuff. Great lens!

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      Khalid-Osman 7 years ago

      Nice lens. I like it :-)

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      We love the tuna poke with avocado. We prepare it just like your recipe, but with some wasabe. Nice lens!

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      DreamsFulfilled 7 years ago

      @oldbird: Awww... thank you!

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      I love anything with avocados. Your tuna poke with avocado looks really yummy. I would love to try it as it seem really easy to make. I will probably add cherry tomatoes to give it more flavor.

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      missjen 8 years ago

      I fell in love with Poke in Haleiwa, Oahu. I can't wait to try some of the recipes.

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      oldbird 8 years ago

      Hafa Adai! What an honor for someone from Guam to have the coolest lens on poke! Congratulations on your 5-star lens and great presentation of one of my favorite foods!

      Aloha... from Hawaii!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done lens; blessed by a SquidAngel!

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Your lens is being featured under 'F is for Fish.' Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I love fresh tuna and this recipe sounds fantastic. I am lensrolling this to my "Warm Tuna and Scallop Salad" lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks good. Try Sam Choy's, too. Very good restaurant.