I couldn’t leave Hawaii without posting a Poke recipe (pronounced Poh-Kay). Everywhere you look you’ll see this awesome fish snack and every poke maker will tell you his or hers is the best brah!
I used to think only ahi tuna was used for poke but you can poke away to your hearts content using shrimp, salmon, scallops, octopus and even mussels. I’ not sure how the traditionalists feel but I just don’t equate scallop poke to dreams of Hawaii. For me it’s ahi or nothing. Wait…I did break one small rule of poke tradition by adding an avocado but in my book avocados have free reign to be added to anything so an avocado salad is totally allowed.
I wish it could have been an awesome California avocado but not here on Oahu, at least it was locally grown and that thing was almost the same size as Quinn’s head! I told him this in the store and he kept putting it in front of his face and telling me “Look dad, I’m an avocado”.
Making poke is so simple. The hardest part is finding a decent piece of fish, I was lucky and picked up a sweet looking deep crimson piece at a farmers market for a great price. I seared half, and between Quinn and I we dusted that thing off in about two minutes keeping the other piece for the poke. Once you find your fish I bet you have the rest of the ingredients in your kitchen already, maybe just needing some green onions. You could just eat the poke by itself with a chilled beer and your feet stuck in the sand, but I mixed it with some greens to bulk up our lunch. This was my reasoning for adding the avocado too. I like salads that require little work and can help clean out the fridge at the same time.
My time here on Oahu is almost over, It’s been a blast and I’d like to get one more post done. Anyone have a favorite I missed that they’d like to see?
Ahi Tuna Poke
- 1 pound sashimi grade ahi tuna
- 1/2 cup green onion chopped finely
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp chili sauce I used Sriracha
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 large avocado diced
- 1 bag mixed salad greens
- Cut the tuna into small cubes and transfer to a medium bowl.
- Add the green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce and sesame seeds.
- Mix well making sure the fish gets evenly coated.
- Add the avocado and salad greens and gently mix through trying to keep the avocado in it's cube shape and coating the greens with the ahi dressing.
- Place on individual plates and serve at once with some crispy won-tons (optional).
Love this! Any excuse to eat ahi with some avocado and greens…this is my definition of a perfect meal.
So simple, thanks for sharing your preparation~
Great salad, I love the crispy wonton idea!
Awesomeness in so many ways going on here!
Um! Yes! I love this!!
I absolutely LOVE salads like this! So fresh and so clean, clean.
I could have enjoyed this every day! Looks absolutely delicious.
And I thought poke was something you did to someone else on Facebook ;)
Sad to see your time drawing to a close in Oahu…but SoCal’s not too shabby to return home to!
Pics of the beach, island, ‘life’ shots; that’s my vote for your last post!
Your right Averie, SoCal is a great place to return too, especially today as it’s like a monsoon here in Oahu :(
Oooh, I love ahi and it looks fantastic in your poke salad. I also agree with your about avocados…mmmmmm….
Thanks Liz, seriously when is an avocado a bad thing?
What a pretty salad! I love all the flavors!
Thanks Steph :)
These flavors sound fabulous together, as does your break to Hawaii! Thanks so much for sharing.
If I could pick one thing to eat for lunch for the rest of my life, it would be that.
I think that’s the same kind of avocado I grew up with in FL. I’m just assuming though because I have no idea how big Quinn’s head is. GREG
Love this recipe! Brings back memories of my Hawaii trip last summer… if only it would ACTUALLY bring me back there, too ;)
I make something very similar to this on a regular basis. Totally delicious.
i could just eat avocados all day long and I love them in a salad so this is just perfect!
Anything with avocado is good for me. This looks fantastic!