Poke a Hawaiian secret to try


Said to become really popular in the US this year, the Pokē is largely unheard of outside its native Hawaii and the West coast of the US.

Pokē is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Pokē actually means to slice or cut in Hawaiian. Traditionally oily fish are used in particular the yellowfin tuna but it may also feature raw salmon or other seafood along with the essentials mentioned here. It is an interesting mix of cooked and raw. It’s both a comfort food and a healthy meal.

Ahi Poke
Ahi Poke
An interpretation of the classic poke dish that is sure to replicate that authentic flavour of a Hawaiian classic appetiser.

Prep Time: 0 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6

  • 1 pound raw Ahi Tuna loin cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup minced sweet maui onion
  • 3 Scallions (green onions) thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted Sesame oil
  • 2 chili peppers cut into small pieces
  • A handful of seaweed (fresh or dried)
1. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl except the tuna. 2. Pour mixture over the raw tuna. 3. Serve over a bed of rice or lettuce.

poke from koloa fish market, kauai



Like a good piece of nigiri sushi rice complements raw tuna extremely well. To start some good white rice seasoned with rice vinegar and mixed with some seaweed if you like.  It can be the regular white rice or some short grain sushi rice.


Ahi tuna (yellow fin tuna) is the most common choice used on the islands of Hawaii. Other tuna, salmon and different seafood can be used depending on the taste of the chef. What is crucial though is the fattiness of the fish. Fat gives more flavour and holds up really well to the other dominant ingredients in a good pokē. Traditionally the fish used was often the discarded parts chopped up into small pieces.


The original recipes include a few ingredients and in general keep it clean and simple. Much the same as Ramen, the options for modifying this dish are endless. We feature some of the traditional essentials in our infographic but really experimentation can lead to really interesting results. A good soy sauce is fundamental to the pokē but everything else is up to debate. If you think it will work add it to your pokē.


Pokē has grown in popularity because it is healthy and a great way to start a dinner. It is fresh, varied and exciting. Presentation is extremely important. The fresh red/pink colour of raw tuna should contrast with the other ingredients. The soy sauce and sesame oil creates a glossy luxury look to a very simple salad.

Ahi poke