When Kaleo, my fiance, and I visited Hawaii, we probably ate our combined weight in poke. Poke is an authentic Hawaiian appetizer or side dish that is positively divine. It’s very similar to ceviche, except soy sauce is used instead of citrus as the base of the sauce.

In order to be able to make this dish on the main land, I’ve had to compromise on certain ingredients, which is unfortunate. However, it still tastes wonderful. This recipe comes from Jean Watanabe Hee’s “Best of the Best Hawai’i Recipes”.


1 lb ahi tuna, sushi grade or higher

1/4 cup green onion, chopped

1/2 tsp roasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1 tsp red pepper flakes or 1 Hawaiian chili pepper, seeded and minced

Cube the tuna into bite sized pieces.


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.


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