Hawaiian Poke: Featuring Ahi Tuna with Herbs & Asian Spices

By: Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D

November 20, 2019

Poke (pronounced poh-Kay) is a salad of cubed raw fish marinated in delicious Asian style sauces.  It’s easy to eat with rice, noodles or vegetables.  Poke dishes are popular nationwide especially in Hawaii, California, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, and New York City and is growing in popularity.

The dish is simple to prepare at home and delightful to make for parties as well. Children and Adults of all ages love the healthy nature of Poke and the refreshing nature of the low-fat dish.


  1. Sushi-grade ahi tuna, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  2.  Arborio rice: 1 cup
  3. Cucumber: 1/2 thinly slice
  4. Hawaiian onions: 1/4 cup thinly sliced
  5. Mirin: A Japanese cooking wine typically used in stir-fry
  6. Smoked Sesame oil: 1 tsp
  7. Soy sauce: 1/4 cup
  8. Sea salt:  1 tsp
  9. Fresh ginger: grate 1 tsp
  10. Mint: 1/4 cup fresh mint


— Gently toss all ingredients in a white bowl—Chill in fridge for two hours. Hope you enjoy the Hawaiian Tuna Poke.

Send questions or your favorite recipes directly to:  [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you. Chef Alan